Best August 2018 Festivals in Ukraine

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August is the hottest time of summer, and not only in the terms of temperature. In 2018, the third summer month in Ukraine will be full of exciting events and festivals for any taste. Beer & food, jazz, rock, electronic & ethno music, Holi colors and cosplay… Just pick what you like and enjoy summer to the fullest!

Vsi. Svoyi Grill Market in Kyiv

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Vsi. Svoyi project is going to organize a large gastro market, uniting more than 100 Ukrainian brands into one BBQ & grill zone. “Buy and grill!” – this is the slogan of the upcoming event. Each guest will have an opportunity to cook his/her own tasty dish on a long 12-meter grill. The menu of grill terrace will offer Armenian lavash, baked pork, lamb chops, pork steak, crabs, mussels, calamars, vegetables & fruits, cheese, potatoes and many other high-quality products. The acoustic party with live music by Danylo Kutsenko and wide choice of delicious Ukrainian cider, beer and ale will create special atmosphere of the party.
When: August 4–5, 10 AM – 10:00 PM
Where: 12, Desyatynna street, Kyiv
Free entrance

Brave Factory in Kyiv

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“Closer” club team presents the second Brave Factory music & art fest. The festival will have 6 stages with artists of different music genres. The line-up of Brave Factory 2018 includes performances of Floating Points, Hidden Orchestra, Squarepusher, Apollonia, DJ Stingray, Chris Liebing and many other. The territory and stages of the festival will be decorated by works of more than 30 painters and sculptors from Ukraine and other countries.
When: August 25–26, 2018
Where: “Metrostroy” factory, 45-128, Avtoremontna street, Kyiv

White Nights Vol. 7 in Kyiv

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“Ulichnaya eda”, the project uniting the best street food makers, and “White Nights”, the well-known dance & performance platform, are glad to present “White Nights Vol. 7” event. Here guests will enjoy more than 100 artists on 5 stages, food courts from “Ulichnaya Eda”, delicious drinks from the best Kyiv bars, lights show, powerful sound, bright photo areas and vibes of a real European party.
When: August 17–18, 2018
Where: Platforma Art-Zavod, 1, Bilomorska street, Kyiv

Beer Marathon in Kyiv

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“Summer & beer” marathon unites numerous leading breweries and fans of this foamy drink. The program of the event offers brewing workshops, beer drinking marathon, beer pong game, tasting unique beer cocktails and doing unusual beer yoga. The guests of the marathon will also have a chance to listen to good live music, to relax in a comfortable lounge areas and to try delicacies at food courts.
When: August 3–5, 2018
Where: Spivoche pole, Kyiv
Ticket price: UAH 100, on the spot

Khreschatyk Food Fest in Kyiv

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On August 4, “Kyivproekt” organization launches a new interesting project in the heart of the capital. The founders promise that Khreschatyk Food Fest will work permanently in any season and weather. It will be a large open-air food court, presenting delicious dishes of the world`s cuisine: American burgers and hot dogs, Georgian khachapuri, Italian Panini, Mexican taco, pancakes with various fillings, oysters with sparkling wine and ice cream.
When: August 4, 2018
Where: between “Teatralna” and “Zoloti Vorota” metro stations, 16-22 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo street (fountain in “Kyivproekt” inner yard), Kyiv
Free entrance

Ethnovyr in Lviv

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The VIII international folklore festival Ethnovyr in Lviv will delight with exciting performances of folk bands, parades in the main city streets, presentation of cuisine from different countries, dancing & singing workshops. This festival, supervised by the UNESCO-supported International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), gathers dance bands from many corners of the world – both Slavic and exotic ones. The expressive dance miniatures will combine traditional folklore, ancient ritual dances and vivid modern moves. The list of Ethnovyr 2018 participants includes Gruppo Storico Sbandieratori Fivizzano (Italy), Nona Asri Indonesia (Indonesia), Ogrenietis (Latvia), Oynar Theater Group (Iran), Podpol’anec (Slovakia), Putalj (Croatia).
When: August 23–26, 2018
Where: Lviv, different locations

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ZakhidFest near Lviv

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The X ZakhidFest, one of the largest and the most important music events of the year in Ukraine, will traditionally take place in a small village near Lviv. ZakhidFest 2018 line-up consists of more than 50 well-known bands and artists. The list of the festival`s headliners can boast the famous Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura and British legend – Bullet For My Valentine. The visitors will also enjoy performances of Guano Apes, Adam Gontier, Therion, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Noize MC, Liapis 98, Pianoboy, O.Torvald, Bez Obmezhen, Latexfauna, KARNA and many other artists.
When: August 25–26, 2018
Where: Rodatychy village, Lviv oblast`, “Sonyachna galyavyna” camp

Jazz Koktebel near Odesa

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Jazz Koktebel Festival is the largest jazz open-air event in Ukraine. This year, the festival will have 4 stages, and each stage will have its own fantastic line-up. Morcheeba will play fresh songs from their new album “Blaze Away”. The guests of the festival will also listen to performances of legendary reggae band Inner Circle and new project of Oscar Simmonson. The list of Ukrainian artists on Jazz Koktebel Festival 2018 has such well-known names as Dakh Daughters, Onuka, Oleg Skrypka with NAONI orchestra.
When: August 16–19, 2018
Where: Chornomorsk, Odesa oblast`

ColorFest in Odesa

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Bright ColorFest is coming back to sunny Odesa. During the event, guests will have fun sprinkling each other with colorful Holi paints and listening to sets of the best Ukrainian DJs. Foodies will be happy to pay a visit to food courts with delicious mussels, burgers, fish & meat, grilled vegetables and cocktails. The program offers many contests with interesting prizes. Dress code of the event: white clothes or swimming suits.
When: August 4, 10 AM – 10 PM
Where: Pavlovy House, 162b, Mykolayivska road, Odesa

Fan Expo in Odesa

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This event, dedicated to the modern pop culture, is annually visited by thousands fans of movies, series, comics, cartoons, anime, board and video games and cosplay. The program consists of innovative entertainment exhibition, costume show, thematic stands and art objects exposition, board and video games area, VR-technology area, lectures and, of course, diverse food courts.
When: August 18–19, 2018
Where: Marine passenger terminal, 6, Primorska street, Odesa
August 2018 festivals in Ukraine will make you remember this summer for a lifetime. Welcome and have fun!
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