Ukraine is the land of some of the most colorful and amazing festivals, not just a major sightseeing destination. Thus, when you are planning a visit on this summer vacation, you must know about the major summer festivals in Ukraine so that you can accommodate them in your itinerary. With major festivals around the world, the charm and beauty of Ukrainian festivals can easily compete. Get ready, hold your excitement till your flight lands in Kyiv as you get to be a part of celebrations. So, let’s know more about the top summer festivals in Ukraine:
Best Summer Festivals in Ukraine
1. Lviv City Day
In mid-May, Lviv enjoys jazz, pop and rock music, folk dance, and street theater for two days. It’s a family affair with lots of activities and a huge street parade carnival for the kids. However, the Craft Capital Festival is on Rynok Square, while Victory Day is on May 9th. According to the best traditions, Lviv City Day can not be missed without a real festive parade! Many famous personalities and participants from various educational, public and other organizations, actors and musicians, children and adult groups come here. And all this is accompanied by a greatly talented band! Here you can see the actors on stilts and knights.
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2. Victory Day
May 9 is an important holiday in Ukraine, marking the victory over the Nazis and honoring the fallen heroes and veterans of World War II. Celebrated nationwide, the main event in Kyiv includes military parades and hundreds of thousands of visitors. This popular summer event in Ukraine includes mock battles in southern cities elsewhere and the consumption of military porridge in the north.
Where: Whole Country
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3. Kyiv Day
Kyiv Day is one of the year’s main events, with concerts, fireworks, and plenty of festivities on the streets of the capital. It takes place on the last weekend of May, with drinks on Friday nights, street parties on Saturdays, and fireworks on Sundays. Many areas are lit, Khreschatyk Street and the two main squares – Independence Square and European Square – are quite festive for this occasion.
When: May 9
4. Kyiv Summer Music Festival
During the summer Kyiv offers a very rich calendar full of musical events to choose from. Well-known singers, musicians, and bands will perform on the city’s key stages to keep you entertained. The Kyiv Summer Music Festival is one of many music-oriented events in Ukraine. On weekends, from late May to mid-July, there are several open-air concerts in the Central Park of the Culture and Resort. Everything from classical and modern performances to jazz can be found.
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5. Ukrainian World Music Festival
Locally known as Kraina Mriy, this popular summer festival of folk music showcases Ukrainian culture in late June / early July. The event consists of several stages, set up in a large park east of downtown Kyiv, overlooking the Statue of the Motherland. Visitors can enjoy a variety of melodies as well as a children’s section called Kids Meadow. Arsenal Station is within easy reach of the Metro. Every two years, Kraina Mriy is a multi-day, ethnically Ukrainian music festival. It was founded by Ukrainian musician Oleg Skrypka. The first festival was held at the Spivoche pole in Kyiv. The summer festival coincides with Szentiván, and the winter festival is celebrated at Orthodox Christmas
6. Sorochinsky Yarmarok
The north-eastern/central village of Sorochintsy is the starting point for a week-long Ukrainian fair in August. It is one of the oldest events in the country with plenty of handicraft deals. Sorochinsky Yarmarok showcases traditional handicraft products made by skilled artisans, including embroidery, rugs, ceramics, and theatrical performers who produce scenes of village life from famous Ukrainian stories. It is one of the oldest summer events in Ukraine with plenty of handicraft deals. One of the best places to pick up souvenirs is near Poltava, a few hours southeast of Kyiv.
7. Independence Day of Ukraine
August 24 is a major public holiday, celebrating Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union with military demonstrations and fireworks across the country. Kyiv Independence Square is the most suitable place, while each city marks the occasion with a series of events, including live concerts in Donetsk. Ukraine’s Independence Day is a big celebration with parades and crowds of people in traditional costumes, some waving Ukrainian flags. Other Independence Day events may include:
- Outdoor exhibitions.
- Free public markets and fairs.
- Sporting events.
With some continuing for days after August 24, there are many celebrations across the country to mark Independence Day,
Where: Whole Country
When: August 24
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8. Koktebel International Jazz Festival
The Koktebel International Jazz Festival is the main jazz event in Ukraine, featuring local talent as well as renowned Russian musicians. It will be held in mid-September on a weekend in the town of Koktebel in the Crimea, with some sections on the beach. The Koktebel International Jazz Festival is the main jazz event in Ukraine, featuring local talent as well as renowned Russian musicians. On weekends, they play in the town of Koktebel in Crimea, with some sections on the beach.
9. Molodist International Film Festival
The Molodist International Film Festival is a long-running event in Kyiv in the last week of October, with films screened from all over the world. Popular in the world of filmmaking, it’s best to buy tickets online because this event is really running out. Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” is an international film festival held every October in Kyiv, Ukraine. It began in 1970 as a two-day film festival filmed by students at the Kyiv State Institute of Theater Arts, and 33 films were screened that year.
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