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Car-Free Avenue to open in July with Stefan and Justament concert

Tartu City Government Press Release

Autovabaduse puiestee 2021 Photo: Evelin Lumi

16 June / The Car-Free Avenue bike lanes and programme will open on 1 July at 19.00, with the concert ‘Tartu 2024 presents: Justament and Stefan’. The opening concert on Vabaduse Puiestee will be broadcast on ETV and the summer events in the heart of Tartu will continue until mid-August.

The European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, the Tiigi Society House, and the City of Tartu are organising concerts, dance nights, a food market and many other events on Vabaduse Puiestee from 1 July through 14 August.

‘Tartu 2024 Presents’ will feature performances by Rita Ray (16 July), Horoskoop and Heidy Tamme (23 July), Raul Ojamaa (29 July), and Ewert and the Two Dragons (14 August). Taking place as part of the Glasperlenspiel Festival is the 50th anniversary concert by KukerPillid (10 July), and the first weekend in August brings the Tartu Food and Wine Festival to Vabaduse Puiestee, with performances by Jüri Pootsmann (5 August) and Alika Milova (6 August).

During the summer programme, from 1 July to 14 August, Vabaduse Puiestee will be closed to traffic on weekends (Fri 18.00 – Sun 23.59). The complete closure will take place from 8 July through 19 July, when the WRC Rally Estonia events move to the city centre. During the rest of the period, the area on the park side of Vabaduse Puiestee will be open to cars.

The part of Vabaduse Puiestee located on the river side has been redesigned in the same way as in previous years. There will be new seating and lounging areas, landscaping and a new water feature. A variety of street food trucks will be serving food in the area. Along the entire length of Car-Free Avenue, from the Delta study and research building to Vaksali Bridge, the streets will be complemented by various recreational areas and a small adventure park on Lillemägi. Businesses on Riia Street will also be able to move part of their operations to the street for the summer.

The aim of Car-Free Avenue is to merge the heart of the city and the area around the Emajõgi River into a single whole, to separate different groups of road users in order to ensure safe movement, and to enliven the summer heart of the city. Cooperation is taking place with local businesses to help create a pleasant living and working environment on the main streets of Tartu.

Last changed 22.07.2022