Events

Itäharjun ajot

If racing old cars or motorcycles is your thing, it’s worth going cruising through Itäharju on 26nd May. Participation is free of charge and any vehicle that falls under the 1980 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.

Olohuone 306,4 km² Urban Art Festival

Olohuone 306,4 km² is an annual urban art festival, which is organised in June 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.

Kesärauha

Kesärauha (Summer Peace) is a festival of indie and alternative music in Turku, which is held from 10th to 12th June 2022 in Turku Castle Park. In 2021, Kesärauha was awarded the Festival of the Year award and it has taken its place as one of the most important alternative music festivals in Turku and Finland. At Kesärauha 2022, ticket-holders can enjoy seeing both top foreign and domestic artists, including First Aid Kit, Josè Gonzàlez, Wolf Alice and Viagra Boys, among others.

The Paavo Nurmi Festival

The Paavo Nurmi Games, held in Turku on the 14th June, is Finland's most prestigious athletics competition and one of the Gold level events – the highest on the Continental Tour (the world's largest athletics competition series). The games are part of the Paavo Nurmi Festival, which celebrates and honours the memory of running legend Paavo Nurmi. As part of the festival, the whole family can enjoy the Paavo Sports Day, an event also held at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium on Saturday 11th June.

New Potato Festival

Turku's New Potato Festival digs up the spring potatoes for the tenth time on 17th and 18th of June 2022. 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! Free entry!

Ruisrock

Ruisrock is one of Finland's most established and foremost cultural events. The dates for the next instalment of festivities are 8th to 10th July 2022 in Turku. Ruisrock enjoys a diverse programme of music and art, quality catering and joyous togetherness. Performing at the festival in summer 2022 are Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Megan Thee Stallion, The Ark, Antti Tuisku and Blind Channel. Ruisrock welcomes visitors for a weekend-long escape to another world full of joy, friendship and freedom.

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. The collection of seaside festivals brings jazz enthusiasts together on Kimito Island, in Korpo, to Forum Marinum area 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.

The 2022 Homes Fair in Naantali

The 2022 Homes Fair (Asunomessut) will be held in Naantali in stunning surroundings on the island of Luonnonmaa. The area for the Homes Fair, Lounatuuli, is a seaside residential area, respectfully built in the archipelago environment on high, rocky ground close-to-nature. There are 36 exhibition venues on display in Lounatuuli, including detached, semi-detached, and terraced houses. During the event, the Boat Fair will also be held down at the shore, and access is included as part of the same ticket.

Down By The Laituri

The cultural and historical surroundings of the Cathedral Square will once again be transformed into a festival area on the last weekend of July. Down By The Laituri city festival is held from Thursday to Saturday, July 28.-30, 2022. In addition to a great line-up of artists, the festival offers top-quality restaurant services.

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!

Night of the Arts

The already famous Turku Night of the Arts will again bring pleasure to locals and visitors this summer. On the 11th 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.

Aura Fest

Held for the 12th time, Aura Fest celebrates next summer from the 12th–13th August 2022, 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 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 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.

Paavo Nurmi Marathon

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon will take over the streets of Turku from 19th-20th August. Distances available to run at the two-day event include the 5 km, 10 km, half marathon, and marathon, as well as a Mini-marathon for the little ones in the family. The courses for this year have been renewed, with routes traversing the beautiful archipelago scenery of Turku.

Baltic Sea Day

The Baltic Sea Day is celebrated on the 25th 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 2022, Turku Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 18th, 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.