Tampere Day event weekend programme



In 2021 Tampere celebrated its 242nd anniversary, Tampere Day, at October 1.–3.

  • 10.00 a.m.–10.30 a.m. Virtual event with guest Niina Salmenkangas. The librarians Helena Paloposki and Juhani Koivisto will be interviewing the new City of Tampere Director of Library Services Niina Salmenkangas. The interview (in Finnish) will be available on the YouTube account of the City of Tampere Library: www.youtube.com/TampereenKirjasto

    11 a.m.–7 p.m. ”Kasvokkain – Tarinoita ihmisen ja työn arvosta”, an exhibition on the stories of people and the value of work. Koskikeskus, Hatanpää highway 1. Meeri Koutaniemi and Tehy’s photo exhibition features health care industry and early childhood education employees’ personal experiences on the significance of their profession both to themselves and the society. See the people behind the photos and stories.
    Free admission to the photo exhibition.

    3 p.m.–4 p.m. Children’s film (for ages 7 and up). Koilliskeskus, library, Liikekatu 3. The film screenings are free of charge. For further information on the films, call the Koilliskeskus library, telephone +358 (0)40 639 7736.

    2.30 p.m.–4.00 p.m. Mini Retreat. Ohjaamo, Hammareninkatu 5. Mindfulness and slowing down on a mini retreat. During the mini retreat, you get to practise mindfulness and slowing down through easy exercises. Registration and further information on the event by email at virpi.koskela@tampere.fi.

    3 p.m.–6 p.m. World Postcard Day postcard workshop. Museum Centre Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5. Make fun postcards with your whole family in the World Postcard Day workshop. You can send your card directly from Vapriikki or take it home as a souvenir. The workshop will be held in Vapriikki’s workshop space and has free admission.

    4.30 p.m–6.00 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: A Tour in the Tampere Dialect. Welcome to a Tampere sightseeing tour in the genuine local dialect! Departure and arrival at Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    5 p.m.–6 p.m. Juniversity YouTube live for children. A Finnish livestream aimed at children will be broadcast through the Juniversity YouTube channel, no separate registration necessary. There will be exciting science-related activities you can do with equipment you can find at home. List on the needed equipment will be available beforehand at tuni.fi/juniversity.

    5.00 p.m–6.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Tampere 1918, Kalevankangas. We will learn about the 1918 civil war’s Kalevankangas battle sites and events. The tour departs from the Kalevankangas cemetery side gate (Kalevantie 16, next to the flower shop). Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    6.30 p.m–8.00 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Juice and Tampere. Come walk in the footsteps of Juice Leskinen in the landscapes of Tammerkoski and hear Juice’s life story and the beginnings of Manserock! Departure and arrival at Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tampere Society, Kauppakatu 1. Photo exhibition on the construction of the Tampere Tramway. Harri Hykiö’s photos on the stages of construction of the tramway. Discount sale of books on Tampere. Free admission.

    My2050 game

    The free My 2050 mobile game will take you on an adventure into the future. You will embark on your journey into the future from the Tampere Central Square. You will only need your phone and 60 minutes of your time. With the My2050 game, you can learn about a future shaped by climate change. The My2050 game is suitable for children in secondary school, students, groups of friends or co-workers and families alike. Further information and game instructions at https://my2050.fi/in-english.

  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. History of the Talouskoulu Household Management School. Koulukatu 18. The household management school Talouskoulu was established in 1892. The institution moved to Koulukatu in 1905. The building was designed by Wiwi Lönn. Travel industry students will organise tours at half-hour intervals (tours only in Finnish) on the history of Talouskoulu until current day. The education restaurant Wiwi will be open at the event, and you can buy coffee, tea and pastries there during the event. There is also a programme tent at the event, where the students will organise various programming.

    10 a.m.–2 p.m. Children’s Traffic Park will be open (address Joukahaisenkatu 10). At the Traffic Park, children ages 6–10 get to learn about traffic rules in a short teaching session and also get to go behind the wheel of a pedal car after the session. Younger children ages 4–6 can also get on the track, but only with a parent. In honour of Tampere Day, you can hear and ask about the new plans for the Kalevanpuisto and Kiovanpuisto parks. Free admission.

    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Cruise on the Lake Näsijärvi. Mustalahti Harbour. See Tampere from Lake Näsijärvi on the m/s Isosaari. The duration of the cruise is approximately 45 minutes. Departures from the Mustalahti Harbour on the hour, weather reservation. Price: Adults €10, children €5.

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. Spy Museum. Itäinenkatu 13. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m (Sat–Sun). There is a special junior agent test for the younger museum visitors. In the test, you can put your agent skills to the test and get awarded your own personal agent’s card. You can visit the museum during the Tampere Day event at a discounted admission fee of €5.

    11 a.m.–4 p.m. Shopping Center Ratina Goes Tampere Day. Vuolteenkatu 1. There will be activities for the whole family. In Ratina, you can have a fun time bouncing on a bouncy castle and meeting Katti Ratina, whom you can spot around the shopping centre. Children can also drive around the shopping centre in electric cars, courtesy of the children’s electric car rental Pärinä. You can get your culture fix at Ratina’s Tunneligalleria if you stop at the arctic exhibition ”Hidasta liikkumista arktisessa maisemassa”. Free admission.

    11 a.m.–5 p.m. Lenin Museum. Hämeenpuisto 28. Finnish guided tour on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. At the price of the admission fee. The Lenin Museum describes the history of the Soviet Union as well as the common history of Finland and Russia. The museum is located in the hall where Lenin and Stalin first met each other in a secret meeting of the Russian revolutionaries in 1905. Prices: 8/6 euros, free admission for people under the age of 18.

    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Event. Kuninkaankatu 4. Visiting artisans will be displaying and selling their products. The Riku Poramo Trio will be performing from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Horse and carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shops and café with terrace areas will be open. Free admission.

    12 a.m.–4 p.m. Laura Böök’s video installation ”The Group That Cannot Sing”. Kuninkaankatu 2. Expanded portrait and out-of-tune choir piece. The spectator will find the singers of the singing course for people who cannot sing in the midst of preparing for a performance, doing their vocal warmups and singing in unison. Free admission.

    12 pm.–4 p.m. ”Kasvokkain – Tarinoita ihmisen ja työn arvosta”, an exhibition on the stories of people and the value of work. Koskikeskus, Hatanpää highway 1. Meeri Koutaniemi and Tehy’s photo exhibition features health care industry and early childhood education employees’ personal experiences on the significance of their profession both to themselves and the society. See the people behind the photos and stories.

    12 p.m.–4 p.m. Rosalia Silfer: Lilangoland. Kuninkaankatu 2. Art exhibition. Free admission.

    12.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Väinö Linna’s Tampere. The tour dives deep into Väino Linna’s (1920–1992) life, career and significance, walking around locations connected to the author. Departure and arrival at Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    2.00 p.m.–3.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: The Tampere of factories. We will learn about the Finlayson and Tampella industrial areas, where new business is now flourishing in the former factory buildings. Departure from Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    12.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: The one and only Pispala in the Tampere dialect. The tour gives insight into the history of the area and stories about life in Pispala and its residents in the genuine Tampere dialect! Departure from Lauri Viita’s memorial (Pispalanharju 1). Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    12 p.m.–5 p.m. Workers’ Museum Werstas.
    Väinö Linnan Aukio 8. Free admission to the museum. Saturday, 2 October from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Work and sustainability workshop (in Finnish): How to rethink work and the working life in relation to the framework of ecological sustainability?
    Saturday, 2 October at 3 p.m. and Sunday, 3 October from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. guided tours into the Industry Museum. Tours only in Finnish, with a maximum capacity of 25 participants. Admission in the queuing order.

    1 p.m.–1.30 p.m. Story time (in Finnish) in the Main Library Metso. Pirkankatu 2. Emilia Erfving’s book ”Roskakasa” will be read in the Tampere Day story time session. Free admission.

    1.00 p.m.–1.35 p.m. Timoteus the bear’s springtime adventure in the Lielahti library. Antti Possin kuja 1. The Puppet Theatre Hupilainen, which started in the year 1984, is there for the amusement of the whole family with their story of Timoteus the bear’s adventure in the Lielahti library. Free admission. The performance is in Finnish.

    2.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Hiedanranta. On the tour, you will learn about the history of the Hiedanranta area and its buildings, their current situation and future use. Departure from the Lielahti Manor (Tehdaskartanonkatu 38). Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    3.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Anni Polva’s Tammela. Take a guided tour through time into Tammela, Kaleva and Sorsapuisto park, the places where author Anni Polva grew up! Departure from the Tammelantori market place. Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    2.00 p.m.–6.50 p.m. Dance Theatre MD: ”My Friend Little Fuzzy Buzzer”. Hällä Stage, Hämeenkatu 25. Little Fuzzy Buzzer, the fly many know from Yle’s Pikku Kakkonen, along with their bug friends, can be seen on the theatre stage in the My Friend Little Fuzzy Buzzer performance. The performance is in Finnish. Basic ticket €22, children under 17/seniors €15, students/unemployed €10.

    5.00 p.m–6.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Walk through the Hämeenpuisto Park. The Hämeenpuisto park is a compact tour into the history of Tampere, architecture from different eras and local culture! Departure from the Osuustoiminta memorial in Eteläpuisto park. Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    5.00 p.m–6.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Tampere 1918, CITY CENTRE. We will learn about the 1918 civil war battle sites, war memorials and other marks left by the war in the Tampere city centre. Departure from Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. Tour only in Finnish.

    11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tampere Society, Kauppakatu 1. Photo exhibition on the construction of the Tampere Tramway. Harri Hykiö’s photos on the stages of construction of the tramway. Discount sale of books on Tampere. Free admission.

    My2050 game

    The free My 2050 mobile game will take you on an adventure into the future. You will embark on your journey into the future from the Tampere Central Square. You will only need your phone and 60 minutes of your time. With the My2050 game, you can learn about a future shaped by climate change. The My2050 game is suitable for children in secondary school, students, groups of friends or co-workers and families alike. Further information and game instructions at https://my2050.fi/in-english.

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Cruise on the Lake Näsijärvi. Mustalahti Harbour. See Tampere from Lake Näsijärvi on the m/s Isosaari. The duration of the cruise is approximately 45 minutes. Departures from the Mustalahti Harbour on the hour, weather reservation. Price: Adults €10, children €5.

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. Moomin Museum admission at the price of a children’s ticket. Yliopistonkatu 55. On Tampere Day, adults can get into the Moomin Museum at the price of a children’s ticket (€6). Only €2 for children, with free admission for children under the age of 3.

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tampere Art Museum, Puutarhakatu 34. See the new exhibitions of the Tampere Art Museum at the price of a children’s ticket. On Tampere Day, adults can get into the museum at the price of a children’s ticket (€5). Only €2 for children, with free admission for children under the age of 7. Magnus Enckell’s grand exhibition and Heli Ryhänen’s ”Kylmä maa” (Cold Ground) on display at the Art Museum.

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. Marcel Dzama’s exhibition at the price of €5. Sara Hildén Art Museum, Laiturikatu 13. The private exhibition of the New Yorker Marcel Dzama titled ”Tonight We Dance” on display at the Sara Hildén Art Museum. The exhibition is built around pieces with dancing themes. There will be drawings, collages, videos, sculptures and installations on display.

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. Spy Museum. Itäinenkatu 13. There is a special junior agent test for the younger museum visitors. In the test, you can put your agent skills to the test and get awarded your own personal agent’s card. You can visit the museum during the Tampere Day event at a discounted admission fee of €5.

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. Vapriikki. Alaverstaanraitti 5. On Tampere Day, admission fee into the Museum Centre Vapriikki at only €5. The admission fee also includes the ”Knights” exhibition and the ”Tampere in Flames” exhibition, which details the history of fires and fire fighting in Tampere, opening in honour of Tampere Day. The exhibition has been realised in cooperation with Pirkanmaa rescue services. In addition to the Knights exhibition, there are also ten other interesting attractions for you to see in Vapriikki.

    11 a.m.–5 p.m. Children’s Cathedral. Finlayson Church, Puuvillatehtaankatu 2. The Children’s Cathedral in Finlayson Church is open for visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is also Baby Church at 3 p.m. Children and the young at heart will have a lot to do and see. There is a short and relaxing Baby Church filled with music for the youngest of us at 3 p.m. There will be musical playgroup and early childhood education people involved as well. Free admission.

    11 a.m.–5 p.m. Lenin Museum. Hämeenpuisto 28. A guided tour (available only in Finnish) on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. is included in the admission fee. The Lenin Museum describes the history of the Soviet Union as well as the common history of Finland and Russia. The museum is located in the hall where Lenin and Stalin first met each other in a secret meeting of the Russian revolutionaries in 1905. Prices: 8/6 euros, free admission for people under the age of 18.

    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Event. Kuninkaankatu 4. Visiting artisans will be displaying and selling their products. Trio Nautilus live music from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Horse and carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shops and café with terrace areas will be open. Free admission.

    11 a.m.–6 p.m. Museum Milavida. Milavidanrinne 8. The Museum Milavida celebrates Tampere Day by offering tickets to the museum at the price of only €5. There are two exhibitions on display at Museum Milavida: ”The Nottbecks – Cosmopolitans of Tampere” and the changing exhibition ”Back to the 1920s”. In the Nottbecks exhibition, you can follow the glamorous and international life of Wilhelm Nottbeck and her family in Tampere up until the last members of the family leave Tampere at the start of the 20th century. Back to the 1920s exhibition delves into the happy atmosphere of the 1920s. Glimmering pearl dresses draw you into a restaurant standing in opposition to the prohibition, people are watching silent films and fashionable bathing suits are worn on the beach.

    12.00 a.m.–1.30 p.m. Tampere Day graveyard tour: Pyynikki Church Park. We will learn about the oldest cemetery in Tampere and hear about the city’s history, notable figures and stories that moved the local residents. Departure from the Alexander Church main doors. Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    12.00 p.m.–1.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: The glowing Hatanpää. We will learn about the history of the Hatanpää manor area history, green arboretum and the area’s famous rose garden. Departure from the Hatanpää Manor (Hatanpään puistokuja 1). Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    12 p.m.–4 p.m. Open House. Kuninkaankatu 36. Tampereen Seudun Invalidit Ry invalid association and Pirkanmaa Epilepsia Ry epilepsy association will be displaying their association activities with a coffee cup on the side. Come learn about the associations and meet the activists. Free admission.

    12 p.m.–5 p.m. Workers Museum Werstas
    Väinö Linnan Aukio 8. Free admission to the museum. Saturday, 2 October from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Work and sustainability workshop (in Finnish): How to rethink work and the working life in relation to the framework of ecological sustainability?
    Saturday, 2 October at 3 p.m. and Sunday, 3 October from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. guided tours into the Industry Museum. Tours only in Finnish, with a maximum capacity of 25 participants. Admission in the queuing order.

    12 a.m.–4 p.m. Laura Böök’s video installation ”The Group That Cannot Sing”. Kuninkaankatu 2. Expanded portrait and out-of-tune choir piece. The spectator will find the singers of the singing course for people who cannot sing in the midst of preparing for a performance, doing their vocal warmups and singing in unison. Free admission.

    12 pm.–4 p.m. ”Kasvokkain – Tarinoita ihmisen ja työn arvosta”, an exhibition on the stories of people and the value of work. Koskikeskus, Hatanpää highway 1. Meeri Koutaniemi and Tehy’s photo exhibition features health care industry and early childhood education employees’ personal experiences on the significance of their profession both to themselves and the society. See the people behind the photos and stories.

    12 p.m.–4 p.m. Rosalia Silfer: Lilangoland. Kuninkaankatu 2. Art exhibition. Free admission.

    12.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Väinö Linna’s Tampere. The tour dives deep into Väino Linna’s (1920–1992) life, career and significance, walking around locations connected to the author. Departure from Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    2.00 p.m.–2.45 p.m. Guided tour into the exhibition ”A Cup of Coffee and the Morning Paper”. Museum Centre Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5. On the tour, we will learn about the history of the newspaper and its future. The tour is included in the admission fee and departs from the lobby of the Museum Centre Vapriikki. The tour is in Finnish.

    2.00 p.m.–3.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: The Tampere of factories. We will learn about the Finlayson and Tampella industrial areas, where new business is now flourishing in the former factory buildings. Departure from Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    2.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Hiedanranta. On the tour, youwill learn about the history of the Hiedanranta area and its buildings, their current situation and future use. Departure from the Lielahti Manor (Tehdaskartanonkatu 38). Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    3.00 p.m.–4.30 p.m. Tampere Day Cemetery tour: Kalevankangas Cemetery. In the Kalevankangas Cemetery, we will hear about the city’s history, notable figures and stories that moved the local residents. Departure from the cemetery main gate (Hautausmaankatu 5). Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    3 p.m.–5 p.m. Galleria Saskia, Pirkankatu 6. ”Kolme tapaa maalata” (Three Ways to Paint). The artist group SaSaSa is organising a discussion alongside the exhibition (in Finnish), in which we will be delving into the silent and visual role of painting as a medium of expression. The problems with the basic elements, lines, surfaces and dimensions will also be tackled. Are paintings always done on a flat surface? Free admission.

    3 p.m.–6 p.m. Museum Centre Vapriikki. Alaverstaanraitti 5. Manse Magnets workshop. Workshop for all ages. Come make Tampere-themed magnets out of newspaper articles and photos from magazines. Free admission to the workshop.

    11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tampere Society, Kauppakatu 1. Photo exhibition on the construction of the Tampere Tramway. Harri Hykiö’s photos on the stages of construction of the tramway. Discount sale of books on Tampere. Free admission.

    5.00 p.m–6.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Walk through the Hämeenpuisto Park. The Hämeenpuisto park is a compact tour into the history of Tampere, architecture from different eras and local culture! Departure from the Osuustoiminta memorial in Eteläpuisto park. Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    5.00 p.m–6.30 p.m. Tampere Day tour on foot: Tampere 1918, City Centre. We will learn about the 1918 civil war battle sites, war memorials and other marks left by the war in the Tampere city centre. Departure from Tampere Old Church, Central Square. Free admission. The tour is in Finnish.

    My2050 game

    The free My 2050 mobile game will take you on an adventure into the future. You will embark on your journey into the future from the Tampere Central Square. You will only need your phone and 60 minutes of your time. With the My2050 game, you can learn about a future shaped by climate change. The My2050 game is suitable for children in secondary school, students, groups of friends or co-workers and families alike. Further information and game instructions at https://my2050.fi/in-english.