The Irish Festival of Oulu

Official program partner of Oulu 2026


frequently asked questions

If you have a question, just let us know.

Oulu, Finland is located 200 kilometres from the Arctic Circle and is the 2026 European Capital of Culture. The Irish Festival of Oulu is an official programme partner of Oulu’s 2026 European Capital of Culture year which makes IFO the first ever Irish cultural festival that is part of a European Capital of Culture programme outside of Ireland. Our project is called Cultural Kaleidoscopes, which is a 3 day street festival bringing the streets alive with Irish cultural heritage. Stay tuned.

The weather can be anywhere from sunny to rainy to snowy. The autumn colours are on display and temperatures can range from -2 C to 15C. You will need an autumn coat or a wool jumper. For the most part of our festival’s history, we have enjoyed dry and not so cold weather. Only twice since 2006 has it snowed but only for a few hours. It has mostly been sunny and dry.
Yes, our event is very international as is the City of Oulu. A few Finnish words will also show your spirit and will help you. Kiitos (key-toes): thank you. Hei (hey): hello Hei hei (hey hey): good buy
It is possible and depends mainly on the weather and clear skies. In 2018, our final session was wonderfully interrupted when the sky lit up with green northern lights and everyone rushed outside for the wonderful experience.
You can travel by airplane to Helsinki and onwards to Oulu. There are buses or taxis from the airport to city centre. You can also travel by bus or by train to Oulu.