In 2019, Espoo Day is a two-day city festival organised on 30–31 August. Espoo Day is the most significant annual city event in Espoo, attracting more than 70,000 visitors annually to events taking place all over the city. All Espoo Day events are free of charge.
The opening of Espoo Day will be celebrated on Friday, 30 August at 10 on Viaporintori in Leppävaara. The community artwork Lintukato by visual artists Essi Ruuskanen and Tuuli Huovila will be celebrated during the opening morning. The work has been made of surplus packaging material together with residents in different parts of Espoo during the summer. The work will be on display until 1 September.
WeeGee Exhibition Centre’s museums will offer plenty of experiences with workshops and various guided tours. All four of WeeGee’s museums have free admission on Friday at 17-19 and on Saturday at 11-17.
On Friday night, the pleasant atmosphere of outdoor cinema will be enjoyed on the Sun Terrace in Tapiola: the film A Star Is Born will be shown at 21:15. The film has Finnish subtitles, and it is suitable for audiences aged 12 years or over.
Finnish Nature Day will be celebrated at Haltia and in its vicinity on Saturday. The popular Sportsmen’s Fair will visit Haltia for the first time. The programme is suitable for all ages and also includes excursions and forest concerts.
For the fourth time, Suomen Latu (the Outdoor Association of Finland) challenges all of Finland to sleep outdoors on 31 August 2019. For the Nuku yö ulkona (Sleep the night outdoors) event, a 400-place forest hotel will be built in the Oittaa recreational area by Lake Bodom.
The Espoo Day concert, organised for the first time, will begin on Saturday at 14. The concert will feature Reino Nordin, Kasmir, Paperi T, Töölön Ketterä and Espoo Big Band conducted by Marzi Nyman with vocalist Maria Ylipää.
Admission to all of the Espoo Day events is free of charge. Information on the more than 170 Espoo Day events available at espoopäivä.fi.
City Events Espoo is responsible for coordinating Espoo Day on behalf of the City.
In 2018, Espoo Day included 244 events and experiences organised by over 1,500 organisers from various communities, companies and the City.
Photo Otavamedia, Miika Kainu.