Turku’s year of events kicks off with a bang. The winter months are filled with trade fairs in particular, which offer ideas for all kinds of hobbies and activities. The University of Turku’s centenary celebrations start in February and continue with numerous events throughout the year.

Ideas and inspiration for DIY projects

At Turku Fair Centre, the year starts with a variety of trade fairs and hobby events. The Winter Dog Show brings together canine enthusiasts and fans for an all-breed dog show. The Construction & Interior Design fair offers ideas for your home and leisure time, while those into arts and crafts will find even more to do at the Finnish Handicrafts fair. The Turku Art and Antique Fair is sure to interest collectors of all kinds, while St. Henrik's Winter Swap Meet is the place to be if you’re into vintage cars. Meanwhile, home gardeners who can’t wait for spring can get their first flower bulbs at the Turku Garden Fair. And if you happen to be more into relaxation by the seaside, the Cottage & Sea fair held at the same weekend is the place for you.

Turku university 100 years, Photo: Turku university

The one-hundred-year-old university celebrates with the citizens of Turku

The University of Turku will be celebrating its centenary throughout the year with events both large and small. The centenary year kicks off in February. The anniversary week will be visible in the city with the lighting of the Library Bridge and the celebratory flying of the flag.

A centenary exhibition will open in the lobby of Turku Main Library on 26 February, and on 27 February the university will be organising an anniversary celebration in Yliopistonmäki. The approximately one-hour-long outdoor celebration is open to the public. On 24 March, the centenary programme will visit Turku City Theatre, when the Akateeminen vartti (‘Academic quarter’) event gives the stage over to seven renowned researchers who will each be giving a 15-minute presentation on their own field of research.

Festivals for children and adults alike

The Lasten valomaa (‘Children’s Land of Light’) winter carnival for children will turn Adventure Park into a magical world of light and circus arts during the winter break from 22 to 23 February. On 13 February, the Pikkulaskiainen student event will bring students from all over Finland to Turku to slide down a hill on improvised implements of all kinds.

Lasten valomaa, by Minna Heiniö

Finland’s top special artists will gather in Turku to compete in the Special Voice song competition. You can cheer for your favourite performances at Logomo on 29 February.

Top athletes and sports influencers from Southwest Finland will be honoured at the Southwest Finnish Sports Gala at Logomo on 1 February.

Culture and entertainment in early March

On 5 March, Movie Day will once again turn the entire city into a cinema screen. You can organise your own cinema experience alone or with friends, or take part in free-of-charge showings that will be held all around the city.

The Turku Jazz Festival offers entertainment for music-lovers from 5 to 8 March. The high-class festival will bring both top Finnish artists and international guests to Turku. The festival’s venues are Logomo, Tiirikkala and Bar Ö.

Jussi Fredriksson, by Tero Ahonen

The Turku Craft Beer Festival shines the spotlight on Finnish craft breweries. New flavours and beers from all over Finland will be served at the atmospheric Turku Volunteer Fire Brigade Building from 6 to 7 March.