What’s On in Helsinki: March 2021

Please note: Some of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow the country’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. Always maintain social distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask when possible.

Helsinki’s COVID-19 restrictions currently run from Monday 8th March until Thursday 25th March with a possible extension. Even digital events may be cancelled with short notice, so make sure to check the event link before attending anything.

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What the the events in Helsinki to look out for in March? After a record-breaking winter with tons of snow and low temperatures, spring is lifting its head. Springtime in Helsinki is lovely; sun rays shimmer on the surface of the sea, while the air is still crispy and fresh. It also means that people get out of the home!

While Finns are waiting to be vaccinated, there’s plenty of fun things to do; we’ve gathered the most interesting workshops, best live concerts online, and a bunch of outstanding exhibitions for you to enjoy this month.

Enjoy the best Helsinki events this month, including digital and outdoor activities:

Monday 1st March

Riitta Paakki Trio online

Piano player Riitta Paakki along with her trio will jazz up your Monday night through this streamed concert. Both jazz originals and great classics will be served for 4,90 euros, and the show will be available for you for 7 days after the live stream.





Hatha Yoga online

Enjoy a guided Hatha yoga every Monday throughout March. These Zoom sessions will allow you to stay home and safely participate in a gentle kick-off for the new week. Classes suitable for all levels, but note that they are guided in Finnish. 10 euros for a single lesson, or 24 euros for a whole month.




Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th March

Mildebergius: The world of Mildeberg at Ars longa galleria

Estonian artist Jüri Mildeberg’s heartwarming paintings can now be seen in Helsinki. The carefully chosen selection consists of pieces from a period of over 20 years. His signature elements are earthy colors, childrensbook-esk aesthetics, and a gentle sense of humor. Free of charge!





Wednesday 3rd March

Online workshop: How to stand out in the recruitment process

In this online workshop, you will get tips and insights on how to improve your cover letters, how to navigate within social media when job hunting, and how to best prepare for a job interview. The workshop will be held via Zoom and is both open for everyone and free of charge.




Helsinki Biennial Talks: Online lecture by Dr. Paul O’Neill – The Biennial Impact

Helsinki Biennial Talks is a series of talks diving into the world of international biennials of contemporary art. On this occasion, Dr. Paul O’Neill, an Irish curator, artist, and educator, will bridge certain discourses, debates, and histories of global art biennials from the past 20 years. The lecture is open for all and free of charge.





Friday 5th to Saturday 6th March

Under The Mistle Tease vol.8.

Under the Mistle Tease Burlesk Spectacle is back for the eighth year. The show will be live-streamed on two following nights, both with unique (content). The ticket for the online event is 25 euros and will give you access to both shows. Streams will also be available for 7 days after the shows.




Saturday 6th March

Online tour: Visita guidata a distanza in italiano

Any Italian speakers interested in Finnish art out there? Benvenuto to a guided tour of the Kirpilä Art Collection in Italian, where you’ll learn about the history of Finnish art from to golden years to the late 1900s, the similarities and relationships between Finnish and Italian art, and much more.





Monday 8th March

I’d have so much to write to you about, streamed online

Perfectly timed for International Women’s Day, this concert presents music written by female composers. The title, “I’d have so much to write to you about”, refers to the challenging conditions which many female composers faced in the 1900th century, wanting to celebrate their works. The program also features contemporary female composers. This event will be online.




Tuesday 9th March

17 Book Club – Transcendent Kingdom (Yaa Gyasi)

Always dreamt of joining a book club? This monthly book club welcomes new participants and perspectives! Book of the month is Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, which you’ll have to acquire on your own, but the rest is free. Sign up on [email protected] and enjoy the read!





Wednesday 10th March

Sightseeing Uncertainty

Sightseeing Uncertainty is a participatory event studying uncertainty and community through some simple activities. At the heart of the evening is an outdoor, silent sensorial walk, under which participants will be guided to look at their surroundings from new perspectives. Otherwise, the event will happen indoors. Open for all and free of charge!




Tuesday 16th March

PlogRun Against Sea pollution

Ever heard of plogging? It’s jogging while picking up trash. Starting at Lauttasaari, the ploggers will be divided into two groups, one for running and the other for walking. Sauna promised after plog!





Wednesday 17th March

CV Workshop at Luckan

Get help and hints for improving your CV in a collaborative workshop. With limited places, remember to register by emailing [email protected]. The workshop is online and free of charge.





Fatherhood in Finland (peer support group online)

Are you a parent, or planning on becoming one? Join the weekly meeting online, where issues and subjects related to being a father in Finland are shared and discussed. This group aims to serve as a support. It is both free of charge and open for all current or future fathers.




Thursday 18th March

Finnish discussion group online

Learn Finnish in the comfort of your own setting! This group, meeting online, will have easy discussions in Finnish, learning to use simple phrases and sentences, and gaining some confidence when speaking a new language. All levels suitable, but mostly for almost beginners and people with basic Finnish skills. The group is open and free of charge.





Saturday 20th March

Bookfika: Tales of sorrow at Luckan

How do human beings read stories? How do we use stories to understand our surroundings? This books and coffee –event focuses on how people use stories to process sorrow and loss, and how literature can create healing discussions. The event is free of charge and held in Swedish.




Podcast 101

Finally a podcast boot camp for all you pod dreamers in Helsinki! During this workshop, you’ll get practical tips and guidance, and get to work on your podcast idea/demo. Suitable for everyone from creative storytellers to investigative journalists. The class costs 125 euros for the two days and is held in Finnish.





Tuesday 23rd March

Art, Science, Ecology online lectures

Art, Science, Ecology is an online course that aims to increase consciousness of the impacts of the sustainability crisis on art, science and society. The online lectures are open for all and registration is not needed.




Wednesday 24th March

Women’s exercise group online

In need of more energy, ladies? Welcome to exercise together with women online! Easy workouts are followed by sharing tips and ideas afterward. Suitable for all bodies and levels! Open and free of charge. No registration is needed.





Thursday 25th March

Paints and Botanicals Gouache workshop

Come and learn how to paint a botanical poster step by step using gouache paint! No previous painting experience needed, the workshop is meant for all levels of creativity. The workshop costs 39 euros, and all materials are included in the price. Remember to register to book your seat!




Paints and Galaxies Watercolor workshop

If you liked the previous event description, but prefer nebulas and moons over botanical motives, you’re in luck; this Paints and galaxies –watercolor workshop focuses on painting starry night skies and deep galaxies using multiple color layers with watercolors and acrylic paint. All levels welcome! Workshop costs 39 euros and includes all materials. Remember to register!





Saturday 27th March

Maunula Jazz Happening II online

Maunula Jazz Happening is back for the second time and will serve you a wide range of new ensembles and fresh names. Influences from classic, modern, and world music will be used to spice up the evening’s jazz performances. The event will be streamed and is free of charge!




Sunday 28th March

Essential oil lecture at Purna Yoga Helsinki

Essential oils are not only wonderful smelling – they have also proven to help relaxation with toxic-free means, as well as they support your meditation and yoga practices. During this essential oil evening, you will learn of easy, simple, and affordable ways to use some of the most common essential oils. Remember to sign!





Wednesday 31st March

Zumba Step online

End the month with an energizing class of Zumba Step! This virtual class will be available for you during 24 hours, so you can dance away when you need it the most. One class is 5 euros. Can’t make it this time? Check out the event for more classes!


Ongoing in March

Growth at OHO Gallery

Marianne Huotari and Fanny Tavastila meet in their first joint exhibition in Growth, a dialogue between paintings and ceramic arts. Nature, spirituality and sensitivity are leading themes in the exhibition that, according to promotional pictures, looks sweet as candy.




Chincilla at MAA-tila

Inspired by a first grader’s presentation about “furry bunnies of Finland”, Saara Hannus made the chinchilla the lead star of her exhibition. “Chinchilla,” studying cuteness and caressing, may be visited by max 4 people at the time. From 3rd to 21st March.





Lena Malm ja Philippe Rekacewicz: Sea between at Stoa Gallery

Photographer Lena Malm and geographer/cartographer Philippe Rekacewicz present a different Mediterranean by exhibiting photos and maps with new perspectives and insights on themes and areas we think we know. Free of charge. Runs from 5th to 31st March.




Kati Immonen: Overgrown at Helsinki Contemporary

Overgrown is Kati Immonen’s solo exhibition, presenting joyous watercolor paintings as well as a hand-drawn animation. Immonen’s aesthetics, which resembles magical realism, is a study of the relationship between humankind and nature.



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Sofia Elie

Sofia Elie is a Nordic writer. Currently based in Helsinki, she's putting the final touches to her debut novel (released in August 2021). Latest shenanigans on @sofiaelie