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February 2016
01.-28. February Tasty Tartu 2016 Tartu, Tartumaa

 Tasty Tartu 2016 is a campaign of taste experiences, which will be taking place in Tartu for the second time. Only in February, you can enjoy new food experiences by trying the affordable special three-course menus of the 14 restaurants that are developing these in addition to their ordinary menus to celebrate this month.

11.-14. February FIG International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament ”Miss Valentine” & IFAAG European Championships Tartu


Glitz and glamour are brought to wintry Tartu by gymnasts and group gymnasts participating in one of the biggest gymnastics tournaments in Europe. Top gymnasts from almost 30 countries around the world will take part in this very enjoyable competition. 

13. February Kalevipoja VII Skating Competition Kasepää, Jõgevamaa
20.-21. February Karakatitsa Festival in Kallaste and the ‘Fishermen’s village on the shore of Lake Peipsi’ Kallaste, Tartu County

A contest and parade of self-made vehicles called ‘karakatitsa’.

21. February 44th Tartu Marathon Otepää/Tartu County


The Tartu Marathon is one of the oldest and one of the biggest ski marathons in the world. The traditional 63km marathon starts from Otepää and finishes in Elva, whereas the start for the half marathon (31 km) is given in Arula. There are also an Open Track event, Relay Marathon and races for children. 

March 2016
05. March 42th Haanja Marathon Võru County


The race is part of Estonia’s long-distance ski series Estoloppet. 

05. March Vudila Hõbekala (Silver Fish) Tabivere Parish, Jõgeva County
13. March Celebrating Maaselits Obinitsa, Setomaa

Maaselits is the Seto tradition of having one last party before the long Lent. Leelo singers are a must in order to sing, dance and play music for the last time before the Lent. These songs demonstrate the importance of Maaselits in Seto culture; this is a mental preparation for the lengthy Lent. The guests are served plinis, hot tea and something with a bit more bite. An old tradition dictates that you need to go sliding on ice that day.

13. March Kekkonen Ski Race Kääriku

This now traditional winter event will be held at Kääriku Sports Centre, covering the 14 km of the Kekkonen ski track in classic style. The track was named after former Finnish president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, who visited Kääriku during his now legendary state visit to Estonia in March 1964. The president completed a 17-km course on skis and spent the night at Kääriku Sports Centre. His visit is also immortalised in the Kekkonen sauna, which is open to all competitors after the race.

28. March - 02. April Maailmafilm (World Film) Festival Tartu

This film festival is dedicated primarily to documentary cinematographic art and creative documentary. More than fifty documentaries are shown at the festival. In addition you’ll find special programmes, exhibitions, workshops and will be able to meet the filmmakers.

30. March Unistuste lend (Flight of Dreams) International Gala of Ballet Schools Tartu

This event features variations on classical ballets, and performances of neo-Classical, contemporary, modern, and character dancing by the alumni and students of Ida Tantsukool, as well as guest school performers.

April 2016
08.-10. April Happy BB Weekend Tartu

The Big Band Tartu has, during its time, met many guest directors and other big bands. Once again they’ll come to meet old friends and share their enthusiasm with jazz to an interested public.

08.-17. April 10th JAFF Japanese Animated Film Festival Tartu
09.-10. April 25th Peko Kevad (Peko Spring) Orienteering Competition Ootsipalu, Põlva County

The PEKO Värska Orienteering club has strong traditions. This international competition is the main event to be organised by the club. About four hundred participants are expected from Estonia and other countries

09. April Russian Ball (Vene ball) Vanemuise kontserdimaja, Tartu

Traditional Russian ball that welcomes guest every spring in Tartu Vanemuise Concerthall

16. April Mulgikross 2016 Holstre-Nõmme, Viljandimaa

 Mulgikross" has become one of the most prestigious competitions for Estonian motoracers and most popular with fans. The audience has always been numerous, 3000 – 8000 people.

18.-24. April 15th Supilinn (Soup Town) Days Tartu

The Soup Town Days involves a week-long series of events that are held in Tartu Supilinn in spring, and which are organised by the Supilinn Association. Welcoming people, the spring air, the flea market, workshops, the theatre, concerts and a party are all waiting for you! Attending the festival is free of charge.

19.-26. April Viljandi Jazzkaareke (The Small Jazzkaar) Viljandi

The 27th Jazzkaar Festival has a small ‘sister festival’, the mini-festival that is known as Viljandi Jazzkaareke.

21.-23. April Maamess 2016 Tartu Fairs centre
22.-23. April 17th Moisekatsi Elohelü Estonian Folk Music Arrangements Festival Mooste Manor, Põlva County

The Moisekatsi Elohelü festival revives Estonian folk music through contemporary musical projects. A contest concert aims to test the vocal and instrumental abilities of participants.

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