Christmas in Tartu

Christmas City Tartu

Choirs sing as Advent candles are lit in a ceremony in Town Hall Sq at 4pm on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas. It's a chance to see the square at its most magical: decorated with fairy lights and Christ…
Carnival in Tartu

Tartu Student Days

Catch a glimpse of modern-day student misdeeds at the end of April, when they take to the streets to celebrate term’s end (and the dawn of spring) in every way imaginable. A second, smaller version occurs in mid-Oct…
Carnival in Tartu

Hanseatic Days

Tartu’s medieval membership of the Hanseatic League is celebrated over a weekend in mid-July, with craft workshops, markets, family-friendly performances and a street parade.
Film in Tartu


A big outdoor cinema takes over Town Hall Sq for a week in August. Screenings (with art-house leanings) are free, plus there are docos, poetry readings and concerts.