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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


Group Military Tours in Moscow
October 2019 – December 2019
Military grounds and museums

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



The schedule of military tours in October – December 2019:

1. Ride on a replica of the German JagdPanther tank destroyer (from 11,500 rub per person).
(Moscow): October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Novomber 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 23, 24, 30
Decmber 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

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 6, 20 at 11:30 and 14:30
Novomber 2, 10, 17, 30 at 11:30 and 14:30
December 2, 21, 22 at 11:30 and 14:30

3. Ride on te BMP-1 and BTR-80 (23,000 rub and 17,000 rub).
(Moscow): October 27 at 11:00 (to be confirmed):

4. Ride on KV-2/SU-100 (8,000 rub per person).
(Irkutsk):October 20


cavalry guard change moscow events

Kremlin’s cavalry guard change
September – October 2019
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) – 700 rub.


Moscow Gastromic Festival Moscow Gastromic Festival
1-31 October 2019
Restaurants of Moscow

The main gastronomic event of the year in Moscow!
Ask for “Tasting Menu” and discover new flavors.



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.

Event cost: Free
Web site:

“Golden autumn” Festival
4 – 13 October 2019
Central sites

This year the festival is dedicated to innovation in agriculture. You will see how “smart technologies” can serve for the benefit of agriculture.



Also at the festival venues you can choose the best products from all over Russia,
try dishes of a special autumn menu, get acquainted with Russian gastronomic history and traditions at informative lectures and excursions, as well as take part in culinary, creative and sports classes and watch performances and concerts.
Event cost: Free
Web site:


Moskva River winter navigation season Moskva River winter navigation season
28 October 2019 – 24 April 2020
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 2019
Throughout Moscow

November 3–4, 2019 Moscow will host the seventh annual city cultural and educational event “Night of the Arts”.



More than 250 free events will be held in all Moscow districts.

The action will cover museums and theaters, libraries and cinemas, cultural centers and parks, as well as such unusual sites as Kazan and Kiev stations, and Sheremetyevo airport. From evening to morning, concerts, performances, shows, and excursions will be held in Moscow. More than 500 artists will perform at 14 city venues.

Venues and timing:

1. Museum of Moscow
– November 3, 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Performance Train to Chattanooga ChooChoo
The jazz orchestra conducted by Pyotr Vostokov and the Crimean Collaboration
– November 3, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
SounDrama – extracts from the play “One-armed from Spokane”
– November 3, 20: 30-22: 00
Literary performance on the autobiographical work of Vladimir Mayakovsky “I myself”

2. Kazan Station
November 3, 18:30 p.m. – November 4, 01:00 a.m.
The premiere of the production “The Night Train Symphony” is the central event of the “Nights of the Arts”.
The musical performance will be held in the superior room of the Kazan station.
In a multimedia journey will take part
famous academic groups and soloists of opera houses.

3. Kiev railway station
-November 3, 17:30 p.m. −18:30 p.m.
“Vauxhall song. Big night serenade “
-November 3, 18:30 p.m. −19:30 p.m.
Vocal-dance flashmob “A cappella” by Ekaterina Grishaeva’s group and vocal-dance flashmob “Singing Passengers”

4. Moscow musical theater “Helikon-opera”
– November 3, 19:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.
Sergey Rachmaninov. Opera “Aleko” based on the poem by A. S. Pushkin “Gypsies”
The grand opening of the “Night of Arts” will take place at the Helikon Opera musical theater, where they will show the production of Sergei Rachmaninov’s opera Aleko based on the poem by A. Pushkin’s Gypsies.

5. Sheremetyevo International Airport named after A.S. Pushkin, Terminal E
November 3, 16:00 p.m. -18 00 p.m.
Musical and poetic performance “Pushkin forever”

6. Pushkin S November 3, 18:00 p.m. – 19:00 p.m.
– Choreographic performance “People’s Path” quare
– November 3, 19:00 p.m. – 20:00 p.m.
Visual interactive program Red Pushking. Street Theater “Black Square”
– November 3, 20:00 p.m. – 21:00 p.m.
Theater named after Alejandro Valencio. Performance “Around Pushkin”

7. Program in theaters of Moscow

Event cost: Free. Some events need prior registration!


Moscow events national unity dayDay of National Unity
4 November 2019
Throughout Moscow

Annually, the Russian Federation celebrates the liberation from Polish-Lithuanian invaders in 1612.



It is an official holiday and a day off. Different events are planned to be held throughout the city. Russian march, a traditional annual rally, will be carried out in the center of the city.

Remember, that 4 of November is an official day-off. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Throughout the city
Event cost: Free


Disco on the ice rink Moscow events Disco on the ice rink
22 November 2019
Gorky Park

Ice rink of Gorky Park has already managed to catch the fancy of the city’s residents and guests.



A Large-scale opening party will be held on November 22, 2019, at 19.00-23.00. Ticket office will work till 22.00.

The ice arena accommodates over 6 thousand people. Besides, a children’s ice rink and a hockey box will open.

Photo by Syuqor7


moscow events Christmas celebration in GUM
30 November 2019- 28 February 2019
GUM Department Store

Christmas celebration in GUM implies a lot of music and performances as well as competitions and games.



At the fair you will find delicious food and drinks, traditional dishes of the Russian cuisine and sweets. You can enjoy a magnificent exhibition of Christmas decorations. There will be a lot of music and performances throughout the holidays as well as competitions and games held by traditional Russian New Year characters Ded Moroz and Snegurochka. You will see fairy tale characters and hear Russian folk songs.
GUM, the State Department Store, is a famous shop on Moscow’s Red Square.

Venue: GUM, Red Square, 3
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11:00-22:00
Friday: 11:00-23:00
Weekends & Holidays: 10:00-23:00



moscow events Journey to Christmas Journey to Christmas
December 2019 – January 2020
Throughout Moscow

The Christmas fairy-tale will begin on Red Square and fill all pedestrian areas of the capital.



Christmas treats from various parts of Russia and Europe, magnificent light installations from world-known photo-artists, open-air theatre performances, master classes, fairs and a great number of other entertainments.

Venue: Throughout Moscow
Event cost: Free

ice festival moscow events Ice Festival
December 2019 – January 2020
Poklonnaya Hill

Ice sculptures exhibition opens annually a week before the New Year.



Venue: Poklonnaya Hill, VDNKh, Sokolniki Park, Krasnaya Presnya park and Luzhniki park.
Website: (Rus)


moscow events Magical Winter at VDNH
December 2019 – January 2020

The International Exhibition Centre VDNKh will house the Magical Winter exhibition in December.



The guests will be offered traditional Russian fair entertainments including sledding and tubing. A huge skating rink will be free of charge.

VDNKh (Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva) is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow. Between 1991 and 2014 it was also called the All-Russia Exhibition Centre.

Venue: International Exhibition Centre VDNKh, Prospect Mira, 119
Entrance fee: Free


Moscow events new year

New Year celebration
December 2019 – January 2020
Throughout Moscow

“New year” is a public holiday in Russia. In 2020, the celebration will be lasting from January 1st to 8th.


“New year” 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.
Plenty of events are usually being held during these days: ice sculpture competitions, different concerts, contests, snowball fights, sleigh rides etc.

Remember, that 31 of December – 8 of January 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.

Venue: Red Square, Izmaylovsky Park, Pushkinskaya ploschad, Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno and other venues
Event cost: Free


Moscow events christmas

Russian Orthodox Christmas
7 January 2020
Throughout Moscow

Christmas is a national holiday, however many Russians continue to focus on the New Year’s celebration.



Events begin on the eve of the holiday. People attend Christmas religious services which are held in churches during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral near the Kremlin is one of the main services.

Remember, that 7 of January is an official day-off. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Different locations around Moscow
Event cost: Free

epiphany-dayEpiphany Day
19 January 2020
Throughout Moscow

As part of its yearly tradition to celebrate Epiphany Day, Russian Orthodox Christians bathe in icy rivers and ponds to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ.



Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is believed holy and pure until next year’s celebration, and is considered to have powers of protection and healing.
Epiphany Day marks the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by Saint John and is traditionally held in Russia, which uses the Julian calendar, on January 19.
As the weather of January ranges between -10 to -20 (central part of Russia), local authorities provide security and medical assistance.

Venues: Revolution Square, Izmailovsky Kremlin, Ostankino pond, Upper Tsaritsyno pond, etc.
Event cost: Free


Moscow events men day

Defender of the Fatherland Day
23 February 2020
Throughout Moscow

It is a public Russian holiday and day off which is celebrated on February 23 every year. Book a cruise and see fireworks



The day focuses on the achievements of military forces and veterans.
Most Russians observe this holiday as a day of Russian men including those who never served in the military.

The Defender of the Fatherland Day fireworks will go off at 16 city venues on the evening of 23 February. The display will start at 9 pm and last for 10 minutes, during which 74 devices will fire about 10,000 salvos. The Moscow sky will light up with flashes of red, white and green sparkles. Each fireworks explosion will be about 300 metres in diametre.

Defender of the Fatherland Day fireworks venues:

1. Park Pobedy, 400 metres from the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Partisans Alley
2. Park Pobedy, Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora, on a hill near the park’s entrance
3. 18 Fedosyino Street, near the pond
4. Luzhniki Olympic Complex, opposite the Big Sports Arena
5. The square between VDNKh’s northern gate and Selskokhozyaistvennaya Street
6. 38 Novgorodskaya Street, near Altufyevsky Pond
7. Bauman township, near Serebryano-Vinogradny Pond, in front of Bld. 3
8. 3a Zarechye Street, Bldg. 1 at ROSTO (Russian Defence Sports-Technical Organisation) site
9. The universal sports ground, 60 metres to the southeast of the main building of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)
10. 11 Akademika Pontryagina Street, Block 3 by Chernevsky Pond
11. 5 Roslovka Street, at the landscape park behind the Akvamarin fitness centre
12. Tushino Airfield, 500 metres to the southwest of Volokolamskoye Motorway
13. 2b Festivalnaya Street, Park Druzhby (Friendship Park), near The Friendship of Continents sculpture
14. 8 Ozyornaya Alley, Park Pobedy, the lower fountain site, near the pond
15. The Troitsk Separate Division of the Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (LPI RAS), Fizicheskaya Street, 300 metres to the northeast of Prioperty
16. The Moskva River embankment opposite 25 Borisovskiye Prudy Street, Block 2.

Remember, that February 23 is an official day-off. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Different locations around Moscow
Event cost: Free

If your trip to Russia coincides with Defender of the Fatherland Day, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate it on the the yacht, enjoying the delicious food, live music and fireworks.

Book a cruise


Moscow events maslenitsa

24 February – 1 March 2020
Throughout Moscow

Traditional Maslenitsa fairs will take place at various central Moscow sites. The programme features folk celebrations, sporting events, street shows, etc.



It is also known as Pancake Week. Pancakes (rus: Блины [Blini]) are usually baked in large quantities and shared among friends and family to symbolize the sun and warmth. Maslenitsa lasts for up to one week. The burning of the effigy is the traditional culmination of the festival.
Venue: Different locations around Moscow
Event cost: Free

Venue: Red Square, Revolution Square, Manezhnaya Square, Novy Arbat Street, Tverskoi Boulevard, Kremlin in Izmailovo, Tsaritsyno museum, Victory Park on Poklonnaya Gora, VDNKh, etc.
Event cost: Free



golden mask MoscowGolden Mask
April 2020
Moscow theatres

Golden Mask is a Theatre Festival that demonstrates the most significant premiers of the previous season.



Golden Mask is also the National Theatre Award established in 1993 by the Theatre Union of Russian Federation. The Golden Mask Award is the most prestigious award in different genres of theatre art: opera, ballet, drama, modern dance, operetta, musical, and puppet theatre.

Venue: Various venues across Moscow
Event cost: Ticket prices vary


Moscow events women day

International Women’s Day
8 March 2020
Throughout Moscow

International Women’s Day is an internationally recognized celebration of women and their social achievements. Book a cruise and see fireworks



The Women’s day is an official public holiday which is celebrated on March 8 every year. Started as a Socialist political event the day eventually lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women. There is a tradition among Russian men to undertake all household duties on this day so that women can enjoy a full day of rest.

A special entertainment show is being held in different locations of the city.

Remember, that March 8 is an official day-off. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Different locations around Moscow
Event cost: Free

If your trip to Russia coincides with the Women’s day, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate it on the the yacht, enjoying the delicious food, live music and fireworks.

Book a cruise


Moscow events women day

International festival “Guitar virtuosos”
18 – 19, 21 – 22 March 2020
P.I. Concert Hall Tchaikovsky

XV Anniversary Moscow international festival “Guitar virtuosos.”



The legend of the classical guitar from Japan, Kazuhito Yamashita, will come to the anniversary festival to play with the orchestra and in a duet with his daughter Koyumi Yamashita. Discussions about the possible arrival of Kazuhito at the festival have been going on for the last ten years; finally it will happen!

After a long break, Dmitry Illarionov will perform at the festival – he takes part in an orchestra evening and at a gala concert!

After a break, Aniello Desiderio will again come to the festival, who will play a whole recital.

Venue: P.I. Concert Hall Tchaikovsky




20 thoughts on “Moscow Events

  1. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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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