About the festival
Whether you are a boat owner or one of the many who love the pleasures of coastal life, Risør Wooden Boat Festival is something to consider when making summer plans. Few coastal activities in Europe can measure up to the popularity of this Festival, steeped in the tradition of wooden boats.
Thousands of guests come to the festival in Risør on this very special long weekend in August, to take part in an exceptional menu of the world’s most beautiful boats, exhibitions of handicrafts, large and small concerts with local, national and international artists, pirate cruises, children’s activities, shanties and just the life in the streets.
Ultimately, we celebrate the wonderful variety of boats. Elegant motorboats. Small clinker built “sjekter”. Sailboats and ships. Steamships. The Viking legacy. Colin Archer rescue boats. Wooden workhorses. Which boats will come this year?
And if strolling along the harbour in the summer sun is not enough; there is the excitement of sailing regattas held between the islands outside Risør. Or, you can watch the motor boat parade and let the roar from the engines make your heart rate rise.
With a reasonably priced festival pass you gain access to all the exhibitions, including cultural performances and evening concerts featuring famous and beloved stars.
To those of you who enjoy honest and good craftsmanship, the qualities of boating life and a festive event with thousands of friends over the gunwale: come to Risør for a unique summer experience.