27 years ago, on 20 August 1991, Estonia's independence was restored. To mark the occasion, and to continue celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, a range of events are being held in Tallinn – among which the staff at Original Sokos Hotel Viru have selected their favourites.
Night of Ancient Lights
Once a year, when the sun sets at 20:30 on 25 August, bonfires are lit on the water's edge all over Estonia following the ancient tradition of coastal beacons. Find your nearest bonfire site online.
Tallinn Flower Festival
For the 10th year, Tallinn Flower Festival is adorning the park around Tower Square just outside the walls of the Old Town with special themed gardens. Take a delightful stroll from Original Sokos Hotel Viru through the Old Town and enjoy the colourful garden art. See for more information.
Maarjamäe Castle Day
On 20 August the Estonian History Museum will be opening its doors to visitors at Maarjamäe Castle for a special day of activities for young and old alike. The day will culminate at 19:00 with a special concert of Estonian pop and rock classics called ‘Paradise on Earth' featuring Lenna Kuurmaa, Piret Krumm and Liina Vahtrik. Take a look at the programme online.
The Tour D'Öö is like a song festival, only on bicycles. Taking in the whole country, the tour will run from 17-26 August. On your bike! Check for more details.
Step back in time to the Soviet era
The exhibition ‘No Bananas: A Trip Back in Time to the Soviet Era' takes a glimpse at a period that today people can openly poke fun at. Full of engaging displays, the exhibition focuses on the period from 1970-1980. Buy tickets online.
Secrets of the Ancient Sea: 360 degrees of virtual reality at the Natural History Museum
A 360-degree virtual reality version of the ‘Secrets of the Ancient Sea' exhibition has been produced that takes you on a trip through time over hundreds of millions of years and introduces you to the primeval denizens of the deep. Travel back in time.
Tallinn Chamber Music Festival
A concert for the whole family will be taking place at the Swedish St Michael's Church on 26 August. The classics of Estonian music will be performed. Admission is free. Find out more about the festival online.
22 July marked the 300th anniversary of the construction of Kadriorg Palace and its surrounding park. The day before, the ‘Kadriorg 300' anniversary exhibition was opened in Kadriorg Art Museum. It will run until 21 October 2018. Take part in the festivities! See for more details.
The story of Estonian popular music
The Estonian Theatre and Music Museum's exhibition ‘The Sound of Freedom' showcases the history of Estonian popular music from 1901-2001. Among the items displayed are the first ever Estonian gramophone (from 1901) and the accordion that belonged to much-loved artist Raimond Valgre. Find out more online.