Helsinki’s Summer Streets offer green resting places, events and experiences for all ages. The Summer Streets create a comfortable walking environment in the city and the opportunity to enjoy high-quality design and art in a public space.
Wild Summer Streets
The theme of this year’s Summer Streets campaign is “Wild Summer Streets”. On the streets you can enjoy the wild city greenery and also look for familiar animals in the nature of Helsinki. Trees, edible plants and tree trunks have been brought to the streets, as well as restaurant parklet terraces, wooden seating areas, bike racks and playgrounds for children. The idea behind the summer streets is to make them more pleasant and appealing, as well as to improve the selection of services.
The City of Helsinki has been seeking ways to make streets in the city centre more suitable for pedestrians without turning them completely into pedestrian roads. Vehicle access to properties and service vehicle traffic has been provided, and parking facilities can still be used normally.
Pikku-Roba (Pieni Roobertinkatu) has been designed especially for kids, with places along the pedestrian street where they can climb, play in sandboxes and build things out of fir cones, for example.
You can also enjoy the Summer Streets and city life along Kasarmikatu and Erottaja.
Helsinki Living Streets invites everyone to enjoy encounters and being together. Music, dance, circus and other performing arts and workshops will take over the city centre from 16 June to 25 August. A programme of events for all ages will take place at different locations along the Summer Streets on Thursdays and selected weekends. You can enjoy Helsinki Living Streets at the Helsinki Biennial Pavilion on the Market Square, in the Makasiinipuisto Park in the Töölönlahti area, in the National Museum’s summer courtyard, on the Espa Stage and on the city’s Summer Streets in front of the Design Museum.
The programme is a comprehensive mix of various types of performing arts. All the events are free of charge and do not require advance registration. Further information about events can be found here.