Lodge #21


Harry Siitonen 1926–2017 Memorial                 Sunday October 29th                                           Time and Program:               
2pm Helsinki Cafe, Finnish Hall 

Finnish Genealogy Event CANCELED
November 11th, 2017

Suomi 100 Finnish Independence Day Celebration!
Sunday December 3rd                  

Program Coming Soon! 

Spring Vappu Fesival
Saturday April 29th, 2018


Vappu or May Day is an annual international celebration. It is a holiday in Finland to celebrate & usher in spring, as well as a traditional workers’ & students’ day. The name of the celebration comes from the German “Walpurgis day,” & is celebrated in many countries under a variety of names. Vappu is a major holiday, like Christmas Eve & Midsummer (Juhannus). Today Vappu belongs to everybody, with its carnival-like atmosphere featuring sima (drink), tippaleipä (pastry), & cheerful partying. Vappu celebrations in many places in Finland begin early at sunrise welcoming Vappu with traditional choral singing.

Parking directions: There is limited parking at the hall.  We are trying to reserve spaces for our elderly and disabled members.  Parking in the vicinity is available on University Avenue.  There are parking meters, but they are free on Sundays.  You can also park in the school parking lot at Addison/Browning St.  At the traffic light on University Avenue/Bonar, turn onto Bonar, then turn immediately right onto Addison.  The parking lot entrance is on the right at Addison/Browning. See the FAQ page for a map.

Join UFKB&S! The Lodge meets officially on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:15 p.m. in The Helsinki Cafe. Prospective members are encouraged to attend an event or a meeting, where they can ask questions and pick up an application. Future members must be voted in by members of the organization. 

Contact finnish.hall@gmail.com for more information.

The Finnish Hall and Lodge has served both immigrants and those seeking connection with their Finnish heritage and cultural practices. Lodge 21 is the second largest lodge in the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters. Activities at the Finnish Hall have included stage plays, dances, orchestra, choruses, folk dancing, lending library, public dances, concerts, voting for Finnish national elections, movies, arts shows, poetry readings, and benefits.

Sub-groups include:

Yearly events include:

  • Finnish Independence Day - First Sunday in December
  • Vappu Celebration - First Sunday in May or Last Sunday in April

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Lodge members at the annual Vappu dance.

Lodge members at the annual Vappu dance.