A one-of-a-kind folk music festival in the most beautiful town in Estonia. A place to travel to

  • 2024-04-02

Viljandi Folk Music Festival is a festival that takes place in the most beautiful small town in Estonia - Viljandi. Four days of folk music celebration at the end of July attracts more than 20 000 visitors every year. With more than 75 concerts and a wide additional programme, the festival is one of the largest of its kind in the Baltic and Nordic countries. 

The festival values tradition, heritage and local identity and tries to adapt the spiritual values that people have developed over hundreds and thousands of years to the contemporary way of life. Festival’s youthful and happy guests are cheerful and caring towards their surroundings and themselves, and open to the opportunities of falling in love and delving deep into something. That’s the spirit of Viljandi Folk Music Festival! 

In 2023, the festival celebrated its 30th birthday. This year marks the 31st edition. The XXXI Viljandi Folk Music Festival focuses on the distinctive patterns in traditional music that help to strengthen and identify the cultural particularities of different ethnic groups. We pay tribute to these phenomena that have developed over hundreds of years, these cornerstones of the cultures of the world that leave unmistakable traces worth following. 

Along with Estonian folk music stars, every year there are artists coming from all around the world. As of today, the first five artists have been announced.They represent Mexico, Norway, Ghana and Estonia. The whole lineup will be announced in the middle of April. 

Viljandi Folk Music Festival offers several places where you can stay during the festival. The festival has a campsite where you are guaranteed the most authentic festival experience. Also, there is comfortable camping where you don’t need to bring your own tent – a ready-made tent, equipped with a mattress, is waiting for you. If you wish to combine the comforts of a hotel room and a fresh air experience, then the bohemian and luxurious glamping is the solution for you. If you are travelling with a van, you can have a spot in a caravan park. 

In 2024, Tartu, a southern city in Estonia, is titled as the “capital of Europe”. The aim of the Tartu 2024 is to draw attention to the southern part of Estonia and introduce our rich cultural heritage. Viljandi Folk Music Festival is part of the Tartu 2024 additional programme. This is the year to visit southern Estonia and explore its culture through music! 

Find out more about the festival from its official website www.viljandifolk.ee/en