Summer Events in Kuopio 2019
Are you staying the summer in Kuopio? Here is a brief roundup of some of the events you can attend. Unfortunately some of the event pages are only in Finnish.
Tivoli Sariola 17.5.–26.5.2019. Hop on the ghost train or marvel at the scenery in the ferris wheel. The travelling fair of Tivoli Sariola will be at the Matkus Shopping centre.
Summer Season opener 24.–25.5.2019. On Friday and Saturday you can enjoy street musicians, street food, soapbox racing and plenty of other things at the market place.
LEGO event 25.–26.5.2019. Visit Studentia's sport hall and take a look at the various LEGO builds on display, build your own structure, or buy some more LEGO for your collection. Entry fee for adults is 6 €.
Kallaveden Kierros 2.6.2019. Cycling tour around the lake Kallavesi, organised by the cycling association of Kuopio. There are three routes ranging from 30 km to 150 km.
Great Beers - Small Breveries 6.–8.6.2019. The festival showcases craft beers, ciders, long drinks, distillery products, and soft drinks produced by microbreweries. There are also events in other cities, like in Helsinki and in Oulu.
Kuopio Comedy Festival 6.–8.6.2019. This standup festival takes place in bars and pubs in Kuopio. Some shows are also in English.
Kuopio Dance Festival 12.–18.6.2019. The oldest and largest dance festival in Nordic countries takes place for the 50th time. Come and join the celebrations!
Rock in the City 14.–15.6.2019. This two-day rock festival brings artists like Sonata Arctica and Marko Hietala to perform Kuopio.
Midsummer 21.–22.6.2019. Midsummer eve, or juhannus in Finnish, has traditionally been celebrated by Finns by going out of town to their summer cottages and enjoying the midnight sun, but recently more people are also staying in the city for the weekend. There are also events (usually featuring live bands, sauna, and midsummer bonfires) in places like Rauhalahti and Tahko. Midsummer is also a public holiday, so look out for exceptional opening hours in grocery stores.
Sale of Used Books at the Library 27.–28.6.2019. You can buy books that the library is removing from their collection with cash. The event is at the Kuopio City Library.
Kuopio Wine Festival 28.6.–6.7.2019. Theme for this annual event is Italy. Come and taste Italian wines and enjoy top-level pop and rock performers in the harbour.
Tahko MTB 29.6.2019. The largest mountain biking event in Finland takes place in Tahko.
Kuopiorock 25.–27.7.2019. Taking place in the picturesque Väinölänniemi area, the traditional festival is headlined this year by bands like The Offspring, Sabaton, Stam1na, Beast in Black, and many others.
Sunsets Kuopio 1.–3.8.2019. Sunsets Kuopio is the biggest free sporting and entertainment event in Finland, and it takes place in the harbor of Kuopio. The main attraction is the beach volley tournament, but there's plenty of other action as well.
Other activities you can try: visit many of the museums in Kuopio, hit the various beaches like Väinölänniemi, try out the new Villku city bikes, visit the Tower of Puijo, take a cruise on the Kallavesi lake, try kayaking or SUPping, or check out the grand flea market at the Market Place on 19th of May, 16th of June, or on 21st of July.