Turku Day

The festivities of Turku Day will take place on September 17 on both sides of the river!
Now, during Finland’s centenary celebration, the programme will come closer to the city residents than even before and they are invited to experience the event together and participate in the proceedings of the day.

The programme will be as diverse as the city of Turku itself. Those interested in sports, music, dance or large machines, for example, will have an opportunity to get to know local associations, businesses and city divisions that gather together to realise the programme of Turku Day.

The programme of Turku Day, celebrated since 1961, will in many ways honour the centenarian Finland. In the centre, you can take part in a prize draw and ask for programme recommendations at the Suomi Finland 100 information point. The Finland 100 projects for the rest of the year will be intorduced at the City Hall where the doors are open from 12 noon to 3 p.m., as usual.

The culmination of the day will be the traditional fireworks from Samppalinnanmäki at 9 p.m.

The programme is updated on this page on a regular basis. When you add your programme in the City of Turku event calendar, use keyword "Turku Day" so you'll be able to link the content tothe event.

Turku Day 2017 Programme

A moment of silence 9.30 a.m.

To once more honour the victims of the 18.8. incident and to strengthen the unity of city residents flowers are laid to the River Aura from the Library Bridge. Chairman of the City Council, Lauri Kattelus, lays down the first flower. City of Turku gives away 1000 flowers, own flowers are also welcome.

Open day at the City Hall, Aurakatu 2, 12 noon-3 p.m.

You can get to know the City Hall on your own, the Suomi Finland 100 projects for the rest of the year are presented downstairs.
12:30 p.m. Chairperson of the City Council will receive a Fairtrade honorary title on behalf of the City of Turku.
12:40 p.m. Professor Emeritus Timo Soikkanen gives a lecture entitled "Anno terrible 1917"

Heikinmarkkinat fair at the Market Square, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Market opening declaration and opening speech at 10 a.m., market sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, dancing at the Market Square at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (music by Janne Engblom trio), naming the young representatives of Turku (Turun Flikka & Poika) at 12 noon, Mustaa ja Valkoista Dance Team i.e. TPS cheerleaders at 12:20 p.m., music performances by KaMu and Hard Rock Company from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Turku on the move pop-up gymnastics at 2:30 p.m. The large Toro loader by Sandvik on display at the Market Square - Made in Turku!

The Market of Possibilities, Old Market Square, 12 noon-4 p.m.

A free open event offering means to contribute to a fairer world and to raise awareness of global questions concerning development.

Main Library, Linnankatu 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Launching event of the anthology Mielen rajoilla. Nykypäivän kummat kokemukset. The authors will give an introduction and talk about the research made – there is also a panel discussion. The event takes place in the Main Library Studio from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The panel is led by writer Niina Repo, participants in the discussion include Professor Emerita Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Professor Jyrki Korkeila, Doctor of Social Sciences Susanne Ådahl and Master of Social Sciences Varpu Alasuutari.
In the inner yard of the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you have an opportunity to try a hobby horse track with eight horses to choose from, e.g. Kiss My Turku.
Projections of the photo project “Yksi Turku” (‘One Turku’) that is part of the Suomi Finland 100 programme on the outside wall of the new part of the library from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Turku Cathedral, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Mass at 10 a.m., Mass in English at 4 p.m. Cantores Minores concert at 5 p.m.
Domcafé open 11.15 a.m.-1 p.m. Cathedral museum open 9 a.m.-6 p.m, closed during masses and concert. No admission fee.

Turku City Theatre, Itäinen rantakatu 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Open day and tours in renovated facilities. On the main stage from 10.30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you can see extracts from the musical Viimeinen laiva (‘The Last Ship’). By using a photo booth you can take part in a prize draw and win tickets for two people.

Tours on the stage and behind the scenes, photos depicting the history of the theatre. Music performances and interviews on the programme stage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, for example Jussu Pöyhönen, Taneli Mäkelä, Heikki Nousiainen, Roope Lipasti, Lauri Maijala, Janne Reinikainen ja Aura of Puppets. The box office and the restaurant are open.

Open rehearsals

  • Toivon ja Tuhon tie, vallankumous Turussa 1917-1918 play at Taimi II, Puutarhakatu 21, 5 p.m.
  • Sisko ja sen veli play at Teatteri Akseli, Humalistonkatu 8a, at 12 noon.

Programme by Turkuseura (’Turku Association’), Old Great Square 3, floor level, 12 noon-4 p.m.

Open day and the Föripuoti shop is open. Meet writers at Föripuoti between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Pansio-Perno area 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

Revealing the artwork of the Shipbuilders’ Village from 3 p.m. onwards, address: Siilinkatu 5. Speech by Markku Varnila, music by Aura Quartet.

Revealing the light art work in Pansio at 6:30 at the airplane lighthouse of Lumikonmäki. The young representatives of Turku will reveal the name of the work. The performance Lähiösinfonia (‘Suburbian symphony’) composed on the basis of suburbian sounds. Photos from the exhibition Albumit auki! (‘Albums open!’) are on display along the path leading to the artwork.

Exhibitions at the Turku fire station. Address: Eerikinkatu 35, 11 a.m-3 p.m.

The history of the emergency services from the 19th century to the present day is on display in the museum space Kellari (Basement). Guided tours at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The operation of the services today is introduced in the front yard where employees of the emergency services demonstrate current equipment.

Cleaning the River Aura, between Aurasilta bridge and the restaurant boat Donna, 12 noon-2 p.m.

Cleaning the bottom of the river, divers preparing for the task from 11 a.m. onwards. A collaborative project by Saaristomeren sukeltajat (’the Archipelago Sea divers), Lounais-Suomen jätehuolto (waste management of Southwest Finland) and ja Aurajokisäätiö (‘the River Aura Foundation’).

Kakolanmäki Wasterwater Treatment Plant, Polttimonkatu 2

Open day at the Kakolanmäki Wastewater Treatment Plant, presentation of the treatment plant during tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m, 12 noon and 1 p.m. Coffee and buns as well as presentation of the discharge pipe project of the wastewater plant between the tours (1.5 hours).

Turku on the move

  • TUTO Hockey slap shot container at the Market Square the whole day

  • Turku YMCA in the area between Kristiinankatu and Aurakatu 12 noon-4 p.m. Representing the vast selection of activities offered by Turku YMCA: music, basketball, divers, gym, scouts baking pancakes and organising small tasks, youth activity and problem solving tasks, selfie wall, café, information on the Turku YMCA operation, balloons

  • Hobby horse riding on a testing track (the venue will be announced later)

  • Market Square dance at the Heikinmarkkinat fair from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Market Square

  • Turku on the move pop-up gymnastic exercises at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Market Square

  • Dance, music etc. at the Market of Possibilities (Old Great Square) 12 noon-4 p.m.

  • Rent a canoe at the Miller’s House of the River Aura Information Centre between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., address Valkkimyllynkuja 2.

  • Turun Joogayhdistys free morning yoga class from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Shaolin-Sali 4th floor, address Linnankatu 61

  • Free evening yoga classes by Intusiasma from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7:15 p.m. to 20:45 p.m. Address: Läntinen Pitkäkatu 21-23 B, 2nd floor.

  • Pure Move yoga classes (time and place to be announced later)

  • Aurajooga: open house yoga classes 12-3 p.m., Läntinen Pitkäkatu 21-23 A (3rd floor)

  • Nordic Championship for cold-blooded trotters, Metsämäki Hippodrome from 1.30 p.m. onwards

Turku Museum Centre museums

  • Pharmacy Museum & The Qwensel House. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. History of medicines, diseases and health and examples of how the gentry lived back in the 18th century. Further information: Apteekkimuseo & Qwnselin talo

  • Biological Museum. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. The exhibition The Biological Museum 110 years depicts the story of the museum from its birth to present day. The story is carried forward by old photos, text, paper cuttings and memories of visitors over decades. Further information: Biologinen museo

  • The Kylämäki Village in Kurala. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. The event Esihistoria esille focused on prehistory takes place from 14 September to 17 September. Kurala was inhabited already during the Iron Age – what do we know about that time and how do we study it? Further information: Kuralan kylämäki

  • Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. Travel back in time and see what life was like for the poor in the 17th century. Further information: Luostarinmäen käsityöläismuseo

  • Turku Castle. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. The main exhibition allows you to get to know the everyday life and festivities in the castle, people living in the court and servants. The exhibition Game of Power – Reformation in Finland displayed. Guided tours on Turku day 17 September at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (fee for guided tours 3€/person). Further information: Turun linna

  • Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. To celebrate the 50-year-old museum, the programme includes cake and coffee for the first 500 visitors, Jacob Hashimoto’s exhibition etc. An open workshop from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. for making colourful paper mosaics. Further information: Wäinö Aaltosen Museum of Art

Museums and galleries

  • Ett hem museum. Open 11a.m.-4 p.m. Free entrance. Guided tours in Finnish at 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guided tour in Swedish at 1 p.m. and in English at 2 p.m. Further information: etthem.fi

  • Sibelius-museo. Open 11a.m.-4 p.m. Free entrance. Instrument exhibition, Sibelius exhibition and a special Suomi Finland 100 exhibition Conducting Finland – conductors as musical messengers 1917-2017. Further information: www.sibeliusmuseum.fi

  • Forum Marinum. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Entrance: Turku day wristband 10 euros (normally 16 euros) or separate museum destinations -50 %. Museum destinations: a new exhibition concerning the boats of Finnish presidents ”Kultarantojen hohtoa – presidenttien veneet”.
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Old motors made in Turku presented in the yard area.
    At 12 noon at the museum dock, the Finnish Red Cross hands over the boat Caritas to Forum Marinum to be included in their collections (open event)

  • Gallery Joella. Open 12 noon-4 p.m. Free entrance. The programme includes, among other things, the ending performance of Sirkku Ketola’s exhibition AOmen from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Further information: www.turun-taidegraafikot.fi

  • Gallery Å. Open 12 noon-4 p.m. Free entrance. The programme includes the exhibition ”Photographs and video” by Mikko Sakala. The last day of the exhibition is 17 September. Further information: Galleria Å

  • Turku Artotheque. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. Further information: www.turuntaidelainaamo.fi

  • B-galleria. Open 12 noon-4 p.m. Free entrance. Exhibition by Elina Hämäläinen, Melina Paakkonen and Sini Saarenpää. Further information: B-galleria

  • Titanik. Open 12 noon-4 p.m. Free entrance. Dylan Ray Arnold and Océane Bruel joint exhibition. Further information: titanik.fi

  • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free entrance. Guided tours: 11:30 Guided tours: Aboa Vetus – Old Turku at 11:30 a.m. and Art exhibitions at 12:15 p.m.

  • Turku Art Museum. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Entrance fee 6 euros (normally 9 euros). Guided tours in Finnish introducing the art of Tyko Sallinen at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and a guided tour in Swedish at 2 p.m. Further information: http://www.turuntaidemuseo.fi/

  • Turku Lazaret Museum. Open 12 noon-4 p.m. Free entrance.  Further information: Turun Lasarettimuseo

  • Turku Healthcare Museum. Open 12 noon-4 p.m. Free entrance. An exhibition concerning hospital hygiene. Further information: Turun terveydenhuoltomuseo

  • Turku Waterworks Museum. Open 12 noon-3 p.m. Renewed exhibition ”Jokapäiväinen vetemme” (’Our daily water’) presents the history of water maintenance in Turku and everyday water consumption. Public opening 12 noon-3 p.m. Further information: www.vesilaitosmuseo.fi

  • CaféArt. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free entrance. An exhibition at the café. Further information: CaféArt

Galleries of the Old Great Square

  • Brinkkala Gallery. Exhibition “Virtaus”. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. Further information: Brinkkalan galleria

  • Gallery Grey. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free entrance. Exhibition Footnote #1: Sipilänmäki by David Muth. Further information: Galleria Harmaa

  • The Old Town Hall Gallery. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Eeva-Leena Eklund ”Messages II” –näyttely. Free entrance. Further information: Vanhan Raatihuoneen galleria

Jump on board!

  • The River Train Jokke operates from 11 a.m., departing from the stop at Kristiinankatu

  • The Föli water bus runs to Ruissalo for the last time in 2017

  • Get to know the Turku harbour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the yard area of Forum Marinum, address Linnankatu 72. Bus tours (30 min.) depart from the Viking Line area at 11:15 a.m., 12 noon, 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    Water bus tours (40 min.) on m/s Aavatar from behind the Suomen Joutsen (‘Swan of Finland’) ship, non-stop departures between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Meyer shipyard tours. Departures from Aurakatu at 12 noon and 3 p.m. Tickets: Visit Turku, Aurakatu 4

  • The steam locomotive Ukko-Pekka goes to Kyrö, Naantali, Toijala and other places. Timetables and fees: Höyryveturimatkat

Let’s have a good time together

Also open: Viking restaurant Harald, Pippurimylly, Hugo, Kortteliravintola Kerttu, RantaKerttu, Gastropub Löytö, Golden Grill & Kitchen, Cantina Azteca, Hanko Sushi, Fontana, Foija, Aune, Tiirikkala, Panini, Cafe Viktor, Cafe Brahe at Hansa and Skanssi shopping centres

Bars are open, too!

  • Bar4, Kristiinankatu 4, open 6 p.m.-3 a.m.

    Old Bank, Aurakatu 3, open 12 noon-midnight. P.S. The terrace is a good spot to watch the traditional fireworks at 9 p.m.

  • Bar Kuka, Linnankatu 17, open 6 p.m.-midnight. Open stage.

  • Teerenpeli, Eerikinkatu 8, open 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

...and plenty more:

  • Suomi Finland 100 programme in Turku, information point from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Market Square

  • The Anniversary of the Reformation

  • See the Kites on the Turku Sky

  • Lighting the Library Bridge at 6 p.m.

  • Hansamania week begins at Hansakortteli (Hansa Block): two fashion shows, artist Reino Nordin performs

  • Mass in English in the Turku Cathedral at 4 p.m.

Fireworks from Samppalinnanmäki at 9 p.m.

The public has the opportunity from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to have a look around the spot where the fireworks take place at Samppalinnanmäki. A representative of Suomen Ilotulitus tells about the fireworks and its technical realisation.

See the City of Turku event calendar for further Turku Day programme details