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 celebrates its birthday with Helsinki Day acts. The acts are visible and audible across the city to delight the public on 12 June but without gathering people together. The proposed acts were related to arts, nature and enlivening the urban environment, for example, and the acts for the Helsinki Day programme were selected by public vote.

Take a look at the selected acts here»

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