Summer highlights from Oulu2026 region

From music festivals to movie nights, our diverse region is full of surprising summer events! 

Festivals and events in June, July & August

We are preparing to become the European Capital of Culture for 2026, and a lot is already happening!

How does a table setting filled with local delicacies in the middle of the city 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? The Oulu2026 region offers a variety of unique events to choose from. In June, we have already enjoyed the Wild Herb Celebration and Varjo festival as well as admired the midsummer sun on top of a fjeld at Solstice festival. However, there’s lots more to come!

We have gathered few tips and highlights from our region in June – August. More detailed information about the programme, schedules and tickets can be found on the event’s own website, just click the ‘Read more’ -button.

Photo of a dark forest

Art Ii Biennaali

In June the municipality of Ii becomes the cradle of international high-quality contemporary art. The theme of the ninth Art Ii Biennial is fire. This year’s biennial invites artists and audiences to explore the diverse and contradictory history of fire and to reflect on its significance in the present day. The biennial’s opening took place from June 13th to 16th, 2024 and the artworks are on display until the end of July. The biennial is also one of the events celebrating Ii’s 650th anniversary.

Free entry
Photo from an outdoor concert in Haapavesi Folk

Haapavesi Folk 27.–29.6.2024

Haapavesi Folk Music Festival has delighted and amazed its audience with diverse music for over 30 years. In addition to folk music, genres such as ethno, bluegrass, fado, Irish folk music, jazz, and many others are played in the summer nights of Haapavesi. The emotional and high-quality church concerts enchant their listeners in the middle of the beautiful Northern countryside. The Folk courses held before the festival are the core of this international event.
Photo of a building with a Valentin Vaala-festival banner on a sunny day. / Aurinkoinen kuva rakennuksesta, jonka seinässä Valentin Vaala -festivaalin banneri.

Valentin Vaala Festival 28.–30.6.2024

Valentin Vaala Film Festival brings the nostalgia of Finnish cinema to the countryside, to the historic Vaala Roundhouse, which is transformed into a movie theater for the duration of the festival. Screenings are done with a 35 mm film projector, adding a cinematic glow and charm for us to enjoy.
Photo of people in a stage performance. Kuva esiintyjistä lavalla.

Kajaani Poetry Week 3.–7.7.2024

Kajaani Poetry Week is a celebration of literary and performing arts, where you can enjoy poetry, music, and theater. Combining the new and the old, the traditional and the surprising, the festival evokes emotions and thoughts year after year. In addition to unexpected program numbers, many eagerly anticipate the annual poetry events at the statue of Eino Leino, arguably the most famous Finnish poet, who was born in Kajaani, and the unveiling of the Poetry Stone.
Kuva mopoilijoista Weteraanikonepäiviltä vuonna 2022

Wanha Woima Days 5.-7.7.2024

The theme for 2024 event is “Speed from the 50s!” In addition to various engines and machinery, there is plenty to see and Finnish traditions to enjoy. You can marvel at and admire the traditional work showcase events, and join around 20 000 guests who head for Oulainen each year for this celebration of Finnish traditional machinery and craft. The event is not specifically designed for anyone but is intended for everyone!
Kuva mopoilijoista Weteraanikonepäiviltä vuonna 2022

Official Summer Program of the Pessimists of Puolanka 5.7.–4.8.2024

In Puolanka pessimism is an art form. The Official Summer Program of the Pessimists of Puolanka™ is a perfectly decent amusement that no one has missed. It may contain small amounts of Puolanka humor, at most one functioning overhead projector, and a pinch of sounds that could be interpreted as some kind of music. The program culminates in the audience’s favorite, conjugating irregular Swedish verbs.
Kuva mopoilijoista Weteraanikonepäiviltä vuonna 2022

Raahe Jazz on the Beach 25.–27.7.2024

The program of the event is contemporary and emphasizes the experimental side of jazz. For many, the best part of Jazz on the Beach is the surprises and experiences offered by top-class performers, the summer evenings scented by the sea, and the perfect setting for refreshing old acquaintances and encountering unforgettable moments.
Artists of the Oulu2026 stage.

Oulu2026 x Qstock 26.–27.7.2024

Oulu2026stage highlights artists and bands from the Oulu region. Come and enjoy the versatile selection of artists in Linnansaari. Free entry!
Free entry
The 2023 Air Guitar World Champion Seven Seas perform on stage

Air Guitar World Championships 21.–23.8.2024

Contestants around the world put their best on stage shamelessly with their invisible instruments. This phenomenon promoting world peace with a smile has inspired both filmmakers and doctorate researchers. You can’t hold a gun while you play the air guitar.
The Air Guitar World Championships has been arranged in Oulu since 1996.
Free entry
The 2023 Air Guitar World Champion Seven Seas perform on stage

Oulu Music Video Festival 22.–25.8.2024

The world’s oldest music video festival has been held since 1994. The Oulu Music Video Festival has spotlighted both domestic and international music videos and showcased fascinating pop culture phenomena through film and special screenings. The festival clubs and other side events have turned the festival into a popular celebration attracting thousands of guests. The festival culminates in the Pumpeli Gala, which awards and celebrates the best Finnish music videos and their creators.
Höyhtyän ostarifestari oulu 30.-31.2.20204

Ostarifestari 30.-31.8.2024

Ostarifestari on paljon muutakin kuin bändejä ja olutta. Värkkää itsellesi festariasusteet ja paina koomadiscoon joraamaan. Hurmioidu kikkelijazzklubin hikisestä tunnelmasta. Up yours. Oulu2026 on mukana OstariFestareiden jalkauttamisessa uusiin ulottuvuuksiin, ja nyt sinulla on mahdollisuus vaikuttaa missä OstariFestarin sisartapahtuma järkätään vuonna 2026. Onko sinulla mielessä paikka, jossa olet aina halunnut järjestää festivaalin?