Lappeenranta Summer

The colorful events and historical attractions in Lappeenranta together with the region’s
magnificent nature offer unforgettable experiences. Lappeenranta is a popular destination in Finland and a hub of lakeside tourism along the shores of Lake Saimaa, Europe’s 4th largest lake. Lappeenranta is also the famous Finnish Bordertown where fictional inspector Sorjonen lives in.

Finland’s tallest Sandcastle!

Sandcastle area open daily 8 June – 1 September from 10 am - 9 pm

The history of the 370-year-old Lappeenranta will be transformed into sand sculptures at the Sandcastle on the Fortress Cape all the way from tar burning to Dragoons and the Emperor`s Station. The City of Lappeenranta also provides tourist information services for the Sandcastle area and you can hire bicycles, kayaks, SUP-boards and a row boat at the point. Open 8 - 23 June and 1 Aug - 1 Sept Mon-Sun 10 am - 6 pm, 24 June - 31 July Mon-Sun 10 am - 8 pm.

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The Street Train

Get familiar with Lappeenranta By touring the city on board a street train. 8 June - 7 Aug, 10 - 11 Aug, 17 - 18 Aug, 24 - 25 Aug and 31 Aug - 1 Sept. Departure every hour from the Sandcastle Mon - Sun 12-17. Read more

3 June - 30 Aug,  Children`s Traffic Park

Lacated on Valtakatu behind the Water tower. The traffic park is attended by an instructor, who is on hand to provide help and advice. Open Mon - Fri at 9am - 6pm, also on Saturdays in July at 11am - 4pm.

10 Aug and 7 Sept  Historic Town Hall open at 10am – 2pm.

The oldest wood-built Town hall in Finland is located in the centre of Lappeenranta. Read more

Cruises on Lake Saimaa m/s Camilla and m/s Saimaa Margareta

From 4 June Summer concerts

Summer concerts at the Harbour Market on Tue, Thu and Sat at 6pm. At the Maria Square on Fri at 7pm. At the Sandcastle on Sat at 1pm. At the Market Square on Sat at 11 am.

5 June Finnish Defence Forces - event at the Lappeenranta Harbour and Rantapuisto park

6 – 9 June Kalenat - children's folk dance festival

8 June opening of the Summer season at the Fortress 

14 - 15 June, LappeeFest at the Maria Square and Keskuspuisto park

15 – 16 June Streetball tournament at the Harbour

19 - 25 June, Seiterä Funfair at the Harbour

27 - 30 June, International Grand Market at the Harbour and Kasino park

28 - 30  June Ylämaa International Gem and Mineral Show 2018 in Ylamaa Gem Center Fri 12 - 6pm, Sat & Sun 10 am - 6 pm. Read more

29 - 30 June  Suur-Saimaan ympäriajo - event.

1 July - 11 Aug  Wed - Sun from 1 pm to 4.30 pm  Traditional horse riders
Dressed in traditional military unifor, including red trousers an so-called "skeleton" jackets dating back to 1922, these historical re-enactment enthusiasts will be patrolling the Fortress and the bay area on horseback. Come cheer them on and photograph the riders.

17 July "Satama Soi" musical event at the Harbour fro 6 pm to 8 pm

19 - 20 July  LPRHC fest is a festival that specializes in hardcore, punk, rap and other interresting underground music. Read more

20 - 21 July , "Willimies-ajot" – cycling event. Willimiesajot is a spectacular two-day cycling event in South Karelia. Read more

20 - 21 July,  Street Hockey SM at the Harbour

1- 4 Aug Finnish Championships in Athletics 2019

2 – 3 Aug Rock in the City festival at the Square in front of the City Hall

3 Aug Salibandy tournament at the Harbour


4 August, 11 August, 18 August and 25 August EVENT SUNDAYS

  • at 2 pm - 3 pm Brass music concert at Pusupuisto park
  • at 4 pm - 5 pm Sing-along event at the Lappeenranta open-air theatre (at the Fortress)
  • at 6 pm - 7 pm Folk dance concerts at the Lappeenranta open-air theatre (at the Fortress)

9 - 11 August, Old Town Days at the Fortress. The event spreads throughout the fortress with exhibitions, workshops and performances.

13 - 14 August Russian Fair at the Green Storehouse in the Fortress.

16 - 17 August IskelmäKesä festival at the Square in front of the City Hall

16 - 18 August Kumaus - chamber music festival

24 August Kinnunen House 110-year celebration 

24 - 25 August SML Motocross 2019

29 Augugust Greenreality carnaval, at the Square in front of the City Hall  

30 - 31 August, Lappeenranta Ballet Gala 2019 on the big stage of the Lappeenranta City Theatre.

31 August, Harbour Lights - event at Lappeenranta harbour from 3 pm to 11 pm