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July 2016
01.-03. July Retrobest Festival Otepää

Retro music festival held in Otepää.

02. July Rõuge Water Party and Boat Race Rõuge

Rõuge Water Party and boat race are meant for people who like active holidays and are looking for adventure. It is a family event with enough activities for children and adults.  The main event is the two-person inflatable boat race on Rõuge lakes, where the competitors have to row across the five lakes in Rõuge and carry the boat from one lake to another. The event has been gaining popularity with more than 70 teams taking part in recent years.

06.-10. July Võru Folklore Festival Võru, Võrumaa

Võru Folklore Festival – this means lovely summer days in a small and tranquil Võru town with many splendid dancers, singers and musicians. This is the time of lively events: open-air concerts, handicraft fair, competition for accordion players, theatre performances, church concerts, folk evenings, workshops, night parties.

07.-12. July Klaaspärlimäng festival Jaani Church, Tartu

The summer music festival Klaaspärlimäng ('Glasperlenspiel' in German) was inspired by the themes of the Hermann Hesse novel of the same name, which is why every attempt is made to view and present music from unusual angles. 

08.-10. July Tartu Mill Triathlon / ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup Tartu


The Tartu Mill city triathlon consists of the main event, which is a European Cup stage; an amateurs’ triathlon for non-professionals and a special children’s triathlon for the youngest triathletes. The competition track is challenging for the participants and well viewable for the spectators.  

09.-10. July Tartu Hanseatic Days 2016 Tartu

Tartu Hanseatic Days, taking place in the centre of Tartu on July 9-10, 2016, present an exciting and educational Science City, masculine Iron City, cheerful Children City and delicious Taste Sensations City. Naturally, the festival will be accompanied by a bountiful Hanseatic Fair, where food made of local produce is offered and lively trade take place.

09. July Põltsamaa XXI Castle day Põltsamaa
10.-16. July NoTaFe Viljandi

NoTaFe is a week-long festival, taking place annually, where about hundred people dive together into the July in Viljandi, Estonia, all triggered by a common attraction - an active attitude concerning one's body and mind. What's happening on site is a contemporary-wise school, meaning verbal but also physical dialogue; mental, abstract but also operative, actual curiosity, and shared time and space. The proposition, offered by notafe is a fixed seven-day timetable, freedom of choice included. The program contains different workshops, performances, talks and discussions, meetings with teachers and performers etc. The upcoming festival will be its twenty fourth!

12.-17. July Viljandi Old Music Festival Viljandi

Viljandi Old Music Festival is the oldest such festival in Estonia. It first took place in 1982 and has been combining the beauty of the ancient town with centuries-old music ever since. Performers over the years have included Paolo Pandolfo, Jane Gingell, Trio Mediaeval, Egidius Quartet, Conrad Steinmann, Paul Hillier, the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste, Andres Mustonen and Hortus Musicus.

14. July Iloõtak or a leelo choir concert Värska

This is a genuinely wonderful evening, filled with Seto leelo (local style of singing) and dance. In the courtyard of Seto Farm Museum, surrounded by the history and farm architecture of Seto people, a leelo choir is going to perform ancient Seto songs – Seto leelo that belongs in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. You can also admire the intricate folk costumes of Seto women and real Seto silver.

15.-17. July autorally24 Rally Estonia 2016 Tartu, Tartumaa

The motorsport and entertainment event auto24 Rally Estonia 2016 is an official round of the FIA european Rally Championship.

15.-16. July Music Festival "Punk'n'Roll 2016" Tartu, Raadi Manor park

 "Punk'n'Roll" is Estonia's biggest and oldest punk-rock festival in the open air. It takes place in the Raadi manor park and gives an overview of the cream of Estonian punk bands as well as a selection of performers from abroad.


16. July Mulgi Marathon Ruhja (LV) -Karksi, Viljandi County (EST)

A unique running marathon takes the runners from Ruhja, Latvia to Karksi, Estonia. The international sports event offers frequent runners a well-organized marathon experience and a chance to fulfil their athletic ambitions. The Mulgi marathon introduces the interesting and beautiful Mulgimaa to sports lovers. 

22.-23. July Ostrova Festival Ostrova

Setomaa is one of the most unique places in Estonia. It has managed to maintain its traditional identity, language, customs and culture. The Ostrova Festival represents two days of celebrations of this culture, with choirs, folk music ensembles and rock bands all performing. Those attending the festival can also watch a theatre performance and investigate local handicrafts, and there are special events for children. The festival culminates in a village party.

22.-24. July X Mulgi Culture Festival Lilli, Viljandimaa
25.-31. July Halliste Organ Festival Halliste

 During the Halliste Organ Festival, seven organ concerts will be organised in the churches of the historic Mulgimaa region.Let us bring the organ to people’s hearts - it is not high above and far away, it is very close to us.

28.-31. July Viljandi Folk Music Festival Viljandi

The festival takes place in the castle hills of Viljandi and various venues all across the town. Exciting foreign artists and the best folk music performers from Estonia, Green Stage, Handicraft Yard, Runo Song Nest and a workshop programme to suit every preference are just a few highlights of the festival

28.-31. July Jõgevatreff Kuremaa

 Motorcyclists meeting since 1992. We have bands on three nights, competitions, prizes, excursions onThursday and Friday to interesting places in Estonia (on your own bikes, organisers have arranged guides). You'll get additional info on the spot

29. July Feast of St. Paraskevi Saatse, Võrumaa

Feast of St. Paraskevi, the martyr, is the most important event of the year for the people of Saatse area in Setomaa.  The day begins with a church service in the lovely Saatse St. Paraskevi Church (Russian Orthodox) that is over two centuries old and the home of the famous protected wooden icon 'The Story of Parakseva Pyatnitsa'. After the service, Seto tradition requires that a meal be had on the graves of the loved ones. Feast of St. Paraskevi is also the 'kirmasepäev' of Saatse – a traditional Seto village party with singing and dancing. The guests are kindly asked to come in small groups and to respect the local customs.

31. July The Castledays of Alatskivi Alatskivi

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