Helsinki rocks both Pride and heavy metal fest on same weekend

Two annual traditions happen at the same time in the Finnish capital in late June or early July: Helsinki Pride, with its rainbow-coloured parade, and Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, where the dominant colour is black. See our slideshow.

Both Pride and Tuska include crowds of partying participants, loud music, dancing, makeup and fancy fashion statements.

Helsinki has room for everyone to hang out and enjoy their music. On Saturday evening after the Pride Parade is over, you can see some rainbow gear mixed in with the black T-shirts at Tuska.

And we aren’t making this next part up: One recent year, as a bank of clouds lurked offshore behind the Tuska venue, with dark, misty edges that threatened rain, a lone cyclist crested a nearby hill, looked back, and saw a rainbow descending from those clouds.

By Peter Marten, July 2018, updated June 2023