Visit Tallinn this March, enjoy its festivals

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Visit Talinn this March, you will want to visit again. If you have a chance to visit, do it on the last days of March. Why? Because of festivals you may want to experience. Tallinn Music Week held on 25-29 March, brings out the best of early spring Tallinn. The festival fills the town’s finest venues with outstanding new music, complimented by free pop-up concerts, pub-quiz style chatter, culinary delights. If you like beer, you should not miss the city’s first ever Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend.

Seventh Tallinn Music Week, the biggest indoor music festival in the Baltic-Nordic region  fills Tallinn’s most popular venues & music clubs with more than 200 local and international artists and an enthusiastic audience of around 20,000 to the capital of Estonia for three days of music – from metal to pop, from classical to dance, from young upstarts to established crowd-pleasers. The audience includes both local music fans as well as visitors across the boarders from neighbouring Finland, Russia and Latvia.

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In addition to the main festival programme Tallinn Music Week presents traditional free afternoon City Stage concerts around town, a talk show series TMW Talks and the restaurant festival TMW Tastes. As a brand new addition the festival, TMW Arts, organized by Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre, presents a series of exhibition openings of living classics and contemporary artists. A two-day Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend, a showcase for best international micro-breweries in Telliskivi joins great artisan beer with a special TMW stage.

Music festival
26-28 March, different venues around town
Among international participants are new-folk legend Vashti Bunyan, Swedish electro-pop star KateBoy and Polish art-pop princess Julia Marcell. Internationally acclaimed Estonian acts in the line-up include folk-stylist Maarja Nuut and indie orchestra Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut.  The festival features a special focus on Denmark – currently one of the most exciting new music sources in Europe. Another highlight of this year’s programme is classical music rave taking place in recently opened creative centre Kultuurikatel.

City Stage programme
25-29 March
Free intimate pop-up concerts and special sets from festival acts in Tallinn’s various cafés, galleries, bookshops and other public places.

TMW Talks
25-29 March, TMW pop-up restaurant at the Design- and Architecture Gallery
Series of free, public interviews, discussions and experiments on music related topics . This year’s discussions tackle womens role in the rather male-centred music business and the life and current status of Estonian pop idols from the 90s. We will also see local music critics' death match, an experiment testing a possible new angle of the classical pop-quiz and many more. Everyone is welcome, most of the talks-discussions are in Estonian if not marked differently.

TMW Tastes
25-29 March, different restaurants aroun Tallinn
A handpicked selection of the town’s best restaurants, cafés and eateries that offer special menus and discounts to festival guests.
For the second year Tallinn Music Week will open a special pop-up restaurant at the Design- and Architecture Gallery. In addition to that renown Estonian chef Peeter Pihel will introduce a special “B-sides” menu at the restaurant Kaks Kokka. A delicate soundtrack is provided by DJ-s Heidy Purga and Sander Mölder.
*To participate at “B-sides” dinner, book your table from 5th March at

TMW Arts

24-29 March, different galleries
For the first time Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia will put together a special arts programme featuring local contemporary classics and young artists as well as international names. TMW Arts also includes a programme of art films.
*Film programme is free for TMW delegate's and festival pass owners, 3.50€ for everybody else.

Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend
27-28 March, Telliskivi 57
A craft beer showcase, introducing the hippest breweries across the Nordic-Baltic area. The venue also features as TMW City Stage with suitable musical additions to go with a glass.
* Access to the area must be bought separately from Piletilevi.

Festival passes for 45€ are on sale at From 16th March the pass costs 55€. Single tickets to concerts are available from 5-15€ at Piletilevi.

Book your accommodation & bus/ferry ride with a special TMW price from

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