AATU is a riverside pub crawl event organized in Turku every May since 1995.
AATU (officially Akateeminen Aurajokilaivuritutkinto) is all about appreciating the wonderful riverside in Turku and also to celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays. Unlike many other student events AATU has its very own, unique atmosphere of relaxing as well as enjoying the springtime, friends, and drinks. Traditionally, the principle of the University of Turku has declared the summer holidays officially started in the beginning of the event. AATU is something to experience while being a student in Turku.
By degree map we mean a paper that includes a map of the riverside. All those restaurants that take part in the event are marked on the degree map. Based on the amount of the restaurants visited you receive a degree of either Matruusi (5 for females/7 for males) , I Perämies (7/9) or Kapteeni (10/12). For the older riverfarers there are also more degrees to strive for.
AATU is organized by a student organization Akateeminen Aurajokilaivuriyhdistys (shortly AAly) which is an independently registered sub-organization of the Student Union of the University of Turku. The organization was established in the autumn of 1995 and is run by a board of 3-6 members which are elected for a term of two years.
Ticket sale for AATU’17 starts at April the 3rd at 6pm (18.00). Ticket price is 10 euros and you will find the sale on our website or at the restaurants Proffan Kellari and Three Beers. These restaurants sell tickets while they are open until their quotas are full. The ticket price includes the ‘degree map’, a patch according to the level of the degree you have finished and entrance to the after party in Börs Night Club and The Monkey. These are connected indoors so once you have entranced you may move between them without going out or queuing.
On the day of the event, the festivities start at noon when the registration stands open by the river at restaurant Vaakahuoneen Paviljonki. The stands are open from 12 to 4pm. After the official opening speeches at 2pm the event kicks off and herds of students make their way to the restaurants, which they are allowed to do until 9pm. During this time you are to visit some of those restaurants marked on the degree map, enjoy a drink there and get a stamp on your map. After this, people head to the after party to collect their degree patches and to enjoy the live bands performing at the party. The party goes on up to 4am when it’s finally time to go home.