Culture and leisure

Culture and leisure activities for all: over 20 million experiences every year – art, events, courses, hobbies, facilities, outdoor areas and services for mobility, as well as support in the form of grants.

Lux Helsinki 2018. A winter’s night. Women taking a selfie over fluorescent art.
Kumpula outdoor swimming pool, photo from above at dusk.
Photo: Aki Rask

Helsinki on the move

Discover Helsinki’s endless options for physical activity. Indoor and outdoor sports, outdoor recreation, supervised sports, islands, boating, fishing, clubs and associations and daily activity.

Sports facilities

Outdoor activities and nature

Supervised sports(Link leads to external service)

Reservations(Link leads to external service) and grants(Link leads to external service)

A woman and a man are dancing on a street
Photo: Aki Rask

Wow, culture!

Participate in exhibitions, events, performances and concerts all over the city! The cultural services promote experiences and support communities and artists through grants.

Cultural centres

Events(Link leads to external service)


Grants(Link leads to external service)

Two people descend the red spiral stairs to the hall of the Herttoniemi library.
Photo: Maarit Hohteri

A library is always near

The city’s 38 libraries and 2 mobile libraries offer books, video and audio material, story hours, events, rooms to rent, and even power drills and other tools to borrow! In Helsinki, libraries act as living rooms for our residents, giving them access to the entire collection of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area's Helmet library network.

Helmet Library Services(Link leads to external service)

Book a space(Link leads to external service)