The River Harbour Festival 23.–26.5.2019

The entity of around 60 events will launch the marine summer of happenings in Turku! 

The River Harbour Festival kicks off the summer of the Turku river harbour with interesting events organised by the City of Turku and its local partners. This year the festival is organised for the ninth time and the selection of events is more versatile than ever before!

The event is open for all the citizens of Turku regardless of age, and travellers and people from the neighbouring municipalities are also more than welcome to marvel at the local happenings in Turku. 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!

Selection of events

The selection of events offers something to see and to experience for everybody, and the majority of the happenings are free for the public.

On the first day of the festival, Thursday 23 May, Pax Navis event is organised at Ruissalon Telakka. Pax Navis announces the Declaration of Seafaring Peace. The event is for everyone moving by land or by water around the Archipelago Sea.

The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra organizes a dashing concert entity at Ruissalon Telakka starting on Thursday. The programme of their own festival takes place on the days of The River Harbour Festival.

On Friday, the opening of the funicular at Kakolanmäki will be celebrated as a part of the festival. In addition, the programme of the weekend includes the opening of the museum ships season, an exhibition organized in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Navy Band at Suomen Joutsen, and music shows by the music schools of Turku. Among others, there is a pop-up for electronic and hazardous waste, Samba Carioca’s splendid carnival parade and a canteen where you can buy, for example, coffee and a doughnut!

The Festival will culminate on Sunday with the Captain Rubber Duck’s fun day for children and childlike minds. Come and listen to the young players of the conservatoire of Turku and other music shows, ride hobby horses, marvel at fire trucks, and take a picture with Captain Rubber Duck. There will be plenty of programme targeted at children, and also a music show entity with live music to adults' taste.