Yläkaupungin Yö is one of Finland’s longest-lived and largest city festivals.

Yläkaupungin Yö 2021

Yläkaupungin Yö will be held 13.-16.5.2021!

For the first time, the event is multi-day and contains a diverse culture from live music to visual and word arts, and from theater to speech and performances. The festival also includes market streets. One will expand to Seminaarinkatu and the other to the pedestrian street (kävelykatu). Yläkaupungin Yö is a completely free event.

The festival’s performer, volunteer and marketplace searches have opened! Read more about the performer search here, about volunteering here and about market sales here.

Our goal is to organize a safe Yläkaupungin Yö for everyone. The festival is organized and adapted to the corona situation, and we are prepared for a wide range of exemptions. Due to this situation, the program is planned to be shown remotely, and audience events will be increased where possible. Changes in the coronavirus situation may also mean changes in program and implementation methods. We always report possible changes on the Yläkaupungin Yö website and social media channels.

Yläkaupungin Yö

Yläkaupungin Yö, which is held annually in the surroundings of Jyväskyläs Yläkaupunki, Älylä and Seminaarinmäki is a city festival run mainly by volunteers. It is a free event, planned, organized, and carried out by a wide range of volunteers. Feel free to participate.

The festival’s multi-art program in recent years has included dance, theater, movies, performances, lectures, visual arts, live music, word art, workshops, programs for children, games and exercise. In Yläkaupungin Yö we have seen up to about 200 performances at 50 different venues, and in may, the city festival is visited by 30,000 to 50,000 visitors yearly. Yläkaupungin Yö provides a showcase for numerous performers, groups and organizations in various art forms, revitalizing urban culture and the region’s economy.

The purpose of Yläkaupungin Yö ry is to maintain and support cultural activities and to promote cooperation between various cultural organizations and citizens’ voluntary cultural pursuits. Through its activities, the association strives to bring different aspects of culture closer together and to renew and develop citizens’ perceptions of culture.


The new date for Taidekatu will be announced later.


The picture shows the Seminaarinmäen mieslaulajat in 2012. Pic by Taru Norrea.