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Events in Lappeenranta and Imatra region 2017

Lappeenranta and Imatra region offers plenty of cheerful events to enjoy especially in the summer season. Pick out your favourite and come with the whole family. This summer the largest sandcastle in Finland is build again in Harbour of Lappeenranta and Imatrankoski rapids await!

2017

January

– 5.3. Exhibition: Emotion in motion – a retrospective showcasing the works of photographer Juha Metso, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
– 2.4. Exhibition: Colour is light – colour photography east of Lake Saimaa, South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
1.1. “Laulava Lappeenranta” music event (Lappeenranta sings) – Songs about life
1. – 2.1. Sleeping Beauty, Imatra Ballet, Culture House Virta, Imatra
3.–6.1. Wolkoff’s Christmas, Wolkoff’s house museum, Lappeenranta
5.1. Lappeenranta sings – The magic of opera, Lappeenranta
6.1. Favourite Christmas carols mass, Savitaipale Church
6.1. World Music Orchestra Terema on Epiphany, Culture House Virta, Imatra
6.1. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
9.1.17-8.12.18 Finland 100 From Kaukopää to Kuitu – an industrial history of Ylä-Vuoksi, Imatra Town Museum
21.–22.1., 28.–29.1. Igloo concerts with ice instruments, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
28.–29.1. House & Homebuilder 2017 fair, Holiday Club Saimaa Arena, Rauha, Lappeenranta

February

3.2. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
3.–5.2. Tela-Humpa 2017, fun vintage snowmobile event, Ukonniemi area, Imatra
4.2. “Sydäntalvi” winter wonderland event, Lappeenranta Fortress
6.–12.2. World Masters ski orienteering: adult European Championship, veteran World Championship, junior World Championship and junior European Championship races, Ukonniemi Stadium, Imatra
8.2. A wintry chamber music series I – A surprise, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
10.2. A wintry chamber music series II – French style, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
11.2. Shrove Tuesday event at Lappeenranta market square
12.2. Open cafe, Taitotalo, Ruokolahti
15.2. Saimaa Sinfonietta, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
16.2. Valentine’s Day event, Savitaipale Church
17.2. Rajaton Rytmi: Axa & Paratiisin rentut and Irwin & Badding perform, Culture House Virta, Imatra
18.2. Rajaton Rytmi: Syvänmerensukeltajat and Juice perform, Culture House Virta, Imatra
18.2. X-Ski event, Ukonniemi area, Imatra
18.–19.2. Lego building event, Imatran Kylpylä Spa
18.–19.2. Igloo concert with ice instruments, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
21.2. “Metkuillaan” – children’s and youth choir showcase, Lappeenranta sports hall
21.2. “Ratsuväen perinnesoittokunta” cavalry orchestra, marching music, Culture House Virta, Imatra
24.–25.2. Long-distance cross-country ski event in Kuolimo, Lake Kuolimo, Savitaipale
25.2. Ice sculpture tour and Shrove Tuesday event, Koskenparras, Imatra
25.2. Rajaton rytmi: Riku Niemi Orchestra, Culture House Virta, Imatra
25.–26.2. 60. Wilderness skiing, Ruokolahti, Imatra, Rautjärvi, Lappeenranta (Joutseno)
25.–26.2. Igloo concerts with ice instruments, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
26.2. Shrove Tuesday extravaganza, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
26.2. Shrove Tuesday event, Savitaipale Church Community Centre
28.2. Kalevala Day celebrations, Kehruuhuone, Lappeenranta Fortress

March

1.3. Ruokolahti aerial warfare event, Jaakkima Campus, Ruokolahti
3.3. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
9.3. Mozart Concertante, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
12.3. A musical journey to the unknown – a musical drama, Rautjärvi
14.3. Children’s concert, Lappeenranta Hall
18.3.–21.5. Päiviö Pyöttiälä – a surrealist autodidact, exhibition, Lappeenranta Art Museum (public launch 17.3.), Lappeenranta Fortress
18.3.–21.5. We Shall Overcome – Lappeenranta Art Museum collections from the 1960s and 1970s, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
23.3. A Finnish concerto, Lappeenranta Hall
26.3. Sulasol South Karelia 40th anniversary concert, Culture House Virta, Imatra
30.3. Saimaa Sinfonietta, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta

April

1.4. Abba Dancing Queen, Culture House Virta, Imatra
1.4. AsemaFest! Imatra
6.4. Festivamente, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
6.–7.4. Spring market, Lappeenranta Market Square
7.4. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
8.4. Easter market, Koskenparras and market square, Imatra
8.4. Children’s event at Kehruuhuone, make your own Easter branch, Lappeenranta Fortress
8.–9.4. Spring at the Fortress event, Lappeenranta
8.–9.4., 11.–13.4., 15.–16.4. Wolkoff’s Easter at Wolkoff’s House Museum, Lappeenranta
12.4. Celebrating craft skills, 10am–2pm Tasihinin talo-house, Lappeenranta
12.4. Easter concert, St. Mary’s Church of Lappee, Lappeenranta
15.–16.4. Lappeenranta International Dog Show, Aviasport Arena, Imatra
20.4. Chamber – Fantasies and Fairytales, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
22.4.–5.11. The colours of war exhibition, South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress (public launch 21.4.)
24.4.–21.5. As the world decays, a photographic exhibition by Mikko Vento, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress

May

1.5. May day concert, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
5.5. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
6.5. Summer season launch event, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
6.5. Etelä-Saimaa half-marathon, Lappeenranta
11.5. Schools’ spring concert, Culture House Virta, Imatra
11.–13.5. Building at Vuoksi River -fair, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
13.5. Natalia Orlova -opera, Culture House Virta, Imatra
18.5. Cleopatra concert, Lappeenranta Hall
20.5. Cross-country bike ride, Ima tra–Ruokolahti
20.5. The night of the museums, Lappeenranta Fortress
20.–21.5. Fish market, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
23.–24.5. Music schools’ spring concert, Culture House Virta, Imatra
24.5. The sounds of spring, Lappeenranta Hall, Lappeenranta
26.–27.5. Summer season launch, Imatrankoski, Imatra city centre

June

1.6.–31.8. Evening musical performance (outdoor), Lappeenranta Fortress
3.6. –10.9. Faces of Karelia exhibition. This exhibition forms part of the Finland 100 celebrations in 2017, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress (public exhibition launch, 2.6.)
3.6.–13.8. The land of happiness – picturing the good life by Soli Perttu, Vihreä Makasiini building, Lappeenranta Fortress
4.6. Summer concert season launch and children’s street painting event Lappeenranta Harbour Market
4.6. Lappeenranta Raatihuone Old Town Hall, open 10–15, live music at 14–14.30
4.6.–13.8. Lappeenranta Street Train tours, with guided commentary in different languages
4.6.–31.8. Lappeenranta Sandcastle, attraction for families and children. Free admission, harbour area of Lappeenranta
5.6.–20.8. HOPLAA! – Finnhorses. Katriina Viljamaa-Rissanen, coloured pencil and pastel. The exhibition is part of Finland 100 programme in 2017.
5.6.–1.9. Children’s Traffic Park, Mon to Fri 9–18, Sat 8., 15., 22., 29.7., 11–16.30, Lappeenranta
6.6.–27.8. The Wuoksi-Wille street train tours Imatra, with guided commentary in different languages
7.–12.6. 14. Black and White Theatre Festival, Imatra Theatre, Culture House Virta and Koskenparras in Imatra
9.–10.6. King’s feast medieval event, Vuoksi Fishing Park and Hiljan piha, Imatra
11.6. Island cycle tour, Imatra–Ruokolahti
12.–18.6. Summer concerts: Tue, Thu and Sat, 18–19 at the Harbour Market, Sat, 10–11 at the Lappeenranta Market Square
15.–18.6. LappeeFest outdoor music festival, Maria Square and Keskuspuisto Park, Lappeenranta
17.-18.6. Battle of Lappeenranta – medieval combat sport, Lappeenranta Fortress
16.–18.6. Formula 4 World Championship Imatra, motor boat racing, Vuoksi, Imatrankoski sportsfield, Imatra
17.–18.6. Kayaking, Imatra–Ruokolahti
17.–18.6. H-Boat short course Finnish Championship race, Saimaa, Imatra
18.6. Xterra Finland International Off-road Triathlon Event, Rauha, Lappeenranta
21.6. Sing-along of songs on the theme of summer, Summer Café Kaiku, Ruokolahti
23.6. Midsummer in the city event, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
23.6. Midsummer bonfire, Hakaniemi Museum, Savitaipale
26.6.–1.7. Big Band Camp 2017, Imatra
29.6. Clay whistle decorating Finnish championships
16.30–18.30, Tasihinin talo house, Lappeenranta
29.6.–2.7. International Grand Market at the Harbour and Kasino Park, Lappeenranta
30.6.–1.7. Go 90’s outdoor festival pre-launch event, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
30.6.–1.7. Go 90’s outdoor festival, Culture House Virta Park, Imatra
30.6.–2.7. Ylämaa International Gem & Mineral Show, Ylämaa (Lappeenranta)
30.6.–2.7. Imatra East-West Finnish baseball tournament, Ukonniemi Stadium, Imatra

July

1.7. Strong man 2017, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
1.7. Miettilä Kollaus, historically informative village event with cheerful fair spirit, Miettilä garrison area, Rautjärvi
1.–31.7. Traditional horse riders visit the Harbour and Fortress area of Lappeenranta, Tues–Sun 13–16
5.7. “Notkuva Pöytä” -food festival, Koskenparras pedestrian street, Imatra
6.–9.7. International Imatra Motorcycle touring concentration, Imatra
7.–9.7. 53. Imatranajo International Road Racing Championship, Imatra
7.–8.7. Imatranajo Pit Stop Party outdoor festival, Culture House Virta Park, Imatra
8.7. “Juhlaravit” harness racing fixture, Savitaipale harness racing course, Savitaipale
8.–9.7. Street Hockey Finnish Championships, Lappeenranta Harbour Market
8–16.7. Sapassi Week, versatile programme the whole week, Savitaipale
9.7. “Himmelitaivas” sculpture event, Kylliälä village, Savitaipale
13.–15.7. Sapassi-Futis football event, Savitaipale astroturf pitch
14.7. 100 years of hunting, Olkkola Beach, Savitaipale
14.–15.7. 100th anniversary challenge, shooting championship, Savitaipale
14.–16.7. Ural Troyka gathering, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
15.7. Hakamäki Picnic, Savitaipale
15.–16.7. Antiques and collectables summer event, Rautjärvi
15.–23.7. Rautjärvi cultural week, Rautjärvi
22.–23.7. Wild Man Saimaa Road Race event for cycle lovers and competitors, Lappeenranta
23.7. Tour of Äitsaari Island and shopping event, Ruokolahti
27.–30.7. Ruokolahti summer event, Ruokolahti
30.7. AsemaFest! festival, Rautjärvi

August

5.8. Finnish national costume-themed picnic gathering, Valtionhotelli castel hotel park, Imatra
8.8.–10.9. Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) – classics on tour 2017 exhibition. The exhibition forms part of the official Finland 100 celebrations in 2017. Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
11.–12.8. Lappeenranta Raatihuone Old Town Hall, open 10–15, live music 14–14.30
11.–13.8. Old City event at Lappeenranta Fortress
12.8. Family day at the South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
12.8 Imatra MTB 2017, Mountain bike race, Ukonniemi area, Imatra
13.8. Day along the Museum Road, Ruokolahti–Rautjärvi
19.–20.8., 26.–27.8. Lappeenranta Street Train tours, with guided commentary in different languages
20.–23.8. ”Vanhassa vara parempi! – XVII” early music festival, Imatra
23.–27.8. Street Food & Choco Fiesta, Imatrankoski
25.–26.8. Lappeenranta Ballet Gala, Lappeenranta City Theatre
26.8. Lights at the harbour event, Lappeenranta Harbour
26.8. Imatra Day, different happenings, Imatrankoski, Imatra city centre
26.8. 30 Naisten Vuoksi women's running event, Mansikkala, Imatrankoski
26.8. Elite Games (athletics), Kimpinen, Lappeenranta
27.8. Cafe, flea market and open house event at Niskalampi, Imatra
27.8. Harvest market and celebration, Summer Café Kaiku, Ruokolahti

September

1.9. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
2.9. Karelia Fight 13, Sportshall, Imatra
2.9.–1.10. Ware House (Vihreä Makasiini) Exhibition of Ludwig Heinrich von Nicolay (1737–1820), the third owner of the Estate of Monrepos, Lappeenranta Fortress
8.–4.9. November Galleria Laura exhibition, Galleria Laura, Lappeenranta
8.–10.9. Art&Bars cultural event, Lappeenranta
8.9.-3.11 Fashion accessories Wolkoff style, Galleria Laura, Lappeenranta
9.9. MakkaraFest sausage festival, Imatrankoski, Imatra city centre
9.9. Walking tour, Imatra–Ruokolahti
16.9. Ruokolahti Market
16.–17.9. Autumn fish market, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
16.–17.9. Fish market, Lappeenranta Harbour Market
23.9. Heritage day at Hiljan piha, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
23.9.2017–7.1.2018 The long arc – Tarja Heilimo and collections, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
23.9.2017–7.1.2018 Juho Karjalainen exhibition, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
24.9. Vintage military vehicles event, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
29.9. Fashion by Night event (shops open late in the evening), Lappeenranta

October

6.10. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
7.10. October Fest, Vuoksi Fishing Park, Imatra
14.10. X-Run Holiday Club Saimaa 2017 + Mini X-Run, Rauha, Lappeenranta
25.10. Happy Halloween event, Imatra city centre
26.–27.10. Autumn market, Lappeenranta Market Square

November

3.11. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
4.–5.11. Fortress harvest festival, Lappeenranta Fortress
10.–19.11. Imatra Art Week
12.11. “Vuoksen Mieslaulajat” male choir 70th anniversary performance, Culture House Virta, Imatra
24.11. Launch event of the Suur-Merijoki exhibition, South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
24.11. Christmas market, Summer Café Kaiku, Ruokolahti
24.–26.11. Magic by Christmas event, Lappeenranta
25.11. Festive event to mark the beginning of the Christmas season, Koskenparras, Imatra city centre
25.11.2017–8.4.2018 Suur-Merijoki Manor – an Art Nouveau treasure, South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress

December

1.12. Museum Friday: Free admission to South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta Fortress
7.–22.12. Lappeenranta Christmas market Street
12.–17.12., 19.–22.12., 27.–30.12. Wolkoff’s Christmas, Wolkoff’s house museum, Lappeenranta
23.12. Traditional “Christmas Peace” is declared, Summer Café Kaiku, Ruokolahti
31.12. New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks, Lappeenranta
31.12. New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks, Imatra

For further information please contact the tourist information offices
Note that changes to event schedules are possible