How to Spend the Last Summer Month in Kyiv

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While the great concert on Independence Day is one way to meet the end of summer, it’s far from being the only option. We made a list of top events from gastronomic tours and sports contests to attend this August.

Cheer at the Open-air MMA Championship

Fighters at MMAGolden Coat Fight Champ MMA 2018 is one of the unique sports competitions that take place this summer in the capital. The special detail of this contest is coats worn by the contestants that make the matches even more spectacular. Eight matches in eight divisions with contestants from Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belorusia, a fire show, synchronized swimming performance are one of the points of the agenda for the night.

When: August 17, 8 P.M.
Where: Sky Family Park
Price: starting at UAH 250

Listen to Live Music in the Botanical Garden

People chilling and listening to music in a gardenHryshko Botanical Garden hosts a series of open-air concerts to enjoy sounds of jazz on fresh air. This August, visitors will have a chance to listen to the live performance of the best sax of the county — Dmytro Bobin. Kyiv Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will join the sax to perform jazz melodies, as well as cinema hits like Pink Panther and Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend. Champagne served on site will top the memories of the night.

When: August 17, 8 P.M.
Where: Hryshko Botanical Garden
Price: starting at UAH 450

Run a Marathon

Girl taking a selfie on a marathonThis August, Kyiv City Marathon holds test runs for those preparing for upcoming grand marathons or simply those who enjoy the feeling of wind on their face while they test their abilities. Contestants are offered to run 5 km, 10 km or 20 km depending on their preferences. All participants will be provided with drinking water and bananas. Besides, an ambulance crew is traditionally present at every event. Follow the link to register.

When: August 18, 7.20 A.M.
Where: Expocenter of Ukraine
Price: UAH 100 (5 km), UAH 140 (10 km), UAH 160 (20 km)

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Watch Auto Racing

Car driftingKorchfest will present tuned cars that light up the spark even in those who don’t drive. The racing contest, unique auto exhibition, food and photo zone will all take place at the Ice Stadium. Moreover, kids may be entertained in a separate active leisure zone while parents try their luck at winning a car.

When: August 18 from 9 A.M.
Where: Ice Stadium
Price: starting at UAH 80

Break the Country Record

People holding a huge flag of UkraineWhile all the attention is usually turned to Independence Day, there’s one more holiday in August worth remembering. The National Flag Day 2018 in Kyiv will be marked by a truly massive flash mob: a 2700-meter flag will be unfolded on the territory from Rudenko street all the way to Kharkivska Square. The event will be documented in the register of National Records of Ukraine.

When: August 23, 8 A.M.
Where: Mykola Bazhan Avenue
Price: free

Celebrate Independence Day with Okean Elzy

Okean Elzy concertA traditional Independence Day celebration isn’t complete without Okean Elzy, by far one of the most popular bands in Ukraine. Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and his band are ready to light up the Olympiiskyi stadium with the classic hits and new songs that came out this year. Moreover, a folk band DakhaBrakha that is engaged in a grand world tour will climb the stage with Okean Elzy to deliver the traditional sounds with modern music trends.

When: August 24, 8 P.M.
Where: Olympiiskyi stadium
Price: starts at UAH 550

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Enjoy a Gastronomic Boat Tour on the Dnipro River

Boat on DniproAn excellent way to spend the summer Fridays is a gastro-tour on the Dnipro River. Every Friday, St. Andre boat takes off from the Kyiv River Port. The two-hour tour includes an exquisite dinner with a set of 14 dishes. To give an idea, chicken fillet mousse with Philadelphia cream cheese, Norwegian salmon fillet baked with bacon in nori leaves, crispy grissini with jamón, and Granita with seasonal fruits and berries are included in the great feast. Moreover, every visitor gets a complimentary glass of wine. You can book a table by calling +380 (67) 774 7133.

When: August 17, 24, 31
Where: Kyiv River Port
Price: UAH 695

Attend Hot Air Balloons Festival

Hot air balloons in Bila TserkvaA nice option of spending the last days of summer for those who want to get out of Kyiv is the annual Hot Balloons Festival in Bila Tserkva. Located in a mere 70 kilometers away from Kyiv, Oleksandriya is one of the most well-visited and old parks in the Kyiv region, which celebrates the 230th anniversary. The park traditionally hosts a hot air balloon festival, deemed one of the largest events of hot air ballooning in Ukraine. The detailed schedule can be found on the official website of Oleksandriya park.

When: August 24-26
Where: Oleksandriya Park, Bila Tserkva
Price: UAH 25 for adults, UAH 10 for kids (park entrance fee)

Photo sources: Svitlo Concert Facebook page, Parilov, Elena Kirey, Ruslan Lytvyn, Alla Greeg /, All images belong to their rightful authors.

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