May Day (in Finnish: Vappu, also known as Wappu or Wabu) is one of the biggest celebration days in Finland. With origins from both Walburgis Night and International Workers’ Day, Vappu has become an integral part of Finnish student culture. The first of May and the weeks preceding it are definitely the highlight of the year for Finnish students – the courses are almost over, the summer is coming and the weeks are full of parties and other exciting events. As an international student in Tampere, the late April and the Wappu Weeks are the best time to be in the city and enjoy the unique atmosphere!
Some key accessories for proper Vappu celebration:
We gathered the top picks of this year’s Wappu Weeks for the international students of the Faculty of Management. Check the dates and don’t miss out from the best weeks of the semester! If you have any questions please contact international(at)jkyry.fi
Mon 16 April – Bosa’s Pub Crawl
The traditional “Evening of the forgotten pubs” (UPI) starts the Wappu Weeks. Together with the academic beer association Bosa we visit some not so usual pubs in Tampere while enjoying the beer and the company!
Wed 18 April – MM95 Gambina Sitsit
It’s hard to imagine a better combination for Sitsit than Finland’s first ice hockey world championship and the mysterious drink called Gambina. Everybody’s welcome to this awesome table party, check the event for tickets!
Thu 19 April – WappuKolmiot
The monthly Kolmiot student party returns for Wappu Weeks, and great time is guaranteed! As usual, act fast before the advance tickets are sold out!
Sat 21 April – Bosa Wappu Road Trip
Bosa takes you to a bus ride around Pirkanmaa region for the legendary Wappu Road Trip. The ticket price includes food and of course drink – you don’t wanna miss this!
Sun 22 April – Vappuretki (Vappu Trip)
Need some fresh air to balance all the partying? Come join Iltakoulu’s hike in springy Kauppi! Event page to be published later.
Mon 23 April – Sex sent me to the ER + Porn Party
And now for the kinky stuff… No Wappu Weeks without the legendary Porn Party and the preparty in Klubi57 featuring definitely interesting competitions!
Tue 24 April – Tamy’s Pride Sitsit + May Day Carnival
Tamy’s Vappu features Pride Sitsit where everybody can come as they are. After that there is also an international May Day Carnival party in Roska organized by Tamy’s Committee for International Affairs!
Wed 25 April – Särkän Märkä
The first of May gets closer and the parties get bigger! In Särkän Märkä, hundreds of students all around Finland go to Särkänniemi amusement park to enjoy the rides and the beverages. 15€ ticket includes a full access to all the rides and one of the five afterparties – if you don’t have yours yet, hope for the best at the ticket markets of the event page!
Thu 26 April – Circus Maximus by Iltakoulu
This event is something that cannot be described – come and experience it yourself! Maybe you’ll find yourself hunting lions. Event page to be published later.
Sun 29 April – Brunch Sitsit
The day before the May Day Eve starts with a Brunch Sitsit by ESN FINT & TIPSY at 11 AM! Makes perfect sense after two weeks of partying and still the Main Day yet to come.
Mon 30 April – Tamy’s Park Festival + Boomi May Day Eve Party
As a tradition, students place flowers on the statue of Minna Canth on May Day Eve. Tamy’s Park Festival follows soon after, and in the evening the Wappu Weeks climax with the May Day Eve Party in Klubi57 that tends to continue all the way into May Day morning!
Tue 1 May – May Day Picnic
The first of May has arrived and it’s time to enjoy the picnic, sparkling wine and hopefully beautiful weather in Koskipuisto. All the students of Tampere join to watch Teekkari freshmen getting dipped into the rapids starting from noon.