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Events & Happenings

Introduction
Expat Finland does not have its own events calendar, but this page links you to events of all sorts.

Tickets
Tickets for concerts, festivals, and indeed almost all organised events in Finland can be purchased through
www.lippu.fi - En, Fi, Sw
www.ticketmaster.fi (formerly Lippupalvelu) - En, Fi, Sw
The vendor depends upon whom the event organisers have made arrangements with. These vendors also sell tickets to events throughout Europe.

Events in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kotka, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rauma, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa

Social Events

IESAF, the International English Speakers' Association of Finland
IESAF is a popular, fun and ever-growing non-profit organisation of international English speaking people living in Finland, with about 8,500 members hailing from the U.S, Canada, U.K., Australia, Indian, South Africa, as well as many other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

IESAF organises loads of social events; family events, pub quizzes, holiday parties, game nights, restaurant nights, sports events, picnics, playgroups for children, hobby clubs and related events. A highlight, on the first Wednesday of every month, is IESAF's famous Pub Quiz in Molly Malone’s Irish Bar, which regularly attracts over 100 people.
IESAF's Facebook pages are also great fora for questions, discussions, networking, and sharing of information.
Website: livinginfinland.com

IESAF on Facebook:
Main group
Tampere
Turku
Hämeenlinna
Events page
A Taste of Home
Beer Club
Buy & Sell
Knitting Club
Business Group
Baby & Toddler Group
Tampere Knitting Club
Jobs in Finland

Events by Activity

Finterest: www.finterest.fi - in 16 languages!
Finterest lets you choose Finland-wide events and activities from 6 groups: Culture, Kids, Festivals, Sports, Outdoors, and Nature. Zoom in on the map of Finland for more listings and full details in the location of your choice. It makes planning your Finnish weekend or holiday fun and easy!

Music and Film Festivals
Finland Festivals: www.festivals.fi - Fi, Sw, En, Fr, Ge, Ja, Ru
The Finland Festivals site lists what must be every music, film and arts festival in Finland! Events are broken down into:
Multi-Arts Festivals, Classical Music, Opera and Choral Music, Contemporary Music, Jazz / Blues, Pop / Rock, Folk, Dance, Theatre and Literature, Children and Young People, Visual Art, and Film
Every calendar event is clickable, opening a page with more detailed information including a description of the event, contact details, maps, photos of past events, web links, and even information about parking, seating, disabled access and more.
Finland Festivals also includes a 'Festival Finder'; enter dates, genre, & locality, and let the Festival Finder identify the best events for you!
The final cherry on this cake: the 'Festival Routes' section includes suggested travel itineraries which allow you to take in multiple festivals throughout various parts of scenic Finland over the course of a few weeks' travel.

Theatre
Finnish Theatre Information Centre - TINFO: www.tinfo.fi - En, Fi, Sw
Finland-wide information about theatres and productions as well as slideshows, publications, statistics and a brief history of Finnish theatre.

Opera
Discovering Finland: Calendar > Opera, Ballet & Shows - En, Fi, Ru, Ge
A good Finland-wide calendar listing of opera and ballet events.

Finnish National Opera: www.opera.fi > Productions & Calendar - En, Fi, Ru, Sw
Calendar of opera events for the National Opera House in Helsinki.

Savonlinna Opera Festival: www.operafestival.fi - En, Ru, Fi
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is held every summer in the city of Savonlinna, and lasts for nearly a month! The opera takes place at the medieval Olavinlinna, St. Olaf's Castle, built in 1475, located amid spectacular lake scenery. The Festival has grown into an internationally recognised event, and each year draws an audience of around 60,000, an estimated quarter of whom come from abroad.

Museum & Gallery Exhibitions
Museot (Museums): www.museot.fi - Fi, Sw, En
Museot.fi has Finland-wide information about museums and galleries, as well as a comprehensive exhibition calendar and event search feature. Events in the calendar or search results are clickable, opening pages with details of the art and artist(s), links to and contact details for the host gallery/museum, dates and prices of exhibitions, and services available at the venue.
Museot.fi also includes details of permanent collections, archaeology, museum architecture and more.

Antiquities
National Board of Antiquities: www.nba.fi - Fi, Sw, En
The National Board of Antiquities protects Finland's "environments with cultural history value, archaeological culture heritage and architectural heritage". Among other things, this includes historical manor houses, cottages, farmhouses, ruins, and castles, many of which can be visited by you! So if you'd like to be transported back in Finnish history, visit www.nba.fi and click the Museums and Castles button to see what you can see! On the home page of the site, slightly obscured at the bottom right hand corner of the page, is also an Exhibition Calendar button, which links to current exhibitions. Hyvä Suomi!

Events by Location

Events and happenings in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kotka, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rauma, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa

Finterest: www.finterest.fi - in 16 languages!
Finterest lets you choose Finland-wide events and activities from 6 groups: Culture, Kids, Festivals, Sports, Outdoors, and Nature. Zoom in on the map of Finland for more listings and full details in the location of your choice. It makes planning your Finnish weekend or holiday fun and easy!

Municipal Sites
As shown on the City by City page, Finnish municipal councils have web sites which typically include local information such as maps, tourism and leisure activities, sports and exercise facilities and more. Many also have Event Calendars, but increasingly the local authorities are developing separate, dedicated web sites focused on local events and tourism.
All the following sites are available in multiple languages and feature local Event Calendars, under some name or other.

Finland-wide Events Calendars

Finterest
www.finterest.fi - in 16 languages!
Finterest lets you choose Finland-wide events and activities from 6 groups: Culture, Kids, Festivals, Sports, Outdoors, and Nature. Zoom in on the map of Finland for more listings and full details in the location of your choice.
Finterest is not a calendar as such, but dates are included in the details as well as links to the websites for your chosen activity.

Discovering Finland
www.discoveringfinland.com > What's On? - En, Fi, Ru, Ge
Festivals, exhibitions, kids' events, sports events and more.