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April 2017
24.-30. April Students' Spring Days Tartu

Come and take in a pleasent spring festival that is imbued with student spirituality and the traditions of one of the earliest Nordic university cities by several years. 

29. April Night Dance Festival Viljandi, Viljandi county

This event is meant for folk dance groups and all other dance enthusiasts from Viljandi city and county. What makes this dance festival stand out, however, is the fact that the audience will be dancing as well. In addition to watching performances by the folk dance groups, you can learn some folk dances originating from Viljandi County and the rest of Estonia. These dances are simple enough for anyone to learn.
Come and bring a friend with you!

30. April Gran Fondo

The Hawaii Express Gran Fondo Estonia is a new and unique cycling event. For it is a race, that is actually not a race! The participants wear identical outfits and ride in unison from Tartu to Viljandi. The distance is 155 km and the maximum number of participants allowed is 500. 


May 2017
01. May Grand Race around lake Viljandi Viljandi

This event, one of the biggest on the sports calendar in Viljandi County and a symbol of the continuity of sporting life in the region, is popular among runners throughout the country. It offers a stunning course with diverse scenery that makes the fun run even more memorable.

Over the years the race has attracted some of Estonia's very best runners. Competitors must complete a circuit of Lake Viljandi - choosing their own route around it. An enjoyable springtime event, it is eagerly awaited every year.

04.-25. May 24th Seto Lace Days Värska, Põlva county

Annual exhibition featuring the winning entries from the competition highlighting the intricacy and beauty of Seto lace. Various handicraft workshops will take place during the colourful Seto lace days. Visitors have a good opportunity to have a go at Seto crafts, admire masterpieces of Seto crafts and exhibitions on current events. The workshops and exhibitions introduce Seto lace making techniques and participants learn to use them in modern crafts.

04.-06. May Mailaul (May Song) - Tartu International singer-songwriter festival Tartu

The May Song (Mailaul) is a festival for young-spirited members of the public who value their own culture, who would like to think along the same lines as the singing author and feel what they are feeling. Mailaul is a festival which dedicates to the author. 

07. May 35th Tartu Cross-Country Run (Tartu Jooksumaraton) Otepää/Tartu county

Tartu Jooksumaraton is the  biggest cross-country running event in Baltics. Every year 4000 runners come to enjoy the fabulous Estonian spring on this 23km track between Otepää and Elva.

23km, 10km and 5 km distances are available. The race starts from Otepää, Tehvandi suusastaadion and finishes in Elva - same places where the legendary Tartu Maraton starts and finishes. 10km race starts and finishes in Elva.

Nordic walkers are also welcome.

Day before the main races, children's events take place in Tartu, Tähtvere Leisure Park.

10.-13. May Congress Traditions and Change - Sustainable futures Tartu

18th Triennial Congress of the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA) hosted by Estonian Agricultural Museum in beautiful Estonian springtime. CIMA programme includes many workshops, excursions and field trips. Congress is followed by specialised post-congress tour to Estonian islands.

18.-20. May Indifest Tartu

The Indiefest delivers local and foreign alternative music to the public and more broadly presents independent culture. During the daytime, the public are welcome to attend debates with interesting guests. At night, thematic films and concerts take place. 

20. May Night of Museums - Games in the Night Southern Estonian counties

Once a year, on a Saturday evening in May, museums and other memory-related places open their doors a little bit later than usual and free of charge in order to be able to mark the all-European Museum Night. 

20. May 5th Jõgeva Cycling Race - Jõgeva Rattaralli Jõgeva

The start of the cycling race will be given in the Jõgeva city centre. The route follows scenic countryside roads of Jõgeva county with many slopes and beautiful views. Alongside the main race a short distance race (50,5 km) and kids bicycle race are also held.  


26.-27. May Tour of Estonia

Tour of Estonia is an international cycling race for professional cyclists, starting in Tallinn and finishing in Tartu, which takes the participants and spectators to several beautiful and interesting locations in Estonia. The race is in the competition calendar of the UCI. 


28. May 36th Tartu Rattarally - road cycling race Tartu, South-Estonia

This is the biggest road cycling race in Eastern Europe, one in which both professional road cyclists as well as amateur cyclists of any age can participate, whether they are from Estonia or further afield. Tartu Rattaralli children’s races have become the biggest cycling event in the world for children.

June 2017
02.-04. June Hanseatic Days in Viljandi Viljandi

Viljandi is an ancient town full of youthful vigour. If today Viljandi can be called the export capital of Estonia due to the numerous innovative companies located here, then in the Middle Ages, the city was the centre of activity due to the trade route that passed through the city. Viljandi Hanseatic Days take place annually in order to commemorate the golden age of Viljandi. In early summer, this small town gives itself over to medieval customs and looks back on how the membership of the Hanseatic League brought riches and bold ideas to the town over the course of time. Viljandi is still a member of the Hanseatic League.

03.-04. June Estonian Aviation Days Lange, Tartu county

The largest outdoor aviation event welcomes aviation fans both young and old on June 4-5, in (and up above) the territory of the Estonian Aviation Museum in Tartu County. It is possible to see parachutists, or go on a sight-seeing flight. Different attractions are open, e.g. simulators, a catapult, a parachute simulator, trampoline beds etc. Two days filled with state of the art aviation equipment and an interesting programme both on land and in air!

16.-18. June Otepää Tour 2017 Otepää and Annimatsi, Valga county

International motorcycle meeting, June 16th-18th 2017. In Otepää City and Annimatsi camping area.

17.-23. June XX Suure-Jaani Music Festival Suurr-Jaani, Viljandi county

The Suure-Jaani Music Festival is dedicated to the composers from the Kapp family and is traditionally held each summer before the Midsummer Night.

17. June Sõir Festival at Seto Saatse Museum Saatse, Võru county

The traditional Sõir Festival introduces Saatse area as a 'curd cheese neck of woods' as the folk expression goes. At the museum, we are going to boil sõir (a type of cheese) and hold a community sõir-making competition. Visitors can taste sõir made in Saatse area and vote for the best sõir-maker of the year.

28. June - 01. July Finno-Ugric Festival Meremäe, Võru county

FUFF is a short film festival, developing interest towards Finno-Ugric fiction and experimental films made by Finno-Ugric filmmakers, or films dealing with Finno-Ugric topics. We welcome film entries from all over the world. Independent filmmakers who are not part of mainstream commercial filmmaking are especially encouraged to submit their work. We also encourage the submission of student films.

29. June - 01. July Retrobest festival Otepää, Valga county

Retro music festival held in Otepää.


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