What to do and where to go on Vappu

There are various events, festivals, concerts and market sales happening for everyone to enjoy. Here are some places you can check out:

Koko perheen Vappurieha (May Day event for whole family)

Espoo, 27 April, 10am-1pm

Espoo Viherkallion asukaspuisto

This event is organized mostly for families with children. It has pony rides, face painting, various games, magician, balloons, sweets and drinks of Vappu. There's usually a fire engine where most children would love to check out, watch all tools and materials used by firemen and ask lots of questions about.

Vappukirppis (May Day market sales)

Helsinki, 27 April, 10am-2pm Helsinki Arabian nuorisotalo

These kinds of events are usually organized in many places around the city. This gives a good opportunity for people to have a table and to sell various items useful for families and for the children's benefit. There are also different activities for children to enjoy and some Vappu treats, snacks, sweets and drinks to enjoy.

Traditional folklore concert and procession

Helsinki, 29 April, 9.30-10.30 am

Lahnalahden leikkipuisto

Check out the starting point and details of the event on the Leikkipuisto Lahnalahti.

Vappurieha (May Day happening)

Helsinki, 29 April, 4-6pm

Helsinki Ruoholahden leikkipuisto

The event is organized by various organizations such as MLL (Mannerheim League for Child Welfare) Ruoholahti-Jätkäsaari and local scouts Helsinki Merilokit. The program includes music, balloons, pony rides, and a Vappu buffet. 

Vappu Festival Monday

Espoo, 30 April, 4-7pm 

Ticket price: €5

Lastenkulttuurikeskus Aurora

The event has a cafe and it provides music, art workshops, actor and art tutors for children ages 2-9 years old. Better use public transport to get to the festival since the parking area can get full quite fast because of the limited parking spaces. The transportation is very reliable and runs normally during Vappu Eve and Vappu Day. 

Children Vappu (May Day)

Helsinki, 1 May, usually all day

Linnanmäki Amusement Park

During Vappu, the park has a May Day program for children that includes music and aerial acrobatics. The aerial-acrobatics that includes circus show and techniques combined with modern dance movements and expressions, is situated at Linnanmäki Huvipuiso Park on 30 April and shown at two different times: 15:00 and 19:00. There are also music programs at 16:00 and 18:00, lasting half an hour each. These events are free of charge for visitors, including the entrance fee to the amusement park. Going to Linnanmäki is easy, usually by a bus or tram that goes throughout the city of Helsinki often.

Leikkipuisto Linnunradan Vappujuhla

Helsinki, 30 April, 10-12noon

Leikkipuisto Linnunrata

More information on the FB page

Leikkipuisto Maunulan Perhevappu

Helsinki, 30 April, 10-12noon

Leikkipuisto Maunula

Read more on the event's FB page

Vallilan vapputanssit 2019 (Vallila Vappu dances)

Helsinki, 30 April, 4-8pm

Hartolan Puistikko

Free and is suitable for all ages

Read more on the event's FB page

Vappu parks

Helsinki, 1 May, usually all day

An old tradition for most people on Vappu is to go to Kaivopuisto, the big green park in Helsinki. With its amazing views of the sea, the harbour, and the Unasaari observatory, the park is indeed beautiful. Locals would usually go there to have picnic at the start of the day no matter what the weather is. Some were already there the night before.

The park is big, but it gets crowded really fast so it's be better to go there early to find a place to sit. A blanket is also handy to carry, as well as some snack foods and drinks. You can also walk around the park and enjoy its beauty. There are kiosks along the seafront that offer drinks, coffee, and ice cream. To go there, you can take the bus, train or metro.

There are other various park venues in Helsinki where you can have a picnic on Vappu such as Esplanade ParkKaisaniemi Park, and Hietaniemenranta Beach. If the weather is good, the beach is such a nice place to stay, maybe listen to some concerts if there are any, join volleyball games, and enjoy food and drinks.  


Lasten Vappu (children May Day)

1 May, Helsinki 1-5pm

Helsinki Teatteri Kuukivi

Ticket: €5, free for adults and kids below 1

The activities include concerts, face-painting sessions, drawing and street chalks, theatre performances, disco, and various games such as the popular fishing game. There are also some snacks, coffee, and Vappu treats. Be more eco-friendly and bring your own drinking cup.

Fallkullan kotieläintila (livestock farm)

Helsinki, 1 May, 10am-10pm

Free access

Falkulla Farm

Read more on Fallkulla's FB website

Lasten perinteinen vapputapahtuma (children's traditional freedom event)

Vantaa, 1 May, 10am-1pm

Illenpuiston Päiväkoti

Read more on the event's FB page

Lasten vappushokkelo 2019

Helsinki, 1 May, 10am-5pm

Kumpula Botanical Garden

Tickets: €2 adult, €4 kid

This year, the children's volleyball will explore the world of ice age.

Read more on the event page

Helsingin Työväen vappujuhlassa (Coat of Arms and Market Festival)

Helsinki, 1 May, 11am-3pm

Rautatientori, Hakaniemi Market Hall

The program consists of musical performances and a program for families with children. The keynote speakers are Antti Rinne, President of the SDP, and Matti Huutola, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAK. The main performance of the festival is Litku Klemetti. The celebration is hosted by Ida Akkila. Check out the whole program.

Vappuhulinat (fun at the playground)

Helsinki, 1 May, 1-4pm

Leikkipuisto Myllynsiipi

Ticket: €3

Hosted by MLL Myllypuron perhekahvila, check FB event page

Lasten Vappukarkelot (tracktor at the playground)

1 May, 2-4pm

Leikkipuisto Traktori

Kids get dressed up and adults too if they want!

Events: Meet and greet ice princess, firetruck, free pony rides, buffet and grill for hot sausages, toy sales

Check out the event page

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