Come, explore and fall in love! Helsinki’s suburban regeneration areas offer interesting things to do in the summer

Malminkartano and Kannelmäki, Malmi, Mellunkylä and Meri-Rastila are areas that will change in the coming years. Come and explore the suburban regeneration areas and enjoy their summer events!
Come and explore the suburban regeneration areas and enjoy their summer events!  Photo: Lauri Rotko
Come and explore the suburban regeneration areas and enjoy their summer events! Photo: Lauri Rotko

How would it sound to participate in a cultural event in Malmi, to exercise in a park in Meri-Rastila or to spend a nice summer day in a playground in Mellunkylä? Various activities have been planned for the suburban regeneration areas for this summer, of which everyone will surely find their own favourite. 

All urban suburban regeneration areas are located within easy reach of good transport connections, so it is easy to come to the events by public transport. 

We will carry out urban renewals until 2035 in cooperation with the residents of the areas. 

Summer tips for suburban regeneration areas

It is possible to meet new people and find interesting things to do in suburban regeneration areas in the summer.  We organise excursions in the areas and keep playgrounds and youth centres open. In addition, we are involved in organising numerous events in parks, marketplaces and squares. Participation in the events is free of charge.

Here are a few examples of summer activities.

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The Lukemattomat sadut fairytale sessions organised in cooperation between the Adult Education Centre and the City of Helsinki’s playgrounds invite seniors to the playground in the summer. The aim is to provide an opportunity for seniors to participate in the implementation of reading or singing sessions together with the playground instructor and children. At the same time, children’s literacy and reading skills are strengthened. The sessions will be arranged in June and July on weekday mornings from 10.30 am to 11.00 am or from 11.15 am to 11.45 am before summer meals in playgrounds. Elderly people’ park meals will be organised for a specific group on a small scale in Malmi and Kontula once a week.


  • Barn dances will be arranged for the elderly at Ala-Malmi square on Wednesday 12 June from 12 noon to 4 pm. 
  • The youth pop up café is open at Ala-Malmi square on 6-16 June and at Ylä-Malmi marketplace on 17-20 June. 
  • The free city festival Malmi Summer of Events brings the Ala-Malmi Park to life with outdoor concert and summertime activities in June and August. The summer of events will take over the park in 6-15 June and 15-24 August.


  • The playground in Kaunokki and the sandy field of Pihkapuisto Primary School will host yard games and football throughout the summer. 
  • City dances will be arranged at Puustellinaukio on Tuesday 4 June 2024 at 5.30 pm and on Tuesday 6 August 2024 at 6.15 pm. 


  •  The youth centre will move to Kelkkapuisto in June-July and will be open every weekday from 1 pm to 7 pm. 
  • Perhehulinat family sports sessions at Kurkimäki multi-purpose building in June. 


  • There will be games for children in Kannelmäki Sports Park on Tuesday 4 June and street basketball for girls on Monday 10 June. 
  • Sitratori has city dances on Monday 3 June 2024 at 5.30 pm and Monday 5 August 2024 at 6.15 pm. 


  • There will be several music and dance workshops for children and young people at Meri-Rastila square and Chapel during the summer. 

    Welcome to the summer events!