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Old Town Days: get to know Tallinn in a fun way

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When the weather gets sunnier and days longer, the best way to celebrate the beginning of summer is to participate in the biggest festival in Tallinn Old Town. It is a perfect opportunity to get to know Tallinn in a fun way. Days full of music, theatre, art and sports events are a great way to learn about the history of Tallinn. And what’s best, most of the activities are absolutely free.

History

It may sound shocking now, but at the end of the 1950s, a lot of people were in favor of the idea to demolish the Old Town because it was considered that renovating the old houses was too difficult and pointless. By the year 1962, there was even a project ready to demolish old houses and build high business buildings instead. But luckily, the Tallinn Old Town was preserved and is now the biggest pride of Estonia. In the 1980s, it was a difficult time for Estonia, as it was occupied by the Soviet Union. Therefore, it was difficult to organize something like Old Town Days, but thanks to active people, the event was preserved, and this year, it is organized for the 38th time.

Tallinna Vanalinna Päevad / Tallinn Old Town Days
Tallinna Vanalinna Päevad / Tallinn Old Town Days
Raekoja plats, 10143 Tallinn, Estonia
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Picture © Credit to: iStock/sarahdoow

Something for the whole family

Tallinn Old Town Days, in the end of May - beginning of June, offer plenty of activities to locals, tourists, kids, grownups, elderly and everyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful day in the Old Town of Tallinn. You can listen to different music – might you like mellow orchestras or stormy rock music. Stages are always filled with musicians from Estonia and other countries. If you love theatre, there is no need to go to stuffy halls, but you can see various shows in the streets of Old Town. And what’s best – most of the shows are absolutely free and open for everyone. We cannot forget the little ones, who just want to have some fun. For kids, there are different workshops, sporty games, the shows for children and many educational and fun activities. To get to know Estonian culture from all over the country, you don’t need to go far. Tallinn Old Town Days will bring them to you – you can enjoy the dances and listen to old songs. Even the churches open their doors and invite people to follow the concerts that you don’t hear every day. If you want to buy some authentic souvenirs, Tallinn’s Old Town Days are the best occasion for it. Streets are filled with vendors offering all kinds of trinkets, and you can even try your hands with making stuff in different workshopspaint porcelain or learn to draw comics!

Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town
Old Town of Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia
 Picture © Credit to: iStock/walencienne
Picture © Credit to: iStock/walencienne

So, don’t miss Old Town Days, if you happen to be in Tallinn at that time. Celebrate the beginning of summer, listen to music, watch shows and get to know Tallinn in a fun way.


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Merje Aus

Merje Aus

Merje – proud Estonian, in love with everything her home country has to offer. Studying Estonian philology and working as a journalist.

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