Autumn will soon be upon us – and the serene forests, wetlands, islands, gardens and cities of Estonia will be awash with autumn colour. From harvest festivals to catching lampreys in the river with a local fisherman, here's our round up of the top events in Estonia this autumn (find out more at visitestonia.com):
- Autumn fair ‘Maarjalaat’ (7 September): Maarjalaat is a traditional autumn fair in Tartu where guests can buy Estonian handicrafts, gardening materials, plants and authentic local food.
- Buffet Day on Onion Road (14 September): In mid-September the locals of the Peipus area and Onion Road open their doors and showcase their best recipes handed down from generation to generation. This is a day full of authentic Estonian food, interesting local people and meetings with old friends.
- Lamprey Festival in Narva-Jõesuu (28 September): Lampreys are a very rare species of fish however, in Narva-Jõesuu, they have been fished since prehistoric times. At the festival guests can buy fresh fish, try different dishes made from lampreys and go out on the river with fisherman to see how they are caught.
- Kihnu Violin Festival (4-6 October): The Kihnu Violin Festival showcases the best violinists of Estonia, as they honour the rich song traditions of Kihnu island. Travellers can immerse themselves in island culture, as they enjoy the festival’s spectacular violin concerts and discussions.
- Harvest Festival and Autumn Fair at the Estonian Agricultural Museum (12 October): This Harvest Festival in Tartu traditionally celebrates the end of major field work and the harvest being put in the granary. Guests can take part in agricultural or horticultural work, discover and taste different products and participate in workshops. Entertainment is provided by ‘Sada ja seened’, an iconic Estonian musical artist.
- Tallinn Restaurant Week (1-7 November): Tallinn Restaurant Week allows visitors to enjoy local cuisine and learn about the latest cooking trends. Delicious cuisine can also be enjoyed at many of the participating restaurants.
- Black Night Film Festival (PÖFF) (15 November – 1 December): PÖFF is an annual film festival in Tartu, held since 1997 and is the only A-category film festival in Northern Europe. The festival showcases over 600 films, has over 1,200 attending film professionals and journalists and attracts a crowd of more than 80,000 people each year.