With spring finally making itself felt around the city, Helsinki’s festival season now kicks off. There is so much on tomorrow, the hardest thing will be knowing what to do first.
Ravintolapäivä (Restaurant Day) – the city becomes a food festival as anyone can open a cafe or restaurant for the day. Download the app to plan your route or just head somewhere like Ruttopuisto (Vanha kirkkopuisto) for a great selection of food.
Cat Video Cafe – and if it rains you can always duck indoors and watch funny videos of cats while you eat cupcakes.
Teurastamo (The Abbatoir) – this redeveloped area comes alive in the warmer months and tomorrow marks the opening of the summer season. There will be music, seedlings for your garden, events for cyclists and of course, lots of food.
Arabian Street Festival – in Helsinki you can catch a tram to such exotic places as Arabia without leaving the country. Home to artists and other creative people, the Arabia Street Festival will also host 17,000 visitors according to its Facebook page.
Puu-Vallilan Yard Sale – the suburb of Puu-Vallila is unique in Helsinki as it is full of wooden houses. (Puu means tree or wood in Finnish). Wander around the markets and enjoy the neighbourhood, only a short ride from the city centre.
Whatever you do this weekend, try not to eat too much before you leave home and take some cash with you. Seems it will be a weekend of food, fun and hopefully more sunshine. Hyvää Viikonloppua!
7 thoughts on “A Weekend of Festivals in Helsinki”
And there is tomorrow a “village party” in Itäkeskus too (http://itis.fi/fi/ajankohtaista/idan-kylajuhla-la-1652015-stoan-aukiolla-klo-12-17). One of the most famous finnish ug- rap-artists “Asa” (http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asa_%28muusikko%29) and former reggae artist, “Nopsajalka” (http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nopsajalka) performing (for example) . Have you been to Itäkeskus (suburb in the east)?
Have a lovely weekend, Mel!
Thanks Janna! I had a great lunch at Cafe Stoa a while ago but must visit again. Thanks for the tips, hope you have a great weekend. ; )
This looks fantastic…I particularly like the pretty confections pictured at Cafe Tivoli!
Too bad we couldn’t join you but hope you had more fun than we! 😉
Hope the move went well. See you soon ☺️
the weekend in Helsinki was a blast, enjoyed it totally 🙂
next time i have to visit Puu-Vallila and Arabia. thanks for the tips 🙂
Thanks Helen – yes, it’s so hard to fit everything in! ; )