Free of charge

All the events within the Tall Ships Races event area are free of charge. Only the Tall Ships Races Music Festival held at Turku Castle Park on 20 and 21 July will be subject to a fee. Performances and events will be provided free of charge on three different stages in the event area, on both banks of the Aura River.

  • Viking Line Stage (eastern bank)
  • Varvintori Stage (western bank)
  • Suomen Joutsen Stage (western bank)

The public programme starts already on Wednesday 19 July

During the days of the event, plenty of activities will be organised for the public free of charge, taking place at three different locations: at Varvintori, in front of Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland) and on the event stage of Itäranta (eastern bank). The programme takes place mainly from Thursday to Saturday between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. On the Viking Line stage at Itäranta (eastern bank), famous artists will be performing once a day, the first one already on Wednesday 19 July.

The official opening of the event will take place at Varvintori on Thursday 20 July at 2 p.m. The concert of the Navy Band will begin immediately after the opening.

Angle grinder symphony

On Friday 21 July at Varvintori, at 10:55 p.m., a tribute is performed to the shipbuilding industry in Turku. Premiere, “Rälläkkäsinfonia” (‘Angle grinder symphony’) a piece by composer Lauri Mäntysaari, a prelude for a symphonic brass band and for two angle grinders.

The showband of the Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces, conducted by Captain (mus.) Ville Paakkunainen, with students of Turku Vocational Institute as angle grinder players.

The Dudesons area on the eastern bank of the River Aura

A variety of different activities for people of all ages.

HP (Hannu-Pekka Parviainen) of the Dudesonds will perform at the Bagjump point at the event on Thursday 20 July from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The Finnish Air Force overflight

The Finnish Air Force will fly over the river area during the opening on Thursday 20 July approximately at 2 p.m. with Hawk training fighter jets.


Saturday evening 22 July will be culminating with fireworks (provided by Suomen Ilotulitus) from Korppolaismäki, accompanied by music, from 11 p.m. onwards.

Free admission to the event area

The event area begins at Martinsilta bridge on both sides of the River Aura, and extends to the Viking Line terminal on the west side and the Telakkaranta (shipyard shore) area on the east side. Access to the area is organised through temporary gates. Admission to the entire event area is free of charge.