Peek into the Capital of Culture

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026. What does it mean and how does it affect the city’s cultural offering?

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Jumpru Patio Live!

Jumpru Patio Live! – club will start at Jumpru Pub Patio on Tuesday June 14th and there will be live music every week from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 pm to 10.30 pm.

The Jumpru X OMJ Jazzpatio club is always on our menu on Tuesdays, soulful and rhythmic Soul Kitchen club on Wednesdays and a Rytmipatio club will take turns on Thursdays with weekly changing themes. On Fridays and Saturdays everyone gets to sing when the popular Allsång På Jumpru club take its turn.

Clubs have an age limit of 20 and free admission.

Websites unfortunately only in Finnish at the moment!

Kauppurienkatu 6
90100, Oulu

Oulu Music Video Festival

Oulu Music Video Festival is a four-day spectacle of music and moving pictures that brings together young and youthful people, both music and film professionals, enthusiasts and consumers on the last warm evenings of the summer.

The Festival presents hundreds of music videos, movies, documentaries and special screenings. In addition, the authors of the videos express their own views from different perspectives in some of the screenings. The best Finnish music videos and video makers are rewarded at the prestigious Pumpeli Gala.

The festival organizes also live clubs and other music video related activities in local bars.

The artistic director of the festival is Anna-Mari Nousiainen. The event is produced by the Oulu Music Video Festivals Association.

Hallituskatu 7
90100, Oulu

Flow Productions presents: VARIKKO

VARIKKO continues the series of multi-disciplinary and multisensory immersive performances by Flow Productions. The performance is situated in Oulu’s historic City Depot building, whose stark architecture provides an impressive setting to the events. The audience is free to roam in the building as part of VARIKKO. The experience will be different for every viewer, because the choices they make define their routes and encounters.

VARIKKO is the work of an international team of creators, including dancers, circus artists, actors, musicians and visual artists. The work is directed by dance artist Pirjo Yli-Maunula.

Flow Productions is a long-standing partner of Oulu August Festival, bringing both domestic and foreign top contemporary circus performances as well as its own productions to the Festival’s program.

Lipporannantie 2
90500, Oulu

Oulu Arts Night

Oulu Arts Night is a magical night full of culture!

Oulu Arts Night lets musicians, actors, dancers, writers, and artists take over the streets and parks and offer unique experiences for everyone. The festival lasts for only one night but the number of visitors takes up to 30 000!

The goal is to make arts and culture easy to reach and thus most of the events and performances are free of charge. Professionals and amateurs alike can bring their performances to the Arts Night.

Hallituskatu 7
90100, Oulu

Literary Art Festival Muusajuhlat

Literary Art Festival Muusajuhlat (Muse Festival) is the most notable literary happening in Oulu area. The festival brings together poets, writers, musicians, and artists from all around Finland. The versatile programme offers something for literary enthusiasts of all ages.

The programme is mostly in Finnish but there are also events that include multiple art forms and are suitable for non-Finnish speakers.

The events are centered at the Oulu City Library and Restaurant Tuba, but there are also events in other restaurants, libraries and nearby municipalities in Oulu. Most events are free of charge.

The nine poems or muses of antiquity have inspired humanity since ancient times. Now the muses are calling us to the world of reading and writing once again. The books delight, enchant and captivate. When reading them you can empathize, be charmed, reminisce, stray and linger – the books have all our stories and countless worlds.

The festival is produced by Huutomerkki ry.

Kaarlenväylä 3
90100, Oulu

Air Gui­tar World Cham­pions­hips

Incredible performances, international love and big emotions – welcome to the airiest competition in the world!

The Air Guitar World Championships is a celebration of love and peace. In 25 years, the semi absurd performance art has grown into a favourite of international audiences and media, spreading its message around the world.

The year of air guitar culminates in August in Oulu, where national champions and black horses arrive to compete for the world championship. The official Air Guitar World Championships network includes over 10 countries from almost all continents.

The AGWC Finals offers performances from the world’s best air guitarists and a magnificent show for old and new friends of air guitar. In the Black Horses Qualifying Round the night before, the prize is an instant place to the world finals. In addition to the contest events, Air Guitar World Championships offer air guitar-themed events for tourists.

The next Air Guitar World Championship competition takes place in August 2022. The Air Guitar World Championships are organized by Airnest Productions Oy.

Kirkkokatu 17
90100, Oulu

Ou­lun­sa­lo Soi Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val

Oulunsalo Soi is a versatile, intimate and high-class chamber music festival that brings great pieces, premieres and musical delights to the Oulu region. The festival’s concerts and events are surprising, touching, and sometimes a bit whimsical too.

This year’s main theme is classics and forgotten gems. The festival includes eight concerts and one art exhibition, which is made by the visual artist of the year, Aino Väänänen.

Oulunsalo Soi presents both international and domestic top names and rising stars. The concerts invite you to more traditional concert halls as well as new venues.

The artistic director of the festival is pianist Mika Rännäli. The festival is produced by the Oulu Cultural Events Association.

Hallituskatu 7
90100, Oulu
Yrttiaitta

Northern Finland food experience

Food experience in the Northern Finland is unique. Lean-to dining, authentic and cultural restaurants create the perfect Lappish atmosphere. The restaurants and food experience producers chosen by Hungry for Finland, know how to make a tourist fall in love not only with Lappish nature but also with local food.

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90100, Oulu

Jarkko Martikainen ja Luotetut miehet | Voimala 1889

Jarkko Martikainen ja Luotetut miehet performing on Friday 22nd of July at Voimala 1889’s patio!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Wednesday Flea Market @Voimala 1889's patio

Every Wednesday in July there is a flea market at Voimala 1889’s patio.
You can come as a seller and buy your sales table at Tiketti or just come to shop as a customer! Sales table for one person costs 15€ for one night.

We also sell refreshments and food at the patio!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Aknestik | Voimala 1889

Aknestik performing on Saturday 23rd of July at Voimala 1889’s patio!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

SUAD | Voimala 1889

SUAD performing at Voimala 1889’s patio on Friday 8th of July!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Edu Kettunen | Voimala 1889

Edu Kettunen performing on Thursday 21st of July at Voimala 1889’s patio!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Samae Koskinen + Sipe Å | Voimala 1889

Samae Koskinen + Sipe Å performing at Voimala 1889’s patio 7th of July!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

The Meänland + 2-7 Miehen Trio? (duo) | Voimala 1889

The Meänland + 2-7 Miehen Trio? (duo) performing at Voimala 1889’s patio on Saturday 9th of July!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Wednesday Flea Market @Voimala 1889's patio

Every Wednesday in July there is a flea market at Voimala 1889’s patio.
You can come as a seller and buy your sales table at Tiketti or just come to shop as a customer! Sales table for one person costs 15€ for one night.

We also sell refreshments and food at the patio!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Wednesday Flea Market @Voimala 1889's patio

Every Wednesday in July there is a flea market at Voimala 1889’s patio.
You can come as a seller and buy your sales table at Tiketti or just come to shop as a customer! Sales table for one person costs 15€ for one night.

We also sell refreshments and food at the patio!

Schedule of the evening:
Flea market 5 PM – 8 PM
Orvokki (band) 7.30 PM – 8.15 PM (free gig)
Kielo Ilona (band) 8.45 PM – 10 PM (tickets 10/12€)

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Kielo Ilona | Voimala 1889

Kielo Ilona performing at Voimala 1889’s patio on 6th of July!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Litku Klemetti | Voimala 1889

Litku Klemetti performing at Voimala 1889’s patio on Friday 1st of July!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Yona (trio) + Emilia Aarnio | Voimala 1889

Yona (trio) + Emilia Aarnio performing at Voimala 1889’s patio on Saturday 2nd of July!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Elojazz

Elojazz is an intimate jazz and rhythm music festival in the heart of Oulu. The sweet melodies of Elojazz have been heard in Oulu for more than three decades.

The artistic director of Elojazz is Jukka Eskola, one of the most recognized jazz musicians in Finland. The festival is produced by Jazz-20 Association.

This year’s festival takes place on the first weekend of August and includes four main concerts as well as few free gigs. As always, also this year’s Elojazz has a lineup full of amazing artists all the way from our local jazz stars to worldwide champs: Oulu Youth Jazz Orchestra, Pete Parkkonen and Yellowjackets are just some examples.

Kasarmintie 13
90100, Oulu
Automatic belay

Oulu Climbing Center

Oulu Climbing Center is a recreational sports venue with indoor climbing facilities for lead, top rope and automatic belayed climbing and bouldering. There is climbing for everyone even if you are a first timer or beginner, a young child or an elderly climber. The climbing routes are setup by competent route setters who take all the climbers into consideration. Come and try it yourself!

A sauna with a meeting room and kitchen is found at the top floor of the climbing centre. A balcony with a view to the sea is equipped with tables and chairs together with barbecue facilities and a hot tub to relax after climbing or a meeting! Make a reservation for your work group or peer.

Paakakatu 7
90520, Oulu

PosiTits | Voimala 1889

PosiTits is a pop up strip club -consept that started in summer 2021.

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu
Perinteisiä muruhuiskia luonnonmateriaaleista

Crumb Brushes and Pot Scrubbers Workshop

In this workshop we will teach you how to make useful brushes and scrubbers for your home from natural materials. Fiber bundles are assembled into durable home tools using traditional brush tying techniques.
During the course you´ll have time to make three tools and the price of the course includes guidance for learning traditional brush making and a material fee to make 2 pot scrubbers and 1 crumb brush.
Price 37 € / member price 32 €.
Non-stop workshop Thu 7.7.2022 or Tue 19.7. between 12 and 5 PM. Please arrive no later than 3:30 PM. No pre-registration!

Rautatienkatu 11 b
90100, Oulu
Purkkivärjäyksessä käytettävät materiaalit ja värjätty lankavyyhti.

Dye yarn in a jar

Dye a surprising skein of yarn with plants or organic waste!
Jar dyeing is a fun and easy technique, and we welcome you to join us in a journey of experiments. In this workshop you will learn how to dye yarn in a glass jar using natural dyes.
You don`t need any material of your own, we provide all supplies.
Workshop Fri June  8th  from 12pm to 5 pm or
Workshop Fri June 22nd from 12pm to 5 pm
Workshop is non-stop, so you can attend at a time that is suitable for you.
No prior notice – attend 4 pm at the latest.
Price: 25€/attendant (the price contains 100 grams of wool yarn, a glass jar, mordants and guiding)
Our maximum group size is 12 attendants at the same time.

Rautatienkatu 11 B
90100, Oulu
Lapsi piirtää narureppuun kangasliiduilla kesäisen kuvan.

A summer adventurer's backpack workshop for children

Come and create your own memory on a backpack, in our summer adventurer’s workshop.
In the finished backpack you will carry all the goods needed for a summer adventure and the treasures and memories that you grabbed from a summer trip.
Would you draw the ocean and the Nallikari beach, the beautiful flowers in the garden of Kiikkusaari or a happy moment eating icecream?
In the workshop, a summer picture is drawn on a cotton string backpack with fabric chalks, and the picture is attached to the fabric by ironing.
Non-stop workshop Fri June  8th  between 12 PM and 5 PM or Fri June 22nd between 12 PM and 5 PM.
Price 20 €/attendant (the price contains all material for one backpack and the guidance in the workshop).
No pre-registration – please arrive no later than 4 PM.
No pre-registration. Workshop duration less than an hour.

Rautatienkatu 11 B
90100, Oulu
Walking tour with a local guide

Guided walking tours in Oulu

Guided walking tours are available during the summer with varied themes. Guaranteed departures on Tuesdays and Fridays between 13.6.-19.8.2022. Guiding in Finnish only.

You can also book a guide for your own group! More information in the web page!

Kirkkokatu 3
90100, Oulu
Luotolainen tikkuri on kaunis perinneneule

Luotolainen Tikkuri - exhibition

Luotolainen is an old traditional sweater knitted by finnish sheep wool. It has many special details that you can not find other knit wears. The first Luotolainen was found in Hailuoto island near Oulu. Now that knitted sweater is more famous than ever! In the exhibition you see all the versions of this awesome sweater. Can you use a spinning wheel and make yarn? Now you have a change to try!

The legend of Luotolainen
On the island of Hailuoto, in the far north of the Baltic Sea, lived a boy and a girl. As they grew older, their paths led them apart; he went off to war, and she married another man. As a token of their deep affection, she knit the Luotolainen sweater for him. The sweater was his most prized treasure. He lived in solitude for the rest of his life, but his Luotolainen sweater he never gave up. It was worn and mended for over 45 years—worn until the day he died. The Luotolainen is the island’s story of love and longing.
the man got several other sweaters over the years, but he never wore them. instead he took pieces from the new ones to mend the sweater from his unrequited love. the orginal sweater from this legend is located in the handicraft museum in Jyväskylä. (Käsityön museo). This sweater is about 100 years old.

Significance of the ribbing: not unusual, goes through whole sweater, easy to adapt when making larger or smaller. ribbing also makes it warmer, better insulator. Inteded to be kept and mended even through multiple generations. If the sweater is gifted to a specific person, the knitter can add the wearers, personalized initials or other personal emblem, so that if the fisher died or was lost at sea, the person could be recognized by the sweater. If it happened in late fall or winter you couldn’t find the person, but the sweater.

This exhibition is to be seen in Taito Shop Pop up room all the july. This exhibition is not guided.

Rautatienkatu 11 B
90100, Oulu
Cruises to Raahe Archipelago leave from the harbor next to the Packhouse Museum.

Day Trip from Oulu to Raahe

Raahe is full of history and maritime experiences!

Take a day trip from Oulu to Raahe for a full day of experiences! In Raahe, you can stroll through the atmospheric quarters of Old Town Raahe, stop at cafés and museums, shop in boutiques or enjoy a maritime experience on an archipelago cruise, by paddling or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Bicycle rental is also possible.

The Saaga Travel day trip bus to Raahe runs on Thursdays from 30 June to 4 August 2022 as a guaranteed departure. The trip is organized if there is at least one participant. The bus leaves from Kaarlenväylä street next to Oulu Market Square at 10.00.We will be back in the center of Oulu at 6 p.m.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Raahe on request – ask for a quote!

Kaarlenväylä
90100, Oulu
Stone Age dwellings can be visited in the Kierikki Stone Age Village.

Day Trip from Oulu to Kierikki Stone Age Centre

Experience the lively atmosphere of the Stone Age at Kierikki Stone Age village on a day trip from Oulu!

Kierikki Stone Age Centre is beautifully located on the banks of the Iijoki River, less than an hour’s drive from Oulu. Kierikki is a combination of an archeological museum and modern log architecture. The Kierikki main building is one of the most magnificent and largest log buildings in Europe and it has won several awards and host to an archeological exhibition.

You can explore the outdoor area in Stone Age village on your own. There is a guide in the Stone Age village and nice things to do for the whole family. Guests can also explore the archeological excavations.

The café-restaurant in the main building offers a selection of refreshments, hot and cold drinks, as well as sweet and savory items. In the museum shop you will find personal souvenirs.

The Saaga Travel day trip from Oulu to Kierikki is organized on Saturdays from July 2 to August 6, 2022 as a guaranteed departure. If there is one participant, the tour is organized.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Kierikki on request – ask for a quote!

Kaarlenväylä
90100, Oulu
View from Oulu City Hall to Cathedral.

Guided bike tour from Nallikari to Oulu city center

Welcome to guided bike tour from Nallikari to Oulu city center! We drive cycleways trough Pikisaari to city center. We visit Market Place, City Hall and Catherdral from outside. The tour ends in Nallikari. Guide will tell you information and stories from Oulu and Oulu region. You will get tips for shopping and events. You can rent bikes from Nallikari holiday village. Rental is not included in the price of tour. For families, small groups and companies.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Cathedral in Oulu.

Oulu quickly

Welcome to Oulu! Guided city walking tour.

History and present shortly told by an authorized tourist guide: Market Place, City Hall, Cathedral. Tips for places to visit, shopping and events.

Toripolliisi
90100, Oulu
Oulucityhall

Guided transportation from Oulu airport to Oulu

Guided transportation from Oulu Airport to your accommodation to Oulu city center. The guide will pick you or your group up from airport. On the way you will hear stories and information of Oulu and Oulu region. You will get tips of events and shopping. 30 min tour in Oulu city center is included.

Lentokentäntie 720
90410, Oulu
Old lighthouse in Marjaniemi.

Minivan trip to Hailuoto

Welcome to a minivan trip to Hailuoto. We pick you up from Oulu city center and bring you back after the trip. Guide will be with you troughout the trip. You hear stories and information from Hailuoto, Oulu and Oulu region. We visit Hailuoto Organum, wich is a concrete piece of spatial art by Hai Art in Ulkokarvo. The piece was designed by a distinguished acoustic artist, Lukas Kühne. We can enjoy snacks, in the nearby Petsamo hut, on an open fire. Then we drive to Marjaniemi, where you can get to know the area with guide or independently. Possibility for shopping also. If you like to have a meal in restaurant in Hailuoto, it is better to book advance. It is also possible to visit Hailuoto Brewery, when it is open. For companies, groups and families.

Toripolliisi
90100, Oulu
Tar boat in Turkansaari.

Minivan trip to Turkansaari Open Air Museum

Welcome to a minivan trip to Turkansaari Open Air Museum. The museum is located in three island in Oulujoki. The main themes of the museum are traditional agriculture and forestry, fishing and Oulu’s history of tar. We pick you up from Oulu city center and bring you back after the trip. The guide will be with you throughout the trip. From the guide you hear stories and information of Turkansaari, Oulu and Oulu region. Turkansaari Open Air Museum is open 6.6.-29.8. Mon-Sun from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m. In the museum area is Café, where you could have traditional salmon soup for lunch from 11 a.m. to 15 p.m. Tickets 10 € adult, children under 18 years free. Museum tickets and lunch are not included in the price of the trip. For Companies, groups and families.

Toripolliisi
90100, Oulu
The Old Hamina district in Ii is a tight-knit neighbourhood that has managed to keep its own unique historical spirit.

Day Trip from Oulu to Ii

Experience charming Ii on a day trip from Oulu!

The tour starts from the historic district of Ii with a short introduction to the homeland museum exhibition, after which there is time to explore the old Ii historic district (Iin Wanha Hamina) on your own. Visit also the Ii Church and enjoy refreshments at Café Wanha Hamina.

Next, our trip continues to the Art Center KulttuuriKauppila, where we have a guided art exhibition tour.

At the end of the tour, we will visit the new suspension bridge in Jakkukylä. Completed in December 2021, the longest suspension bridge in northern Europe crosses the Iijoki River, which is almost 200 meters wide. The bridge has quickly become one of Ii’s most popular attractions.

The Saaga Travel day trip from Oulu to Ii is organized on Tuesdays 5.7., 12.7. and 19.7.2022 as a guaranteed departure. If there is one participant, the tour is organized. Duration of the trip is five hours.

We organize also private tours from Oulu to Ii on request.

Kaarlenväylä
90100, Oulu

SuperPark Oulu

What is SuperPark? SuperPark is an entertainer. We deliver a unique experience of joyful play that excites and unites people all over the world – no matter their age or fitness level. Via our purpose built, high quality indoor activity centres, we deliver joy, increased health and exercise opportunities to all manner of people. You have to see the place to believe it!

We want our customers to take care of the joy while we work with research and development – in order to serve the world even better. SuperPark is suitable for families, seniors, young people, toddlers, work groups, bachelor parties, birthday groups and just about everyone. Navigating the SuperPark, or ‘sparking’, is not only fun, but also useful.

Adventure Area. Game Arena. Freestyle Hall. Choose your own adventure! SuperPark is home to a smorgasbord of activities, designed to inspire and entertain you. Come see what all the hype is about!

Tyrnäväntie 16
90400, Oulu
Fish tern at Bothnian bay

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

The programme introduces to the sounds, flora and fauna of the season.

Finland has four unique seasons. Light-filled summer, when Oulu is bright even at night. Our area’s birds and late summer berry reserves are second to none.

The colorful autumn brings with it migratory birds, dark nights and our pure nature is slowly turning into a mushroom-hunter’s paradise before frost-glazed winter.

Winters in Oulu are crisp, glittery and full of snow. It is the time for warm woolen jumpers and windproof jacket. Winter is also time for darkness but also time for peace and quiet in our forests.

Bloom-covered spring is also time for wild herbs. In the spring and early summer, nature provides an abundant harvest of wild edible plants for anyone to pick. It is easy to fond fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients for salads, seasonings and herbal beverages.

Finland is home to the world’s largest archipelago and has more than 80,000 islands off its coast. Our excursion destination is Akio Island, which is slowly becoming part of the mainland due to the region’s strong land uplift. The nesting birds in the area are rich in both species and numbers, and the surrounding sea area is an important resting area for migratory birds.

Did You know, that all people have the right to enjoy nature anywhere in the Finnish countryside regardless of land ownership? The legal concept of “Everyman’s Right” in Finland extends immense freedom to roam but comes with some serious responsibilities. Primary of all is a mutual respect for nature and people. The golden rule requires a desire to preserve and protect the unspoiled beauty and wonder of nature for future generations to enjoy.

Good walking condition required (includes ~3 km of walking).

Franzeninkuja 1
90470, Oulu
People resting in Finnish woods

We Breathe the Forest!

Come with us to enjoy in the arms of the Finnish forest. During the nature walk we challenge our senses to hear, feel and see the surrounding nature holistically.

Breathing exercises soothe us by the trees. We hear local stories and learn what the forest means to Finns. A relaxing moment in clean, Finnish nature increases health and relieves stress. In summer this can be arranged also during the night.

After the walk we sit by the campfire. Everyone gets to make a memory for themselves; a little piece of jewerly made from a local reed.

Coffee/tea with a little sweet and sausages are served.

Sanginjoentie 1101
90660, Oulu
Ice fishing at Bothnian bay

Ice fishing with huskies

Ever made an ice fishing trip with a husky sled? Our Arctic huskies take you to the best fishing spots on the frozen sea. Ice fishing in the hope of the The Big Catch or – if Mother Nature is not favourable – inventing The Greatest Fishing Story of All Times. Return to the shore in a husky sled.

Suitable mainly for over 12-year-olds.

Franzeninkuja 1
90470, Oulu
Ilmakitaransoiton MM-kisat

Oulu August Festival

Oulu August Festival is an event entity of six festivals and additional program, which attracts approximately 60,000 visitors annually. A month-long celebration of culture features hundreds of events in the city of Oulu and its surroundings, ranging from music and cinema to literature and performance arts.

The members of Oulu August Festival are Elojazz, Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival, Literary Art Festival Muusajuhlat, Oulu Arts Night, Oulu Music Video Festival, Air Guitar World Championships and Flow Productions. The members organize high-quality cultural events in August.

Oulu August Festival also offers other events, such as macro concerts, Oulu August Festival Presents event series (rotating every other year), Choir Day and silent films.

Oulu August Festival has the EcoCompass environmental certificate.

Hallituskatu 7
90100, Oulu