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Seurasaari Midsummer Bonfire 2024

Midsummer will be celebrated on Midsummer Eve in Seurasaari.

Seurasaari island, appraised for its cultural historical value and home of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum makes an magnificent milieu for the traditional Finnish midsummer festival. The light summer night welcomes both the locals and the tourists to sing, dance and play together and admire the traditional bonfires (if there is no forest fire warning).

Midsummer Eve’s programme is a combination of the celebration traditions without forgetting everyday life. Musicians and folk dancers wish audience welcome and the masters of traditional craftwork can be seen at their work.

At Antti Event Grounds you can test your skills at traditional dancing and follow the raising of maypole. For another view of the Seurasaari island you can enjoy the horse carriage ride by Finnhorse Veikko. For the youngest ones Seurasaari has traditional swings, storytelling and other entertainments. The children will have their own bonfire (if weather permits) and are welcome to join midsummer polonaise.

In Karuna church performs violin trio Figelit and in Iisalmi parsonage audience can hear storytelling “Joutsennaisen tarina” (in Finnish).

The program starts at Festival Grounds with a procession of flags and continues with folk dance, shepherd´s playing (singer and piper Minna Hokka) and music of Panu Savolainen & JPP. Legendary folk music ensemble JPP joins forces with vibraphonist Panu Savolainen.

As the bonfires burn (if weather permits) music and songs by folk quartet Enkel will be heard. The evening will end with Midsummer dance and night polonaise at Festival Grounds.

Seurasaari Open-Air Museum



Tickets: 28 € incl. service fee from Free admission for children under age of 12.