The 7 coolest things you can do for free in summertime Helsinki

Let’s face it. The Finnish capital isn’t the cheapest of cities to visit or live in. Happily, in the summertime, there are tons of free things to do in Helsinki if you know where to look. To make that task easier we’ve put together a list of seven super activities.

1. Make the most of the museums


If you want to visit the museums in Helsinki, you should visit them the first week of the month when several museums are free to visit on any given day. What’s more, if you’re under 18 years old you have access to most of the museums for free regardless of the date.

2. Go green at The Botanic Garden

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The Botanic Garden is located in Kaisaniemi, in the center of Helsinki, and it’s a beautiful place to visit if you want to see fascinating collections of living plants. The greenhouses take you from one climate zone to another, and you get to see plants from all over the world. The best thing about the botanic garden is that the entrance is free on the first Friday of every month between 2 pm and 5 pm!

3. Chill to top tunes


Jazz-Espa is a two-week music festival that takes place on the Espa stage in the Esplanadi park in Helsinki from July 25 to August 6. The performances start between 4:00pm and 5:30pm every weekday, and there are twenty Finnish jazz acts performing during these two weeks! Oh, and the entry is free of course!

4. Browse the fab flea markets


If you like flea markets you should visit Helsinki during Cleaning Day (siivouspäivät) when anyone is allowed sell or give away their second-hand items on the streets, yards or at their home. The streets are filled with people selling their stuff so it’s great for meeting new people! Cleaning day takes place the next time the 27th of August. Oh, and if you miss Cleaning Day you can always visit different flea markets around Helsinki. The town is full of with them, especially during summer.

5. Bum around on beautiful beaches


If you’re in Helsinki during the summer, and the weather is hot and sunny you can always find a nice beach around where you can lay in the sun and spend time with your friends or significant other.  All the beaches are free to visit. To find out which is best for you check out City of Helsinki’s beach list 

6. Enjoy wonderful workouts


Yoga and fitness instructors regularly arrange free workouts in the city’s many parks. Anyone can join, you simply have to turn up on the day. For example, next week you’ll find free AcroYogo in Sinebrychoff Park. Be sure to search for more workouts like this on Facebook.

7. Feast on culture in the Helsinki Festival

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The Helsinki Festival is the largest art festival in Finland, and it’s organized annually at the end of summer. The aim is to make art accessible for everyone. Some of the events do cost, but many of them are free. This year the festival is held from August 19 to September 4. If you’re in town it’s a must to go and check out.

8 replies

  1. I think in summer best are rural provinces with their happenings and nature. Other three seasons are fit for Helsinki.

  2. We put taking the ferry to see Suomenlinna on top of our list 😛 I think that should be mentioned in every list on Helsinki 🙂

    • I feel it’s always worth pointing out that there are TWO boats going to Suomenlinna – one operated privately, and the other by HSL, the metropolitan transport network. The HSL boat operates on the same transport ticket that you use on buses, trams, metro and light rail, so you don’t need an additional ticket 😉

  3. Coolest thing to do is going to Linnanmäki, for sure. Love the classic roller coaster ride?sorry, that costs something of course, so strolling on the Espa and sea side plus senate square would be the next thing that doesn’t cost anything. And check the Linnanmäki still as I think at least entrance is still free as I know

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