Events

Maritime Summer Market

The forecourt of Forum Marinum is the venue for an active summer market, offering a variety of things to do, ideas for the archipelago tourist as well as memorable culinary delicacies from local producers. The summer market offers a changing weekly programme for ten weeks across summer. On the weekends during July, the summer market also provides the opportunity for tourists to explore memorable culinary experiences from nearby producers. The summer market is carried out in connection with the maritime centre.

Medieval Market

The Medieval Market is Finland's largest medieval and historical event held at Turku. Follow the rows of market stalls at the Old Great Square and take a trip back in time to Medieval Market with performing groups, jesters and minstrels. In the work displays area, artisans will demonstrate medieval working methods. The whole family can enjoy the medieval amusement!

Archipelago Sea Jazz

Archipelago Sea Jazz is a unique series of four festivals that invite you to embrace the intimate archipelago atmosphere and top music during the summer of 2021. The collection of seaside festivals brings jazz enthusiasts together on Kimito Island, in Korpo, to the Ruissalo Boatyard in Turku and Mariehamn in Åland. World class jazz and the romance of the archipelago: this is Archipelago Sea Jazz.

Turku Castle Medieval Tournament

Heavily armored warriors will go head-to-head with one another throughout the week, challenging each other on horse and on foot over several disciplines. This highly impressive array of skills are now available for the sixth time, taking place within the magnificent and historical setting of Turku Castle. During the competition the castle will come fully to life with a special market and themed tours. The combat zone and the market area are open to free to the public.

Down By The Laituri

The Down By The Laituri city festival continues to grow and evolve! The cultural and historical surroundings of the Cathedral Square raise the bar to an entirely new level, where audiences can arrive to a relaxed vibe and three festive days full of music. The diverse line-up for the event is packed with renowned artists. In addition, the festival offers top-quality restaurant services and fascinating art.

Challenge Turku

Challenge Turku brings an international triathlon competition to Turku and the iconic Aura riverside. Even though the competition draws the world's best professional triathletes and their Finnish counterparts to challenge for victory, Challenge Turku is also an event for the whole family. There are few barriers to participation, with available distances for people of all ages and abilities!

Kesärauha

Kesärauha (Summer Peace) is a festival of indie and alternative music in Turku, which this year is held from 6th to 8th August 2021 in Turku Castle Park. Kesärauha, which made its debut in 2019, immediately took its place as one of the most important alternative music festivals in Turku and Finland. At Kesärauha 2021, ticket-holders can enjoy seeing both top foreign and domestic artists, including Mew, Supergrass, Alma, Magenta Skycode, Vesta, Ruusut and Maustetytöt, as well as almost 50 other performers.

Turku Music Festival

Turku Music Festival brings to Turku the stars of classical music, both international and domestic. Finland's oldest continuously held music festival is one of Northern Europe’s most important classical music festivals.

Huoneiden kirja (eng. A Book of Rooms)

Step into a single artistic work the size of a house! A group of a hundred artists transform an empty labyrinth house into an unprecedented experience – the masterpiece Huoneiden kirja (eng. A Book of Rooms). Walk into an immersive, multi-artistic and sensual performance. The work is based on Saila Susiluoto's poetry book of the same name. Performance venue: Turku Kivipaino, Ursininkatu 6.

Aura Fest

Held for the 11th time, Aura Fest celebrates next summer from the 13th–14th August 2021, as usual in Turku’s magnificent Kupittaa Park. Another high-quality line-up of artists bring music and merriment to the middle of the most beautiful park in Turku. The first confirmed artists are Sanni, Gasellit, Elastinen, Stig, Gettomasa, Mikael Gabriel, Petri Nygård, Reino Nordin and Spekti. The festival area is located within walking distance of central Turku, close to all the city’s services. Throw yourself into the atmosphere of Aura Fest and let the positive vibes lift your spirits! The event is only for visitors over 18 years old.

Turku Animated Film Festival

Turku Animated Film Festival, more commonly known as TAFF, is Finland's most charming, international animated film festival. Once again audiences can enjoy enchanting short-animations and a rich international festival atmosphere.

Turku Day

On Turku Day the whole city celebrates! In 2020, Turku Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 20th, and there will be plenty of festivities for the whole weekend. The weekend program invites lovers of music, dance, sports and history all to join in on the celebration.

Christmas Market on the Old Great Square

Experience the magical atmosphere of Christmas at the Old Great Square Turku on four weekends before Christmas: 28–29 Nov, 5–6 Dec, 12–13 Dec, and 19–20 Dec 2020 at 11am–5pm. The Christmas Market's festive spirit, Christmas aromas, fairytales, dance, music and charming vendors’ stalls invites the whole family to the Old Great Square.

Ruisrock

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, Ruisrock 2021 has been cancelled. The next time the festival will be celebrated will be from 8th to 10th July 2022, in Ruissalo, Turku.