Variety of events in Tampere
Tampere is buzzing with events throughout the year. Music lovers are pampered this spring when many great artists are throwing gigs in Tampere. Don’t miss out on Andrea Bocelli in April, who is one of the most best-selling solo artists of all time. The Finnish royalty of pop Antti Tuisku is performing in the Nokia Arena on his Mayhem -arena tour, and other famous Finnish artists such as Marko Hietala, Pete Parkkonen and BEHM can be seen live at the Tampere Hall. You can also enjoy the best live gigs at G Livelab, Tullikamari and Tavara-Asema.
Tampere Film Festival will be held in March for the 53rd time! The film festival includes five days of the world’s best short films, documentaries, events and unique encounters.
Särkänniemi Theme Park celebrates the opening of the summer season at the end of April, and the summer season also begins in Roof Walk Finlayson Area! On the roof walk, you can see the city from a totally new perspective from two different routes built on the roof.
You can find all of the interesting events from our event calendar!
Relax at the warmth of the Sauna Capital
Did you know that Finnish sauna culture has been included into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage? What better place to experience sauna than Tampere, the Sauna Capital of the World! There are more than 55 public saunas in the Tampere region that can be visited all year round.
One of the easiest places to experience the Finnish sauna is the Sauna-Restaurant Kuuma in Laukontori, where relaxation and pampering are offered to all of the senses. The modern concept combines Finnish sauna experience, Nordic gastronomy and beautiful lake views. A more traditional Finnish sauna can be experienced in the Rajaportti sauna, which by the way is Finland’s oldest public sauna still in operation. Another favorite of the people of Tampere is located in Rauhaniemi, where the Rauhaniemi Folk Spa offers its visitors the most atmospheric sauna experience in Tampere, as well as great landscapes to Lake Näsijärvi. Check out other saunas in Tampere from our article!
Exciting ways to spend time together
Escape rooms offer excellent entertainment for friends and couples regardless of the weather. At the Escape Room in Finlayson you can solve a puzzle on a spaceship, or try to hide stolen diamonds before the police arrive. Room Escape Finlayson has a total of four escape room themes with different levels of difficulty.
At the Entertainment Center Crazy you can play minigolf and indoor curling, as well as relieve stress by destroying stuff in the anger room.
If you are looking for more extreme activities, you can get a guaranteed adrenalin spike by abseiling from the Pyynikki Observation Tower. Abseiling is organized every Sunday starting from April, and all you have to do is show up on the spot. While you’re at the tower, don’t forget to try the Cafés famous doughnuts or ‘munkki’ in Finnish!
Vintage and design finds
There are also good shopping opportunities in Tampere, as right in its core you can find both small boutiques with treasures and large shopping centers with wide selections.
Vintage finds can be made in many shops selling second-hand treasures. In the city center you can find e.g. Relove, whose selection includes curated second-hand clothes and accessories, and OLDIE, where you can find products from top brands responsibly. In April Tavara-Asema organizes a Second Hand – flea market event, where used treasures are put into circulation while a DJ plays live music. Those who love design should head to Tampere’s design quarter, where you can find Uhana Flagship Store, Luin Living and Taito Shop, among others. Check out this article for more design tips!
You should also not forget the wonderful boutiques of the atmospheric Tallipiha Stable Yards, where you can also find Tampere’s most delicious chocolate shop!
Restaurants for every taste
Relaxed food culture and fresh ingredients are well represented in Tampere’s restaurants, and there is a wide selection of restaurants for every taste.
Vegetarians, vegans and mixed eaters love Muusa, which combines Nordic and ethnic food cultures and offers a menu full of casual nibbles and beautifully colorful main courses. The completely vegan HOAX loves to have fun with its dishes, whose deliciousness comes from the combination of great ingredients and fantastic appearance.
In Tampere, fine dining is served with a relaxed approach without unnecessary stiffness. Try, for example, Restaurant Bertha, Restaurant Kajo, or Restaurant 4 Seasons located in the Tampere Market Hall – you will definitely not be disappointed!
The best restaurants with views over Tampere’s roofs can be found at Moro Sky Bar, Restaurant Periscope and Restaurant Näsinneula, whose dishes don’t pale next to the stunning scenery.
Tampere also has many traditional restaurants that have been serving the people of Tampere for decades! Fine examples are Pizzeria Napoli, whose menu includes more than a hundred pizzas, the Brewery Restaurant Plevna and the nationally famous neighborhood restaurant Pispalan Pulteri.
There are also high quality gastropubs that pay great attention to both their food and drink selection. Stop by at least at the Belgian Gastropub Tuulensuu and the Spanish tapas bar Inez.
Don’t forget the wings, which are hugely popular among the people of Tampere! Arguing about the title of the best wing restaurant can sometimes even heat up peoples’ feelings, but the legendary Siipiweikot never disappoints.
The weekend is of course perfected by an amazing brunch in one of Tampere’s many restaurants and cafes. Read more about brunches in Tampere from our article.
Time for a good night’s sleep
When it’s time to fall into soft sheets, you can find high quality accommodation from a number of hotels and B&B’s in Tampere.
The towering Solo Sokos Hotel Torni next to the train station attracts visitors with its high-quality restaurant selection in addition to its stunning scenery. The other Tampere Sokos Hotels Villa and Ilves are also conveniently located in the city center.
High-quality accommodation is also offered in the modern Courtyard by Marriott Tampere City, which is located right next to the event and meeting venue Tampere Hall.
Lapland Hotels has two wonderful hotels in the center of Tampere: Lapland Hotels Tampere and Lapland Hotels Arena. What could be nicer than watching hockey games at the Nokia Arena from your own hotel room?
There are no less than five Scandic hotels in central Tampere! Stay conveniently near the train station at Scandic Tampere Station and Scandic Tampere City, or close to the nature on the magnificent Pyynikki ridge at Scandic Rosendahl.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, stay at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Tammer, where fascinating history meets modern comforts. At the Grand Hotel Tammer you can experience the unique atmosphere of a luxurious and historic grand hotel.
Those who want to experience more homely but still luxurious accommodation will have a great time at Lillan Hotel & Kök, located in the beautiful wooden neighborhood of Viinikka. Lillan has 11 unique hotel rooms, which are furnished with high standard and modern amenities, but still cherishing the atmosphere of an old wooden house.
Looking for more tips on what to do in Tampere? Check out also our pages on the best experiences, museums & culture, and nature destinations in Tampere region!