9 Guards Parades and MIL-Espa Concerts

Guards Parades and MIL-Espa Concerts

The Finnish Defence Force military bands perform a series of exciting free public concerts during the summer months in Helsinki. The main event is the Guards Parade, a ceremonial performance that dates back to the 18th century.

The ceremony includes the changing of the guard next to the presidential palace, at the Main Guard House, and a colourful parade through the city featuring marching bands. Visitors can also sit back and enjoy concerts performed by the military bands on the Esplanade stage at 2 pm.

On Fridays at 12-3 pm (Guards Parade at 12.30 - 2 pm, concert at 2-3 pm).

See the route of the parade »

  • 2018
  • Fri 18.5.The Guards Band The Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces (The Guards Combo on Espa Stage)
  • Fri 25.5.The Dragoon Band
  • Fri 1.6.Lapland Military Band and The Dragoon Band
  • Fri 8.6. The Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces
  • Fri 15.6.Guards Band
  • Fri 29.6.The Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces
  • Fri 6.7.The Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces
  • Fri 13.7.The Navy Band
  • Fri 20.7.The Navy Band
  • Fri 27.7.The Air Force Big Band
  • Fri 10.8.The Guards Band

Concerts

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Guards Band and the Conscript Band

  • Fri 18.05.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square and Esplanade Stage
The Parade starts at 12:30 on Senate Square. On Espa Stage, The Guards Combo plays music by Jamiroquai. Heini Ikonen sings!

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Dragoon Band

  • Fri 25.05.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square ja Esplanade stage
The Dragoon Band will be participating in the Guards Parade in the city center of Helsinki and will be playing traditional marching songs as well as Finnish military marches. An entertaining concert will be played at the Esplanad stage at 14:00.

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Dragoon Band and Lapland Military Band

  • Fri 01.06.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square
The concert is also on the Senate Square!

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Conscript Band

  • Fri 08.06.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square and Esplanade stage

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Guards Band

  • Fri 15.06.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square and Esplanade Stage
Guards Band on stage!

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Conscript Band

  • Fri 29.06.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square and Esplanade Stage
Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces on stage!

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Conscript Band

  • Fri 06.07.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square ja Esplanade stage

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Navy Band

  • Fri 13.07.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square and Esplanade Stage

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Navy Band

  • Fri 20.07.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square ja Esplanade stage

MIL-Espa: The Air Force Big Band

  • Fri 27.07.2018
    14:00
    Esplanade stage

Guards Parade and MIL-Espa: The Guards Band

  • Fri 10.08.2018
    12:30 and 14:00
    Senate Square and Espa Stage