Kokkola´s Venetian Night Festival

The Festival of water, fire and light – Traditional ending of the summer season. The celebration dates back more than 100 years.

According to a century-old tradition, the summer cottage communities and coastal residents of the Kokkola area conclude the summer season with the Venetian Night Festival. This tradition was born towards the end of the 19th century among the wealthy villa communities of the Gulf of Bothnia, and particularly in the Kokkola area.

In recent years, the celebration of the Venetian Night Festival has expanded to cover the whole weekend. This event, held always on the last Saturday of August, has over the years become the largest public summer event in Kokkola – one which brings together thousands of people.

The Music Festival is held on Event Park. Enjoy the Venetian Night Cruises onboard M/S Jenny and witness the view that thousands of lights, lanterns and bornfires creates lighting up the darkening summer evening.

Kokkola Venetian Night Festival´s bonfires and torches