The friendly and liberal atmosphere as well as the fun and interesting activities make Finland a great destination for the LGBT community. Finland is filled with events that are welcoming for LGBTQ people. After midsummer we have the biggest Pride event in Finland the Helsinki Pride. You will find below the Pride Map of Finland with all the Prides in Finland listed. This page contains both LGBTQ specific and LGBTQ welcoming events.
Pride in Finland
Helsinki Pride fills the city of Helsinki with all the colours of the rainbow in the end of June. The weeklong festival has something for everyone – children, youngsters, families and adults: dancing, theatre, debates, literature and good food. This year some 100,000 people flocked to the Senate Square in Helsinki for Helsinki Pride. That many people have never before taken part in Helsinki’s version of the march. In fact attendance figures nearly tripled from the estimated 35,000 people that has remained a fairly steady number in recent years, until now. The march concluded in the traditional outdoor Party in the Park of Kaivopuisto.
The theme of Helsinki Pride was in 2018 “voice”. Helsinki Pride wants to bring up the diversity of the LGBTQ community and make room for voices often left unheard or silenced in our society. The whole Pride week is filled with events expressing the diversity of the community.
Pride Map Finland
Helsinki Pride is the biggest Pride in Finland but for sure not the only one. There are Pride events throughout Finland and all around the year. Below is the Pride Map Finland. All the Pride events are marked on the map. Click on the icon in the upper left corner to display the list of the Pride events and click on the icon in the upper right corner to open the map in Google.
Querelle Festival / Helsinki
Querelle is an ambitiously diverse festival for the LGBTIQ+ people and their allies in the heart of Helsinki. The first ever Querelle will take place in April 2019.
Sideways Festival 6.-8.6.2019 / Helsinki
Picture by Sideways / Petri Anttila
Sideways festival is taking into account the diversity aspect both when it comes to the audience as well as performing artists. Sideways is featuring a line-up of the best national and international indie acts, paralleled by an elaborate range of exciting, mind-blowing and fun sideshows. Sideways Festival is a true haven of creativity and an absolute must-do for the music aficionado who loves to indulge in diverse food offerings, quality drinks and experiences that are not found everywhere else.
Bears on Board 10.7.2019 / Helsinki
Bears On Board cruise, the original baltic get-together for all men around the world leaves from the market square on July 21st at 5pm. The m/s Emma ship is packed with rugged masculin gay men and a drag queen. Emma is a good place to socialize with other bear men from Finland and around the world. The music, dancing and having fun plays a vital role on the bear cruise. The scenery is also amazing since the ship is cruising in the Helsinki Archipelago for 5 hours.
Gay Bears are one of many LGBTQ communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity. In Helsinki the bear gays are an active group with parties and clubs.
Helsinki International Film Festival 19.-29.9.2019
Founded in 1988, the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy has been held annually ever since. The aim of Finland’s biggest film festival is to promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films. The festival also seeks to screen films that would otherwise not be seen in Finnish theatres. LGBTQ+ themes have been represented at the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy since the beginning. “Every year we strive for a diverse programme with queer themes at the forefront in both film selection and events. The values of the association highlight diversity, inclusivity and social justice.“
The programme for the 32nd HIFF – Love & Anarchy will be announced September 5th, 2019. The festival will be held September 19th to 29th, 2019. For more information www.hiff.fi. “
Finlandization 23.-25.8.2019 / Helsinki
MSC Finland – Tom’s Club is a fetish club for leather, rubber and biker guys. Club nights with dresscode are held once a month. MSC is a member of ECMC (European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs).
Vinokino Film Festival / Turku and Helsinki
Vinokino is the one Finnish film festival that only screens gender and sexual minority films. Vinokino is a festival for all movie lovers. The Festival is organized by the local SETA organisation in Turku. The Festival takes place both in Turku (18.-20.10.2019) and Helsinki (22.-24.11.2019).The program for the 2018 festival will be released later.
Lettukestit is a regular LGBTQ+ -party for women, women-minded and friends of the female gender. The location of the party changes from time to time, and there’s music performances and different kinds of other program. The facebook-page is only available in finnish, but the events always have information in english aswell.