The annual string music festival held since 1994, is a real summer music festivity primarily for the young.and called "Viiulimängud" (violin games). The Festival at the beautiful seaside resort Haapsalu focuses on string playing and a wide ensemble repertoire from classical music to jazz and pop. The chief performers are the Haapsalu City Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Nationwide Young String Players’ Summer Courses, with professors of the courses as soloists. At the same time this Festival is an extraordinary gathering of the best violinists and cellists in Estonia. Concerts are held at the famous historical Dome Church, the Uuemõisa Manor, the Kuursaal, and churches nearby. The Festival is organised in collaboration with the Haapsalu Music Society. The founder and Artistic Director of the ‘Viiulimängud’ was Tõnu Reimann. Last years is the artistic director Eva Punder.
Along the years many acclaimed Estonian violinists have performed here as soloists and teachers, for instance Arvo Leibur, Elar Kuiv, Urmas Vulp, of younger generation Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin, cellists Teet Järvi and Marius Järvi, father and son, Kristjan Saar and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Young soloists of the courses always have the opportunity to play with the orchestra. Of acclaimed foreign artists violist Daniel Raiskin from the Netherlands has been in Haapsalu once.