Events & Festivals in Russia
Russia offers an exciting calendar of events every year and you will find the locals as excited as the visitors. Russians are well known for enjoying a tipple and there are plenty of entertaining events centred around drinking.
Russia offers several outdoor and indoor music festivals throughout the year. Many exciting cultural, sporting and special events are part of the festivities in Russia and the traveler is always welcome to join.
Russian Orthodox Christmas: (7 Jan) Xmas only comes once a year...unless you’re Russian! Prior to 1918, Russia used the Julian calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Orthodox Xmas celebrations last for 6 days and begin on Xmas Eve.
Maslenitsa Festival: St Petes & Moscow (28 Feb to 6 Mar) This colourful festival dates back to Pagan times. Join in the carnival style celebrations around StPetes and Moscow, with live music, dancing, sleigh rides, fireworks.
Russian Football Championship: St Petersburg & Moscow (Mar to Nov) See Russia’s largest cities battle it out on the football pitch at St Pete’s atmospheric Petrovsky Stadium or Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
International Ballet Festival Mariinsky: St Petersburg - (14 to 24 Apr) Watch leading ballet companies perform in St Petes during one of the most significant events in the ballet season.
Night at the Museums: St Petersburg - (21 May) and Moscow – (June) Spend a night at the museum! The most respectable museums and art galleries stay open until the earlyhours for this wonderful event which is accompanied by special exhibitions, street art and performances.
St Petersburg Beer Festival: St Petersburg – (Jun/Jul) St Petes best street festival. Watch the Nevsky prospekt parade and fireworks, whilst drinking lots of beer! On The Go will be offering an optional Beer Festival bolt-on, enabling you to attend this lively event at the start of your tour. Further details to follow, once the Beer Festival date has been confirmed.
Ballet Show “Summer Seasons”: Moscow - (5 Jul to 27 Aug) Watch the acclaimed Moscow City Ballet and Russian National Ballet perform in the capital. Performances usually take place in the old Russian National Theatre opposite Red Square.
Moscow International Folklore Festival: Moscow - (Aug to Dec) Based in Moscow’s Hermitage Gardens, this folklore festival attracts dancers and musicians from all over Europe.
Art Moscow: Moscow - (21 to 25 Sep) Visit the largest and most influential contemporary art fair in Russia, covering every aspect of modern art. 40 international galleries display pieces at the Central House of Artists.
St Petersburg Open Tennis: St Petersburg – (Oct) See the world’s best male tennis players battle it out for the title at this exciting sporting event.
Russian Wine Festival: Moscow – (Nov) Fancy a tipple? The Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre showcases wines from around the world. The event includes master classes, professional presentations and plenty of wine tasting!
Christmas at the Kremlin: Moscow - (Dec to Jan) Get in the festive spirit with Yuletide concerts at Moscow’s mighty Kremlin. Russian Winter Festival: Moscow & St Petersburg - (Mid Dec to Early Jan) Celebrate the Russian Winter Festival with troika rides (sleighs), folk music and games galore.
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