July

Nashestvie Rosk Music Festival

5-7 July 2019

Nashestvie Rosk Music Festival

This big, open-air rock festival focuses on Russian rock bands. The festival's name means ‘invasion’. It’s a good place to see both established and up-and-coming musicians from around Russia and neighbouring states, but please be prepared that it will be full of excited and highly energised rock fans.

Ivan Kupala Day, Festival

6/7 July

Ivan Kupala Day, Festival

This is a summer solstice celebration related to John the Baptist as July 6/7 is June 23/24 in the Julian calendar used by the Orthodox church. Girls tranditionally wear flower or herb wreaths on their heads, and in the evening the wreaths are decorated with burning candles and set afloat; it is believed the girl whose wreath travels the farthest will have the happiest year ahead and the candle that burns the longest means a long life. There are fireworks.

Day of Russian Family and Love

8 July

Day of Russian Family and Love

The Day of Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia, also known as the Day of Family, Love and Devotion is celebrated all over Russia on the 8 of July. It has its roots in the love story of Peter and Fevronia who devoted their lives to each other and demonstrated how love and devotion can help to overcome any difficulties.  On this day you will find a lot of street concerts and entertainment in most Russian cities but the most popular one is Murom. Here you will find an open-air festival with many Russian celebrities, a lot of dancing and traditional Russian music.

White Nights Festival, St Petersburg

end of May - early July

White Nights Festival, St Petersburg

Due to St Petersburg’s Northern location you can witness the beautiful phenomenon of never setting sun between May and mid-June. Enjoy a walk at midnight under warm lights of sun on the horizon. This provides the romantic setting for the annual White Nights Festival, an arts festival with music and dance by Russian and international stars. The Mariinsky Theatre has a programme of more than 175 operas, ballets and classical concerts. There are carnivals, too, the best being in the Peterhof where actors dress up in historical costumes from the time of Peter the Great and re-enact historical events.

Free Museum Days in Moscow

3rd Sunday of each month

Free Museum Days in Moscow

The museums that are under control of the City Department of Culture offer free admission on every 3rd Sunday of the month. Please note that the federal museums such as the Tretyakov Gallery, the Historical Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts do not participate in this initiative. Long queues can be expected as there always many visitors who would like to use the offer.

Kremlin’s Cavalry Guard Change

Each Saturday at 12:00 pm

Kremlin’s Cavalry Guard Change

A centuries-old tradition of the ceremonial change of the guard revives in Kremlin each Saturday through the Russian warm season. The ceremony is a mix of intricate maneuvers and musical performances. Admission is by the ticket for visiting the architectural complex of the Kremlin’s Cathedral Square (Annunciation, Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals and of the Patriarch’s Palace and the Church of the Twelve Apostles) – 500 rub.

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