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.
The Helsinki Day programme is coordinated by the Helsinki Events Foundation.
The call for events takes place at the start of every year and is announced here on the Helsinki Day website.