The Best Festivals in Finland

Put on your heavy metal gear at this exciting festival in Joensuu’s backwoods city of Joensuu! International names like dance legend Darude and nu-metal heroes Limp Bizkit join local rockers like Amorphis, Blind Channel, Stratovarius Wheel & Mokoma at this festival – making sure that any rock cravings will be satisfied at this fun festival!

Flow Festival features both established pop and rock performers as well as emerging acts in an expansive architectural setting, and offers world-class cuisine options.


Ilosaarirock Festival, held annually in July, is well known for its diverse program and relaxed atmosphere. The festival boasts an unparalleled relationship with fresh music media YleX who have played an integral part in each event since Ilosaarirock began! Additionally, this pioneering festival works hard to reduce its environmental footprint through Joensuun Popmuusikot ry – its profits help foster North Karelian pop culture!

Ruisrock Festival in Ruissalo near Turku has been one of Finland’s oldest rock festivals since 1970 and annually attracts an array of international performers.

Helsinki Festival, one of Finland’s largest annual music events, brings together classical, jazz and indie genres for one month of incredible concerts in August. This year’s lineup will include Kaija Saariaho’s choral works as well as Finnish singer-songwriters such as 22-Pistepirkko, Vesta Voodoo and Kissa.

Kirjurinluoto Arena, Finland’s sole open-air concert park dedicated exclusively to concerts, is the primary location for these happenings. Comprised of five amphitheater-type stages and 22 for camping space, the Arena has played host to world-renowned musicians like James Brown, Phil Collins, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai over time.


Ruisrock Festival began its journey in 1970 in Ruissalo National Park of Turku and since then it has attracted large audiences due to its eclectic programming that spans pop, rock, metal genres. Ruisrock has gained recognition as a platform to support emerging acts as well as international acts.

Raahe Jazz on the Beach, one of Finland’s premier jazz events, takes place annually in Northern Savonia’s picturesque wooden seaside town of Raahe and typically features top performers from around the globe with strong Finnish connections.

2022 marks the festival’s 50th Anniversary and its lineup will honor this milestone with dance legend Darude, R&B star Emeli Sande and UK pop megastar John Legend all making appearances. Additionally, modern jazz and alternative pop acts such as Thundercat, Joel Ross, Yola and Thunderbird Moctar perform.

The Helsinki Festival is an expansive multidisciplinary arts festival in Helsinki featuring concerts, theater, visual art and visual arts that attracts thousands of visitors annually from all over Finland and further. To commemorate their 40th anniversary year they are hosting performances of Kaija Saariaho’s entire choral works as well as orchestral music in an old factory and classical music performances in a medieval church.

Midsummer Festival

Midsummer, or the celebration of the sun’s rebirth, is one of Finland’s biggest festivals. Dating back to prehistoric pagan rites, its significance remains today with people decorating their homes and dancing outdoors to music during this holiday. Midsummer also provides an opportunity to see another side of Finland not normally experienced by visitors.

Helsinki’s North of Hell festival is an absolute must for metalheads, featuring acts like Napalm Death, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse and Battre Folk; for those seeking an alternative festival experience. Battre Folk may be newer but has quickly earned itself a reputation among hipsters due to its eclectic lineup featuring domestic indie musicians like Vesta Malla Kissa Ursus Factory among many more.

Flow Festival, another industrial music and art event held in an abandoned power plant, brings artists from around the globe – such as revolutionary South African zef act Die Antwoord and American singer Lana Del Rey – as well as its signature lineup Rhythm and Vision festival held each July.

Helsinki Festival

Finland offers something for every music taste on its vibrant festival landscape – from popular rock and pop acts to traditional tango sounds and everything in between! There’s sure to be something perfect here.

Helsinki Festival is one of Finland’s largest arts festivals, hosting performances in classical music, theater and dance as well as visual art, literature and film. Held annually during June at various venues around Helsinki city. Over 80,000 music enthusiasts visit every year!

For an intimate concert experience, try Ilmio in Turku’s old factory quarters or Uusi Tampere Jazz on the Beach festival which has been running since 1970 and this year features Norwegian DJ producer Kygo, Brazilian singer Charli XCX and local musicians Linda Fredriksson Juniper, Silva Kallionpa Quartet, Vilma Jaa and Ty Roxy among its lineup.

Flow Festival, Helsinki’s multi-stage acoustic music festival, hosts both local and international acts from mainstream to eclectic genres – with artists like Gorillaz and Florence and the Machine alongside riot grrrl icons Bikini Kill and metal band Napalm Death all taking to its stages.

Urban Flow Festival takes place at an easily accessible studio space close to the city center, featuring both indie and mainstream acts ranging from Jesse Markin (alternative R&B artist), garage rock pioneers 22-Pistepirkko, singer-songwriter Bobby Oroza Mikko Joensuu Suad among many more.

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