Venues & program

Festivaalitori – concert arena

Kauppatori, Kotka
Gates open thu 7pm to 12am, fri 4pm to 1am, sat 3pm to 1am

THU (no age limit)
19.00 Uniklubi
20.30 Cyan Kicks
22.00 The Rasmus

FRI (18+)
16.45 Stam1na
18.30 Vesterinen Yhtyeineen
20.15 The Baseballs (DE)
22.00 Neljä Ruusua
24.00 Klamydia

SAT (18+)
16.00 Andy McCoy
17.30 Jonne Aaron
19.00 Stig
20.30 Lordi
22.00 Portion Boys
23.30 Popeda


Organized by RH Enterntainment Oy

Children’s Maritime Festival

Children’s Maritime Festival (Lasten Meripäivät) is located at Yhteisötalo Messi, Kirkkokatu 22 and on Saturday also at Kotka-lava. Children’s Maritime Festival is full of activities, performances,  workshops (guidance possible in English) and fun! Oh and let’s not forget our cuddly new mascot, he sure would love to meet you all!

All this for free!

A big part of the program is language friendly, like some of the workshops*, family disco and on-site activities such playing with hobbyhorses or miniature electric cars.

Opening hours
Wednesday 3pm to 5pm (Yhteisötalo Messi)
Thursday 10am to 6pm (Yhteisötalo Messi)
Friday 10am to 6pm (Yhteisötalo Messi)
Saturday 10 am to 6pm (Yhteisötalo Messi) & 11am to 3:45pm (Kotka-lava)

In addition: Lullaby installation at Kotka main library’s second floor. Lullabies in 33 different languages – an art experience for all ages. Open according to the library’s opening hours.

Check the detailed program here (in Finnish)

*Some of the workshops require a pre-registration due to limited vacancy. Pre-registration can be done at the Children’s Maritime Festival info desk at the yard. Please note that children under the age of 9 can only attend workshops with a grown-up.

Sibeliuksenpuisto – restaurant area

Feeling hungry or a bit thirsty? Head to Sibeliuksenpuisto where our festival restaurants are happy serve you!

Ravintola Haili – Restaurant that has a long history with Meripäivät and is now making a comeback thanks to the retro-theme! Come listen to music and sing some karaoke.
Steam Pub – Local beer from Kotka Steam Brewery and lots of other refreshments. The unique Meripäivät-beer is served here!
The Bankin Meripäiväterassi – Authentic festival atmosphere with local dj’s.

Lumina Productions Fireshow at Sibeliuksenpuisto on Saturday at 11pm.

Kotka-lava – music stage

Kotka-lava is located in front of The Kotka City Theatre. At Kotka-lava you can enjoy lots of different performances like dance, music, theater and sparkling wine yoga. On Saturday Children’s Maritime Festival is taking over from 11am to 3:45pm.

Restaurant Edu & Allu will host you with once again with great service at Kotka-lava! Edu & Allu will have refreshing drinks for the thirsty and tasty food for the hungry – and let’s not forget the guaranteed amazing atmosphere!

Please check the detailed program here (in Finnish)

Kotka-lava is sponsored by Kotkan Energia.

Yleisessä Saunassa concerts

Yleisessä Saunassa concerts are back! These Concerts are a traditional part of Kotkan Meripäivät where each year,  the late Junnu Vainio’s songs are performed by some of the greatest Finnish performers.  This summer, the stars of the show are Ilta, Konsta Hietanen and Mikko Alatalo.

Concerts are held at The Kotka City Theatre (Keskuskatu 15, 48100 Kotka) on Thursday 28.7. at 8pm and on Friday at 1pm and 5pm. The duration of the concert with breaks is about 2.5 hours. Restaurant services area available during the interval.

The Band: Kalle Torniainen, Lenni-Kalle Taipale, Ako Kiiski, Peter Engberg and Petri Ikkelä.

The Host: Otto Kanerva.


Market booths

Meripäivät is known for the big & colourful market full of tasty dishes to enjoy with friends, little sweets for the sweet tooths, arts & crafts to take home to or buy as souvenirs  and of course the special market athmosphere. This year the market booths are located at Keskuskatu (from Sibeliuksenpuisto to market square), Kirkkokatu (next to Pasaati) and Ruotsinsalmenkatu (from Pasaati to Sapokka).


Tivoli Seiterä  – Let loose by jumping to the fun rides of Tivoli Seiterä! Open according to the event.
Baltic Sea village at Meripäivät (article in Finnish) – The themes of the village are biodiversity and littering. Come take part in workshops annd crafts or to learn more about sustainable and safe boating.
Archipelago market – Four different archipelago associations are selling arts and crafts and some food and drinks.
Bungee jumping – If you want to feel the adrenaline, come and try bungee jumping!

Other program:

Throughout the event:

  • Visiting ships at Kantasatama 27.-30.7.
  • Hyvää Tuulta! Kotka Maritime Festival 60 years -photo exhibition 31.5.-26.8.2022, Ruuma (Tornatorintie 99) and Kotka main library
  • Meripäiväjazzit – Kotka Jazz ry, 29.-30.7.
  • The Day Events Meripäivät – K18, 29.-30.7. at Meriniemi
  • Siunauksena Satamaperkele – audiovisual exhibition, 25.-31.7. from 12pm to 8pm, Kotkan klubitalo

Wednesday 27.7.

  • Opening parade from Kymenlaaksonkatu to Papinkatu, starting at 6pm
  • Opening ceremony at Festivaalitori, Kotkan kauppatori, starting at 7pm

Thursday 28.7.

Friday 29.7.

  • Boat procession of the Kotka Yacht Club and local boat clubs, starting at 6pm from Sapokka.

Saturday 30.7.

We reserve the right to make changes.