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 9 June – 2 September from 10 am - 9 pm

The 15-year-old Sandcastle respects the European Year of Cultural Heritage in its castle art.
Finland’s biggest Sandcastle includes all the Finland’s castles as well as the Vyborg’s Castle. There are also sculptures of familiar tourist attractions from the Saimaa area and St. Petersburg as well as the destinations of Athens and Milan. 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 9.-24 June and 1 Aug-2 Sept Mon-Sun 10 am - 6 pm, 25 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. 9 June - 12 Aug, 18 - 19 Aug, 25 - 26 Aug and 1 - 2 Sept. Departure every hour from the Sandcastle Mon 12-17 and Tue-Sun 11-17. Read more

4 June - 31 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.

9 June, 11 Aug  Historic Town Hall open at 10am – 3pm, live music at noon.

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

3 June  – 25 August,  Summer concerts

Summer koncerts at the Harbour Market on Tue, Thu and Sat at 6 pm - 7 pm. At the Maria Square on Sat at 10 am - 11 am. Read more 

14 - 17 June, LappeeFest at the Maria Square and Keskuspuisto park

15 June, Finnish Defence Forces 100-event, Lappeenranta Harbour and Rantapuisto park.

20 - 26 June, Seiterä Funfair at the Harbour

22 June at 9 pm Traditional Midsummer Bonfire at 9pm (visible from the harbor and Myllysaari)

28 June - 1 July , International Grand Market at the Harbour and Kasino park

29 June - 1 July Ylämaa International Gem and Mineral Show 2018 in Ylamaa Gem Center Fri 12 - 6pm, Sat & Sun 10 am - 6 pm. Read more

30 June - 1 July  Suur-Saimaan ympäriajo - event. Cars will be shown 29 June at 6 pm - 9 pm and 30 June at 11 am - 6 pm. Maria square.

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

7 - 8 July  Steamship regatta at the port of Lappeenranta. You can visit steamships on Sat at 2 pm - 4 pm and on Sun at 10 am - noon.



1 - 31 July  Wed - Sun from 1 pm to 4 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.

10 July, Cycling event for the whole family at the Harbour from 11 am to 5 pm.

12 - 14 July,  Hito hyvä - brewery festival at the Lappeenranta harbor market. Over 110 special drinks brought to you by 15 different brewers. Tickets


20 - 21 July, "Itä Räpäyttää" - Rap festival at the Pusupuisto park

21 - 22 July , "Willimies-ajot" – cycling event. Willimiesajot is a spectacular two-day cycling event in South Karelia. Read more

21 - 22 July,  Street Hockey SM at the Harbour

3 - 4 August, LPRHC fest, is a festival that specializes in hardcore, punk, rap and other interresting underground music. Read more

4 August, "Tractor Pulling" - event at the Lappeenranta racecourse

4 August, Willimiessauna - sauna event at the Sataman Loiste in the Harbour at noon - 6 pm 

5 August, 12 August, 19 August and 26 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)

10 - 11 August, Old Town Days at the Fortress. The event spreads throughout the fortress with exhibitions, workshops and performances.

11 August, Lappeenranta Cruising 2018 - event, at 4 pm - 9 pm at the Market Square

18 August, SO-CAR MEET - event, at the Fortress 

18 - 19 August, Russian market at the Green Storehouse in the Fortress. You can buy russian-style hand-made souvenirs and baked goods. Coffee shop “Rupla” offers Russian soups. You can also enjoy plenty of different music shows that will be going throughout the day.

24 - 25 August, Lappeenranta Ballet Gala 2018 on the big stage of the Lappeenranta City Theatre. Read more

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

30 August, City Open Day and Greenreality carnaval. Come and learn about the varied services and the environmentally friendly operations of our university and tourist city, see the City Hall and meet the city management team!