Rock, pop and jazz, art and great atmosphere. Southwest Finland offers events for every day of the year.

Music festivals

Ruisrock is undoubtedly the high point of the summertime festivals in Southwest Finland. Next summer marks the 50th anniversary of Ruisrock, which makes it the oldest regularly arranged rock festival in Finland, with music ranging from rock, rap and pop to EDM. The three-day festival attracts annually more than 100,000 people to the shores of Ruissalo island in Turku. The atmosphere is always great – guaranteed by world-class performers.

The ILMIÖ festival for lovers of indie music may be the most sympathetic festival in Turku. Arranged in Uittamo district by the sea in Turku, the event presents a fine selection of the most interesting phenomena of alternative culture – from Finland and elsewhere. In addition to a variety of music, there is different art programme available around the Uittamo pavilion.

In Rauma, the festival summer starts with RMJ which turns the Otanlahti seaside park into Finland’s Ibiza. The biggest Midsummer event in Finland caters the hottest party bands in the country and many favourite artists.

Pori Jazz is one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe and among the most interesting and best-known summer events in Finland. Filled with sounds of blues, soul, reggae, and of course jazz, Pori Jazz will be arranged for the 54th time in July. It is also possible to soak up the summertime festival atmosphere in the Jazz Park on Kirjurinluoto island with free entry.

Art and food festival

Arranged in Taalintehdas on Kemiönsaari island, the independent art festival Norpas offers unique art experiences as well as free-of-charge courses for both amateurs and professionals. The programme of the multi-art festival comprises of concerts, film screenings accompanied by live music, art workshops, photograph and art exhibitions, speeches, as well as dance, theatre and circus performances.

The best of the culinary culture is offered by the food events in Southwest Finland. The Turku Food & Wine Festival brings local restaurants to the banks of the River Aura, and Vegånia on the Old Great Square is a heaven of flavours for vegan food lovers. And if outdoor life is your thing, the Food Trail in the Teijo National Park is perfect for you! The unique event with food at open fire combines outdoor activities with cooking – using the surrounding nature as a dining room. In Rauma, it’s easy to check out the offering of local restaurants during the KAMU eats restaurant event.

Urban markets

The popular evening market in Salo creates a market atmosphere on summer Thursdays from June to the end of August. Finnish top artists and bands take the stage on the evening market. And there are, of course, plenty of market stalls, pancake cafes, flea markets and many more activities by the Salonjoki river. See you on the market square!

Cluck cluck! Since 1972, Laitila has celebrated Munamarkkinat egg festival a week before Midsummer. Then the streets of Laitila, known for its hen farming for a long time, are filled with market stalls and happy people. In addition to the activities on the market square the audience can watch a variety of free-of-charge programme and participate in different other events. And if you miss the high-point of early summer, the market atmosphere can be felt again in August on the Hullu Kukko market day.

The Rauma Lace Week is a nice urban festival for the whole family. Arranged in July, the event takes place in the atmospheric Rauma Old Town whose gorgeous milieu charms the guests year after year. The Lace Week climaxes with the Lace Tournament that starts the ice hockey season. The five-day chamber music festival Festivo brings live music to the locals and visitors. The events use unique concert venues in the Rauma Old Town and nearby and combine music with art and a good time together.

Ruisrock is undoubtedly the high point of the summertime festivals in Southwest Finland. Photo by: Riikka Vahtera
Pori Jazz is filled with sounds of blues, soul, reggae, and of course jazz .
Photo by Anssi Koskinen

The ILMIÖ Festival for lovers of indie music may be the most sympathetic festival in Turku. Photo by: Sami Heiskanen