June

Russia Day, National holiday

12 June 

Russia Day, National holiday

Day of Russia commemorates the collapse of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the democratic government of the Russian Federation.
The collapse of the Soviet Union did not happen overnight and was a gradual process that spanned over several years. The first step was taken on June 12th, 1990 when the Declaration of Russian State Sovereignty was issued. Russia Day was first celebrated in 1992 and became an official holiday in 1994.
Russia Day is celebrated with fireworks and free concerts held in many places all across the country. On the day the president awards medals outside the Kremlin to scientists, artists, actors, musicians, religious leaders and writers to thank them for their contributions to Russian society.

Don't miss:

  • Visit the heart of Moscow - the Red Square and the historically significant merchant quarter of Kitai-Gorod
  • Many cities will hold celebrations and smaller gatherings, consider St Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, and other Russian cities
  • Enjoy the warm June weather and visit Moscow’s Gorky Central Park, to explore relaxing walkways, peaceful ponds as well as roller coasters, poetry readings, free yoga classes, performances and small cafes
  • Spend the day exploring captivating collections at Russian museums - our favourite is the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg - founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, it displays an immense quantity of Russian paintings, sculptures and artefacts
  • Tour across Russia is the best was to learn about Russia’s long history, culture, and the events that led to the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as further history and traditions of this vast and diverse country

Jazz Festival

22-23 June 2019

One of the biggest musical events in Russia, the festival is a wonderful experience for music enthusiasts. The festival is a great family event where everyone can find something they will enjoy: brass-ensemble shows, children's playground, arts and crafts fairs and food stalls from the city's best restaurants!

Taste of Moscow Festival

27 - 30 June 2019

Taste of Moscow Festival

Each year a selection of Moscow’s top restaurants open their doors for 3 days of more than 200 master classes and tasting sessions, open to all the family (there is usually a special entertainment zone with children’s menu). Taste Festivals have set a new benchmark for food and drink events worldwide, and now are firmly established as 'The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festivals'. In 2019 the festival will pleasantly surprise 'foodies' with live cookery demonstrations, pop-up restaurants and it's very own gourmet market!

http://tastefestival.ru/en/

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.

Moscow International Film Festival

June

Moscow International Film Festival

The very first Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) was held in 1935 when the jury was headed up by world-renowned film-maker Sergei Eisenstein ('Battleship Potemkin'). It became a regular event on the cultural calendar in 1959. More than 200 films from 50 different countries are screened, with the best picture winning the Golden George Award.

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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