October in Helsinki
Baltic Herrings and Other Finnish Festivities

Finland is a hidden treasure of natural beauty and ancient traditions
and the autumn offers visitors a lot to see and do

As autumn returns to Finland, Helsinki welcomes back a series of annual events and festivals with its Baltic Herring Fair taking a prominent place in the city’s October festivities.

Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair – 6th to 12th October 2013
Baltic Herring Fairs have taken place across the country in September and October every year since the 1600s, when fishermen sell their stocks directly off their boats and from market stalls. Dating back to 1743, the Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair is the largest of them all and is believed to be the oldest event still organised in the Finnish capital. A visit to the fair is the ideal way to sample one of Finland’s most renowned delicacies, from the traditional salted herring to a more exotic marinated variety, and they can be eaten either on the go, with a piece of dark rye bread, or as part of a more substantial meal.

Sailing Ship Day – 11th and 12th October 2013
In keeping with the maritime theme, the Saturday of the Baltic Herring Fair sees traditional sailing ships race each other just off the Helsinki shore, where crowds gather to watch the spectacle. After the race, the ships dock at Market Square for the sailors to attend the Traditional Sailing Ship Meet on the Sunday and final day of the Baltic Herring Fair, when the ships are also open for the public to jump on board and look around.

Kiasma Hits, 15th Anniversary exhibition of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
27th September 2013 to 7th September 2014

Paying homage to the 15 year history of this Helsinki museum and to Finnish contemporary art, Kiasma Hits is a review of Kiasma’s eclectic collections of Finnish and international works that lead to the foundations of contemporary art. The curvaceous and metallic building of Kiasma is a symbol of the city’s modernisation and has been embraced by the people of Helsinki since its opening with its permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, sleek glass-sided café and terrace, and experimental theatre. Visit www.kiasma.fi/calendar/hits

Sirkus Finlandia 2013 – 27th September to 3rd November 2013
For over 35 years, Sirkus Finlandia has been travelling around Finland between April and November giving traditional circus performances to more than 200,000 spectators every year. This tour closes at Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park for over a month’s worth of shows and, alongside the regular acrobats, magicians, and clowns, will feature this year’s specialty, camels. Tickets are from €16. Visit http://www.sirkusfinlandia.fi/en/

The Helsinki Antique, Art and Collector Fair – 12th and 13th October
Found at the Cable Factory, Finland’s single largest cultural centre, the fair is a treasure trove of Finnish artefacts to look at and buy, including old furniture, art, porcelain, textiles, jewellery, coins and toys. Adult ticket is €8; family ticket is €16.

Finnair flies direct to Helsinki from London Heathrow (return fares start from £125 in October) and Manchester (return fares start from £155 in October). Fares include all taxes and fees. www.finnair.com

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