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Helsinki City Marathon

Helsinki City Marathon is the biggest marathon in Finland with over 3500 runners from 63 countries (2016). The marathon is organized in August every year, for the 37th time in 2017. Finland is one of the few countries where you can run a marathon during the summer months. Our climate is perfect for it – the average temperature is around 18–20 degrees Celcius. The marathon route is scenic yet urban, reaching the very heart of the city. HCM receives excellent feedback from runners every year. Come and enjoy the clean air and blue skies of Finland!

Savonlinna Opera Festival tickets

Opera and concert tickets for the performances July 8 - August 6, 2016. Operas: Otello, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Macbeth, From the House of the Dead, La bohème, Norma, tickets €53,50 - €183,50. Concerts: Savonlinna Hall on July 9 and 30, Kerimäki Church on July 24 and Olavinlinna Castle on July 17.

NUTS Pallas

This trail race runs through Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in northwestern Finnish Lapland, under the midnight sun and through the cleanest air in Europe. You can join the NUTS Pallas Trail Run with distances of 30, 55, and 134 km. The race runs along one of the most popular hiking routes in Finland.

Kainuu Orienteering Week (Competition Categories)

The Kainuu Orienteering Week's competition categories include four competition days. 1st stage (Sunday), rest day (Monday), 2nd stage (Tuesday), rest day (Wednesday), 3rd stage (Thursday) and 4th stage (Friday). The competition categories are diveded into the following groups: Men/Boys (H/D) 8–95 years, Women/Girls (H/D) 8–95 years. Groups H/D 16–21 also include Elite categories for professionals. Prizes for stage winners and overall winners. Category H/D21E has money prizes.

Meidän Festivaali – Our Festival

The landscapes of Lake Tuusula near Helsinki form the crucible of the Finnish cultural world. Pekka Kuusisto is a well-known violinist, whose award-winning Our Festival seeks new perspectives on musical encounters and concert practices, with an emphasis on giving the audience an experience that cannot be found elsewhere. Our Festival takes place in July at various locations in the landscapes of Lake Tuusula, only half an hour’s drive north of Finland’s capital, Helsinki. The programme will be announced later in the spring.

Music Afternoon in Helsinki: City Walk and Sibelius Finland Experience

A Helsinki activity for music lovers! First Sibelius Finland Experience concert in national hall, followed by a three hour guided city walk with a music program showing you the main sights of Helsinki. Enjoy music samples and listen to interesting stories, not only about the places you see but also about the music you hear.

SATOA Goes Wild, Kuopio Food Festival

SATOA Goes Wild is an international food festival, where restaurants offer authentic cuisine of North Savo with a twist of wilderness. SATOA goes Wild is an event where a map guides you through the tasty streets of Kuopio. You'll get locally produced wild food spiced up with local arts.

Helsinki Street Run

Helsinki Street Run is a road race taking place the same day as the biggest marathon in Finland, the Helsinki City Marathon. The Street Run is 17 km long and joins the marathon route – the route is the same as the marathon's second lap. The Street Runners get to enjoy the same services before, during and after the race as the marathon runners, but only need to cover less than half of the distance! That's a great deal, don't you think? Join the fun and bring your friends!

Concerts at Tampere Hall

Find the best concerts and gigs at Tampere Hall! With over 300 concerts and cultural events yearly, we have the best selection of Finnish and international music from rock, pop, blues and jazz to ballet, opera and classical music by our resident Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Opening in May 2017: the first Moomin Museum in the world opens its doors at the Tampere Hall, the largest congress and cultural hall in the Nordic countries.

Helsinki City Run Half Marathon

Helsinki City Run is the biggest running event in Finland with over 12 000 participants (2016). Helsinki City Run (HCR) takes place mid-May every year. The route combines city, sea-view, forests and parks and is an excellent way to see Helsinki and its most beautiful parts. There are 10 start groups, so you can join runners going your preferred pace. HCR hosts the best services for runners in Finland. We invite you and your friends for a great and active time in Helsinki!

SATOA Kuopio Food Festival

SATOA Kuopio Food Festival celebrates the traditional harvest season and local tastes. All restaurant's set up their kitchens on the street to offer small tasty dishes within a price range of 3-6 euros. The venue is a unique opportunity for the chef's and customers to come together and celebrate good food. In addition to the delicacies, there will be performances by street musicians and artists in the festival area. The festival has no entry fee. Welcome to SATOA!

Viking Food Feast

The hill of Rantamäki in Iloranta is full of stories from the times of the Vikings. Our traditional Iron Age food fest starts with stone baked bread and herb beer for the hungry travelers. Then the viking chief leads you to the ancient barn. You'll find a table covered with the flavours of the Iron Age: caramelized turnips, lovage soup, fish and braised meet. A spelt-berry dessert is served to the table. The mystical feeling of the barn, long tables, candle trees and stories about life in the past are essential parts of the food fest.

ArtHelsinki Exhibition

An international fair for contemporary art.ArtHelsinki stated its new vision for an internationally pertinent contemporary art fair during its 2015 edition with Helsinki Highlights, which presented an installation composed of a variety of art initiatives acting locally and operating internationally.

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter

Kuhmo is worth a cultural visit even in the middle of the darkest and coldest time of the year. Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is a joint arena for Kuhmo organizers and artists, some internationally-acclaimed, and a showcase for some of the best Kuhmo culture: diverse music, theatre, exhibitions, and literature. Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is organised annually in January.

Kuhmo Chamber Music

The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival runs in July. During the festival, Kuhmo will become a truly Global Village, with over 70 concerts performed by 150 international artists.

Midnight Swim & Run Event in the National Park

If you have a burning urge to swim & run – tame it at Ylläs! We have lots of daylight all day and night! Run on trails at Pallas-Yllästunturi National park, cool down and swim in the wild waters, then run and swim some more. Then it's time for the sauna! Spectacular landscapes await you with a range of services. Choose between a moderately challenging course and an easy course. Both feature several dips into cold Lappish waters. Come and experience a unique midnight swimming & running event!

Sibelius Finland Experience

An authentic and entertaining 1-hour cultural experience. Quality live music performances of Sibelius’s compositions – Finlandia, Spruce, Romance, Rondino and Valse Triste – with great talent on the violin and grand piano. Curated visual show with illustrations of Finnish nature on screen. Guests will receive a Sibelius Finland Experience gift CD and booklet especially designed and produced for the occasion. The experience includes a non-alcoholic festive drink with flavours from Finland served and enjoyed with the musicians.

Turku Music Festival

Explore the Turku Music Festival, one of the oldest music festivals in Finland! The versatile city festival provides top class music for a wide range of tastes, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz and concerts for children. Since its foundation in 1960, the annual festival has provided high quality events every August. Each year the festival gathers leading Finnish and international artists such as Jonas Kaufmann, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Rolando Villazón, Donna Leon, Seoul Philharmonic and Elīna Garanča.

Chamber Music, Cultural Heritage and Wildlife – Welcome to Kuhmo!

In the summertime, Kuhmo radiates a harmony of culture and nature. Chamber music fills the air from morning to late at night, Juminkeko reflects the Finnish national epic and heritage both yesterday and today, while bears and other carnivores of the forest await visitors at the Petola Visitor Centre. The silent forests, the beautiful scenery and thrilling visits prime your senses for exquisite enjoyment.