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Musicians in the city centre

Urban Festival Oulu Days

Oulu Days is an urban festival with long-standing traditions – it has been organised since 1962. Oulu Days is a festival which welcomes everyone to arrange an event by offering it to be included in the Oulu Days programme. The festival takes place on the first weekend of September from Friday until Sunday. The concept of Oulu Days is to be a communal event entity in which a range of different communities creates the programme together. The organisers of Oulu Days events includes companies, associations, public sector operators and even private persons. The festival supports new urban culture without forgetting the long traditions.

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90100, Oulu
A unique restaurant in idyllic Pikisaari in Oulu.

Hailuodon Panimo's Restaurant Mallassauna

Hailuoto Organic Brewery is Finland’s first organic brewery! From our atmospheric old warehouse in the heart of Hailuoto, we produce German-style beers using locally grown and malted organic barley.

We have opened a new Restaurant Mallassauna in Pikisaari, where we offer a wide selection of our delicious organic beers. On top of tap beers we offer tasting trays, tapas-plates, beers and other products to buy, gigs and events, both in the beautiful rustic house or during the summer, out on the green.

Welcome to Restaurant Mallassauna and shop alongside the brewery! Choose from our vast range of organic beers served straight from the tap.

The upstairs of Restaurant Mallassauna can be rented for meetings or parties. The summer terrace and toilet facilities are accessible, although the slope behind the restaurant is steep.

Pikisaarentie 15
90100, Oulu

Cafe Seelari

Cafe with stunning views to Oulu city centre. Located in the beautiful island of Hietasaari, only short walk from the Oulu market place.

Puomitie 12
90510, Oulu
Orchestra playing in the Rotuaari

Urban Festival Oulu Days

Oulu Days is an urban festival with long-standing traditions – it has been organised since 1962. Oulu Days is a festival which welcomes everyone to arrange an event by offering it to be included in the Oulu Days programme. The festival takes place on the first weekend of September from Friday until Sunday. The concept of Oulu Days is to be a communal event entity in which a range of different communities creates the programme together. The organisers of Oulu Days events includes companies, associations, public sector operators and even private persons. The festival supports new urban culture without forgetting the long traditions.

Hallituskatu 5
90100, Oulu

Arctic Food Lab Pop up

Enjoy early autumn and mornings in a local market hall and step up to Arctic Food Lab pop up to explore arctic food!

Pop up is open between 1st of August until 3rd of September in Oulun Kauppahalli.

There is info about Arctic Food Lab, local food, companies presented and food related theme days.

On Saturdays there is live music.

Come and leave your favourite recipe spiced with Arctic Food Lab touch! Three best recipes – with most fresh touch and best imagination – will published in Arctic Food Lab contents during autumn.

Traditional favourite recipes will be collected in Oulu2026 area aim to publish Arctic Food Lab recipe book before year 2026 – Oulu to be European capital of culture!

Arctic Food Lab – Northern Delicacies to the World
Northern Finland’s short but intensive summer ripens our local ingredients. Arctic Food Lab is one part of Oulu2026-culture programme that brings forth the ingredients that have grown under the Oulu2026 region’s Northern sky, and the uniqueness of traditional food born under arctic circumstances.

Arctic Food Lab brings together those operating in gastronomy and food culture in the Oulu region and celebrates Northern cuisine and gastronomy. You will recognize local tastes and experiences from this trademark.

www.arcticfoodlab.fi

Arctic Food Lab Pop up is a trial point, that is co-financed with Oulu Culture Foundation, Council of Oulu Region and City of Oulu.

Opening hours
From Monday to Friday 8-17 and Saturdays 8-16

See you at Oulun Kauppahalli on August!

Kauppatori
90100, Oulu

1bar

1bar is your relaxed living room in the center of Oulu, where cocktails, wine and people meet to have a good time.

Kauppurienkatu 5
90100, Oulu
VENN Bar

Restaurant and winebar VENN

There is nothing more valuable in life than friends, wine and good food. All of these are combined at the new VENN. You can easily pop in to the charmingly relaxed atmosphere of VENN during your shopping day or enjoy the fun until the night. VENN offers simple and delicious food, charming wines and exhilarating cocktails. Being serious – that’s not our thing. Come to VENN and bring your friends, or you can borrow some of ours!

Find us on social media @VENNOulu

Pakkahuoneenkatu 16
90100, Oulu

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

Zivago

Gastropub Zivago serves the best savory and sweet dishes from seasons best ingredients, combined with carefully selected wines, hand made cocktails and cold beers.

The restaurant itself is worth seeing. Unique details picked from around the world make your visit interesting.

During June and July Zivago provides a big summer terrace (or patio as we like to call it in Oulu) in the heart of the city.

Pincho Friday every Friday from 4pm to 7pm!

Kirkkokatu 29
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

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 take place in 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. Since 1996, 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 title. 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 23–25 August 2023. The Air Guitar World Championships are organized by Airnest Productions Oy.

Kirkkokatu 17
90100, Oulu
tyttö soittaa viulua, taustalla taulu

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.

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

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

Aknestik | Voimala 1889

Aknestik performing on Saturday 23rd 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

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 festival takes place on the first weekend of August and includes main concerts as well free club gigs.

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.

Kasarmintie 13
90100, Oulu

Rauhala ravintola-pâtisserie

Rauhala is a beautiful old event and meeting venue next to Ainolanpuisto. For over a hundred years there has been events organized in Rauhala’s building. You can throw a birthday party, wedding, memorial service or have a meeting in Rauhala’s beautiful cabinets. We are experts in organizing both unofficial and official events such as academic events or parties held to celebrate completion of a project.

We serve brunches on selected Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

We have our own bakery, where every morning freshly baked goods are being made by our patissiers and bakers. Bakery products are sold next door at Tuba Food & Lounge.

Mannenkatu 4
90130, Oulu

Voimala 1889

Voimala 1889 offers events and culture in an urban environment!

Voimala 1889 lies in the same courtyard as restaurants Tuba Food & Lounge and Rauhala ravintola-pâtisserie next to beautiful park Ainolanpuisto. Voimala 1889 is a versatile place for culture and events. You can enjoy awesome gigs and events both inside Voimala 1889 and during summertime outside on our cozy patio. Our patio fits many hundreds of visitors! We also organize e.g. summer parties there for firms.

Voimala 1889 is a great place to throw a party for up to 60 people. It also operates as a meeting venue. We have different kinds of ready-made meeting packages to choose from. If you want, you can get all our party and meeting foods vegan! We have also sauna!

Voimala 1889 has also different art exhibitions which you can check out during events.

See you at Voimala 1889!

Kasarmintie 1
90130, Oulu

Tuba Food & Lounge

Tuba Food & Lounge is an eco-friendly and recycling oriented culture restaurant. We use a lot of ingredients that are organic, locally produced or ingredients that would’ve gone to waste. There is always food on our menu that is vegetarian friendly or vegan. We take pride in our pizzas that are made with our own sourdough and our handmade burgers. Come and stop by for a cup of coffee or have a glassful. For example we offer a variety of Finnish craft brewery products.

Tuba is a lively venue. There are weekly quizzes, gigs and a diverse offering of culture on our programme.

Mannenkatu 4
90130, Oulu
Welcome!

Nallikari Bakery & Bistro

Fresh bakery goods, good coffee, lunch, tasty bistro food and easy take away. Gather your friends and family to relax and enjoy!
Full service catering with amazing food ideas, perfect cakes to your wishes and professional service. We are at Nallikari Holiday Village.

Leiritie 10
90510, Oulu
Northern lights.

Restaurant Nallikari

Restaurant Nallikari is a high quality, Nordic restaurant on Nallikari beach Oulu. Restaurant is open from lunch to late evening. 250 seats inside and 300 seats on summer deck.

Lunch
Served in buffet; tasty soup lunch, famous Islander buffet and Business lunch with two main courses.

A´la Carte
Local ingredients and seasonal food. Menu designed by Chef Antti Lindholm.
A´la Carte menu changes five times a year. Seasonal weeks: blini, asparagus, sea food.

Brunch
Nallikari brunch is a stylish way to spend Saturday with friends and family.

Bar & Coffee
Full service international cocktail bar, quality coffee and Nallikari Bakery pastries.

Nallikarinranta 15
90510, Oulu
Robson's Lunch

SuperPark Restaurant

Robson’s restaurant, located next to the SuperPark activation park, serves tasty lunch, small snacks and sweet and savory coffee breads.

There is a daily renewed lunch table and wonderful delicacies straight from the barbeque. Our lunch menu includes traditional Finnish lunch favorites, tasty pastas, oriental delicacies and everything in between. Versatility is our advantage!

Tyrnäväntie 16
90100, Oulu
Veranta for private occasions

Breakfast & Private Restaurant Veranta

On the third floor of the Original Sokos Hotel Arina you will find the beautiful restaurant Veranta.

In the morning, the restaurant serves as a breakfast restaurant for the hotel guests and others. For lunch, the hotel’s conference guests are served here, and in the evenings the restaurant transforms to any kind of restaurant needed for the occasion. Veranta is suitable for corporate parties and serves also as a beautiful wedding venue. The centerpiece of the summer celebrations is the restaurant’s cozy patio.

Restaurant Veranta exudes Scandinavian countryside combined with modern design. The menu is inspired by the pure nature of the north, and the breakfast table also features delicacies from nearby producers.

The restaurant is open on request and on special evenings, and every morning for breakfast guests. Access to breakfast is via Original Sokos Hotel Arina, where you can buy the breakfast for € 23.

The space features three video projectors and a screen as well as audio playback.

Restaurant Veranta:
-party rooms for 50-150 people
-delightful patio for 47 people, even suitable as a wedding venue
-party menu from a standing table starting at 40 €
-Guests stay comfortably at the Original Sokos Hotel Arina

Reservations and inquiries: Original Sokos Hotel Arinan Sales Service
sales.oulu@sokoshotels.fi or +358 8 3123 255

Isokatu 25
90100, Oulu
Bacaro Doppio indoors

Bacaro Doppio Café

Bacaro Doppio offers a laid-back and stylish atmosphere for friends of Italian coffee, wine and delicacies. You’ll enjoy the feel of a Venetian wine bar where tradition blends effortlessly with modern elements.

Savour an espresso made by a real barista, enjoy a light lunch, treat yourself to an artisan ice cream, or buy a tasty snack to take away. Have something delicious to eat and enjoy life!

You can find us at street level in Valkea shopping centre, along Kesäkatu.

Follow us on social media:
Facebook @BacaroDoppioOulu
Instagram @bacarodoppio_oulu

Isokatu 25
90100, Oulu
Accommodation near Oulu and Hailuoto.

Warjakka B&B Accommodation

Warjakka B&B provides relaxed and friendly accommodation near the coast of Bothnia Bay, just 10 min from Oulu airport, 10 min from Hailuoto ferry and 20 min from Oulu city center.
Perfect for couples, families and small groups of up to 20 people looking for some quiet time in the countryside.
Welcome to our home!

Harjapäänkuja, 33
90470, Oulu
Frans&Camille indoors

Frans&Camille Bistro

A french bistro with a joie de vivre

This happy French bistro welcomes you to the pulsating heart of Oulu, the restaurant at the base of Original Sokos Hotel Arina. We combine a relaxed atmosphere with love for and enjoyment of good food in an atmospheric environment right next to the Otto Karhi Park.

Our menu offers you and your friends unique rural French experiences. Fresh ingredients combined with traditional French recipes and new creations by our chefs guarantee a great meal experience for all tastes. Our extensive and carefully composed wine selection complements your experience.

Like us and keep in touch: Facebook @fransetcamilleoulu Instagram @fransetcamille

Isokatu 18
90100, Oulu
The Table, Amarillo

Amarillo Restaurant Oulu

Always something going on!

Amarillo in Oulu connects both friends and strangers, who can enjoy themselves at the same table until the early hours.

The menu includes famous classics from Big Burgers to Margaritas, as well as an extensive range of fresh new flavours in Amarillo’s style. The current “social dining” trend is at its best at Amarillo, because many of the dishes are suitable for sharing.

Every Friday and Saturday at 20.00, Amarillo arranges a meal experience known as The Table with unique drinks and dishes, where anyone can take part by reserving a table. This is something everybody should experience – alone or with friends.

Welcome to Amarillo in Oulu!

Follow us on social media:

Facebook @amarillo.oulu
Instagram @amarillo_oulu

Kirkkokatu 15
90100, Oulu
Saunallinen kahden hengen hotellihuone.

Best Western Hotel Apollo, Oulu

The Best Western Hotel Apollo offers all the right amenities for business and leisure travelers. The hotel has 70 rooms, 29 with sauna and in 5th floor attic rooms with skylight windows and steam bath or shower.
All guests will receive a complimentary continental breakfast. Free wireless Internet access in all rooms. On the fifth floor there is also LAN. Extra amenities include a business center and common sauna. Breakfast in Bar Apollo and the Karaoke Bar nightclub are located onsite.
The Best Western Hotel Apollo is conveniently located in the Oulu city center nearby sights and attractions such as Rotuaari Pedestrian Street, Market Hall and Market Square. Hotel is near major transportation access including the railway station, bus station and 15 kilometers from Oulu Airport. Hotel has 12 electric car charging plugs which are included in hotel rate.

Asemakatu 31-33
90100, 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