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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.

Dark Music Days
Dark music days logo

1. - 12. March 2022 

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

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
Fireworks on 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
People playing saxophones

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
Extreme chill festival

No date for 2022

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
Blues band playing

13. April 2022

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

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

No date yet for 2022

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

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.

 

Food and Fun Festival
Chef with several food plates

No date yet for 2022

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
Stockfish poster

24. March- 3. April 2022

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 

Festival of the Sea
People looking at lobsters

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.

Reykjavík Arts Festival
Art festival

1. - 19. June 2022

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
Cycle festival artwork

No date yet for 2022

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
People in viking costumes fake battling

15. - 19. June 2022

 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 

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 a gathering of groups bigger than 200 is prohibited.  People are encouraged to celebrate the day with their families and friends and decorate their homes with flags.

 

 

Design March
Design march

4.- 8. May 2022

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
Crowd at Secret Solstice festival

No date for 2022

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
Fringe festival

24. June - 3. July 2022

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
Viking tents

No date yet for 2022

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

29. July- 31. July 2022

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

Reykjavík Pride
People marching at a pride walk

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
Lókal stage performance

No date yet for 2022

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
Riff logo on Austurstræti street

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
People playing African instruments

No date yet for 2022

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.

 

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

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
People in golden suits as a part of an artwork

No date yet for 2022

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.

Iceland Airwaves
A woman playing a guitar and singing

2.- 5. November 2022

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
Raflost festival photo

No date yet for 2022

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

 

 


 

 

Reykjavík Dance Festival
People dancing

No date yet for 2022

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
People in red outfits jumping at the same time

No date yet for 2022

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

Eyvind Kang og Jessika Kenney | Three day recidency in Mengi
Eyvind Kand & Jessika Kenney | Three day festival in MENGI
Haydn in the Spring
MENGI LIFI REYKJAVÍK: Cold War in Reykjavík
Vinyl Café | New under the needle
Why don’t you just marry (an Icelander)? – Chapter 1.
What's Up, Ave Maria?
In the Depths of Your Own Awareness
Trade Sell Buy: Board Game Market
Board Game Pub Quiz
The 2022 Icelandic Carcassonne Championship Tournament
Lunch Time Talk in English: The Power of Images
KÖTLUGOS Katla Choir 10 years
Artótek | The Nail: Háteigskúpa
Erró: The Power of Images
Rósa Gísladóttir and Ásmundur Sveinsson: Spatial Infractions
Press Photographs of the year 2021
Bathing Culture
Game Workshop | The good old Icelandic outdoor games
Vinyl Café IV

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