The residents of Turku like to call their city the festival capital of Finland. Music, theatre, art, sports, food and film festivals are organised nearly every weekend, and the range of other cultural activities is likewise huge. Turku also offers a variety of hobbies, catering for all tastes with its 3,658 associations. When you add the nearby municipalities and their associations to this number, you are sure to find a suitable hobby and like-minded people.
Turku is the oldest city of Finland and was founded in 1229. It is located in the southwestern Finland, by the river Aura. The first capital of Finland has during times been a highly important gateway to the west. Port of Turku is a significant commercial hub with busy ferry traffic to Sweden, and the airport offers flight connections all over Europe.
For the Christmas season traditional Finnish old-style Christmas tables are set in the museum’s homes. The authentic food with its smells and the intimate candlelit rooms will give you an unforgettable experience.
Christmas mumming on Boxing Day is an important part of the holiday celebrations in Luostarinmäki. Traditionally a group of young men sing the Boxing Day carol while walking from house to house begging for beer and wishing good fortune for the families.
Enjoy the historical surroundings of the Old Great Square!
The preserved and historical Old Great Square offers cosy surroundings, which are ideal for a variety of leisure and cultural activities.
See, experience, participate
The area houses several art galleries and the Artoteque. Varied cultural and art events, concerts and theatre performances are organised within the premises of the Old Great Square.
In addition, several outdoor events are organised, the most renowned are the Medieval Fair and the Christmas Fair in the Old Great Square.
When does an event require permission?
All outdoor events and sales require permission from the landowner. If you wish to organize an event in a public area owned by the city, such as a park, street or market square, you must get permission from the city of Turku. Fill in the event announcement form below. The form is in Finnish/Swedish.
At Duke Johan´s Cellar you can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee or a delicious meal while visiting the museum. The Cellar is also the venue for historical food festivities.
Entrance from the Bailey courtyard.
Paavo Nurmi Festival
3rd June, Paavo’s Sports Day
4th June, Paavo Nurmi Master/Junior Games
Annual student events in Turku
Anniversaries are a valuable part of the festive tra
Almost a hundred large sailing vessels left the River Aura at the end of July, heading for Klaipeda.
The rental fee for a three-hour event, for example, ranges from EUR 1,500 to 4,500, depending on the ship.