the entrance of the flow music festival

Looking for a European Festival that celebrates art just as it does music? Flow Festival in Finland may be exactly what you’re looking for. Running from August 11th, till August 13th, Helsinki puts on the ever-popular Flow Festival, which hosts a wide ranging musical line up as well as visual and performance art; not to mention the plethora of fine cuisine. Hailed as “The Nordic countries’ coolest music festival” in Vogue Magazine, Flow Fest is definitely worth checking out. Did we also mention that Flow is a carbon neutral festival? This means the electricity operating everything is made from recycled waste and residue. The entire festival is set in an abandoned power plant, which is very different from typical settings like shorelines and desert sprawls. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to best celebrate this unique festival, so you don’t have to.

How to Get There

Located near the center of Helsinki, getting to Flow Fest is pretty easy. Whether you decide to take public transit, bike or walk, the trip to the festival grounds is a lot easier than most. Out of all your possible options, we recommend that you choose public transit, since the Helsinki Metro is the most reliable form of transportation. Tickets for public transit in Helsinki can be purchased either from drivers or ticket machines, and regional tickets will take travelers throughout Helsinki, as well as to the neighboring cities of Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa.

Where to Stay

Finding a place to stay for Flow Fest is no difficult task. Given its centralized location, fest-goers, have a wide range of options. Whether you want to stay at a five-star luxury spot like Hotel Kamp, or if you’re looking for more of a budgeted stay at one of the many nearby hostels, Helsinki has plenty of places to offer. However, camping at Flow Festival is not available, so please, leave your outdoor gear at home.

Which Artists to Catch

Flow Festival may seem a little obscure to anyone living in the US, but we promise you the lineup is just as good as Bonnaroo or Coachella. With huge names like Lana Del Rey, Flume, The xx, Frank Ocean, and London Grammar, your music appetite will certainly be satisfied. As well as huge music performers, Flow Fest will be alive with a wide variety of art from Installation to Animation. This year VR headsets will be handed out at the Festival, which will give fest-goers the opportunity to view things like short films, virtual art pieces, and virtual music experiences that simply could not be experienced without them.

What to Eat

Flow Fest is known for its music and art just as much as it is known for its food. You can forget overpriced cheap beer, and food truck food that does little to dazzle the appetite, at Flow Fest there is a wide selection of unique restaurants, cafes, and bars that provide fest-goers with a rich culinary experience. Whether your diet is all-vegan or all-American, Flow Festival has whatever fits your fancy. Looking for a taste of the Middle East? Try Na’am Kitchen, which offers a variety of North African and Middle Eastern plates that can’t be found at any lesser fest. If you want a taste of the local cuisine, spots including Roots Helsinki, Cargo, and Gold & Green Nordic have you covered. 

What to Pack

While you can’t camp at Flow Fest, there is plenty you should still bring with you to make your festival experience happy and healthy. If you’re from out of Finland, we definitely recommend you bring a passport. Hats, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are a staple for any festival. If you happen to forget comfortable clothes or gear, Flow Fest also has you covered with it’s stylish and branded merch for sale on the festival grounds.

What VIP Gets You

Unlike most Festivals, Flow Fest doesn’t have a VIP ticket available. While fest-goers can purchase travel packages that include hotel stays and airfare, every Flow Fest-goer can enjoy the same incredible experience.