Tallinn Old Town Days

Every spring (in the end of May or the beginning of June) the medieval Old Town bursts into a frenzy of celebrations as musicians, medieval characters, markets and events fill the streets. It is a great chance to really feel the city's medieval history, as this event keeps the hundreds of years old traditions alive: parades, a knights' tournament, a parrot shooting contest and the election of the May Count. Medieval markets fill the streets and people are dressed as in old times.

The Beer Festival (Õllesummer)

Every July the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn turn into a huge festival area with both local and international stars (2009 festival brought Moby to the stage, 2008 Franz Ferdinand, etc) performing on numerous stages on five days. Obviously the festival area boasts numerous bars with all kinds of different beer being on offer. However, leaving the beer aside, there is something to do for everybody, including various fun things to do for children.

The Song And Dance Celebration

This celebration involves thousands of choral singers, most dressed in national costumes, all performing in unison. Also a moving expression of national unity is the mass folk dance.

In 2009 about 26,000 performers at the Song Festival, performing for over 80,000 listeners.

The next, XXVI Song / XIX Dance Celebrations will be held July 04-06, 2014.

The Christmas Market

The traditional Christmas Market in Tallinn Town Hall Square brings genuine Christmas joy, fabulous entertainment, and superb leisure time activities to the heart of the city. Estonian handicrafts, Christmas decorations and cards, sweets, and local Christmas food are on sale and a large Christmas tree is put up in the middle of the square. All of this gives a lot of warmth into the otherwise quite cold winter. Together with a nice snowy winter weather the Old Town becomes a true fairytale. Dress warm, enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and you don't even feel the cold any more.

 

For Tallinn’s complete, official listing of cultural events, click here.