Events

The Paavo Nurmi Festival

Paavo Nurmi The festival celebrates and commemorates the memory of the great runner Paavo Nurmi during the festival weeks in Turku. The festival includes various sports events. 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of Nurmi's first Olympic Games at the Antwerp Olympics. In his career, Nurmi won nine golds and three silver medals at the Olympics.

Kaleva Games 2020

The annual Kaleva Games will arrive in Turku for the 13th time, when athletes will compete in the Finnish Championships at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium from 13th-18th August 2020. The Kaleva Games are the culmination of the Finnish summer of athletics, which includes 42 different championships.

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 fourth time, now in a European Championship competition format, 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.

Olohuone 306,4 km² Urban Art Festival

Olohuone 306,4 km² is an annual urban art festival, which is this year organised in August in Turku. Open to all and integrating different artistic fields, the event provides the chance to experience art in unexpected places and situations. Olohuone encourages people to participate in art and regard their living environment from a different perspective.

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. The fifth Turku Animated Film Festival is organised from 26th-28th August 2020.

Saaristo Open

For the last ten years the Saaristo Open has traditionally opened the festival summer, but this year will close the season, as it once more celebrates on Kaarina's Hovirinta Beach, from 27th to 29th August 2020. During the three days, the brightest stars in Finland will take to the stage. All necessary arrangements are made to ensure the event area follows pandemic guidelines and safe measures. For the first time, the entire event area will be restricted to guests over 18 years.

New Performance Turku Festival

New Performance Turku Festival är ett enkelt sätt att lära känna den fascinerande världen för performancekonst. Festivalen samlar intressanta artister, perspektiv och möten till en unik helhet. Som konstform är performancekonst enormt tvärvetenskapligt, och här får du en bra uppfattning om det. Festivalen är gratis och passar alla åldrar, så kom utforska!

FightBack Run

FightBack Run is a unique running event organised by former top athlete Pekka Hyysalo. The FightBack Run will be held on the first Saturday in Septemeber, taking place along the shores of the River Aura. Distances are between 2,7-21,1 km. There is also a 300 metre distance for those with physical disabilities, for whom the FightBack Run is free of charge.

Konstrundan – The Art Circuit

The Art Circuit (Konstrundan) opens the doors to artists, craftsmen and designers along the west and south coast of Finland. The Art Circuit offers you the opportunity to get to the people behind the art in the coastal regions of Finland. Get to know and fall in love with Finnish visual art. More information about the participating artists is available on the event website.

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.

Turku Grand Cocktail Weekend

Organised for the third time, the Grand Cocktail Weekend together with many world class bartenders have once again come to takeover Turku's fantastic cocktail bars. The three-day event spreads out across the city, when top-class bar tenders from around Europe arrive to pay a visit to eleven of Turku’s bars.

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.

The River Harbour Festival

The River Harbour Festival will be held next time 27.−30.5.2021. The long weekend of events consists of interesting programme arranged by the City of Turku and its local partners. What would be a better way to open the summer season than the lovely and sunny river harbour and the versatile programme that offers something for everyone!

New Potato Festival

Turku's New Potato Festival digs up the spring potatoes for the tenth time on 11th and 12th of June 2021. The festival is inspired by the gorgeous and distinctive flavour of Finland's new potatoes, with delicious potato recipes enjoyed amidst happy company and an easy-going festival programme.

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!

Ruisrock

Ruisrock is one of Finland's leading and oldest cultural events. It's celebrated in Turku, in the beautiful nature of Ruissalo's Kansanpuisto Park. Unfortunately, Ruisrock 2020 has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation. All those who have purchased a ticket to Ruisrock 2020 will have the opportunity to use the ticket at next year's festival. The ticket can also be returned and refunded, minus the fee from the ticketing service. More information on Ruisrock's website.

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.

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!