20 popular festivals that take place in Finland

20 popular festivals that take place in Finland, across categories of music, art, food, and sports:

Music Festivals:

  1. Ruisrock – The second oldest rock festival in Europe and the oldest in Finland, located in Turku.
  2. Flow Festival – A music and arts festival in Helsinki, known for its diverse line-up of music from various genres.
  3. Ilosaarirock – An annual rock festival held in Joensuu. It’s one of the oldest music festivals in Finland.
  4. Pori Jazz – One of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, held annually in Pori.
  5. Tuska Open Air Metal Festival – The biggest metal music festival in the Nordic countries, held in Helsinki.

Art Festivals:

  1. Helsinki Festival – The largest multi-arts festival in Finland, offering a wide range of events in all art forms.
  2. Helsinki Design Week – The largest design festival in the Nordic countries, showcasing fashion, architecture, and urban culture.
  3. Midnight Sun Film Festival – A unique event where films are shown 24 hours a day in Sodankylä, Finnish Lapland.
  4. DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival – One of the largest documentary film festivals in the Nordic countries.

Food Festivals:

  1. Helsinki Baltic Herring Market – One of the oldest ongoing event traditions in Finland, with fishermen selling their products at the Market Square.
  2. Turku Food & Wine Festival – An event that brings together food and wine enthusiasts in the historical city of Turku.
  3. Restaurant Day – A unique “food carnival” where anyone can open a restaurant for a day, taking place four times a year.
  4. Savour the Flavour of Helsinki – An event where local restaurants offer their best dishes in Kansalaistori square.

Sport Festivals:

  1. Ruka Nordic Opening – The traditional opening competition of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuusamo.
  2. Jukola Relay – The largest orienteering relay race in the world, held annually in different parts of Finland.
  3. Air Guitar World Championships – A fun and quirky event held annually in Oulu, promoting world peace according to the ideology “Wars would end, climate change stop if all played the Air Guitar”.
  4. NUTS Ylläs Pallas – An ultramarathon event in Finnish Lapland, featuring trail runs of various distances.
  5. Kuopio Dance Festival – The largest annual dance festival in the Nordic countries.
  6. Lahti Ski Games (Salpausselän kisat) – A traditional annual winter sports event with competitions in ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
  7. Helsinki City Marathon – The biggest marathon event in Finland, held in August.

As always, be sure to check the most recent information about these festivals, as details may change due to various circumstances.