Summer events in Oulu2026 region

How does an electronic music festival on top of an arctic fjeld sound like? Or a nostalgic Finnish movie night in an old engine shed? Or perhaps you would like to experience the speed of the 1950’s with other mechanics enthusiasts? See the list of unique summer events in Oulu2026 region!

Oulu2026 X Qstock

The Oulu2026 stage is returning to Qstock again this summer! As before, the stage will highlight artists and bands from the Oulu region. See in you Linnansaari area 26-27th July!

Tales of Tar introduces historic Oulu

Tales of Tar route can be experienced digitally on mobile devices around Oulu.

Welcome to Oulu!

Our city is often referred as the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. Oulu is located by the Gulf of Bothnia around 600 kilometres north of Helsinki, with a population of roughly 210,000 inhabitants. You can reach Oulu in less than an hour by flight, but if you’re planning a more scenic route through Finland, make sure you reserve several hours!  

Peace Machine

In Spring 2022 Oulu Culture Foundation invited schools in the area to make their own Peace Machine Prototypes. The construction of the prototypes was offered to teachers as one way to deal the feelings brought up by the war in Ukraine with the students. Children built their own Peace Machines and wrote user manuals for them.

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026!

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026, together with 39 municipalities. The whole Northern Finland will awaken when the cultural events bring the region to life and inspire joy and creativity in people every day. This is a journey of several years, which will culminate in 2026.

We are building an unforgettable Capital of Culture year with the aim of creating a positive, lasting impact on our region. Our main goal is cultural climate change. We want to open up a new connection between people – are you ready to discover it?

About Oulu


Sauna is now hot!

Sauna is now hot!

Sauna culture is a part of the Oulu2026 cultural programme and we took part in a sauna discussion event in Tartu on May 10–11....

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Cultural Climate Change

We expand the perception of seeing and experiencing culture. Culture is everywhere, let’s give in to it! 

Oulu2026 region

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture alongside 39 municipalities. Our stunning region provides diverse settings for events of various sizes and styles, for both artists and participants. Cities and villages, parks and forests, enchanting nature near almost everywhere.