Our Top 5 Cool Summer Events in Finland

There is a great amount of events going on in summer all around Finland. Wherever you go, you will find opportunities to meet with the locals and have an enjoyable time.
From the funniest Wife Carrying Championship to the intriguing Silence Festival, there are events for every taste. Here is a list of 5 cultural events to add on your list when visiting Finland during your summer holidays.

Air Guitar World Championships

Photo by Juuso Haarala, Air Guitar World Championships

Photo: Juuso Haarala

Have you ever dreamed to play guitar on stage in front of a boiling crowd? Then you should stop by the city of Oulu and join the Air Guitar World Championships.
Last year the event celebrated in the end of August its 20th birthday! Cool music, great atmosphere and a funny show guaranteed!
Even countries like India, Latvia and Kazakhstan have their own national championships and are meeting with Finnish competitors in Oulu to join the show.

The event website: http://www.airguitarworldchampionships.com/

This year the World Championships happens in Oulu from the 24th to the 26th of August 2016. In 2015, a Russian Kereel Blumenkrants won the competition. So will you be the next Air Guitar hero?
To stay in the Oulu area we recommend you to look at our cottage selection. Hailuoto, for example, is a great place to stay in summer; you could even stay in an old lighthouse!

 

The Silence Festival

The small village of Kaukonen in Lapland is welcoming visitors to take part in a fascinating event: the Silence Festival. If arts and local culture is your thing, this is the place to be from the 8th to 11th of June 2016.

This year, the festival offers a diverse programme. You can watch circus performances, listen to classical music, talk about philosophy, and more. Make sure not to miss the festival opening ceremony, for the special show planned on the Ounas river. Moreover, the program is suitable for the whole family.

The event happens in the magical Villa Magia surroundings. The building is an old and traditional farmhouse renovated by the artist Milla Magia.

This place is right besides the river Ounas in an idyllic location. There you can also buy handicrafts like ceramics, jewelleries and textiles, designed by Milla. Lapland summer atmosphere is special. During this festival you get interesting perspectives and experience something different. We warmly recommend it!

The event website: https://www.hiljaisuusfestivaali.fi/about/

Looking for a place to stay during the event? Check out our offering:

 

The Midnight Sun Film Festival

Screening the Purple Rain in Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival

Photo: Sini Juutilainen

The Midnight Sun Film Festival is already well-known among cinema fans around the globe. Its small size and location of the town, and the fact that you can watch movies 24h a day, make it really unique of its kind.

Originally created by the Kaurismäki brothers, the festival will now celebrate its 31st birthday.

Last year, Sodankylä welcomed more than 30 000 visitors to watch great films. The public can also interact with their creators face-to-face during conferences.Film directors, actors, and new talents are captivating the audience in a relaxed and informal way. All this happens every year in the heart of Lapland, 120 km above the Arctic Circle.

To learn more about the Festival, take a look at the website: http://www.msfilmfestival.fi/index.php/en/

If you plan to be there, here is a well-rounded list of accommodations:

 

The Flow Festival

Magical lights of Flow Festival, Helsinki Finland

(c) Jussi Hellsten www.jussihellsten.com

This music festival is a great mix of modern arts, music, and hand picked food. All these ingredients together allow you to enjoy the diversity of performances.
This year, the event has a large panel of artists from the legendary Massive Attack to upcoming musicians. Concerts and performances are taking place from the 12th to 14th of August 2016 in Suvilahti. It is only a few minutes away from the city center by metro.

There, you will find more than 10 different stages. You can choose from large outdoor tents to intimate indoor venues.
One of the most impressive stage is the gigantic balloon with a 360º stage. It creates a new interaction genre for both artists and the crowd.
You can’t miss it!

Check this year programme: http://www.flowfestival.com/

For suggestions of accommodations in the capital, we’ve got you covered:

 

Ruis Rock

Each year, the city of Turku welcomes international and Finnish rock musicians to a huge gathering. The Ruis Rock festival is one of the oldest in Europe. It takes place right at the doors of the beautiful Finnish archipelago.

It is also a unique opportunity to discover local artists and have a good slice of Finnish rock music. The festival will happen from the 8th to 10th of July in Ruissalo Park. Besides of music, you can enjoy street art, circus and puppets theatre performances.

Click here to see the 2016 programme: http://www.ruisrock.fi/en/program/

If you stay longer in the area, we recommend you to take a tour in the Archipelago and explore the islands by cruise boats, or bicycles. Don’t miss places like Kimitö Island, Örö Fortress island or Hanko.

If you fancy a stay in cottage with a sea view, here is the place to look for it:

These 5 events will definitely give a nice twist to your stay in Finland. Festivals are best to enjoy the summer season among locals and international crowds. They are best to share great moments with friends or families. So come and join us!

Written by Bruce Deschamps
French Travel Blogger & Wilderness Guide in love with the great outdoors. The Finnish Lapland is my favorite playground!