Events

Top Choice Music in Turku

Ruisrock

For three days in July, Finland’s oldest and largest annual rock festival – held since 1969 and attracting 100,000-strong crowds – takes over Ruissalo island.
Top Choice Music in Savonlinna

Savonlinna Opera Festival

Savonlinna Opera Festival is Finland’s most famous festival, with an enviably dramatic setting: the covered courtyard of Olavinlinna Castle. It offers four weeks of top-class opera performances from early July to ea…
Top Choice Music in Kuhmo

Kuhmon Kamarimusiikki

This two-week festival in late July has a full program performed by a variety of Finnish and international musicians, many youthful. Most concerts, usually five or six short pieces bound by a tenuous theme, are held…
Top Choice Music in Lahti

Sibelius Festival

The Sibelius Festival in mid-September has performances by Sinfonia Lahti, the city's famous symphony orchestra.
Sports in Inari

King's Cup

Held over the last weekend of March or first weekend of April, this is the grand finale of Lapland’s reindeer-racing season and a great spectacle as the beasts race around the frozen lake, jockeys sliding like water…
Cultural in Kuopio

Wife-Carrying World Championships

If the thought of grabbing your wife by the legs, hurling her over your shoulder and running for your life sounds appealing, make sure you’re in Sonkajärvi, 18km northeast of Iisalmi, in early July, for the Wife-Car…
Sports in Jyväskylä

Neste Oil Rally Finland

In early August Jyväskylä hosts what many Finns regard as summer's most important event, the Finnish leg of the World Rally Championship. It’s perhaps the most spectacular of all the stages, and draws half a million…
Cultural in Helsinki

Vappu

This student graduation festival is celebrated by gathering around the Havis Amanda statue, which receives a white graduation cap, at 6pm on 30 April. The following day, May Day, is celebrated with plenty of sparkli…
Art in Kemijärvi

Kuvanveistoviikko

This wood-sculpting festival is held in late June or early July every odd-numbered year. It attracts artists from many countries, whom you can watch as they create their works.
Light Show in Tampere

Tampere Illuminations

The city streets are brightened by 40,000 coloured lights between late October and early January. The central square becomes a Christmas market in December.