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August 2016
24.-28. August Summer Biathlon World Championships Otepää
27.-28. August Lüübnitsa Onion & Fish Fair Lüübnitsa

In the Seto region, the summer catch and crops - fish and vegetables - are ready to be sold. Onion and garlic take centre stage. Visitors can buy handicrafts and take part in food and photo competitions. Children can find out how men carve wood and what it's like being a blacksmith's apprentice.

September 2016
02.-03. September Karksi-Nuia Honey Festival Karksi-Nuia

A family event for beekeepers and honey enthusiasts – the opening ceremony of the festival is a concert at Karksi Peetri (St. Peter) Church on Friday, followed by a day packed with events. On Saturday, you can listen to lectures on beekeeping, taste and buy honey and honey products, participate in various workshops and visit exhibitions. The evening ends with an exciting concert

05.-11. September Estonian Theatre Festival "Draama" Tartu

 "Draama" will take over Tartu once more at the beginning of September.The Estonian Theatre Festival "Draama" is a curator festival. The main programme consists of the most interesting and the best productions of Estonian Theatre. In addition to the main programme of the festival, the topic of which will be published in May 2016, the festival offers an exciting side-programme, music events and an opportunity to spend time in the cosy festival club.

17. September 16th Suur Paunvere Exhibition and Fair Palamuse

This fair has everything to offer, from food and plants to handicrafts and clothes. There is a cultural programme on the main stage and a variety of activities for children. Those wishing to can visit Palamuse Museum as well as its church and pharmacy.

18. September 19th Tartu Mountain Bike Race (Tartu Rattamaraton) Otepää/Elva


The third largest cross country marathon in the world offers cyclists of different age groups and fitness levels the pleasure of participating in one of the toughest cycling marathons. Every year around 7500 people take up the challenge. The two main distances are 89 and 40 km long and take the cyclists away from the city noise, to the varied landscape of South-Estonia. 

23.-24. September Tartu Rally 2016 Tartu


The Tartu Rally is a motorsport event spanning two days with 10 special stages in and around Tartu. Over 80 participating teams come from the Baltic States, Russia, Ukraine and other countries. 

23.-25. September Japanese Pop Culture Festival "AniMatsuri" Tartu

 "AniMatsuri" is a Japanese pop culture festival held for the tenth time and intended mainly for youngsters. Interesting lectures, exciting competitions, workshops, martial arts demonstrations and much more will take place.The main attraction is the cosplay contest taking place on the second day. The winner of one of the categories will fly to London for the European championship. In addition, many exciting events will take place during September.

23.-25. September Festival Regiöö 2016 Tartu
24. September 13th HAANJA100 MTB 2016 Haanja, Võru County


The toughest cycling event in Estonia is the perfect chance to test your physical and mental abilities in an ultramarathon. The vertical climb of the course is ca. 1600 m. The race has become a ”must attend” event for many riders in Estonia and abroad. 

25.-30. September Researchers' Night Festival 2016 Tartu

Researchers' Night Festival TÖF is a festival with a colourful programme for the whole family that opens the door to the world of science and values knowledge.In 2016, TÖF will already celebrate its 11th birthday. We will investigate the latest topics in various fields of science. Therefore, the newest achievements in research will be discussed, those who are interested will be taken to discover secret laboratories, the elite scientists will introduce their work and it is possible to take part in free workshops, Science Theatre viewings, movie nights and experiments.

October 2016
01. October 5th Tartu City Marathon Tartu


The Tartu City Marathon course, which runs on the streets of the historical university town, is considered as one of the most exciting marathon courses in Estonia. The race is run in the following distances: marathon (42 km), half-marathon (21 km) as well as a 10 km Tartu City Run and Tartu Student Marathon. Nordic walkers are also welcome to take part in the 10 km events. 

07.-09. October International Author's Song Festival "Fall of the Leaf Music" Tartu

International author's song festival is a real treat for the listeners and performers of the author's song genre.The festival holds a solid place among similar festivals of the world. Well-known and talented bards with a long and successful career in the genre, perform at the "Fall of the Leaf Music" ("Lehesaju muusika") festival. Performers from faraway countries and different places of the world come to the festival.

10.-16. October Student festival "Tartu Autumn Days" Tartu

The autumn days that bear the student spirit are an opportunity for the participants and the audience to rest their spirit with the help of an intense entertainment and cultural programme. In Tartu, the positivity that is triggered by joint activities has been valuable mental nourishment for visitors for decades.

11.-15. October Viljandi Guitar Festival Viljandi

 The aim of the Viljandi Guitar Festival is to promote improvisational and stylistic guitar playing. During the festival, people may hear improvisational guitar players who represent different genres and get to know about different improvisational techniques and types of guitar. The event brings together guitarists from Estonia and abroad, thereat developing international cooperation concerning guitar playing. Workshops  for students are also a vital part of the festival. 

13.-16. October 21st International Tartu Early Music Festival "Orient et Occident" Tartu

The festival is focused on oriental culture and its relations with early European, primarily medieval culture. The goal is to create an artistic whole in which the topics are handled in depth from different viewpoints. Typical to this festival is a double concert format, with an ensemble from Europe playing in the first part and an ensemble from Asia playing in the second part and a final joint improvisation of both ensembles

17.-26. October 15th International Modern Music Festival "Afekt" Tartu

The 15th "Afekt" is a continuation of the Estonian Composers' Festival.The name has changed, as the festival has evolved into an international event, and a name focused on Estonia in particular would no longer represent the essence of the festival.The composers of the festival are George Friedrich Haas, a living classic of spectral music from Austria, and Toivo Tulev from Estonia.The central theme is visual music theatre.The main performers are the Klangforum Wien, The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Hodges, Simon Steen Andersen, Ensemble Adapter.

22.-23. October Viljandi Music Walk Viljandi
28. October Lindora Fair Lindora

Lindora Fair is held every year on 28 October. It unites the people from three south-eastern Estonian municipalities – Vastseliina, Meremäe and Lasva – as well as visitors from all over the country and around the world. Those who are looking to sell something are welcome to sell them at the fair; those looking to buy something are welcome to do so, too – and so is anyone who is simply looking to meet others and have a good chinwag!

November 2016
10.-13. November Tartu jazz and rhythm music festival "IDeeJazz" Tartu

 Tartu jazz and rhythm music festival "IDeeJazz" brings into Tartu the Estonian music that is packed with creative power. Keywords like good sound, improvisation and idea connect the best thoughts of the Estonian jazz elite and the bold projects of the young musicians' generation, filled with positive energy. The festival draws no clear genre borders – providing very diverse music from mainstream and chamber jazz, ethno and world music to groove rhythms and fusion.

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