Join in when the Sámi population gather in Umeå for a week of festivities and make sure to be here when the largest music festival in Northern Scandinavia is back - bigger than ever! Here is a selection of events to look forward to during 2020.

Many events are currently cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19. Please visit the organizer´s website for up-to-date information on the event you are interested in.


1) Umefolk February 20-23
One of Sweden’s biggest folk music festivals is held in Umeå in February each year. Umefolk is a festival for everyone with folk music and dance interest. It has a wide program of concerts, performances, workshops and children's activities and is a meeting place for old and young, amateurs and professionals, dancers and musicians. More information

2) House of Metal (music festival) 28 - 29 February
House of Metal is a two-day indoor festival dedicated to various kinds of metal.
Line up House of Metal 2020: Doro, I am morbid, Marduk, Freak Kitchen, Nervosa etc. More information

3) Sámi week - Ubmejen Biejvieh 1 - 8 March
This is a celebration of Sámi culture with lots of fun activities to take part in. Performances, lectures, music, art exhibitions and much more. Sápmi includes the northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. More information

4) Littfest (literature festival) 12-14 March
Umeå's international literary festival is a true vitamin boost in the winter cold. The aim is to highlight literature from as many different angles as possible and to create a meeting place for anyone interested. More information


5) Nolia Trädgård (public fair) 24-26 April
Northen Sweden's own garden fair with more than 8000 visitors over three days. As a visitor you get access to news in the garden, lectures, good advice and the opportunity to shop. More information

6) Umeå Icelandic Horse Meeting (horse competition) 24-26 April
Northen Sweden's largest indoor competition for Icelandic horses. The organizer is the Vallholt Icelandic Horse Association. More information

7) Brännbollsyran (music festival) 28-30 May
Brännbollsyran is both the largest music festival in Northern Scandinavia and the world cup of brännboll (rounders cup).
Line up Brännbollsyran 2020: Martin Garrix, Zara Larsson, Lil Pump, Veronica Maggio, Mike Williams etc. More information

8) Toughest / Toughest Family (obstacale race) 6-7 June
Toughest is the biggest obstacle course in the Nordic region.
Run, jog, walk - you decide for yourself. The award-winning race have so far challenged over 120,000 participants and new obstacles are added each year. More information


9) Wheels Nationals Norr (car event) 27 June
This is the biggest car event in the northern parts of Sweden! Wheels Nationals is a much-appreciated get-together for all Norrland's car enthusiasts. More information

10) Umeå Football Festival 23-26 July
During four days, Umeå is the natural meeting place for players, leaders, supporters, families and relatives from different countries and cultures. More information

11) Umeå Smakfestival (food festival) 3-6 September
The “Umeå Taste Festival” is an annual festival dedicated to food and taste. A variety of street food, merchants, as well as local and regional producers will make this a celebration of food culture. More information


12) Change The Game - October
Change the Game was founded in 2014 by Balticgruppen. Balticgruppen is a property company based in Umeå that is committed to improving the city and helping it reach 200,000 inhabitants by 2050. The purpose of Change the Game is to contribute to long-term sustainable social development by improving physical literacy among children and young people. More information

13) Umeå Jazzfestival - October
Since 1968, the highlight of all jazz music events in Sweden is the Umeå International Jazz Festival, one of Scandinavia’s oldest and most respectable festivals. Most of the performances will take place on different stages and venues at Umeå Folkets Hus. More information

14 )Umeå European Film Festival - November
Umeå European Film Festival (UEFF) is a yearly film festival in Umeå, northern Sweden. The festival programme includes a carefully chosen selection of contemporary European cinema and locally produced films, as well as lots of events such as film quizzes, seminars with visiting filmmakers, an unforgettable sing-along and lots more!  More information