Traditionally celebrated June 24th after spring sowing, when ancient Finns celebrated the feast of Ukko, the pagan god of weather, fertility, and growth. The date roughly coincides with the June 21st Summer Solstice/ longest day, when the sun rises just before 4am and sets just before 11pm. Seurasaari Museum has one of the largest of the many bonfires that burn: June 24, 2016, 4 pm-1am.
June 27 - July 3, 2016. Lectures, discussions, picnics, workshops, art, culture, plus parties and dancing late into the night. Events include Youth Pride, for 13-25 year-olds. The July 2nd Pride parade starts from Senaatintori Square and the party continues in the park, as does the closing party. The Queer International English-language LGBTIQ group meets at HeSeta 1st Mondays, 6pm.
June 29 - July 2, 2016 in Helsinki and the cities of Vantaa and Espoo. At least 14 different sports: badminton, basketball, bowling, bridge, dancing, floorball, football, golf, squash, swimming, tennis, track/ field, cross-country running, volleyball, plus non-competitive events such as yoga. Expecting 3,000 participants and 2,000 additional visitors from around the world.
June 30 - July 2, 2016, 7pm at the Savoy Theatre, Kasarmikatu 46. A rainbow-colored musical about the Finnish summer. On their way from Lapland to Helsinki, an international group of travellers experience a joyful and unforgettable Midsummer full of magic and love. How does the Finnish summer madness look through the eyes of foreigners? On this white night, anything can happen!
July 2, 2016, 8pm-4am at Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas), Tallberginkatu 1. Three dance floors + live performers. SIZE QUEEN STAGE: DARUDE; KRISTA SIEGFRIDS; SHOWHAT; DJ RAKFIELD. HOST: JAMIE MACDONALD. HELSINKI GAY UNDERGROUND: THE CARRY NATION; MR.A; JANNE X; SIQUICHE; iMi (FIN). HOST: LA PERSÉ COLLECTIVE. MIDNIGHT SUN DISCO: HUMPPA WORKSHOP; SCHLAGERFEST- DJ JERE. Tix: 25€
July 5-8, 2016, at Kunsthalle Helsinki, Nervanderinkatu 3. Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland: a celebration of the artist in his home country. Major exhibition gives an unprecedented outlook on the lifework of the artist... with surprises! Produced in cooperation with Artists Space, New York. €7-10. Under age 18 – no charge.
August 26-28, 2016. FRI 9pm-4am Opening Party, dtm, Mannerheimintie 6 B; SAT 6pm-10pm Gala Dinner w/ candidate introductions, Restaurant Hima/Sali, Cabel Factory, Tallberginkatu 1C + 10pm-4am FINLANDIZATION Mr Leather Europe 2016 Competition, at Korjaamo Culture Factory, Töölönkatu 51. DRESS CODE/ MEN ONLY. SUN 12-4pm Fetish Brunch, G Lounge/ Skybar&Club, Simonkatu 8.