Tartu - City of Culture

Tartu is the venue of various festivals, cultural events and museums. Song festivals, Hanseatic Days, concerts youth festivals, exhibitions and international sports events are organised here. It was also the seat of the first song festival in Estonia in 1869 marking the birth of a unique tradition of song festivals celebrated every 5 years. Tartu is also the home of one of the oldest national theatres in Estonia – the Vanemuine –the diverse repertoire of which includes performances or concerts to everyone’s taste. There are many exciting museums in Tartu and Tartu County for visitors of different interests. Among others you can find the Tartu Toy Museum, Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Aviation Museum here. You can also visit the AHHAA Science Centre and the Ice Age Centre here. The present publication will give you an overview of the museums, galleries and other diverse possibilities of enjoying culture in Tartu and Tartu County.

Culture lives in Tartu!




Events in Tartu and Tartu County

Tartu is a university town with a vibrant and colourful cultural scene. Here you find an overview of the major cultural and sports events of Tartu and Tartu County in 2016. For more information on these events, see the Window of Culture: http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee.


28.03.-02.04. Festival of visual culture “World Film”. Tartu. www.worldfilm.ee
30.03. International Gala of Ballet Schools „Unistuse lend“. Tartu. www.vanemuine.ee, www.idatantsukool.ee


08.-10.04. Happy BB Weekend. Tartu. www.convivo.ee

08.-17.04. 10. Japanes Animated Film Festival “JAFF”. Tartu. www.animefest.eu

21.-23.04. Agriculture Fair Maamess. Tartu Messikeskus. Tartu. www.maamess.ee

25.04.-01.05. Student festival “Tartu Spring Days”. Tartu. www.studentdays.ee

29.04.-01.05. Estonian Enduro Weekend. Tartu/Tartumaa. www.msport.ee/enduro


04.-07.05. Literature Festival"Prima Vista 2016". Tartu. www.kirjandusfestival.tartu.ee

05.-07.05. Author´s Song Festival “Mailaul”. Tartu. www.mailaul.ee

07.05. Fashion Show "Fashion-Performance-Dance". Tartu. www.moodperformancetants.ee

08.05. SEB 34rd Tartu Marathon. Otepää/Elva. www.tartumaraton.ee

14.05. Night of Museums. Estonia. www.muuseumioo.ee

19.-21.05. Music Festival "Indiefest". Tartu. www.indiefest.eu

27.-28.05. Tour of Estonia. www.tourofestonia.ee

29.05. SEB 35th Tartu Road Race. Tartu. www.tartumaraton.ee


01.06. Children´s Day. Tartu. www.lille.tartu.ee

04.06. Suve alguse festival Piirissaarel. Tartumaa. www.visitpeipsi.com

04.-05.06. Estonian Aviation Days. Tartumaa. www.lennundusmuuseum.ee

10.06. International Night of Churches in Tartu. Tartu. www.kirikuteöö.ee

11.06. Wow Run. Tartu. www.wowrun.ee

11.-12.06. Festival „Emajõe bluus 2016“. Tartu. www.emajoebluus.eu


02.07. 5th Pop Choir Party. Tartu laululava. www.popkooripidu.ee

07.-12.07. Festival „Glasperlenspiel“ („Klaaspärlimäng“). Tartu. www.erpmusic.com

08.-10.07. Tartu Mill Triathlon/ ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup. Tartu. www.tartutriatlon.ee

09.-10.07. Hanseatic Days 2016. Tartu. www.hansapaevad.ee

15.-16.07. Music Festival "Punk`N`Roll Festival 2016". Tartu. www.punknroll.ee

15.-17.07. Auto24 Rally Estonia 2016. Tartu/Elva/Otepää. www.rallyestonia.ee

24.07. Open Farm Day. Estonia. www.avatudtalud.ee

31.07. The summer concert of Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra. Tartu. www.vanemuine.ee


01.-06.08. 11th Tartu Love Film Festival “tARTuFF”. Tartu. www.tartuff.ee

05.-06.08. Emajõgi River Festival. Tartu. www.tartu.ee/emajoefestival

05.-06.08. 12th Wind Band Festival „Mürtsub pill“. Tartu. www.potartu.ee

13.-14.08. Tartu Food Festival 2016. Tartu. www.ettevotlus.tartu.ee

17.-20.08. Urban Festival „UIT“. Tartu. www.uit.ee

20.08. Garlic Festival. Ülenurme, Tartumaa. www.epm.ee

20.08. Gran Fondo Estonia. www.granfondoestonia.com

21.08. 10th Tartu Inline Skating Marathon. Tartu. www.tartumaraton.ee


05.-11.09. Street Art Festival „Stencibility“. Tartu. www.stencibility.eu

05.-11.09. Estonian Theatre Festival "Draama". Tartu. www.draama.ee

10.09. Varnja sibula- ja jõhvikalaat. Varnja, Tartumaa. www.visitpeipsi.com

17.09. Avatud Veskite Päev. Üle Eesti. www.veskivaramu.ee

18.09. 19th Tartu Mountain Bike Marathon. Otepää/Elva. www.tartumaraton.ee

23.-24.09. Tartu Rally 2016. Tartu. www.tarturally.ee

23.-25.09. Japanese Pop-Culture Festival „AniMatsuri 2016“. Tartu. www.animatsuri.eu

23.-25.09. Festival of archaic arts „RegiÖÖ“. Tartu. www.tartu.ee/regioo

25.-30.09. Researchers’ Night Festival 2016. Tartu. www.ahhaa.ee, www.teadlasteöö.ee


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