Moscow traditionally celebrates its founding during the first weekend in September. This year the city celebrates its 867th birthday.
There will be about 1,000 different events and activities including parades, fairs, street entertainments, sports contests and live music concerts.
67 Moscow museums will offer free admission on 6 and 7 September (learn more about visiting Moscow museums free of charge). Over 170 free walking and bicycle tours will be organised over the holiday weekend. For instance, Moscow residents and visitors will have opportunities to visit the Novodevichy Cemetery (one of the capital’s biggest tourist spots) for free.
The celebrations begin on the Saturday with a procession along Tverskaya Street and finishing at the Kremlin. By the way, Tverskaya will traditionally become a pedestrian zone for City Day.
Date: 6-7 September 2014
Venue: Different locations around Moscow
Event cost: Free
Various concerts will be organized in the city centre, including a marching band parade of participants of the Spasskaya Tower festival.
An 8-hour-long concert will take place on Poklonnaya Gora.
Lots of events, including classical music concerts, will be held in Moscow parks such as Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno, and Sokolniki.
The Patriarshiye Prudy area will host a unique concert-on-water as a part of the Classics in the City festival.
The Boulevard Ring will host the traditional event Long Table. Exposition of each boulevard will dedicate to different themes: books on Nikitsky boulevard, art on Gogolevsky, and a kids area on Chistoprudny.
A fabulous laser show will be projected on the MGU skyscraper at Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills).
The Eternal Music concert will be accompanied by a light projection on the façade of the Bolshoi Theatre.
The celebration will culminate in the evening with a firework display launched from 12 different locations (start at at 10:30 pm).
Remember, that on City Day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to parades and street concerts.