Haapsalu culture programme 2021

01.07 – 04.07 Haapsalu’s Tchaikovsky Festival

This year’s festival will host guest artists from around the world. There will also be several carefully selected chamber music concerts. We welcome everyone that appreciates beauty, romance, great feelings, and splendid melodies, as well as historical concert sites, lovely summer nights, the romantic old town, and, above all, the magnificent music by Tchaikovsky. The first Haapsalu Tchaikovsky Festival, which took place in 2017, received a lot of positive feedback from the audience, recognition from critics, and several significant prizes.


Photo: Gunnar Laak

16.07-18.07 TAFF:fest

TAFF:fest is a festival of quality music focused on Estonian musicians, featuring top performers and young musicians who are still trying to make it to the top, which is why they need more outputs. Artistic director Raivo Tafenau has a vision of how to combine different styles of music while maintaining the freedom inherent in jazz music. The festival is a mixture of pop, folk, rock, classical, rap, and many more genres. The word ‘crossover’ could be the keyword for this festival, as jazz as a genre has become very difficult to define.


Photo: Viktor Pavlov

23.07-25.07 Haapsalu Early Music Festival


23.07–25.07 Yoga Festival


Photo: Joogafestival

30.07–01.08 Bluesfest “Augustibluus”

The main stage is nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the ancient Episcopal Castle, featuring both big names from the United States – the cradle of blues and Europe as well as exciting projects from the local performers. The daily program offers workshops, exhibitions and traditional acoustic concerts in the old railway station. Music can also be enjoyed in streets and open- air cafes.


Photo: Silver Raidla

14.08 Promenade of Flavours

The festival takes place in the Old Town and on that day, the entire Karja Street becomes a promenade of flavours.
Haapsalu welcomes anyone to the festival who has a passion for food, flavours, and summer in Haapsalu.
The festival programme also includes interesting concerts and performances on the stage of the Citizen Tower.

13.08-05.08 Haapsalu’s Horror and Fantasy Film festival

Haapsalu’s Horror and Fantasy Film festival is the biggest genre film festival in the Baltic States. It will bring to you the best, boldest and most original action, fantasy and horror films that have been released in recent years. In addition to that, you won’t miss out on freak and retro film selections which are becoming increasingly more popular, exciting unique events and the best parties in the mud capital!


16.08 – 18.08 The White Lady Time 

During the closest weekend of August’s full moon, Haapsalu’s old town will turn into a buzzing fairground where a colorful culture programme will be held from the early hours of the morning until the crack of dawn. When the darkness hits The White Lady open air show
will be played at the bishop’s Castle grounds.


10.09-12.09 Nostalgia Days

We think of nostalgia as the past. We do not give priority to waving communist flags or to political preferences. Those days are simply gone. When most people think of the past, they think of their first schoolday, their first love, first car, and many other of their firsts.

Nostalgia Days in Haapsalu are special because the events take place in the entire city during three days. The main day has always been Saturday when a parade of old vehicles takes place, followed by an exhibition, a concert, and a fair.

Summers in Haapsalu last longer!

04. – 14.11 West County’s Food Week

During the dark nights of November, the streets will be lit up in the lights of cosy food places. During the West County’s food week, different restaurants, cafe’s and other food providers will offer special menus put together with quality produce. The main emphasis will be on local produce and small providers in the West County and the overall area itself. Good food lovers will be able to spoil their taste buds during the whole week! In addition to special menus food tasting, prom​otions and training​.


Photo: Ivar Soopan