City events and festivals
Espoo offers a wide variety of festivals and urban events – from music to film and urban culture
Espoo Day is a celebration for all Espoo residents. During the Day, the city is full of events that are free of charge and open to all. The Espoo Day events are organised by locals, communities, companies and various other operators. We invite all residents to join in on the celebrations!
Read more about Espoo Day at espoopäivä.fi(extrernal link).
Finnish Independence Day celebrations
In 2020, the Independence Day Gala Concert of the City of Espoo was broadcast online as a pre-recorded show.
April Jazz is one of the largest jazz festivals in Finland. It has been held in Espoo every April since 1987.
Espoo Ciné is one of the largest film festivals in Finland. Over the years, Espoo Ciné has become an essential presenter of new European cinema in Finland. At the festival, you can see the most fascinating new films both from established auteurs and new talent. The event pays special attention to women as filmmakers.
The roots of the JuuriJuhla-RotFest festival are in Espoo folk music. However, the festival’s branches also reach towards new musical winds from around the world. Both Espoo-based folk musicians and other top Finnish folk musicians, many of whom have received international recognition, take the stage at JuuriJuhla.
Organ Night & Aria
At the unique late-night concerts of the Organ Night & Aria festival, you can enjoy diverse high-quality programme throughout the summer in Espoo’s medieval stone church (Espoo Cathedral). Top performers of vocal, organ, chamber and orchestral music create unforgettable experiences during atmospheric summer nights in the middle of the historical cultural heritage landscape.
The biennial PianoEspoo festival presents piano music in all of its richness. The festival was held for the first time in 1991 on the initiative of Espoo Cultural Centre, and since then, it has spread beyond the Cultural Centre to other concert halls in the Metropolitan Area. Over the years, PianoEspoo has established itself as one of the most significant events focused on classical piano music in Finland.
The biennial Vocal Espoo presents the spectrum of vocal music in its many forms. As an instrument, the human voice is extremely versatile, and its richness is celebrated at the festival through choral, ensemble and solo concerts. The festival programme focuses on all kinds of music where the human voice plays a central role, regardless of genre.