Maikrahv recommends: things to do in June

June is a beautiful summer month and there is plenty going on. It is a good idea to enjoy the Tallinn Old Town Days, learn about the common history of Estonia and Denmark, wave at the queen and admire Estonian handicraft and folklore.

Tallinn Old Town Days , May 30 –June 2

The ever so popular Tallinn Old Town Days take place already for the 38th time. The Town Hall Square, right at Maikrahv’s door is the main scene of the festival where concerts and various medieval performances take place. Maikrahv recommends the following events:

  • May 30, at 20.00 the opening ceremony of the Old Town Days. Concert by Ewert and the Two Dragons.
  • May 31, at 18.30 the Count of May tournament and parrot shooting. Let’s step into the medieval era, where the symbol of spring – Count of May (Maikrahv) was elected during Pentecost. The opening ceremony of the tournament takes place at the Town Hall Square where you meet travelling musicians, knights, town councellors and court jesters. A procession moves to the Small Coastal Gate Bastion, competitions in riding and bow shooting take place. The winner is granted the Count of May title for a whole year.
  • June 1, at 10.00 Medieval sword fighting tournament Old Tallinn Cup 2019. The biggest medieval sword fight tournament in the Baltics. The opening takes place at the Town Hall Square, they then proceed to the Small Coastal Gate Bastion where the tournament itself takes place.
  • June 2, at 17.00 Tallinn Flowers Ball 2019 „Tallinn in 800 Years“. During the most colorful event of the summer we see unique clothes made of flowers and plants, dedicated to Tallin’s 800th anniversary.

You’ll find the complete program of the Tallinn Old Town Days here.

Henrik Olrik (1830–1890). Fragment of a painting of the legend of the Danish national flag.

For Families „Dannebrog 800 and the Estonian Flag 135“ , June 15.

June 15 marks the day when 800 years ago during the Battle of Lyndanisse Tallinn was first mentioned in the The Livonian Chronicle of Henry. Legend holds that during the battle a red flag with a white cross fell from the sky, and gave the Danes the victory.

This day also marks the anniversary of both Danish and Estonian flags. This is celebrated at the Freedom Square during 11.00-16.oo, where we have the honour to meet with royalties, namely queen of Denmark, Margarethe II, who is on her visit to Estonia.

The Danish-Estonian theme is present at a few museums as well. The Kadriorg Art Museum holds an art exhibition of the golden age of Danish art „Dannebrog – The Flag That Fell from the sky“.  Kiek in de Köki holds a joint-exhibition of Tallinn Town Museum and Danish History Museuma „Dannebrog and Estonia 1219–2019“.

Handicraft Market, June 28.–30.

A large medieval market is set up in the Town Hall Square with merchants and workshops. The children’s area is situated on the Niguliste hill where children are able to participate in workshops, knight tournaments and other exciting activities.

The best place to sit and enjoy summer and the Old Town Days is by all means Maikrahv’s summer terrace. Welcome!




(Photos: Toomas Volmer / Visit Tallinn, Dannebrog and Estonia 1219–2019 and Kristina Õllek / Visit Tallinn)