Esplanade park and flowvers. Photo: Mika Lappalainen.

Summer in the city

Get on the saddle!

As a city biker, you always have a bike handy. Following the service extension in May, there will be up to 3,450 bikes and 345 bike stations at your disposal in Helsinki and Espoo. Vantaa will get its own city bike service in June. The service is not integrated with the service in Helsinki and Espoo. Registration for the Vantaa service will open in late May.

Beaches, pools and tennis

During the bathing season, which runs from June 3 to August 11, the city has lifeguards on the beaches and take samples out of the water. The outdoor tennis arenas can be used free of charge during the opening hours.

Summer food and activities in playgrounds

This summer being no exception, Helsinki offers a free warm meal in its playgrounds to all children under 16, every weekday. The park meals start 3 June and food is served in playgrounds around Helsinki until 2 August.  This summer, the park meals are arranged in different parts of the city at 57 playgrounds, out of which around 30 are open throughout the summer. The food is served at 12 noon on weekdays. There is no need to sign up for it, just bring along your own cutlery and a plate. If you like, you can bring bread to eat with the soup. Summer activities for babies are arranged around the City from 3 June to 2 August. The activities are free of charge and registration is not required.

Boating, fishing or camping in the archipelago

The city of Helsinki administers beautiful areas in the archipelago and maritime parks near the city and in areas nearby. Everyone can visit these areas, either for free or by renting. Regular water traffic service to the islands.  An important step in improving the accessibility is Helsinki Region Transport's Journey Planner, which will include the island destinations with regular water traffic service. The service map provides a look into the offerings of the destinations, and for Helsinki, it is currently being updated with information on around 30 island destinations for the upcoming season. New things on Vallisaari: small miniature golf course, raft sauna, floating meeting space. Vallisaari is open as usual during the summer, but it is closed during weekdays 19 August – 6 September due to excavation works. New restaurateurs in Pihlajasaari and Seurasaari. New restaurateur starts 3 June in Uunisaari. Hints to martime Helsinki from MyHelsinki.

Skipperi’s city rowboat service now offers a possibility to hit the waters without your own boat in Helsinki. The reservation period has started and initially, there are boats at two locations: In connection to Café Torpanranta in Munkkiniemi at the Laajalahti bay and in connection to the Finlandia Hall’s Café Veranda at the Töölönlahti bay. A boat location will also open in the beginning of June at the Aurinkolahti beach in Vuosaari. 

There is an e-service where you may book a boat in advance; the time limit for one rowing tour is three hours. The season price for the service is €25.

Upcoming local producer markets

Helsinki Farmers’ Market is a new local producer market event, which brings the local small producers on the last Sunday of each month to the markets of Helsinki and, outside the summer season, to the Wanha Satama storehouses. 

  • 30 June Potato and Fish – Hakaniemi
  • 28 July Crayfish Party – Töölö Market Square
  • 31 August Game – Kanavaranta/Restaurant Nokka
  • 29 September Berries and Fruits – Wanha Satama
  • 27 October Root Vegetables and Food of the Earth – Wanha Satama

Abundance of events

The City’s events calendar offers daily activities and the summer is properly opened on the birthday of the City, on Helsinki Day 12 June. The century-long guard parade tradition brings military bands from all over Finland to Helsinki. On Fridays, the parade starts at 12:30 PM and the MIL-Espa concert at 2:00 PM. Helsinki is the main stage for Finland’s EU Presidency period from July to December 2019. The meetings arranged in Finland will mainly be held at the Finlandia Hall. The opening of the presidency period is celebrated on July 8 at an open summer event on the Kansalaistori square and in the Töölönlahti park. On the Espa Stage in July Jazz-Espa and in August Etno-Espa. The summer concludes with the Helsinki Festival from 15 August to 1 September.

Exhibitions with Thesleff, Althamer, Nick Brandt and blue and gold

Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954) is one of the most brilliant artists of the Finnish golden era. She was among the first Finnish symbolists and expressionists – a master of depicting colour, light and movement. Polish artist Pawel Althamer’s (b. 1967) exhibition displays his diverse and surprising production spanning more than three decades. Both exhibitions are open at HAM. Objection! opened at the Helsinki City Museum on 24 May and the merry 1920’s are celebrated at Villa Hakasalmi. On display at Ateneum is Finland’s art history and on 14 June opens Silent Beauty:  An exhibition about Nordic and East Asian interaction as their art share the idea of everyday beauty and a connection with nature. 

New things to the Market Square

The Helsinki Market Square area prepares for the upcoming summer with new experiments and events. Two new areas will be completed in June for the citizens to enjoy. The opening will be celebrated on Helsinki Day 12 June. 

Ride with a 110-year-old

The 110-year-old tram oldie starts summer traffic in Helsinki. Since 2009, HST and Oy Stadin Ratikat Ab have offered an opportunity to experience the mood of past times on a museum tram ride. The traffic continues through all summer weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

Parks, walks and nature excursions

Helsinki City´s park website is a guide to park walks in the loveliest parks in town. There are many different trips to the nature in the capital region. You can also take a walk around the parks watching the public art Helsinki has to offer.

Cafés, restaurants and clubs

There´s something for everyone in the restaurants, cafés and clubs of Helsinki. How about that?

What to do during a day in Helsinki?

On the website MyHelsinki you can check out what's going on in the city. We will always pick these:

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