Helsinki Day has been celebrated since 1959. Helsinki’s birthday is traditionally marked on 12 June, when the city is packed with a wide range of free-of-charge events organised by various local associations, companies, clubs, organisations and active residents.
In 2017 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, so Helsinki Day will actually take place over two days on 11 and 12 June 2017. Helsinki Day is part of the official Finland 100 programme in 2017.
The Helsinki Day programme is packed with big and small events, musical performances, the performing arts, guided tours, exhibitions, open doors, activities for kids and also fun for older people.
Helsinki Day traditions include morning coffees with the mayor and the presentations of the City Slang Man and Woman of the Year, Sports Person of the Year and Helsinki Day Baby. Helsinki Day has become a major annual festival that residents eagerly look forward to and actively participate in.
The Helsinki Day programme is coordinated by Helsinki Marketing.
The call for events takes place at the start of the year and is announced here on the Helsinki Day website. Although the call for events for 2017 has ended, you can still add your event to the programme by filling in this form by 5 June 2017.