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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Finland

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Finland.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Finland. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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January 1:  New Year's Day

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

April 7–April 10:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 30:  Vappu (Walpurgis Night; bonfires and choirs celebrating the end of winter)

May 1:  May Day (parades, closures)

May 18:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 28:  Pentecost (closures)

June–mid-August:  Orivesi Summer Festivals

June 23 & 24:  Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day (also called "Juhannus"; cookouts, bonfires, closures)

June–August:  Orivesi Summer Festivals

July:  Savonlinna Opera Festival

July 18–22 (likely):  International Full Moon Dance Festival, Pyhäsalmi

July 22–29:  Crusell Music Festival, Uusikaupunki (woodwind music festival)

July 26–30:  Workers' Music Festival, Valkeakoski (music and art celebrating Finnish working-class culture)

July 26–August 2:  Korsholm Music Festival, Vaasa (chamber music)

July 27–30 (likely):  Hippalot Children's Arts Festival, Hämeenlinna

August:  Oulu August Festival (contemporary music festival)

August 17–September 3:  Helsinki Festival (music, dance, film, theater)

November 4:  All Saint's Day (closures)

December 6:  Independence Day (candlelit windows, closures)

December 13:  St. Lucia Day (festival of lights, parade; Swedish-speaking areas)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)