Festival Information

Raahen Rantajatsit a.k.a Raahe Jazz on the Beach Festival is an intimate annual top-notch contemporary jazz festival with gorgeous white night sunsets. The 32th Raahen Rantajatsit will be held 23th – 25th July 2021. The 2020 edition is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Raahe is an idyllic, small old wooden seaside town in the Northern Ostrobothnia region of Finland.

The non-profit festival is organized by Rajatsi, a local jazz association, and it is made possible by volunteers. The main sponsors are the City of Raahe and Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.


The main concerts are divided between venues close to each other: first in the early evening there is first a concert in the wooden Old Town – on Friday at Langin Kauppahuone  and on Saturday at Raahe Theatre – and then later in the evening a concert featuring three bands at cafe Ruiskuhuone by the sea. The concerts in Härkätori park and the artists meeting in the City Library bring  Jazz on the Beach to the everyday environment of the people in Raahe. The festival program also features an adventure concert on the island of Iso-Kraaseli. So festival visitors also have a chance to explore the Raahe archipelago, which was voted the excursion destination of the year in Finland in 2016.


You can find information about accommodation and other local services and activities on the sites of the City of Raahe.

Visit Raahe Portal / Accommodation


Information here.

Moods from the past festivals

Ville Vainio: Rantajatsit 2019
Ville Vainio:  Rantajatsit 2018
Ville Vainio:  More Rantajatsit 2018 photos
Ville Vainio:  Rantajatsikuvia 2002-2017
Valon kuvia / Jukka Piiroinen: Raahen Rantajatsit 2017 photos

Reports in english:

Finnish Music Quarterly: Cool Music From a hot Town
All About Jazz: Some Small Steps for Jazz

Reports in finnish:
Suomijazz: Raahessa juhli pieni, kaunis ja laadukas festivaali
Valon kuvia: Raahen Rantajatsit 2018 -festivaaliraportti
Kauppalehti: Samuli Putron ja Mopon yhteisprojekti yllätti
Suomijazz: Etnojazz nousi vuoden teemaksi Raahessa
Kauppalehti: Rantajatsit on puhdasta Don Cherry -meininkiä – festivaali on suomen kesän helmi
Missä olet Laura: Vakiintuneita kohokohtia: Raahen Rantajatsit
Jazzkeittiö: Raahen Rantajatsit on helmi kesän festareiden joukossa – ja nyt tiedän miksi
Kauppalehti: Rantajatsit muuttivat Raahen Ibizaksi
Missä olet Laura? Ilo tarttuu ihoon kiinni
Missä olet Laura? Jazzia Rannalla
Valon kuvia: Raahen Rantajatsit 2016 – festivaaliraportti

Rantajatsit  live videos on facebookissa

Music: ”Bierbeek” by Papanosh, Video: Raimo Uunila

Rantajatsit 2017 trailer
Rantajatsit 2016 trailer


Programs of past festivals 1989-2019 (In Finnish)


Rajatsi is a non-profit jazz association with a mission to enable, improve and promote jazz culture and jazz enthusiasism in the Raahe area in northern Finland. Rajatsi is a member of Finnish Jazz Federation and Europe Jazz Network. Rajatsi is founded in 1984 and Rajatsi has organized Raahen Rantajatsit aka Jazz on the Beach jazz festivals since 1989. Rajatsi also organizes concerts and club-events around the year. Became a member and take part in our activities!


Rajatsi ry
Koulukatu 14
92100 Raahe
Pertti Uunila, pertti.uunila@rajatsi.fi
Rantajatsit, Artistic director
Charles Gil, tel. 050 571 6516, charles.gil@rajatsi.fi
Rantajatsit, Festival producer
Joona Kauranen, joona.kauranen@rajatsi.fi
Rantajatsit, Festival producer
Anne-Mari Kuisma, anne-mari.kuisma@rajatsi.fi
Rantajatsit, Festival producer
Mika Isopoussu, mika.isopoussu@rajatsi.fi
Rantajatsit, Festival producer, Stage Manager
Pekka Tähkävuori, pekka.tahkavuori@rajatsi.fi
Rantajatsit, Festival producer, Volunteer coordinator & Office
Johanna Penttilä, johanna.penttila@rajatsi.fi