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Baikal eventsIce Sculpture Festival ” Live on Baikal”
February – March 2020 (To be confirmed)

An ice infrastructure with a stage, fair houses and a large ice rink is built right on the lake.


2020 is declared the Year of Life at Lake Baikal.
The main symbol of the festival will be a luxurious three-meter forged larch.
Traditionally, an ice rink will be made on the Baikal’s surface.
Previously, the skating rink was in the shape of a heart, then of the sun, and this year it will be a symbol of the free sky – a balloon.
The rink will be surrounded by ice and wood sculptures. All sculptures are interactive.
Enjoy the clean air, the blue sky, the endless Siberian forests!
Event cost: Free


10419a2a-aa56-4642-a3be-8673df1a4c96_jpg_940x1000_stretch-1_q92 Baikal extreme ice racing “Baikal ice storm”
14-16 February 2020

The unique project for lovers of extreme adventure! Spend three unforgettable days in the vast of winter Lake Baikal!


205 kilometers of ice … Ice skates, skis, bicycle …
Baikal extreme ice racing “Baikal ice storm” is the real test of character and personal empowerment.

Participant chooses a discipline to take part in the competition: skates, skis or bicycle.
The race consists of three stages, each of which lasts 1 day. The total length of the rout is 205 km (127 mi). The racers are accompanied by hovercraft along the way.
After each stage, participants are offered an overnight stay in local hostels. All the personal belongings of the participants are transported to the lodging place.



Ice Fest 2020 on Olkhon island

Ice Fest 2020 on Olkhon island
22-24 Februrary 2020

Professional masters will present their works on the theme “Ice is Life” at the International Ice Sculpture Competition. You will be able to appreciate the skill of each participant and take magical photos!



Program of the festival:

*22 of February
Winners of ice masters competition reward ceremony
Dance concert
Ice city opening, music show

*23 of February
Local tournament of hockey and football in felt boots (valenki)
Winners of sport tournaments reward ceremony
Russian folk dance and music concert

*24 of February
Sagaalgan, buryat New Year
Buryat dance concert
Fire show

Oh, ice! It is beautiful and its life is short! When the spring comes, it will melt and flow through the fingers. For the lake which is 30 million years old these months are not even a second, it is a short moment and it is not possible to catch it. But you will be able to catch it for sure! Join our Olkhon Ice Fest!

Event cost: Free


ulan-ude events sagaalgan

22-24 Februrary 2020

The word “Sagaalgan” is translated as “White Month” from the Buryat language and is associated with coming spring.



Sagaalgan is a New Year by Lunar Calendar. Almost every family in Buryatia irrespective of the faith and nationality celebrates the holiday. During the Sagaalgan different kinds of entertainment such as concerts, shows, musical festivals are held, one of them is the international youth musical competition “White Month”.

It is the custom to see New Year in with white foods: milk, curds, sour cream, sheep cheese, etc. A common meal often includes ‘buuza’, a big meat dumpling with holes on top to let steam out while it’s being cooked.

Sagaalgan symbolizes the beginning of a new life and coming of spring. It takes a long time to prepare for the holiday. For a few days, temples hold public services to call for a fortunate new year. People clean their houses and prepare delicious New Year’s food.

There is the ritual fire on the area of Ivolginsky Datsan — “Dugzhuuba”. People must throw pieces of the old clothes into the fire to burn their sins.

Sagaalgan was resumed as a public holiday in 1990. Since then the first day of the New Year according to the lunar calendar is a day off in the Buryat Republic.

Venues: Different locations around the Buryat Republic
Event cost: Free


Baikal eventsOpen Baikal International Ice Skating Marathon on Lake Baikal
28 February – 1 March 2020

An international sports event “Open Baikal Marathon 2020” will be held in the village of Sakhyurt, Irkutsk Region.


The race track is located on the open ice of Lake Baikal on a closed track with a length of 5 to 25 km (depending on weather conditions and ice conditions).
Type of program:
– the arrival of participants, the work of the admission committee, official training;
– official training, work of the admission commission, night race 100 m and 5 km;
– Runs at distances of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 km;
– excursion program on skates and transport;
– departure of participants.
Event cost: Free


Baikal eventsMusical winter art festival “Baikal-live winter”
29 February – 1 March 2020

“Baikal-live winter” – Chamber version of the annual festival of light music on the shores of Lake Baikal.


Baikal Live is an art festival that has been gathering lovers of good music and poetry for more than 10 years in the most mysterious place of Baikal, not far from the sacred island of Olkhon. “Live” in the name of the festival is not only a designation of the format (only live sound is welcome here), but also all that “living” that exists in nature and in people – creativity, inspiration, genuine emotions …

Here you will not meet the roaring crowds of spectators, as at Invasion. There are no notorious “boundaries of the genre”, as in many bardic glades. But here they often come with children, with parents, with loved ones … To be surprised again with old friends; meet the sunrise over the sacred lake; feel the centuries-old, calm power and strength of Lake Baikal. To hear, learn and discover in yourself something new.

A wide variety of styles fall into the music format: ethno and folk music, jazz and rock and roll, and an author’s song. In any case, it is bright, emotionally rich music.

Of course, the concept of “art” includes not only music, but any other art. Many workshops will not let you get bored in between music programs. A variety of dances, workshops on needlework and psychology, playing ethnic instruments and revealing a natural voice, scientific lectures … And this is only part of what you can do at the festival.


Baikal eventsMaslenitsa in Taltsy
29 February – 1 March 2020
the Taltsy Museum

Maslenitsa is the oldest Russian national holiday, which has now passed from pre-Christian times, surviving after the baptism of Russia.

From February 29 to March 1, the Taltsy Museum invites everyone to widely, cheerfully, in the “Russian” style to celebrate their favorite national holiday – Shrovetide! The program for you includes folk games and fun, eating pancakes, an “Pancake week” pillar, Russian dances, dances, songs, performances by folklore groups, and a trade fair selling handicrafts.

And also these days in the pocket of the main doll of the holiday – Pancake Week – you can put a note with a description of their troubles. According to popular belief, if you burn with it all your misfortunes, they will disappear with smoke.

The Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography is located 47 km from Irkutsk along the Baikal Highway.
Event cost: Free


Lake Baikal events Ice Marathon

XVI Baikal Ice Marathon
1 March 2020

The world’s only marathon between two opposite shores of the planet’s deepest lake!


Baikal Ice Marathon is both psychologically and physically demanding, as the clear air and flat terrain means runners can make out the distant finish line almost as soon as they begin – giving them nothing to focus on but how far they are from their goal.
The utterly featureless landscape gives little or no sense of perspective to competitors. It is a long, cold, lonely 42.195 km (half marathon – 21 km) trail across the barren white landscape.

Venue: Depending on ice conditions the starting line of the Baikal Ice Marathon will be located either in the settlement of Listvyanka on the western shore of Lake Baikal or near the stations of Tankhoy or Pereyomnaya on the eastern shore of the Baikal.


Lake Baikal events Ice Golf

Baikal Ice Golf Festival
5-8 March 2020

Surface cracks and ice hummocks created by wild Siberian nature form a fancy relief the Golf Course.


12th ice golf tournament is held in Listvyanka on the ice of Lake Baikal. Taking place on the transparent frozen surface of the Baikal the tournament promises to be spectacular and unpredictable.
Baikal Ice Golf Festival is not only a competition. This event give to participants a great opportunity to see the stunning nature of the lake, admire the sunsets over the snow caps of Sayan and Khamar-Daban, meet real Buryat shamans, take a ride on a dogsled or go to a ski resort “Mountain Sable” located 150 km far from Irkutsk.
Take part in the contest and spend the day on the shores of Lake Baikal getting new emotions and taking vivid photos!

Venue: Listvyanka, Irkutsk region
Website: (Rus)


sarminsky-shkval Festival of winter outdoor activities “Olkhon Nordic”
7-9 March 2020 (to be confirmed)

The IX annual festival of winter sports “Sarminsky barrage” will take place at the Small Sea area of the Baikal.


The concept of the festival is based on the idea of combining a variety of winter outdoor activities carried out on the frozen lake in the vicinity of the Small Sea. This fact makes the program of the festival diverse, rich and interesting to almost everyone.

The festival’s program includes ice skating, skiing, biking, and Nordic walking, over the following distances:
1. «Hard trip»
Route MRS-Uzury-MRS.
Duration: 2 days.
2. “ice track”, 50 km and 25 km
3. Children competition, 5 km
4. Nordic walking competition, 15, 10, 5, 2 km
5. Ice climbing competitions.

Venue: Sakhyurta village


blue-iceSled Dog Race
7-9 March 2020
Dog-drivers on sleds will compete riding on the frozen Baikal and through taiga, passing small Siberian villages.

The Baikal Sled Dog Race takes place annually in March. It is also called the “Baikal Race”. The length of the route in 2016 will vary from 56 to 500 km (35 – 310 mi).
Baikal dogsledding race is an unforgettable experience in which you are driving your own dogsled powered by a team of friendly dogs.
Venue: The starting point will in Irkutsk.
Website: (Rus)


blue-iceMusic Festival “Blue Ice”
March 2020 (to be confirmed)

Moscow musicians will perform classical and contemporary music right on the frozen lake’s surface.


The festival offers the most unusual combinations of musical instruments: piano and theremin, ice percussion, jade bells, etc.

Venue:Olkhon island, Khuzhir village
Event cost: Free


Lake baikal events Ice sailing

Ice sailing World Championship

March 2020 (To be confirmed)

Ice sailing Championship will be held at Lake Baikal for the ninth time. Last time it was organized at Baikal in March 2019.


Iceboat is similar in functional design to a sail boat but fitted with three skates which are intended to run over ice instead of water. International DN iceboat weights about 60 kilograms/132 pounds and can reach speeds of 150 km/h or 93 mph.

Venue: village Kurma, Maloye Morye strait of Lake Baikal


Baikal events

Erdyn Games
June 2020 (to be confirmed)

The international ethno-cultural festival Erdyn Games (Erdyn Naadan) will bring together shamans and athletes.


The festival program includes Buryat national struggle, throwing 10-pound stone at a distance, shooting from the traditional national archery, shearing sheep, running on 800 meters around the mountain Ekhe Erd, stick pulling, playing Buryat chess “Shatar” and this list isn’t going to end.
The cultural program will include Yokhor, a traditional circle dance, around the hill Erd. To enclose the circle at least 700 participants are needed.

A traditional contest “Beauty of Erdynsky games” will take place as a part of the festival. Unmarried girls from 15 to 26 years will have to complete four competitive tasks.

Venue: The west shore of the Baikal in the valley river Anga at the foot of the hill Ekhe Erd (to be confirmed).
Event cost: Free


Strawberry Festival Baikal eventsStrawberry Festival “Viktoriya”
July 2020 (to be confirmed)

The annual strawberry festival offers strawberry market, the mass eating of a strawberry pie, lots and lots of strawberries and other entertainment.


Strawberry festival is one of the most popular festivals of lake Baikal, which is held during the strawberry harvest time grown in the rays of the Baikal! The festival is accompanied by a entertainment program and performances of music bands.
Guests will be able to enjoy tasty “strawberry masterpieces” and buy a lot of ripe strawberries.

Venue: Baikalsk
Event cost: Free


Blacksmith festival Baikal events

Blacksmith Festival “Forging lace of the Baikal”
August 2020 (to be confirmed)

The best Siberian blacksmiths will come to Slyudyanka to demonstrate their skills, share experiences, and show their works.


They will create objects of artistic forging to present them at the festival. Besides, master classes dedicated to production of forging souvenirs will be held during the festival.

Venue: Baikalsk
Event cost: Free


Baikal fish festival

Baikal fish festival
August 2020 (to be confirmed)

Avid fishermen will compete in catching fish and preparation of the most delicious ukha (traditional Russian fish soup).


Visitors will enjoy stunning Baikal expanses and majestic mountain ranges.
Various performances and competition will accompany the festival. The event promises to be exciting.

Venue: Utulic village
Event cost: Free


Lake baikal events windsurfing

The water sport festival “Baikal wind”
Mid-August 2020 (to be confirmed)

The annual festival of water sport “Baikal wind” is traditionally held in the Bay “Possolsky sor”, near the walls of the ancient Transfiguration Monastery.


More than 200 athletes take part in the festival, the main objectives of which are to promote healthy lifestyles, to improve sports skills, and to promote adventure sports.
The festival activities include windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, water-skiing, beach volleyball, and even fishing and spear fishing. During 2 days, spectators and participants of the festival can take part in various master classes including capoeira, hatha yoga and Latin dance.
The Festival “Baikal wind” combines the main directions of young audience’s interests – music and extreme sports! Do not miss this event!

Venue: Bay “Possolsky sor”
Event cost: The prices varie from 200 to 600 Rub


Baikal events The day of the Baikal
September 2020 (to be confirmed)

The events draws attention to protection of the unique lake and help resolve some ecological issues.


On this day, entertainments of various types are held in Listvyanka village: contests, performances, Photo exhibitions dedicated to the Baikal.
In the evening, the open-air disco will be held right on the shore of the lake.
Volunteers and those who care about the future of the holy lake will be mobilized to clean the shore of the Baikal.

Venue: Listvyanka
Event cost: Free




2 thoughts on “Lake Baikal Events

  1. Sylvia Lin


    we are a group of 4 people who plan to travel Siberian train in april. we planned to arrive at ulan ude on 16 apr 2017. we are looking for a day tour to baikal tour on 17 April, do you have any recommendation for us?


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