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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.

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RVK Feminist Film Festival

No date yet for 2021

RVK Feminist Film Festival has a simple aim, strengthen female film directors and equalize gender deficit in the film business all over the world. 

Dark Music Days

No date yet for 2021
Dark Music Days is a festival of contemporary and new music which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter at the concert hall Harpa.

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Winter Lights Festival

No date yet for 2021

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

Masquerade Ball

Rainbow Reykjavík Winter Pride

No date yet for 2021

Amazing nature, nightlife and northern lights in fantastic international and local company. 

The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival

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.

 

Food and Fun Festival

No date yet for 2021

With extraordinary culinary talent, a selection of quality Icelandic ingredients combined with countless adventures and the chance to experience Reykjavík’s world famous nightlife, the Food and Fun festival mixes a variety of exciting elements to create the ultimate recipe for fun.

 

Reykjavík Blues Festival

4. - 9. April 2020

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

21.-24. Apr 2021

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

21.-26. April 2020

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

 

Raflost Festival of Electronic Arts

21.-24. May 2020

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

 

 


 

 

Festival of the Sea

06.-07. June 2020

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 is free of charge. Sailing´s, entertainment, food taste, playgrounds, competition´s etc.

Reykjavík Arts Festival

6.-21. June 2020 

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

 

Cycle - Music and Art Festival

16.-17. June 2020

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.

 

Viking Festival Hafnarfjörður

16.-21. Jun 2020

 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

17. June 
This year in light of the special circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The national day celebration will be in an unusual manner as gathering of groups bigger than 200 is prohibitet.  People are encouraged to celebrate the day with their families and friends and decorate their homes with flags.

 

Design March

24.-28. June 2020

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.

Secret Solstice Festival

26.-28. June 2020

The Secret Solstice Festival takes place over the summer solstice during the brightest part of the year, and is establishing itself as a major event in Icelandic music. 100-150 acts perform at the festival each year from a variety of genres, both domestic and foreign, established and up-and-coming. 
 

Reykjavík Fringe Festival

04.-12 July 2020

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. 

Ingólfshátíð Viking Festival

No date yet for 2020

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

31. - 2. August 2020 

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

Reykjavík Pride

04.- 09. August 2020

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.

Reykjavík Culture Night

This year we are celebrating Culture Night with a different format. The festival is spread over 10 days and takes place from 13-23. August. Citizens and guests can therefore enjoy the festival day after day, night after night.

 

Reykjavik Jazz Festival

29. Aug.- 05. Sep 2020

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. 

Extreme Chill Festival

10.- 12. Sep 2020

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.

Lókal Performing Arts Festival

14.- 22. September 2019

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.

Reykjavik International Film Festival

24. Sep - 4. Oct 2020

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.

Far Fest Africa Reykjavík

No date yet for 2020


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

International Festival of Children’s Literature

08.-11. Okt 2020

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

 

Imagine Peace Tower

09. October 2020

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.

Sequence Art Festival

No date yet for 2020

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

Iceland Airwaves

04.-07. Nov 2020

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

Sónar Reykjavík

Date to be announced

Sónar Reykjavík is the Icelandic outpost of the global alternative music festival series. With other festivals in Barcelona, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Bogota, each Sónar is set in a cultural hotspot.

Reykjavík Dance Festival

No date yet for 2020 

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