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TALLINN - ESTONIA EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Tallinn Flower Festival,
May - August
International „Tallinn Flower Festival“ in the park of the Square of Towers in 2010
More info - http://www.kadriorupark.ee/lillefestival/EN/3347

Tallinn Old Town Days
June
Medieval-themed festival, in the Old Town, popular with locals who dress up for the occasion.
More info: www.Tallinn.ee

Tallinn Midsummer's Night
June
Locals celebrate the longest day, when it doesn't really get dark, with bonfires and all things pagan.
More info: www.Tallinn.ee

Tallinn Beer Festival
July
Biggest beer festival in the Baltics with live music accompanying lashings of beer. Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
More info: www.ollesummer.ee

Tallinn Birgitta Festival
August
Wide-ranging music and cultural festival. The ruins of the historical Pirita (St Bridget's) convent
More info: www.birgitta.ee

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
November-December
Tallinn's largest international film festival. Various venues
More info: www.poff.ee

RIGA - LATVIA EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Gadatirgus
June
Popular annual festival of arts and craft.
Various venues

Folklore Festival
Early June
Open-air Ethnographic Museum

Latvian Singing and Dancing Festival
June-August
Over 30,000 singers and 15,000 dancers all dressed in national costume descend upon the city.
Various venues

Riga Opera Festival
June-August
Opera House

Ligo Diena (Grass Day)
Late June
Jani grasses are strewn about the home in preparation for the Jani.
Throughout Riga

Jani (Midsummer Festival)
Late June
Traditional Pagan celebration of summer solstice.
Throughout Riga

Riga Summer Festival
July
Festival of chamber and symphony music.
Various venues

International Folk Dance Festival
July
Various venues

More info: www.latviatourism.lv

VILNIUS - LITHUANIA EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Vilnius International Folk Music Festival
May
Folk music performed in the old town and in Sereikiškių Park.
More info www.etno.lt

Vilnius St Christopher Summer Festival
June-July
Popular annual summer arts event in Vilnius.
More info: www.kristupofestivaliai.lt

Vilnius - Days of the Capital
August-September
The city celebrates itself. Various open-air venues
More info: www.vilniusfestivals.lt

‘Sirenos' - International Theatre Festival
September-October
The largest theatre event in Lithuania promoting modern drama from various theatres in Vilnius.
More info: www.vilniusfestivals.lt

Vilnius Jazz Festival
October
International jazz festival with concerts at various venues.
More info: www.vilniusjazz.lt

FINLAND - HELSINKI EVENTS & FESTIVALS

May Day
May
Throughout the city

World Village Festival
May
International music, arts and food. Various venues, city centre
More info: www.maailmakylassa.fi

Kruununhaka, Halkolaituri Helsinki Day
June
Festival celebrating founding day of Helsinki. Throughout city
More info: www.hel2.fi/helsinkipaiva/english

Juhannusvalkeat
June
Midsummer's eve celebration with bonfires, folk music and dancing. Seurasaari Open Air Museum
More info: www.nba.fi/en/seurasaari_openairmuseum

Helsinki Jazz
June
Jazz events. Various venues
More info: www.helsinkijazz.fi

Helsinki Pride Festival
June/July
Lesbian and gay event festival. Various venues
More info: www.helsinkipride.fi

Helsinki City Marathon
August
Around city and coast
More info: www.helsinkicitymarathon.com

Helsinki Festival
August-September
Finland's largest annual festival of dance, music and theatre. Various venues
More info: www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi

ST.PETERSBURG - RUSSIA EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Victory Day
May
Crowds gather at Piskarivskoye Memorial Cemetery to pay tribute to the victims of the Nazi blockade.

Dyen Goroda (City Day)
May
Major festival with fireworks, concerts and much merrymaking.
City centre

St Petersburg Beer Festival
June
Begins with a parade down Nevsky prospekt and ends with a fireworks display, accompanied by lots of drinking.
Throughout the city centre

Festival-festivaley (Festival of Festivals)
June
International film festival.
Cinemas throughout the city

Byeliye Nochi (White Nights)
June-July
Throughout the city, especially Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress and Yelagin Island.