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The city is filled with various events, in addition to the UMK24 entertainment spectacle, so make sure to book your accommodation in advance and join the celebration throughout the entire UMK weekend.

Feel the Eurovision vibes during the Tampere Festival of Light this autumn and at concerts by familiar Eurovision artists! 

The Tampere Festival of Light fills the city with stunning light installations starting from October 27th. This year, the popular Dancing Waters performance were in a Eurovision theme and you were able to hear a great selection of beloved Eurovision songs! Koskipuisto park was be filled with the light and music of the Dancing Waters from October 27th to November 5th. The opening ceremony was featured the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Emmelie de Forest, and Anneli Saaristo, who was representing Finland in 1989.

Tampere is known as an event city and for its incredible concerts. This autumn, the city will host a handful of Eurovision-famous artists and bands. One of them is Käärijä, who finished second in the 2023 Eurovision with the song “Cha Cha Cha.” You could catch the high-energy performance at Tullikamarin Pakkahuone on October 13th.

The highly popular Ukrainian band Go_A, known for their modern electronic dance rhythms and Ukrainian singing, performed on November 5th at Tavara-asema. This band represented Ukraine in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Shum,” finishing fifth in the finals.

Loreen, who won the 2023 Eurovision with the song “Tattoo,” was supposed to perform in Tampere in November but unfortunately the gig was cancelled due to scheduling reasons.

Lord Of The Lost, representing Germany in Eurovision 2023, will arrive in Tampere on their Blood and Glitter tour. The band will perform at Olympia Quarter  on December 15th.

Erika Vikman, who rose to fame with her song “Cicciolina” from the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) in 2020, took the stage at Tavara-asema on November 11th. On November 30th, at Tullikamari, there was a sold-out concert by the KUUMAA band, who also competed on the UMK stage in 2023. Jarkko Ahola, who participated in the 2008 Eurovision as part of the band Teräsbetoni, performed iconic classics alongside Waltteri Torikka at Nokia Arena on November 24th.

Have you already purchased your tickets for Nokia Arena on April 27th? That’s when the rock sensation Blind Channel will perform their biggest show to date – and where else but in Tampere! The band made Finnish Eurovision history by finishing 6th in 2021 with their song “Dark Side.”

It’s sauna, crazy and party!

Before heading out for the night, make sure to enjoy sauna and maybe even sip a couple of Piña Coladas.  Or how about some karaoke with Eurovision hits? Many clubs play Eurovision favorites in their DJ playlists, creating an amazing atmosphere for dancing! Read our best tips for clubs in Tampere from our article.

When it comes to dressing up for the evening, consider local designers such as Uhana Design, Pispala Clothing, or Palmroth for your outfit. The city’s numerous vintage and second-hand shops are filled with fantastic finds. Did you know that the brand from Tampere, Sidoste sells Käärijä socks?

Before hitting the parties, don’t forget to experience sauna. Tampere, the Sauna Capital of the World, offers nearly 60 public saunas in the region. Rauhaniemi Folk Spa offers an authentic local experience, with friendly conversation. Rajaportti sauna is a classic – Finland’s oldest still-operating public sauna. Or enjoy a morning sauna at Saunaravintola Kuuma. Try the newest public sauna addition, Pereensaaren sauna!

The city is brimming with exciting new restaurants and familiar favorites. The newly opened Bistro Eloisa serves food, drinks, and disco vibes! Nonni encapsulates warmth, relaxation, and style – as both a word and a restaurant. Villit ja Viinit is a casually curious place that strongly emphasizes sustainability, local ingredients, and seasonal produce. Boulangerie Marco offers delicious French baked goods and a popular, tasty lunch.

Other highlights of your holiday include top-notch dining experiences. Tampere Market Hall, offers a wide range of restaurants, and vendors with fresh products, local delicacies, and handicrafts. In the Olympia Quarter, you can combine a dinner at Muusa, Olympia’s top concerts, and award-winning cocktails at Tiima. Don’t miss out on Muusa’s Sunday brunch! And don’t forget to try “mustamakkara” (a local sausage) and the doughnuts at Pyynikin Munkkikahvila!

Read more about UMK competition from Yle website.