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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.

RVK Feminist Film Festival
Reykjavik feminist film festival logo

13.-16. January 2022

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

23.- 29. January 2022 - Postponed new dates will come soon

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

3.-6. February 2022

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

Reykjavík Culture Night

August 2022

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 residential gardens! 


Reykjavik Jazz Festival

13. - 19. August 2022

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

7. - 10. October 2021

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.

Reykjavík Blues Festival

Canceled 2021

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

05.- 10. April 2022

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.


Rainbow Reykjavík Winter Pride
Masquerade Ball

4.- 7. March 2021

Amazing nature, nightlife, and northern lights in a 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.


Stockfish Film Festival

20.- 30. May 2021

After many cancelations due to Covid-19, The Stockfish team decided to go ahead with this year’s festival. The new dates are 20th - 30th of May. Never before in the festival’s history have there been so many titles nominated for an Academy Award.

Festival of the Sea

3.- 5. June 2022

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, competitions, etc.

Art Festival in Reykjavík

Events into 2021

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

No date yet for 2021

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

Canceled due to covid - 2021

 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

19.- 23. May 2021

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

Canceled 2021

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

3.-11. July 2021

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

9.- 11. July 2021

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

30. July- 1. August 2021

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

Reykjavík Pride

2.- 7. August 2022

This colorful event brings tens of thousands of people into the city center 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.

Lókal Performing Arts Festival

No date yet for 2021

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

Autumn 2022

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 2021

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

Next in 2023

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


Imagine Peace Tower

9. October 2022

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

15. -24. October 2021

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

Canceled 2021

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

Raflost Festival of Electronic Arts

13. - 16. May 2021

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





Reykjavík Dance Festival

17.- 20. November 2021

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

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

Check out current events

POSTPONED Literary Café | Literature from the newest Christmas book flood
Torgið | Phygital library — A hybrid place
Artótek | The Nail: Untitled
Literary Café | Literature from the newest Christmas book flood
D45 Baldvin Einarsson: Openings
In My Heart
Science Guy Villi
Long Are the Trials of Man
Leaving Art│Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
Erró the Traveller
Carl Boutard and Ásmundur Sveinsson: Budding Earth
Abrakadabra – The Magic of Contemporary Art
Muggur - Guðmundur Thorsteinsson
Treasures of a Nation in the Culture House
Come and play! | Exhibition
Karólína the Weaver│Exhibition in the Granary
Your Very Own Library Mystery | Exhibition & Scavenger Hunt
Ásgrímur Jónsson / Home of an artist
Consumption – Reykjavík in the 20th century | Exhibition