Events

Exhibition 40,000+

At Forum Marinum you can now experience the magic of the archipelago from land. The new exhibition 40,000+ is named after the number of islands and islets in the Archipelago Sea and brings together the people, nature, and way of life of the archipelago. In the functional exhibition, the viewer can experience, see and hear about life in the archipelago in the form of mini-documentaries and videos, among other things.

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.

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.

Vegånia

Finland's first vegan street food event, Vegånia, introduces food that makes you feel good. Vegånia offers vegan food to suit everyone, whether you’re vegan or not.

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.

Ølfest

A happy vibe descends on the Great Old Square in Turku from 6th to 7th August, when Ølfest gathers together craft breweries to enjoy a summer weekend of chilled beer. Ølfest merges the traditional German-style Biergaten with the unique offerings from small modern breweries. Everyone has free access to the licensed area, with patrons enjoying chilled beer from their Ølfest drinking glasses. This experience is perfect not only for beer enthusiasts but also anyone else looking for great way to spend a balmy August evening, with selections also including ciders and non-alcoholic drinks.

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.

Night of the Arts

The already famous Turku Night of the Arts will again bring pleasure to locals and visitors this summer. On the 12th August, operators in the artistic fields spread out all over Turku, organising a diverse programme that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. This is an easy opportunity for anyone wanting to incorporate a little culture into their everyday evenings. The Night of the Arts is loved by people of all ages! The evening's events, opportunities and exhibitions can be viewed in advance so you can choose which one you want to participate in. A good option is also to walk around the city centre so you can absorb a sense of art in all its forms.

Great Beers - Small Breweries

Great Beers - Small Breweries is a traditional Finnish beer festival, whose star attractions are the brilliant Finnish craft breweries. This happy beer event will land in Turku for the seventh time this summer. There’s a wide selection of drinks, so come and choose your favourite! The venue is in Mannerheim Park near Mikael’s Church.

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.

Itäharjun ajot

If racing old cars or motorcycles is your thing, it’s worth going cruising through Itäharju on 22nd August. Participation is free of charge and any vehicle that falls under the 1972 model category or older can register. The history of the race dates back to 1955, when the event was organised for the first time by the Turku Motor Society. If you struggle to discover a suitable ride in time, you can also participate as a spectator. Public access to the event is free of charge.

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.

TFO’s Nature Symphony

During the Baltic Sea Day, every sense can experience something wonderful, when the Nature Symphony will be performed as an outdoor concert in front of Forum Marinum. The Nature Symphony is a unique musical performance by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (TFO), in which a visual experience is also provided through film. This documentary of nature is a celebration of Finland's magnificent natural world. The orchestra is conducted by Erkki Lasonpalo along with one of Finland's most respected performers, Aili Ikonen, who is also seen on stage. The film is directed by Marko Röhr. The Nature Symphony is part of the Baltic Sea Day event.

Baltic Sea Day

The Baltic Sea Day is celebrated on the 26th August, bringing together many interesting events. The different kinds of events of the Baltic Sea Day are open to all, of which participation in many is free. For instance, are you interested in a creative writing workshop where you dive into the deep sea of life? Or perhaps a tour, a performance or discussion? Maybe a Nature Symphony in an open-air concert, a Baltic Sea menu or a group dip in the sea? The Baltic Sea brings many memorable moments!

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.