In Iceland Aug 01–31, 2017

Art & Culture Happenings in Reykjavik!

Here are the best events and things to do in Iceland’s capital this August.

For Iceland’s capital, the month of August is full of festivals, races, and other events celebrating the city’s culture and heritage. If you’re planning a trip to Reykjavik next month, be sure to check out one of these happenings that are perfect for the whole family!

Reykjavik Culture Night

All of Reykjavik will head out to the city’s streets to celebrate Culture Night on August 19th. This night marks the start of Reykjavik’s cultural year when museums, theaters and other cultural institutions open their yearly programs and exhibitions. From 1:00-11:00pm, the city comes alive to celebrate the best of Iceland’s culture with special events held in residential gardens, museums and businesses across the capital. There will be over 300 activities in music and art, including a hip hop festival, flea markets, virtual reality experiences, and garden parties and concerts hosted by local radio stations. The event will kick off with an opening ceremony hosted by the mayor and will be capped off with a fantastic fireworks show outside the renowned Harpa concert hall. Per tradition, Culture Night’s slogan is “Come on In!” referring to the well-known customs of Icelandic hospitality. Thanks to the well-organized team at Visit Reykjavik, all events and bus transportation are free so grab your friends and sign up here!

Reykjavik Dance Festival

From August 21-31, dance is taking over Reykjavik! Since 2002, the festival has been hosted at the Reykjavik Dance Atelier and brings people together from all over the world to celebrate the art of dance. Some of the featured performers for this year include Gerald Kurdian, Steinunn Ketilsdottir, Dance For Me and more! For attendees, there will also be a series of workshops, discussions, dance practices and provided meals. Get your tickets now for this week of creative dancing!

Reykjavik Jazz Festival

The biggest jazz festival of the year returns to Reykjavik’s magnificent concert hall, Harpa. From August 9-13, attendees will enjoy the best of Icelandic and international jazz performances by world renowned musicians. This year’s festival lineup is stacked with a variety of jazz styles and collaborations between artists. When you’re not taking in the jazz performances, be sure to head out and explore Old Reykjavik, bathe in the Blue Lagoon and see all that Iceland has to offer! You can find the full schedule of events here and grab your passes for the festival now!


Held during Iceland’s Bank Holiday Weekend, Innipukinn is one of Reykjavik’s favorite music festivals. The unique venues of clubs Húrra and Gaukurinn in downtown Reykjavik provide a more intimate, indoor setting to enjoy a variety of tunes. In addition to the musical performances, the festival features a music market, pub trivia, a BBQ and more. This year’s lineup has yet to be announced, but past performers have included Cat Power, Blonde Redhead, Mugison, Raveonettes, Hjálmar, Trabant, Seabear, Jonathan Ritchman, Mínus, Dikta, FM Belfast and many others. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to book yours here!


Whether you’re looking to enjoy music, dancing, exercise, art or more, these events in Reykjavik are must-attends for both visitors and Icelanders alike! Are you planning on checking out one of these events? Let us know by tweeting us @IcelandNatural!