Many events are organized in Kuopio throughout the year in several different venues. Kuopio has a reputation as a city of culture and sports where international guests also enjoy themselves. The versatile range of events includes art, sports, markets, cuisine, science and all forms of entertainment.

Kuopio Dance Festival

Organized every year, the Kuopio Dance Festival is the largest and most versatile international dance art festival in the Nordic countries. For one week, the city is filled with dance performances and courses, seminars, interviews with artists and free events, as professionals, students and amateurs of dance connect with audiences in the capital city of dance.

Finland Ice Marathon

Finland Ice Marathon (FIM) is Finland’s oldest and most famous international skating event on natural ice. A competition centre with plenty of additional services is built on the ice of Lake Kallavesi.

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival

The international ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is organized annually in Kuopio and also spreads across the city throughout the year through various cooperation projects. The festival works with innovative artists on projects that explore and expand the urban space.


Kuopiorock is a popular rock music festival organized annually at the turn of July–August in the stunning beach and park area of Väinölänniemi, right next to the city centre of Kuopio. (in Finnish)

Event Calendars

Several event calendars are published in Kuopio, and they list things to do in all seasons of the year for different age groups and budgets!

The Kuopio-Tahko event calendar lists activities especially in the Kuopio and Tahko regions, wonders and experiences that appeal to all your senses!

Kuopion Seinä is a calendar featuring events for people of all ages to promote wellbeing, such as the events of the Kuopio Juhlii urban festival. The wall also lists events for children and adolescents during holidays. (in Finnish)

The events of the Kuopio Market Square can be found on the website of the Kuopio Market Square (in Finnish).

Menoinfo (in Finnish) is an extensive event calendar maintained by Savon Sanomat and includes events from Kuopio and all of North Savo (in Finnish).