The Risør Chamber Festival started in 1991 and is catered to classical musiclovers. Musicians are from around the world and the purpose of the event is to stimulate musical and cultural life in Risør and the region.
Repertoires cover a wide range of music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to classical music, the festival is also presents Norwegian and contemporary music
The art group "Villvin" was established in Risør in 1976. lt comprises of "Gallery Villvin" which exhibits and sells Norwegian and nordic handicraftsand Villvinmarkedet, which is a "handicraft market".
The Villvin Gallery is open all year and conveys works created by more than one hundred artists with ceramics, textiles, glass, metal and wood displays. The Gallery also provides consulting services in connection with the decoration of public and private areas.
The Villvinmarked "Handicraft market" is the largest and most exciting exhibition of high quality handicrafts of its kind in the region. Over one hundred professional craftsmen from Denmark, Sweden and Norway gather in the square and surrounding Risør inner harbour to sell their work. Items include ceramics, glass, textiles, metal, leather, wood and paper. There is various types of entertainment, a children's workshop and the presentation of the best handicraft item called "Sør Villvinpris".
Fyrjam is a music festival located at Stangholmen in Risør. The combination of coastal views, bathing and live music draws in the crowds.
The purpose of FyrJam is to create an event for amateur bands who want to experience what it is to play on a big stage with an enthusiastic FyrJam audience.
Friday is acoustic bands, while Saturday is dedicated to rock n 'roll and jamming. The purpose of this program is to provide a varied and diverse musical offerings to as many as possible and to offer the opportunity for musicians of all ages to participate in the event.
The Risør Trebåtfestival "Wooden boat festival" is the only one of its kind in Southern Norway. The region celebrates their long history of wooden boat making and culture with a two day festival every August.
Thousands of people from all over the country attend this event which includes a showcase of classical Norwegian wooden boats, music concerts, stalls, local handicraft, shows at the town theater in Båtbua, and a pirate games. There is a designated children's area where they can join in many activities including learning how to fish.
The boats on display are old elegant motorboats, sailing ships, lifeboats, steam boats as well as modern boats.
The Risør Bluegrass Camp held at Hommen gård "farm", located on Søndeled between Risør and Kragerø. The festival is held in July with concerts and workshops.
Risør's Galleri Branntårnet, built in 1880, was the warning centre tower for the city. The tower is still in very good condition and in the summer months, is used as a gallery to display contemporary art and jewellery. Visitors can see the art and also enjoy the views over the town from the top floor. The gallery is run by a Risør artist called Ola Steen.
Beyond Risør is an innovation and design event established in 2005 and has since been one of Risør municipality main development projects. Designers and innovators from Norway and other countries attend the seminar to give presentations.
In 2011, Risør entered a three-year "Partner City" cooperation with the Danish non-profit organization "Index" to work exclusively to promote life-enhancing design. The partnership resulted in Risør, on par with Singapore, Helsinki, Guangzhou and Copenhagen becoming a part of an international design network that challenges the traditional conception of design.