Tallinn’s cultural calendar is full of events! The St. Martin’s Day fair (Mardilaat) is the biggest handicraft and folk event in Estonia.
Estonia’s best handicraft items are presented and sold at the fair, specialist workshops for handicraft lovers and crafts activities for children are organised. Also craftsmen from many European countries are selling their wares. Demonstrations of handicraft products and presentations of new books take place. Visitors can eat Estonian traditional food and listen to various folk music groups.
St. Martin’s Day Fair always takes place during the weekend closest to St. Martin’s Day (10 November) from Thursday to Sunday. The event culminates with a special Friday evening programme – the Handicraft Night.
The St. Martin’s Day Fair marks a national folk tradition and dates back to 1997. What started out as an exhibition of handicraft has long since become a major event in folk culture and one of the most important undertakings of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union. Not only is it possible to buy and sell handicrafts at the fair, but you can also talk to the craftsmen themselves and share your own experiences.
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