summer offers residents and tourists a rich menu of events, including concerts,
theatre productions, market fairs and a dive into the city’s history.
Lappeenranta sings and plays through June
June is full of music. Traditional summer concerts start at Satamatori on
Tuesday, 7 June and continue until the end of August.
to Karri Heino, event
producer at the City of Lappeenranta, there will be almost a hundred concerts
around the city during the summer.
“Concerts can be enjoyed in many familiar places around the city,
including the Harbour Square, Market Square, Sandcastle and Joutseno market
square. There are also some themed evenings, such as the partner dance Friday,
band night and DJ night at the harbour in July.
You can check the schedule of
all the upcoming summer concerts here.
Theatre productions on offer throughout the summer
The RATA-ryhmä theatre
group will perform at the Pappila summer theatre from 8–28 July. The play, “Ilveily nimeltä Talonpoika
satimessa” (“A farce called ‘Peasant caught in a trap’”), is
described as a mischievous con story.
Lappeenranta Summer Theatre will
perform a lively and captivating Krokotiilirock
(Crocodile Rock) musical comedy by Miia Nuutila at the Fortress Summer Theatre
from 28 June to 6 August.
Fortress comes alive with festivals
the Saimaa Festival organised
by the United Festivals Oy at the Fortress area from 8–9 July, Lappeenranta
gets its own summer festival. The festival features many of Finland’s leading
the last weekend of July, the Karelian Old Town Festival dives into
the history of the city and the 18th century at the Fortress area, featuring a
historical market fair, sword-fighting, dances and stories of the city’s past.
August is the month of events
City of Lappeenranta’s summer of events continues throughout August. The City of Lappeenranta’s
birthday is celebrated in the harbour on Sunday, 7 August, with
a Dragoon Horse Parade and much more. On 27 August, the free-of-charge
Sataman Valot (Harbour Lights) event
for the whole family illuminates the harbour.
“There will be more light this year than ever before, including a
lot of new digital content,” says Heino.
per tradition, the City of Lappeenranta’s open doors and the
Greenreality Carnival are celebrated at the end of August,
on Thursday 25.
August, the residents can also enjoy the high culture. The Kumaus Festival from 25 to 28
August brings art music to Lappeenranta. International dance is
offered by the Ballet Gala from
26 to 27 August.
Sports activities by Lake Saimaa
can also enjoy sporting events in Lappeenranta in the summer. The Extreme Run fun
run event will take place at the Huhtiniemi camping site on Saturday, 18 June,
and the Saimaa Cycle Tour will pass
through Lappeenranta between 8 and 9 July.
city’s sports services also provide keep-fit classes open to everyone throughout
the summer at Myllysaari, for example. Click here for the summer
No summer without the Midsummer bonfire, funfair and market
The Tivoli Seiterä funfair will
arrive in Lappeenranta in June, delighting the residents around Midsummer time
from 16 to 28 June. Midsummer Eve is celebrated on 24 June at
“A tradition starting in 1956, the Midsummer bonfire will be lit
at Lappeenranta Harbour on Friday at 21:00 to crown the festivities”, says
Midsummer, the International Grand Markets will take over
the harbour from 30 June to 3 July, with sellers and products from all corners
of the world.
market fairs will be held on the Market Square on three
Saturdays, 11 June, 9 July and 13 August.
all the summer events in Lappeenranta, see the Lappeenranta event guide