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Reykjavík Festival City

Reykjavík City is a hotbed of activity all year round, with a remarkable number of annual festivals and seasonal events attracting countless festival goers and media attention from around the world.

Compiled below are various annual events.

Reykjavík Culture Night
Fireworks on Culture night

August 2023

Culture Night is both created and enjoyed by city residents and takes place all across central Reykjavik, with celebrations in the streets and squares, in museums, businesses, and in residential gardens! 

 

Dark Music Days
Dark music days logo

24.-29. January 2023

Dark Music Days is an annual music festival that has lit up the darkest period of the Icelandic winter in Reykjavík for over 40 years. It offers an exciting environment that caters to the curious mind with high-quality music and world-class performers

Winter Lights Festival
Hallgrímskirkja lid up at a Winter Lights Festival

2.-4. February 2023

The long winter days of darkness in Reykjavík will be illuminated magnificently at the city’s next annual Winter Lights Festival.

Reykjavík Pride
People marching at a pride walk

8.- 13. August 2023

This colourful event brings tens of thousands of people into the city centre every year to show solidarity and to have fun with the LGBTQ community in Reykjavik. People of all genders, friends, relatives, and a fast-growing number of tourists, all come together to celebrate and support universal human rights.

Reykjavik Jazz Festival
Jazz festival poster

No date yet for 2023

The festival hosts performances in a variety of styles, from contemporary jazz and the avant-garde to Latin jazz, gospel, and big bands. It features many acclaimed international Jazz players as well as Iceland’s leading Jazz musicians. 

Opera Days
Reykjavik Opera Days

October 2023

The aim of the festival is to organize high-quality and varied events in ordinary and unusual places; promote innovation and experimentation, and strengthen the working base of singers and their collaborators

Reykjavík Blues Festival
Blues band playing

April 2023

Watch blues artists from Europe, Iceland, and North America perform together in some of the most unique jam sessions in the Northern Hemisphere.

Reykjavík International Literary Festival
Books in a shelf

19. - 23. April 2023

This biannual festival has been held since 1985 and is one of the most important literary festivals in Europe. Meet authors, attend readings and seminars or dance with your favourite author at the Literary Ball!  

Reykjavík Children's Culture Festival
Children dancing on stage

18.- 23. April 2023

Children's culture, culture for children, and culture with children are the three main aspects of the Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival: a week-long arts and culture festival dedicated to children and youth.

 

Reykjavík Fringe Festival
Fringe festival

26. June - 2. July 2023

A celebration of all art forms, new and old artists on the fringe. Local and international artists perform all over the city at the height of summer presenting a variety of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, poetry, drag, burlesque, children's shows, magic, new media, and more. 

Iceland Airwaves
band playing at airwaves

2.- 4. November 2023

Iceland Airwaves is a critically acclaimed international music festival showcasing the hottest new international bands and the best up-and-coming Icelandic artists.

Reykjavík International Film Festival
Riff logo on Austurstræti street

28. September - 8. October  2023

For eleven days every fall since 2004 Icelandic people and tourists alike go to the cinema to enjoy the best and freshest of international filmmaking.

Stockfish Film Festival
Stockfish poster

23. March- 2. April 2023

Stockfish Film Festival & Industry Days is a non-profit international film festival held in March each year in Bíó Paradís, the only art-house cinema in Iceland. We screen around 30 hand-picked award-winning films during the festival and host various events and meet-ups 

Fishermans day
People looking at lobsters

4. June 2023

One of the main goals is that families can come to the Old Harbour, and have a fun day with all kinds of events with reference to the sea and its surroundings, without cost. Everything that the festival offers are free of charge. Sailing, entertainment, food taste, playgrounds, competitions, etc.

Reykjavík Arts Festival
arts festival

Next time in June 2024

The Reykjavik Arts Festival is a biennial multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts.

 

Imagine Peace Tower
Imagine peace tower light beam at night with people

9. October 2023

The Imagine Peace Tower is a work of art conceived as a beacon to world peace by the legendary artist, musician, and peace advocate, Yoko Ono. The work is designed in the form of a wishing well from which a powerful tower of light beams. The words IMAGINE PEACE are inscribed on the well in 24 different languages.

Viking Festival Hafnarfjörður
People in viking costumes fake battling

14. - 18. June 2023

 Hafnarfjörður town hosts the annual Viking Festival, which is the oldest and biggest festival of its kind in Iceland. Visiting this festival will make you feel like you have been transferred back in time a thousand years or so.

 

National Day of Iceland
Woman in the Icelandic national costume walking

17. June 

Every year, Icelanders' national holiday is celebrated with all kinds of entertainment and events in the city centre!

Design March
Design march

3.- 7. May 2023

Design March showcases the best creations straight from the Icelandic design scene, with fresh, exciting, exotic, and under-the-radar treasures. The scene is small and intimate, which means you’ll get the chance to meet all the stars of local design.

Reykjavík Dance Festival
People dancing

Late in 2023

For four days, we’re taking over the city with a festival of national and international dance, performance and choreography.

Extreme Chill Festival
Extreme chill festival

October 2023

Extreme Chill Festival, a yearly festival in Iceland moved now permanently to Reykjavík. Established in 2010, it is Iceland's longest-running festival focusing on electronic music and related arts.

Ingólfshátíð Viking Festival
Viking tents

No date yet for 2023

Vikings and tent camp will be at Austurvöllur between 12.00 and 17.00 everyone is welcome. It is free for everybody. Speak to us and get a glimpse of days long gone. Take a look at our outfits and equipment. There could be some sagas told. This a part of a project called Landnámsmenning 2019 sponsored by the city of Reykjavík.

Innipúkinn Music Festival
Band playing on stage at Innipúkinn festival

4. - 6. August 2023

Innipúkinn is a 3-day annual music festival held in Reykjavik, Iceland the first weekend of August.

Unglist - The young people's art festival
People in red outfits jumping at the same time

Late 2023

Unglist, The Young People´s Art Festival is a platform for young artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and designers, in short for all young creative people between 16 -25 years old in Iceland´s capital

Lókal Performing Arts Festival
Lókal stage performance

Late 2023

LÓKAL is a performing arts platform that produces and introduces contemporary performance to audiences in Iceland and connects local performance practitioners with fellow artists and presenters from abroad.

Raflost Festival of Electronic Arts
Raflost festival photo

May 2023

RAFLOST electronic art festival is an annual boost to the grass root of Icelandic electronic arts.

 

 


 

 

Far Fest Afríka Reykjavík
People playing African instruments

October 2023

FAR Fest Afríka Reykjavík is a musical and cultural Festival, held every year at the beginning of October in Reykjavík City. 

 

International Festival of Children’s Literature
Children books

Next in 2023

The International Festival of Children’s Literature: In the Moorland is a children’s and youth literature festival held biennially.

 

Cycle - Music and Art Festival
Cycle festival artwork

No date yet for 2023

Cycle Music and Art Festival is sprung out of the mere interest of creating a platform where experimental music and visual art are given an opportunity to engage in dialogue and experiments.

 

Sequence Art Festival
People in golden suits as a part of an artwork

October 2023

The aim of the festival is to produce and present progressive visual art with a special focus on time-based mediums, such as performance, sound art, video and public interventions.

Art Without Borders
List án landamæra myndir

October 2023

Art Without Borders is an annual art festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. It showcases art from all art forms by disabled artists and supports collaborations between artists. The festival was founded in 2003 during the European Year of People with Disabilities.

The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival
Beer

1. March every year

The Icelandic Annual Beer Festival is an annual celebration of beer freedom with a four day festival starring the best of the Icelandic beer trade along with selected international ones.

 

Check out current events

At Home in The Design Museum- Opening at Museum Night
ANNUAL PRINT EDTION 2023 - THE ICELANDIC PRINTMAKING ASSOCIATION Þórður Hall
Silent disco - Reykjavik Municipal Archives
Songs by John Speight - Lunch recital in Garðabær
World most beautiful books - Museum Night at Garðabær
Afternoon Concert at Hafnarborg – Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio
The Museum of Design as a home- Opening at Museum Night
Opening: Jón Helgi Pálmason │As the image fades
„The Gift of Children“ & „From various Sources“ in Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum at Museum Night
Matinée - Elísabet Þórðardóttir, organ and Þórður Árnason, guitar
Instrument workshop
From a dream to a dream - Gró String Quartet
Pool Night 2023
Ave Maris Stella - Hljómeyki
Relaxation - Float therapy.
Love a Nervous Wreck, no Dance at Ufsaklettur - Júlía & Tinna
The School choir of Sjálandsskóli sings
Opening: We are Earth – We are Water
Winter Lights Festival
Poetry workshop

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