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Free Museum Days Moscow events Free Museum Days in Moscow
3rd week of each month
Moscow museums

Third week of each month is a week when everyone can visit most Moscow museums for free.



It should be noted, that open museum day is carried out only by the museums that are under control of City Department of Culture. While the museums of the federal level (eg, Tretyakov Gallery, the Historical Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts) don’t participate in this initiative.
Please note! On these special days the number of visitors is greater than on other days of the year. So be prepared for queues.

Venues: For the full list of the museums involved in the action see the link.
Event cost: Free


Moskva River summer navigation season Moskva River summer navigation season
April – October 2021
The Moskva River

The summer navigation season begins in late April and involved over 150 boats. There are ten major river routes, including those beyond the city.


River navigation season in Moscow continues until the end of October.
Visitors can take a river bus at the berth near the Kievsky Railway Station, Novospassky Bridge in Gorky Park, at the Sparrow Hills, etc. On the way you will see such iconic Moscow sights as the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the monument to Peter the Great, Krymsky Bridge, Gorky Park’s embankment, the Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University and Novodevichy Convent.
The end of the summer navigation season in Moscow is slated for late October, but the exact date depends on weather conditions.

Venue: Moskva River
Event cost: Priсes start from 500 Rub

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cavalry guard change moscow events

Kremlin’s cavalry guard change
April – October 2021
Cathedral Square of the Kremlin

The Formal Infantry and Horse Guard Mounting Parade of the Presidential Regiment takes place around 20 times from April to October.



A centuries-old tradition of the ceremonial changing of the guard revives in Kremlin each Saturday through the Russian warm season. The ceremony involving infantry and cavalry was first started by Peter the Great. Nowadays, Presidential Regiment troops of the Special Guard, the Cavalry Escort of Honor and the Presidential Orchestra take part in the changing of the guard. The ceremony is a mix of intricate maneuvers by the infantrymen and cavalrymen, special arms’ drills and musical performances.

Venue: Cathedral Square of the Kremlin
Time: Each Saturday at 12:00 pm
Event cost: 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.


Flower Jam festival
1 September – 1 October 2021
Throughout Moscow

The cultural programme of the festival will involve flower arranging and gardening, and also culinary workshops in desert making.



In total, street oases with lounge areas and plants will appear at 19 sites of the “Moscow Season fest” venues and at other 16 city points:
– Revolution Square: Christmas trees, strawberries and pies.
A real Russian forest with birches, evergreen pines and fir trees with cones will grow next to the Kremlin. There you can admire the compositions of voluminous shrubs, flowers and even strawberries. Restaurateurs-participants of the gastronomic project “Summer in the city” will treat visitors with pancakes, pies and borsch.
– Stoleshnikov lane: roses will bloom here.
This lane is one of the most fashionable side streets in the center of Moscow. It will be turned into a real southern resort. The feature of the luxurious garden on this site will be a pergola entwined with lush wisteria and climbing roses. Other southern plants are also used in the project.
– Kuznetsky Most: huge aquariums.
The “Garden of Aquatic Plants” will appear near the entrance to the Central Department Store on Kuznetsky Most. The garden will be decorated in the form of a stylized figure of a fish. City structures will be decorated with willows, compositions of yellow bamboo, reeds, and flowering cannes. Other flowers and greenery will also be shown here, everything that usually grows along the banks of the pond. In the center of the garden there will be huge aquarium cubes with nymphs and other aquatic plants.
Venues: Throughout Moscow
Admission: Free



Moscow events city day

Moscow City Day
11 – 12 September 2021
Red Square

Moscow traditionally celebrates its founding in the early September. In 2021, the city celebrates its 874th birthday.



There will be about 1,000 different events and activities including parades, fairs, street entertainments, sports contests and live music concerts. Lots of events are also held in Moscow parks such as Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno, etc.

The format of the event depends on the epidemiological situation.
If the “Moscow City Day 2021” will be held in the usual offline format, the following sites will host the intense program: VDNH, Tverskaya, Arbat, Tsvetnoy Boulevard,Victory Park, Gorky Park, Zaryadye, Hermitage Garden, Sokolniki.
Concert venues and bright billboards announcing the 874th anniversary of Moscow will appear in the streets, installations and art objects will be erected in parks, live and 3D sculptures will be placed at some venues.
Fireworks of the Moscow City Day 2021
The fireworks will be held on September 12, 2021 at 21:00.

Venue: Throughout Moscow
Event cost: Free


Moscow events circle of light

Festival “Circle of Light”
20 – 24 September 2021
Throughout Moscow

Circle of Light festival is a unique event, devoted to the growing possibilities of modern lighting technologies.



For the Circle of Light Festival Russian and international designers and artists produce light and multimedia shows, creating projection mapping on the facades of the most notable buildings, cultural monuments and other facilities in Moscow as well as integrate their creative ideas into the architecture of the city. The project allows everyone to reveal the familiar face of Moscow in a new light.

Moscow will set aside seven venues to host the 7th Moscow International Circle of Light Festival.

The opening of the festival will take place on September 20 on the Grebnoy Kanal Channel, where the multimedia show “Seven Notes” will take place.
On September 21 and 22, at 19:45, Muscovites and guests of the capital will be able to see screenings of multimedia and pyrotechnic show on the Grebnoy Kanal Channel.
The closing of the festival “Circle of Light” will also take place on the site of the Grebnoy Kanal Channel on September 24, it will consist of two parts. The audience will see the light show “The Code of Unity”.
At the end of the festival, the audience will enjoy a musical and pyrotechnic performance – a high-altitude fireworks.

Event cost: Free
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moscow events marathon Moscow Marathon
26 September 2021
Throughout Moscow

The Moscow Marathon offers a unique opportunity to run 42.2 km and 10 km through the very heart of city.



The Moscow Marathon route offers a spectacular tour of Russia’s capital, from the embankment of the Moskva River by Moscow City, to the Garden Ring, across Krymsky Bridge, along the Boulevard Ring and on Tverskaya Street, through Teatralny Passage and under the walls of the Kremlin before finally reaching the finish line at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.

Over the course of the race, participants will be able to see more than 30 world-famous attractions, including the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow City, and four of the Seven Sisters skyscrapers.

The Moscow Marathon is a member of The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). Routes of 42.2km and 10km races are certified by AIMS. This year both distances of Moscow Marathon are measured by IAAF-AIMS Course Measurer Sergei Korneev (cat. B).

Friday, 24 September
Participant packet pick up.

Saturday, 25 September
Participant packet pick up.

Sunday, 26 September
7:00 Start area opening.
8:45 Start of wheelchair and handcycle race.
9:00 Start of marathon, 10 km and corporate relay.
15:40 Finish line closes.

Cost of participation: 6500 rub


Group Military Tours in Moscow
October – December 2021
Military grounds and museums

The tank tours are quite expencive for individuals, that is why we designed the group tours. See the schedule below.



1. Ride on a replica of the German JagdPanther tank destroyer (from 12,500 rub per person).
(Moscow): October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
November 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31

2. Ride on a replica of the newest Russian tank T-14 ARMATA (from 20,500 rub per person). The tour is also includes a visit to the museum of military vehicles, 10 blank shots of AK-47, assembling/disassembling of AK-47, and military lunch.
(Moscow): October 3, 17, 31 at 11:00
November 14, 27 at 11:00
December 12, 26 at 11:00

3. Ride on the replica of the self-propelled gun “Gromada” (20,500 rub per person). The tour is also includes a visit to the museum of military vehicles, paintball shooting and grenade throwing, and military lunch.
(Moscow): October 3, 17, 31 at 11:00
November 14, 27 at 11:00
December 12, 26 at 11:00

4. Infantry fighting vehicle BMP-1 and Armoured personnel carrier BTR-80 (23,000 rub(BMP) and 16,000 rub (BTR)).
(Moscow): October 23 (to be confirmed)
November 27 (to be confirmed)
December 25 (to be confirmed)


1 – 31 October 2021
Restaurants of Moscow

The main gastronomic event of the year in Moscow!



Every October in the city’s best restaurants chefs create for the guests a special menu and demonstrate the maximum of their talent.

The chefs are limited by the maximum price of the dish – 1900 rub. This means you afford a dish in any high class restaurant.

Ask for “Tasting Menu” and discover new flavors.

Event cost: Free
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Kremlin Cup
18 – 24 October 2021
The Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace and the Palace of Sports «Luzhniki»

Tournament with a great history!



The event is to be held at two arenas simultaneously – the Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace and the Palace of Sports «Luzhniki». Both arenas are located within walking distance from each other with free shuttle buses to be commuting between the two venues to make it more convenient for the spectators. One can also reach the venues by car (all Luzhniki parking lots will be available) as well as using urban transportation (two Moscow metro stations and the station of Moscow Central Circle railway road are within walking distance). The center court will be located at the Gymnastics Palace while courts №1 and №2 will be laid at the Palace of Sports.



Moskva River winter navigation season Moskva River winter navigation season
October 2021 – April 2022
The Moskva River

During winter season, a dozen ice-class boats carry passengers on a 2.5-hour tour along the route. Book a cruise



Luzhniki Stadium – Vorobyovy Gory Park – the Peter the Great monument – St Basil’s Cathedral – the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment high-rise. Passengers can board the boat on the pier by the Ukraina Hotel, or by Gorky Park.
Ice-class boats with a reinforced bow can break ice of up to 20 cm thick on the Moskva River. If the ice gets thicker, an ice-breaker escorts the boat.

Venue: Moskva River
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    night of art moscow eventsNight of Art
    3 – 4 November 2021
    Throughout Moscow

    Various cultural institution of Moscow including museums, libraries, theatres, and exhibition halls will offers their visitors extensive cultural program.


    In 2021, the “Night of Arts” will be held for the ninth time. Museums and theaters, exhibition and concert halls, libraries and cultural clubs will hold thematic events in offline and online format. The virtual audience will be able to get access to lectures on art, concert, virtual tours of museums, etc.

    Venues: Throughout Moscow Event cost: Free.
    Some events need prior registration!


    ArtLife Fest ArtLife Fest
    25 – 31 October 2021
    The central exhibition hall Manege

    The international interactive Festival of Contemporary Art ARTLIFE is a world-wide cultural event with an important educational mission.


    The concept of the festival this year is “The Path of a new reality”. The goal is to give everyone the opportunity to touch the incredibly powerful and beautiful power of art, which helps to revive the belief that reality is amazing and beautiful.

    400 paintings by artists
    39 lectures
    24 master classes
    All days of ARTLIFE FEST, a lecture hall will work – an educational space for 500 listeners. Its busy schedule includes more than 30 lectures on the most relevant topics from leading speakers and artists of the festival. You can attend the lecture both in offline format and buy an online broadcast.

    Venue: Manezhnaya Square, house 1.
    Event cost: from 1000 Rub.


     Vezdekhoder (off -road vehicles festival) Vezdekhoder (off -road vehicles festival)
    4, 5 November 2021
    Expocentre Fairgrounds on Krasnaya Presnya

    The goal of “All — terrain Vehicle” is to develop this industry and introduce a wide audience to off road cars.



    Dozens of all-terrain vehicles will be presented at one site- the latest developments, unique models and historical exhibits. There is no other all-terrain event of this scale in Russia.

    The program of the festival:
    – Presentation of all-terrain vehicles on an area of over 10,000 m2 — among them equipment on ultra-low pressure wheels, tracked vehicles, cars with positive buoyancy, mobile homes, as well as unique design developments;
    – Sale of equipment, consultations of the best specialists, services for the organization of all-terrain tours;
    – An exhibition of rare all-terrain vehicles of the past;
    – Show program for the whole family;
    – Lectures, master classes and speeches by speakers from the stage — people who have done or created something that seemed incredible to others;
    – Summing up the results of the year, company reports and plans for the next season;
    – A meeting of old friends and like-minded people.
    Our country has been No. 1 in the production of all-terrain vehicles for several decades. In the USSR, this was provided by famous factories and the engineering genius of design bureaus; now the all-terrain direction is the patrimony of the brave and extraordinary, those who are ready to create new things and conquer previously inaccessible peaks. “All-terrain vehicle” has been collecting all of them since 2019.

    Starting at 19: 00
    Venue: Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment, 14, Vystavochnaya metro station.
    Event cost: 600 Rub.


    night of art moscow eventsThe Toguchi Cosplay Festiva
    21 November 2021
    Palace of Culture MIIT

    Toguchi is an opportunity to break through the border of reality and feel like a favorite character!


    The Toguchi Cosplay Festival is one of the oldest and largest cosplay festivals in Russia. The festival, which brings together all fans of reincarnating into a favorite character starting with traditional eastern trends (anime, manga, j-rock, Japanese street fashion), continuing with Western and Russian (films, cartoons, books, comics, celebrities, historical costume, etc.) and ending with original author’s costumes or a synthesis of various famous characters and styles.

    The festival is based on a rich program of stage performances. But even if you came just as a spectator – you can also turn into a character and surprise everyone with the skill of your reincarnation!

    Toguchi is 1000+ like-minded people in one place and at one time, a bright stage program for the whole day (dances, catwalk shows, karaoke, games with the audience), a big fair for every taste and budget, a free professional photo corner for everyone who came in a suit and traditionally a free commemorative badge!

    If you came in a suit as a spectator, there are always comfortable rooms for changing clothes.
    The program starts at 13: 00.
    Participants can enter at 10: 30,
    Viewers can enter at 11: 00
    Venues: Novosushchevsky lane, house 6, building 1, metro station Maryina Roshcha.
    Event cost: Free.


     IX International Festival IX International Festival “The Future of Jazz”
    27 November 2021
    The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

    Young musicians will perform with the world-famous Moscow Jazz Orchestra conducted by Igor Butman.


    According to the established tradition, the event will bring together promising musicians of a new generation who have never played together before. This project is truly unique: it allows the young musicians create the history of modern jazz. Over the past years, the Festival has presented Oleg Akkuratov, Kate Davis, Francesco Cafiso, Ivan Sherman, Mark Whitfield, A Boo, Russell Hall, Jake Labazzi, Julius Rodriguez, Philip Norris, Victoria Kaunova and many other young talented performers to the Moscow public.

    Every year, in addition to their own projects, the participants of the “Future Jazz” present unique musical numbers on the stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall together with the People’s Artist of Russia Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra.

    Igor Butman is rightfully considered the main ambassador of Russian jazz art on the world stage. In 1999, he founded his famous Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Quintet and Quartet, which for almost two decades have toured hundreds of cities around the world.

    Starting at 19: 00
    Venue: 4/31 Triumfalnaya Square.
    Event cost: Priсes start from 1000 Rub.


    Moscow events new year

    New Year’s Eve
    31 December 2021
    Throughout Moscow

    “New year” is a public holiday and the most celebrated day in Russia.



    It is the most popular holiday in Russia. For the Russians, the New Year is a family holiday; people prefer to spend it with their friends and relatives. Russian Holiday tradition includes a decorated New Year’s fir-tree. Children wait for Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Claus), to come and bring them presents.

    The public events might be cancelled due to Covid situation.

    Remember, that the New Year’s celebrating lasts from December 31 to January 9. All these days are official days-off. On these days most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.


     The Volleyball World Championship The Volleyball World Championship
    26 August – 11 September 2022
    10 Russian cities

    The Volleyball World Championship, which Russia will host for the first time, is bound to become one of the main sporting events in the country in 2022.



    24 teams secured their participation in the main tournament of the FIVB four years, which will be held in ten Russian cities from August 26 to September 11, 2022.
    Matches will be hosted by 10 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk. 24 national teams will take part in the championship. The format of the tournament provides for two group stages and the Final Six in Moscow, following which a new world champion will be determined.

    Group A: Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Puerto Rico (Moscow)
    Group B: Brazil, Japan, Cuba, Qatar (Kemerovo)
    Group C: Poland, USA, Mexico, Bulgaria (Novosibirsk)
    Group D: France, Slovenia, Germany, Cameroon (Ufa)
    Group E: Italy, Canada, Turkey, China (Yekaterinburg)
    Group F: Argentina, Iran, Netherlands, Egypt (Krasnoyarsk)

    Opening match on August 26 in St. Petersburg: Team of Russian Volleyball Federation – Tunisia
    Website: www.



    25 thoughts on “Moscow Events

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      1. russia

        Hi! We have updated the event list, please check. Now you can find information on the Moscow new year celebrations here.

    2. Nir

      Hai…i’ll be in Moscow on 18-19th of dec 2019… I try to find the activities or event that we can watch or experience on that date…the only thing is christmas celebration on GUM…

      Could you please advice any event on that date?

      Thank you for reading this

      1. russia

        Dear Sir,

        Here are the list of the events:

        1) Journey to Christmas
        Red Square
        13 December 2019 – 12 January 2020 10:00­–22:00

        2)Exhibition “Archit­ectural Model of Mos­cow”
        Prospect Mira, 119, VDNH
        from 10 a.m. to 8 p.­m.
        daily except monday

        3)Skating rink at VD­NKh 2019/2020
        VDNKh skating rink will operate until Ma­rch 1, 2020.

        4)Exhibition “The Art of Russian Embroid­ery of the 16th – Ea­rly 20th Centuries”
        From October 17 to February 23, the Kolo­menskoye Museum-Rese­rve will host an exh­ibition entitled The Art of Russian Embr­oidery of the 16th – early 20th Century from the collection of the Kolomenskoye-­Izmailovo-Lyublino Museum-Reserve.
        Tuesday – Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00,
        Monday is a day off.
        Ticket price – 200 rub

        5)Exhibition “Tomorr­ow is the New Year!”
        From October 24 to December 31, the Gard­en Ring Museum will host the exhibition “Tomorrow is the New Year!”
        from 10:00 to 18:00
        from 12:00 to 21:00
        Saturday Sunday:
        from 11:00 to 18:00
        Monday is a day off!
        Prospect Mira, 14 p. 10

    3. Giang Nguyen

      Hi. I have just found out your website and thank you so much for all interesting news/events. I’m a little bit of regret for not finding out your website earlier and had missed several interesting events.

      May I have a question about the free museum day/week? I have accessed to the link to see the participated museums, but I don’t know how to find about the detailed schedule for which day, which museum shall be open for free? Could you please let me know the detailed schedule in September and October this year?

      Thank you

      1. russia

        There is no information on September. Please contact us in mid-August to find out the accurate information.
        However, the square might be closed without advance announcement.

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      1. admin


        Yes, the Red Square is open on the New Year 2019 eve. The celebration starts at 22.00 and lasts till 02:00.

    5. Zohre

      Hey .I will have a tour to russia in dec 2018. I need some info about places with excitibg activity in that time .I wouls be appreciated if you help me.

      1. admin

        There are a lot of activities in Moscow. What kind of activities do you like? What about snowmobile ride? dog sledging is also available.

    6. uzi shaysh

      i am a travel agent and i look for all details of Moscow Red Square Festival in summer 2019 for orchestras.
      i have 2 orchestra candidate

      1. admin

        Did you mean 2018? Because there is still no information about the festival.And what is the name of the festival? Spasskaya Tower?

    7. Annick Eiselé

      Will the Red Square be closed on 5-6-7 May for rehersals? If so, is closed all days and evenings?

      1. admin


        Normally, the dress rehearsal takes place 2 days before the Victory Day. The Square is closed this day. Most likely it will be open on other days. However, now it is difficul to predict.

    8. Blanche Verster

      We are in Moscow for 3daysbut the Red square is closed. 26 – 28 Dec 2017. What is the reason? When will it open?

    9. Amy

      Will Gorky Park be open for ice skating on December the 25th? What are the normal hours of operation?

      Thank you!


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