Midnight sun, Finnish summer, Midsummer bonfire and an open-air dance in a pavilion. All the traditional Midsummer festivities and more can be found in Tampere and the surroundings! Will it be a festival, a romantic open-air dancing event, nice activities for kids or just the calm nature? All can be found not too far away – who needs a cottage when you can stay in town!
Valtteri Festival brings Midsummer celebrations right to the middle of Tampere city centre June 22– 23. The festival is organized at the Tullinaukio square, Tullikamari and Klubi, Telakka and Bar Passion. Daytime programme at the terraces of Klubi and Telakka is free of charge and without an age limit: live music and a sauna tune the festival goers into the evening’s paid gigs for grown-ups. Performers include Finnish names such as Scandinavian Music Group, Atomirotta and Voimaryhmä. On Midsummer day there will also be some stand-up (in Finnish).
In Hiedanranta you can spend Midsummer a bit more uniquely in Tampere Underground Midsummer June 22-23. Free Midsummer festival in the surrounds of the Lielahti Manor. The entertainment includes music, theatre, performances and poetry, as well as activities for children.
Mustalahti harbour offers live music and traditional midsummer dance on 22.-23.6. On both evening the tunes are played by River Band, and the entrance is free of charge!
At Särkänniemi Doghill the Midsummer June 22-23 is for children! The Doghill dwellers welcome the smallest of the family – and why not the grown-ups as well – to enjoy Midsummer.
This Midsummer the green oasis of Tampere, Viikinsaari island, celebrates the nightless night for two days! On Midsummer Eve, June 22nd, the visitors can enjoy a Midsummer sauna and the wood-heated bath barrel outside, as well as the traditional open-air Midsummer dance in the pavilion with live music. The restaurant is open both days, accompanied by DJ music. The bonfire will be lit in the evening, weather providing. On Saturday June 23th the sauna and bath barrel are open again. You can buy your tickets in here.
At the Niihama Hut, there will be a Midsummer fete on Midsummer Eve, Friday June 22nd at 17-21.30. The programme includes hoisting the flag, cooking pancakes and sausages on open fire as well as some theatre, garden games and other light activities. There will also be ham and potato casserole, sausage soup and vegetable soup on sale. Midsummer bonfire will be lit weather providing, free admission! Follow the updates on Facebook.
Tallipiha Stable Yards throws a Midsummer celebration on Sunday, June 24th from 11am to 5pm. A market place with artisans and handicrafts, horse carriage rides and pony rides available, accompanied by live music. Tallipiha is closed 22 – 23 June. Free of charge!
You can enjoy the famous doughnuts in Midsummer, too – the Pyynikki observation tower and the café are open June 22nd between 9am and 3pm, and on June 23rd from 9am to 9 pm. The coffee break is made perfect with the awesome view over the forest area of Pyynikki and the lake scenery.
In addition to Viikinsaari, you can enjoy a midsummer sauna experience also in Rauhaniemi sauna. At Rauhaniemi, the sauna is hot June 22nd 3pm to 8.30pm, 23th and 24th from 1pm to 8pm. Traditional midsummer sauna experience is available also at Kaupinoja sauna, where the sauna is heated on midsummer eve June 22nd at 14-24 and on midsummer day June 23rd at 14-18:45.
Laukontori and Tammelantori markets are open June 22nd at 6–13. From June 23 to 24 the markets are closed.
Bonfire will be lit at the Pyynikki swimming beach on midsummer even June 22nd at 8pm (address: Jalkasaarentie 7).
At Vaihmalan Hovi, in Lempäälä, midsummer is celebrated restaurant-style on midsummer eve 22.6. with live band HighLights until late night – read more here.
Pappila parish in Pirkkala organizes a family fete June 22 at 19-22, bonfire at 21.30. Read more.
Knuutilan kartano in Nokia offer a family celebration on midsummer eve June 22 with pancakes, sausages, dancing and bonfire. Lots of fun activities for kids! Find out more.
Finnish Silverline cruises during the Midsummer in Tampere! Check the timetables and get your tickets from hopealinjat.fi
In addition to Viikinsaari island in Tampere, there are also some traditional open-air Midsummer dances in the vicinity of Tampere:
Visit Tampere tourist information is closed for Midsummer June 22 – June 24, open again on Monday June 25.
The city buses also follow exceptional timetables throughout the Midsummer.
You might want to also check our events calendar for more happenings.
Please note, that the information given here is subject to changes which Visit Tampere is not responsible for – please check the up-to-date information from the event’s own website or organizer.