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Helsinki Day is a city-wide festival for everyone!

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. Helsinki Day has been celebrated since 1959.

The Helsinki Day programme includes 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.

In 2020, Helsinki Day was celebrated online due to exceptional circumstances. The programme was broadcast on the Helsinki-kanava video channel and on social media.

This year, Helsinki Day is looking for acts to mark the city’s birthday. The acts should be visible and audible across the city to delight the public on 12 June but without gathering people together. Helsinki Day acts can be related to arts, nature or enlivening the urban environment, for example. The application process is now open online, and the acts for the programme will be selected by public vote.

Further information on the application process can be found here. Come up with an act and get involved!

The Helsinki Day programme is coordinated by the Helsinki Events Foundation.