Viljandi is an ancient hilly city in South Estonia topped by ruins of a once-powerful Livonian Order castle.
For many people Viljandi conjures up images of the Viljandi Folk Music Festival and Viljandi Culture Academy. This small city is the “capital of folk music” for most Estonians. The Viljandi Folk festival runs for 4 days on the last weekend in July. It is the largest annual music festival in Estonia.
Viljandi hosts many events and several international festivals throughout the year. The Early Music Festival, Hanseatic Days, Young Dance Festival, Mulgi Rally, Winter Folk Dance Festival, the “Theatre in Suitcase” puppet theatre festival etc. Since 1928, a run around Lake Viljandi has taken place on the first day of May every year.