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GALLERY | Tartu 2024 Car-Free Avenue is open! 

On July 6, Tartu 2024 Car-Free Avenue was kicked off by Estonian beloved pop-rock band Mahavok, followed by boipepperoni and An-Marlen. The Car-Free Avenue will remain open until August 12.

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According to the Mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas, this year’s programme is special – in addition to local artists, several international artists will take the Avenue’s stage. “The Car-Free Avenue offers a cultural programme, active recreation, and a place to relax. The initiative has always sparked discussion about the urban space we want to see and experience around us,” said Klaas.

This year’s cultural programme includes traditional dance evenings, a youth programme, family events, outdoor cinema, and much more. There will be more emphasis on sports activities, for example, visitors can play petanque, basketball, table tennis, spike ball, chess, and checkers. Every Sunday morning, yoga will be in the central park next to the Avenue. Additionally, there will be a water play area that offers cooling with flowing water, spraying jets, and a mist cube. The ribbon forest and a climbing trail are open for children among many other activities. 

“We invite everyone to take a summer break and visit Car-Free Avenue to relax, play, and enjoy the events of the European Capital of Culture,” said Tartu 2024 leader Kuldar Leis.

The Car-Free Avenue has five food trucks, some of which will change over time. Food trucks will be open from Monday to Wednesday and Sunday from 12 PM to 8 PM, and Thursday to Saturday from 12 PM to 10 PM.

Car-Free Avenue follows the guidelines for environmentally friendly events set by the city of Tartu and Tartu 2024 to reduce the event’s environmental impact. Reusable dishes will be used, waste will be sorted, and visitors are encouraged to choose eco-friendly transportation. Water bottles can be filled with chilled drinking water on the boulevard.

The Tartu 2024 Car-Free Avenue will be open for five weeks until August 12. Check out the Car-Free Avenue programme on the website