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Music and Midnight sun in Finland

As summertime approaches Scandinavia and Finland, get ready to kick off the festivities! Enhance your European summer holiday by joining a summer festival or music event to add some excitement to your trip.

Experience Finnish Culture and Music

As the Scandinavian and Finnish summer approaches, the region bursts into life with a celebration of music and culture under the mesmerising glow of the midnight sun*. Whether you're drawn to the passionate rhythms of tango or prefer the electric atmosphere of rock and jazz, Finland's summer festivals promise an unforgettable cultural experience. From lively music performances to vibrant local traditions, each festival offers a unique glimpse into Finland's rich musical heritage and vibrant contemporary scene.

Indeed, from June to August, Finland hosts a myriad of music festivals, each offering its own unique blend of genres and cultural experiences. Whether you're into jazz, rock, pop, classical, or even heavy metal, there's an event tailored to your musical taste. Here are some of the standout festivals in the land of the Midnight Sun.

Please note: In the southern half of Finland, particularly in cities like Helsinki, the midnight sun occurs during the summer solstice period, typically from around mid-June to early July. From mid-July onwards, the southern parts still enjoy prolonged daylight hours and twilight even if the sun can no longer be seen at midnight.

June Music Festivals


Provinssi, in the lively city of Seinäjoki, is an essential stop for travellers in search of a dynamic music festival in Finland. Celebrated as one of the country's most extensive and varied rock festivals, Provinssi draws a vast crowd each year with an impressive lineup featuring both international and Finnish artists. The festival's energetic vibe, set against the beautiful backdrop of the riverside, offers a truly memorable experience. Attendees can revel in a wide array of rock, pop, and alternative music while enjoying the vibrant festival atmosphere and scenic views, making Provinssi a standout event of the Finnish summer.

Naantali Music Festival

The Naantali Music Festival, held each June in the scenic coastal town of Naantali, is a highlight for classical music lovers visiting Finland. This festival, known for its intimate and high-quality performances, brings together top musicians from around the world to perform in historic locations, such as the medieval Naantali Church. The festival's enchanting setting, with its breathtaking views of the archipelago and rich cultural history, enhances the overall experience.

Summer evenining in Naantali, Finland

For those travelling with children, a visit to the nearby The Moomin World, a theme park dedicated to Tove Jansson's beloved Moomin characters, adds an extra layer of fun and magic to the trip. Attendees can immerse themselves in beautiful music while enjoying the picturesque surroundings, making this festival a unique and memorable cultural journey during Finland's summer.

July Music Festivals

Seinäjoki Tango Festival

While tango may evoke thoughts of Argentina or South America, it holds a special place in Finnish culture, particularly during the endless summer days when the sun barely dips below the horizon. Throughout the country, especially near summer cottages and in wooden pavilions, locals gather to socialise and dance to the soulful rhythms of Finnish tango. Each person has their favourite Finnish tango artist, and during the summer months, these musicians embark on tours that bring their heartfelt melodies to every corner of Finland.

Music and Midnight sun in Finland

One of the pinnacle events celebrating this musical tradition is the the Seinäjoki Tango festival. Held annually in July in the quaint town of Seinäjoki, located approximately 400 kilometers northwest of Helsinki, this festival draws over 100,000 visitors each year. It not only showcases the beauty of tango music but also hosts a prestigious competition broadcasted nationwide. Here, Finland's top male and female tango artists compete for the esteemed titles of Tango King and Queen, captivating audiences with their emotive performances.

Pori Jazz

Pori Jazz, held every July in the picturesque city of Pori, is a must-visit for travellers seeking a world-class jazz experience in Finland. As one of Europe's most esteemed jazz festivals, Pori Jazz attracts an impressive roster of international and Finnish artists, offering an eclectic mix of jazz genres. The festival's charming setting along the Kokemäenjoki River, combined with its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, provides a perfect backdrop for music lovers.

For families travelling with children, Pori Jazz Kids Festival offers an array of fun and engaging activities tailored for younger audiences. With its blend of outstanding music performances and scenic beauty, Pori Jazz promises an unforgettable cultural highlight in the heart of the Finnish summer.

Pori Jazz - Credit: Sari Soininen

Image credit: Visit Finland | Pori Jazz Festival | Sari Soininen


Tammerfest, held in the vibrant city of Tampere (2 hours from Helsinki), is a must-visit for travellers looking to immerse themselves in Finland's music scene. This lively festival is renowned for its diverse lineup featuring a mix of Finnish and international artists across various music genres. Set against the backdrop of Tampere's picturesque cityscape and vibrant cultural atmosphere, Tammerfest offers an exciting blend of music, art, and entertainment. Whether you're exploring the festival's stages or discovering the city's rich history and modern charm, Tammerfest promises an unforgettable experience for visitors seeking to embrace Finland's dynamic summer culture.


Ruisrock, held on the picturesque island of Ruissalo near Turku, beckons travellers to immerse themselves in Finland's vibrant rock music culture. Renowned as one of the country's oldest and largest rock festivals, Ruisrock features an eclectic lineup of international headliners and beloved Finnish acts spanning rock and pop genres. Set against the scenic backdrop of Ruissalo's coastal beauty and surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Archipelago Sea, the festival offers an unforgettable fusion of music, culture, and natural splendour. Whether you're dancing to live performances or exploring the island's breathtaking landscapes and local delights, Ruisrock promises an exhilarating summer adventure that captures the spirit of Finland's dynamic music scene.

Ruisrock credit Riikka Vaahtera and Ruisrock

Image credit: Riikka Vaahtera | Ruisrock


Ilosaarirock in Joensuu invites travellers to dive into Finland's vibrant music scene. It's one of the country's oldest and most beloved rock festivals, drawing a diverse lineup of Finnish and international artists across rock and alternative genres. Set against Joensuu's scenic landscapes and the serene waters of Lake Saimaa, the festival blends music, culture, and natural beauty into an unforgettable experience. Whether you're rocking out to live performances or exploring local sights, Ilosaarirock offers a lively celebration that captures the spirit of Finnish summer festivals.

Savonlinna Opera Festival

The Savonlinna Opera Festival, held annually at the medieval Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, is a prestigious cultural event that draws opera enthusiasts worldwide. This renowned festival offers a diverse program of classical and contemporary opera, showcasing the talents of acclaimed artists and emerging performers. Set against the backdrop of the castle's historic charm and the tranquil Lake Saimaa, the festival creates a unique atmosphere where artistic excellence meets historical splendour. Attendees experience unforgettable performances amidst one of Finland's most iconic settings, making the Savonlinna Opera Festival a truly memorable and enriching cultural experience.

Olavinlinna - Credit Savonlinna Opera Festival

Image credit: Savonlinna Opera Festival

August Music Festivals

Flow Festival

Flow Festival, nestled in the heart of Helsinki, is a captivating fusion of music, art, and cultural exploration. This acclaimed event stands out for its progressive lineup and vibrant urban setting, drawing music enthusiasts from around the globe. Renowned for its eclectic mix of genres spanning electronic, indie, and beyond, Flow Festival curates an innovative experience where attendees can discover both established icons and emerging talents on multiple stages. Beyond music, the festival showcases contemporary art installations, culinary delights from Helsinki's diverse food scene, and a welcoming atmosphere that encourages creativity and community. Flow Festival has firmly established itself as a cultural hotspot, offering a dynamic blend of entertainment and exploration amidst the bustling Finnish capital.

Flow festival Helsinki Finland credit Jussi Hellstén Flow Festival

Image credit: Jussi Hellstén | Flow Festival

Helsinki Festival

Helsinki Festival is celebrated as Finland's largest arts event, offering a rich tapestry of classical music, theatre, dance, and diverse cultural experiences spread throughout the capital city. This dynamic festival serves as a platform for both Finnish talents and international artists, showcasing a wide array of artistic disciplines. From stirring orchestral performances in historic venues to avant-garde theatre shows in contemporary settings, Helsinki Festival invites visitors to explore a vibrant city transformed into a cultural playground. Beyond performances, the festival features public art displays, interactive installations, and exhibitions, turning Helsinki into a canvas of creativity and cultural exchange. It's a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Finland's artistic heritage and contemporary artistic expressions, set against the backdrop of a bustling and cosmopolitan capital.

Hakaniemi, Helsinki, Finland - Credit Jussi Hellstén

Image credit: Jussi Hellstén

Turku Music Festival

The Turku Music Festival is a spectacular showcase of classical music, featuring world-class orchestras, esteemed conductors, and exceptional soloists in the historic city of Turku. This prestigious event transforms Turku into a cultural epicenter, captivating music lovers with captivating performances in magnificent venues. Audiences are treated to a diverse repertoire that spans classical masterpieces, from symphonies to operatic highlights, all set against the backdrop of Turku's rich historical surroundings. Beyond the concerts, the festival fosters a vibrant community spirit with educational workshops and engaging programs, ensuring a legacy of musical excellence and cultural enrichment for all who attend.

Dance Into the Finnish Summer

Whatever your taste, immerse yourself in the magic of Finnish summer, where music continues far into the 'night' - a brief moment of blue after the midnight sun - crafting an unforgettable backdrop for cultural discovery and festivity. Whether you're a seasoned explorer or embarking on your first Finnish adventure, the rhythms of music and the warmth of summer festivals promise an experience that will stay with you long after your journey ends. Join in with the locals, dance under the ever so slowly setting sun, and let the Finnish summer vibes weave lasting memories of joy and exploration.

Finland Lakeland Midnight Sun - Credit Asko Kuittinen | Visit Finland

Image credit: Asko Kuittinen | Visit Finland

If you would like to visit any of the Finnish summer festivals, please contact us for more details.

Further Reading

We also recommend exploring some 50 Degrees North tours that include a visit to Finland as well as the following travel blog articles by our destination specialists:

What to do in Helsinki

Nordic Design and Food Tours

Things to see and do in Helsinki with kids

Experience summer time in Helsinki with the locals

Countdown to Christmas: Magical Helsinki Christmas Markets

Our guide to Restaurants in Helsinki

Helsinki Highlights: Visit a local sauna

May Day Celebrations in Helsinki

And much more regarding Finland