Friday was the 23rd "Night of the Arts" in Helsinki, an annual city-wide festival where artists of all kind perform throughout the city in restaurants, museums, shopping malls, and throughout the streets. With the terrific weather, the city was packed. Teenagers mainly used it as an excuse to gather en masse at Toolonlahti (a bay/lake near our apartment) for a massive underage drinking party, but others do seem to enjoy the actual arts scene.
For us, we wandered down the esplanade, then over to Kampii area to catch a cool bluegrass band that looked like the "Bears Jamboree" band from Disney, complete with banjo, big double bass, and washboards for instruments, along with big shaggy hair! The big feature for us was the medieval jousting tournament (see pictures and captions by Jacob below). Lots of other musical highlights that you can check out on the Flickr album link, such as the choir in this beautiful old church, the rock band playing from a crane suspended about 10 stories high on Hesperiankatu, along with the bluegrass band and the opera singer from the balcony.
this is a picture with somebody on their balcony with a crane holding up the grand piano. An opera singer performed from the balcony to the big crowd below.