Annual events

Raahe offers a wide variety of events every year. Besides events organised by the town, other exciting events organised by other actors take place throughout the year. Find an event that interests you and join us!

Most of the annual events have been cancelled until the end of July 2020 because of the COVID-19-epidemic.

Winter – sports and Christmas season

Raahe town’s event clock starts ticking in February with the winter sports event Puluvärkki ICE intended for the whole family. As February turns into March, music lovers are treated to a number of exciting events. Raahe Music Weeks offers several concerts and performances with a new theme every year.

The Christmas season in Raahe always begins in late November with the traditional festive Christmas season opening at the Härkätori square. December is kicked off early in the morning with loud drumming on St Anna’s Day. St Anna’s Day also involves eating Christmas porridge, visiting the Christmas market and listening to Epiphany carol singers. Enjoy the peaceful Christmas atmosphere in the idyllic environment of the Kampus Christmas market. This is the best place to buy handicrafts from artisans in our area and give them as Christmas presents.

Summer – joyful events for people of all ages

Get the first glimpse of summer at Raahe’s traditional spring market, located by the museum shore, in April. The actual festivities begin in late June with the launch of Pekanpäivät and Raahe Festival. This is a summer celebration combining culture, traditions and entertainment in honour of our town’s founder, Per Brahe.

Thursday nights in July are filled with music and interesting side events in the shared living room of Raahe residents, the Härkätori Square. The most awaited event of the entire summer is the maritime Pooki Flakkaa – Raahe Maritime Festival. The July festivities and atmosphere culminate in Raahen Rantajatsit jazz festival where several important jazz musicians have traditionally performed.

Before the start of school, the town’s youngsters have their own beach party event called Sulatto. There is also a separate activity-filled series of events for younger children on the same day.

Autumn – culture is everywhere

Autumn does not darken our mood: in late August, the museum shore provides the stage for a completely weird event. The festival Raahen Pimiät is followed by a spirited and free-form city festival, the Night of the Arts.

In September, you can meet Finnish authors at Raahe Book Fair, and October gets a great start in a market atmosphere. Old-time Viljanpäivä market takes place at the Pekkatori Square in Raahe, and the autumn market is organised at the museum shore.

Music heralds the beginning of the winter as the concert series Brahe Classica kicks off. Concerts by various performers are on offer. In the same context, versatile cultural events for children and young people are organised during the Oivaviikot event.

More information about the annual events organised by the town is available at the Event production website as well as the Raahe cultural services and Visit Raahe on websites.

A pig character listening to the children’s stories.
Raahen Pimiät Festival and Porky Pig. Photograph: Anni Mämmelä, image database of Raahe sub-region.