Summer in Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä in the summer has plenty to offer: events, scenic lakes, excellent shopping opportunities and a diverse range of restaurants and bars that are sure to keep you occupied for the whole weekend.
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An intriguing summer destination
A practical shopping town
Kauppakatu (Market Street) running through downtown Jyväskylä and the Kompassiaukio (Compass Square) along it are well-known meeting places. Plenty of events, such as street theatre and music performances, are held on Kompassiaukio in the summer. There are plenty of shopping opportunities, cafes and restaurants in the city centre. You can also shop in the craft boutiques and workshops located in the warehouses at Toivolan vanha piha (Old Toivola Yard).
Enjoy the magnificent scenery
Magnificent views across the city centre to Jyväsjärvi lake open up from Harju Ridge and the Vesilinna observation deck at its top, located in the vicinity of Jyväskylä city centre. Harju is also a popular outdoor recreation area, thanks to its many trails and walking routes.
You can also enjoy Jyväskylä’s summery scenery on a cruise. Embark on an inland water ship and enjoy the wonderful lake scenery. You can travel from Jyväskylä all the way to Pielavesi and Lahti along canal routes. Both short and long cruises are available.
What to see and do in Jyväskylä in the summer
Perhaps the biggest summer event in Jyväskylä is the Neste Oil Rally Finland at the end of July. There are also many summer events in the city, of which Jyväskylä Summer festival and the Suomipop (Finnish Pop Music) festival are the best known. Jyväskylä Summer festival, the oldest city festival in Finland, offers a diverse range of theatre and music performances and much more for people of all ages. In addition, Lounaispuisto (South-west Park) in Yläkaupunki (Upper Town) offers many kinds of programmes, from festivals to open-air cinema, in the summertime.
Relaxing holidays with the whole family
The Laajavuori Adventure Park and the Nokkakivi amusement park entertain the little ones in the family! The Hutunki ball game centre and the task course at the Craft Museum of Finland also offer fun things to do for the little ones in the family. Try the own-label coffee at the local roastery Papu (Bean). Even better, a cup of Papu’s coffee is one of the cheapest in town.