The starting summer season increases the selection of events in Turku and brings out the best of the city of culture. Bustling activities will take place starting from May and everyone will surely find interesting events.

A new event in Turku will be the Finfringe festival on 9-12 May. This festival has already been arranged in 250 cities in the world, and Turku will now join them and receive international artists. It is worth throwing oneself into the atmosphere of the event like at a rock festival and watching several gigs of performing art on the same day. A single performance will last for an hour at most.

A discussion festival called It’s all about People on 6-11 May is also a new event. In the studio of the main library and in other locations there will be discussions on varying topics from welfare to slam poetry. The audience can also comment and challenge panellists on the topics.


On Saturday 11 May a hilarious exercise event Color Obstacle Rush (a colour run) offers obstacles, music and colour stations at Impivaara.

On 18 May the Knit 'n' Tag yarnbombing event brings decoration to the riverside and Vähätori, and Etnofest at Varissuo on the same day offers the most colourful spring festival in Turku.

In a springlike way the Turku Wind Music Festival brings music to the yard of the main library on 20-24 May. Performers in the concerts are, among others, Sohon Torwet and bands of various volunteer fire brigades. Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, for its part, will perform at TPO at the shipyard festival at Ruissalon Telakka.

The marine summer of events in Turku is started by the River Harbour Festival

River Harbour Festival on 23-26 May will expand larger this year than ever before and it includes around 60 events. For example, Pax Navis organised at Ruissalon Telakka on 23 May opens the pleasure boating season by the Declaration of Seafaring Peace. At the weekend the Funicular will be opened for the public and a security event Nuku rauhassa (Sleep in peace) will take place at Varvintori. On Saturday the stage of Suomen Joutsen will be taken by, among others, the biggest ukulele orchestra in Sweden, Tobbes Ukuleleorkester. The River Harbour Festival culminates on Sunday 26 May with the Captain Rubber Duck’s fun day for children and childlike minds.

A hunger for culture can be sated at exhibitions. For example, at Kunsthalle Turku from 26 April there is NYTT2019 exhibition of graduates from the Fine Arts programme of the Arts Academy of Turku. Makasiini Contemporary presents Jacob Hashimoto’s new works. Video art is on offer at free shows of VAFT – Video Art Festival Turku on 22-26 May.

On 24-26 May the public has the opportunity to see top-level gymnastics when the Finnish Gymnastics Championships take place in Turku. The championships of all eight gymnastics sports will be decided at Kupittaa Ball Game Hall and Sports Hall.

At the end of May the traditional Suvivirsi (a summer hymn) is sung at the Cathedral Square on Ascension Day 30 May. The common Suvivirsikirkko (Summer Hymn Service) of the parishes gathers thousands of participants at the spring festival service and at a picnic in the Cathedral Park.

A demonstration drive event Itäharjun Ajot 1955-65 will also be arranged on Ascension Day 30 May. A memorable day with old classics gathers together 70 motor cycles and 50 cars.

Events in May:

9.-12.5. Finfringe 

6.-11.5. It’s all about People - discussion

11.5. Color Obstacle Rush - colour run 2019

18.5. Knit 'n' Tag - yarnbombing event  

18.5. Etnofest 

23.–26.5. River Harbour Festival

24.-26.5. Finnish Gymnastics Championships 

20.-24.5. Turku Wind Music Festival

22.-25.5. TPO at the shipyard

22.-26.5. VAFT - Video Art Festival Turku 

12.4.-20.6. Makasiini Contemporary: Jacob Hashimoto - The Infinite Curve 

26.4.–19.5. Kunsthalle Turku: Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences / NYTT 2019 – Exhibition of graduates in the Fine Arts  

30.5. Summer Hymn Service and picnic

30.5. Itäharjun ajot 1955-1965 

More events in the event calendar