Springtime brings evidence of the fact that Tallinn is a true melting pot of music – numerous festivals will kick off presenting music from different genres. There's never been a better time to visit Tallinn, book yourself a room at Original Sokos Hotel Viru or Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria!
Winter Swimming World Championships, March 6 – 10
The largest winter swimming event will take place in Tallinn. 1 000 competitors from 30 countries will participate in the championships.
Catherine I. World premiere at the Estonian National Opera on March 15
Ballet by Thomas Edur to the music of Tauno Aints. The ballet takes the viewer to a real fairy-tale world and tells the wonderful love story of a simple maiden from Estonia and the charismatic Russian emperor, Peter I.
Tallinn Fashion Week, March 22 – 24
Fashion festival to introduce the local designers and their creations. On the first day of the festival the most important Estonian fashion award the Golden Needle is awarded.
Tallinn Music Week, April 2 - 8
TMW has grown to a fair size city culture festival, presenting its own pop-up restaurant and much more. Musicians will be giving concerts within the festival stage programme as well as free pop-up concerts in unexpected locations around the town.
Tallinn TV Tower Run, April 1
Tallinn TV Tower and the World Federation of Great Towers hold a joint international tower running series.
Estonian Music Days, April 12 - 19
For over 30 years, Estonian Music Days (EMD) has been one of the most important festivals to focus on the recent compositions of Estonian composers; most of the programme consists of world premieres. EMD strikes a balance between domestic and foreign, intimacy and grandeur, and the programmes of the festival include increasingly more crossovers between genres and styles.
Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar, April 20 - 29
Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz music event in the Baltics held from 1990. Combining an interesting and unique programme with an innovative approach Jazzkaar's team brings the biggest and most intriguing findings of the world's jazz scene to Tallinn and Estonia.
Tallinn Coffee Festival, April 27 – 28
Tallinn Coffee Festival (TLNCF) is an event where both professionals and enthusiasts – local roasters, cafes, distributors and coffee lovers – can get together. Guests can explore many different types of coffee specialties, preparation methods and equipment. Good music, entertaining program, engaging competitions and a wonderful aroma wait for all the guests of the festival.
Craft Beer Weekend, May 4 – 5
TCBW is the first and largest international craft beer festival in the Baltic region. The event is organized by Põhjala Brewery and it first took place in 2015. Over 30 of the best breweries from all over the world, plus the brightest stars of the local scene are participating every year.
SÖÖMA: Estonian Food Fair, May 4 - 5
The food event aims to provide an overview of the current state and developments of the Estonian cuisine.
Vintage Tallinn, May
Vintage and retro-culture event that brings together various collectors and interested buyers.
Tallinn Day, May 15
Tallinn gained Lübeck city rights in 1248, gaining admission to the Hanseatic League of European cities. Tallinn Day commemorates this historical event with a day full of cultural and fun activities. The day, first held in 2002, has grown in scope ever since.
Night of Museums, May 19
Once a year, Estonian museums and other heritage sites open their doors to visitors for later than usual and free of charge. The event is affiliated with the Night of Museums programme across Europe. Each year, the Night of Museums is dedicated to a specific theme. Over the years, the event has become a highlight of the cultural calendar attracting tens of thousands of visitors both from Estonia and abroad.
Tallink Maijooks (May Run), May 19
Once again the women of Tallinn are being called upon to get out and get healthy. May run starts from the Song Festival Grounds and can be a gentle stroll or a gut-wrenching run, depending on how you want to take it. In any case, it is a chance for people of all ages to get out and get fit. The route for children under the age of 12 is a slightly shorter.
Kalamaja Days, May 19 - 20
This is a festival organized by the local community! There are dozens of events taking place – concerts, markets, kids event, guided tours, plays etc. Many of the otherwise closed courtyards open up to serve delicious foods or treat you with pop-up flea markets.
Tallinn Literature Festival HeadRead, May 23 - 27
HeadRead is a literary festival in Tallinn, bringing together writers from Estonia and abroad to spread the message of the written word.
Tallinn Flower Festival, May 25 - August 24
The traditional garden design festival takes place on the picturesque Towers' square featuring the works of both local and international landscape designers. This year's theme is "Passions in the garden" and "Terrace flowers". The beauty of flowers and garden-design art will be accompanied with many concerts and various other events.
Tallinn Old Town Days, May 30 – June 3
The main venue of this traditional festival is the Old Town of Tallinn. The event held since 1982 is celebrating the beginning of glorious summer.