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Free Museum Days Moscow events Free Museum Days in Moscow (Currently not available)
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
March – May 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.



The schedule of military tours in March – May 2021:

1. Ride on a replica of the German JagdPanther tank destroyer (from 11,500 rub per person).
(Moscow): March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
May 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 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): March 7, 22 at 11:30 and 14:30
April 4, 19 at 11:30 and 14:30
May 2, 9 at 11:30 and 14:30

3. Ride on the replica of the self-propelled gun “Gromada” (18,500 rub per person).
(Moscow): March 1 at 11:30
April 5 at 11:30
May 3 at 11:30


moscow events Spring Flower Festival
10 April – 30 May 2021
The Moscow State University Botanical Garden

XX Spring Flower Festival will be held in the Moscow State University Botanical Garden “Aptekarskiy Ogorod”


Festival guests will be able to see a record number of tulips – more than 100 thousand, as well as boundless carpets of primroses with honey aroma, daffodils, sakura, magnolia, lilac, bird cherry, tree peonies, rhododendrons, apricots, cherries, plums, apple trees, a huge Ussuri pear and many others flowering plants.

The peak flowering of tulips falls on Victory Day – the riot of colors will continue for a couple of weeks.
Venue: 26/1 Mira Avenue
Event cost: from 700 rub
Opening hours: Every day from 10: 00 to 21: 00


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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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.


moscow events The “SKY: Theory and Practice” Aviation Festival
22 – 23 May 2021
Balashikha City District

This annual aviation festival has already gathered fans of the sky from Russia and other countries, its program pleases both amateurs and “avia gourmets”.



In 2021, for the first time in the framework of the festival “SKY:theory and practice” will host official competitions in aviation racing and helicopter sports. Aerobatics from world and European champions. Demonstration and demonstration flights. Performances of the best aerobatic groups of small aviation in Russia.

15 meters from the ground, a track with pylons, smoke and crazy speeds.
The festival will host the first official competitions of the 2021 season – the MARZ CUP!
You have a unique opportunity to witness this exciting competition. For 2 days, the best drivers of the race will compete for the title of the best.

Venue: Balashikha City District, Fedurnovo village, “Chernoe airfield”
Coordinates: 55.759401, 38.056070
Event cost: from 700 rub


The Moscow Cycling Festival
23 May 2021
Sakharov Avenue

A new format of city event, it’s a multi-format action that unites sport, culture, lifestyle and puts Moscow on a par with major European and world capitals.



12 AM
Opening the festival village on Sakharov Avenue with the main entrance from the Komsomolskaya square. All guests and participants will enjoy an entertainment program on the central stage, contests with prizes and gifts, food courts and interactive zones.
1 PM
The cycling column will start moving along the closed Garden Ring. No cars! Only sunny spring city and a great mood!
4 PM
Closing the festival village and finishing all the entertainment program.

Participation in the Moscow Cycling Festival is free, everyone can participate. Cycling festival is not a sport event, special training program or equipment is not required. You can participate with any sport level riding any bike.

Participation in the Moscow Cycling Festival is free, everyone can participate. Cycling festival is not a sport event, special training program or equipment is not required. You can participate with any sport level riding any bike.
Event cost: Free


Usadba Jazz Festival Moscow events

Usadba Jazz Festival
30 – 31 May 2021
Museum-Estate Arkhangelskoye

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Usadba Jazz Festival. A grand celebration and special guests are expected.


The festival always concentrates a large number of musicians and musical groups on its venues. It promotes creative development, useful communication and musical diversity. “Usadba Jazz 2021” has a great influence in musical sphere of society, allows to support young performers, and introduces the audience to foreign performers and groups.

Time and date: 30 – 31 May 2021
Venue:Event cost: from 2500 Rub


Red Square Book Festival
3 – 6 June 2021
Red Square

The annual book festival takes place in Red Square and is timed to coincide with the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, and Russian Language Day.



Throughout Red square, there will be book stands, tents for meetings with authors and round tables, spaces for children and master classes, and lounge areas.
A stage will be built near St. Basil’s Cathedral to host performances by famous artists, musicians, film and theater stars.

Venue: Red Square
Event cost: Free
Website: (Rus)


Moscow events russia dayRussia Day
12 June 2021
Throughout Moscow

Russia Day is the national holiday of the Russian Federation, which has been celebrated every year on June 12 since 1992.



On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament declared Russian sovereignty from the USSR.

Concerts and fireworks take place in many cities throughout the country. There is a big celebration and parade at Moscow’s Red Square.

Remember, that June 12-14 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
Event cost: Free


moscow events Times and Epochs Festival“Times & Epochs” Festival
1 – 12 June 2021 (To be confirmed)
Throughout Moscow

9 days, 30 locations, and 6000 participants. Parks and squares, streets and boulevards will become camps for reenactors from all over the world.



The idea of the festival is to gather in the Russian capital all the best from the world of mondial reenactment. Different epochs will be intertwined in the streets and parks in the integer historical performance. Muscovites and tourists will walk around the center from one era to another, go to the parks to see a XVII century battle or Catherine the Great’s cavalcade, a combat of Roman legions with barbarians or a camp of the Russian Imperial Army.
The festival will open with the arrival of a retro train to one of the Moscow Stations, built in the early XX century. On the train to the capital will come reenactors, representing all the epochs of the festival.

Admission: Free


 Wild Mint Music Festival Moscow events

Wild Mint Music Festival
18 – 20 June 2021
Bunyryovo village, Tula region

Wild Mint is one of the biggest music festivals in Russia. Being a multiformat festival, Wild Mint erases all the boundaries in music!



Major international groups, famous Russian artists, an impressive electronic program plus young promising musicians.
Wild Mint has to offer a unique infrastructure: transfers from the metro station, modern camping, eco-hotels, restaurants, cinema, lecture-hall, market and more.
Festival ticket gives you an opportunity of visiting up to 100 gigs with the option of leaving the festival site and coming back for as many times as you choose.
The festival site is accessible by car, suburban train or official festival transfer departing from Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo metro station.
There are over 50 restaurants and cafes at the festival venues.

Time and date: 18 – 20 June 2021
Venue: Bunyryovo village, Tula region (140 km from Moscow)
Event cost: from 4500 Rub


MAKS Moscow moscow eventsMAKS Air Show
20-25 July 2021
Zhukovsky town

The International Air show MAKS occupies a leading position in the ratings of major world aviation forums.


Air show includes strategic displays of aerospace production, demonstration flights, various forums and seminars. Different types of aircrafts will be displayed in the sky and at the static stand.
The show is traditionally held on odd years, so do not try to find any information on MAKS 2018, MAKS 2020, etc.

Venue: Ramenskoye airfield
Address: Zhukovsky town, Moscow Region
Event cost: Ticket prices vary


moscow events Tournament of St. George
22 – 25 July 2021
Tournament of St. George

The sixth Moscow Tournament of St. George at the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve will take place.


Tournament schedule
July 22nd:
Opening ceremony. Presentation of knights, judges, and the Court of Ladies.
Dismounted Tournament, first group of knights.
The first round of the walking tournament.
Dismounted Tournament, second group of knights.

July 23:
Skill at arms of the first group of knights.
General melee.
Dismounted Tournament of the second group of knights.

July 24:
Skill at arms of the second group of knights.
The second round of the walking tournament.
Dismounted Tournament of the first group of knights.

July 25:
Final of the walking tournament
Dismounted Tournament, the final group of knights.
The award ceremony. Closing.

Venue: Equestrian sports complex Ivanovskoe. Lugovaya str., 23, Ivanovskoye village
Event cost: from 1500 rub


moscow events III International Equestrian Festival “Ivanovo Field»
23 – 25 July 2021
Equestrian sports complex Ivanovskoe

The event introduces the Russian traditions and cultures of equestrian competitions.


Equestrian performances and competitions are one of the most anticipated parts of the festival “Ivanovo Field 2021”. However, the festival program is not limited only to equestrian competitions. Jousting, horse shows of the world, performances in trick riding, show jumping and other equestrian disciplines, walks with charming ponies – this is only a tenth of what awaits you at the “Ivanovo Field”.

On the territory of the Equestrian centre “Ivanovskoe” you can visit historical camps, interactive play areas, as well as a sheep farm, a trampoline town, an aviary with mini-horses. Guests can enjoy horse riding, horse-themed workshops, a fair, and a food court.
Venue: Equestrian sports complex Ivanovskoe. Lugovaya str., 23, Ivanovskoye village
Event cost: from 1500 rub


Archstoyanie Moscow events

Festival “Archstoyanie-2021: Personal”
23-25 July 2021
Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

Archstoyanie is the annual international festival of landscape objects in Nikola-Lenivets.



This year, artists and architects of the “Archstoyanie” will reveal the code that records a PERSONAL message to a PERSONAL ONE.
An architect, a founder of the Totan Kuzembayev Architectural Workshop will present the Mausoleum of Dreams, Moscow’s chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov will present the project “Ideal Russian”, and artist Vladimir Nasedkin will present the “Drunken Fence”.
The work of the winners of the open competition Vasilisa Prokopchuk and Yevgeny Bragin will also appear at the “Archstoyanie”. The main goal was to create a work of art that is accessible to every visitor to the park. The jury selected their work “Impenetrable Thicket” among 250 applications from around the world.
The “Impenetrable Thicket” is a cylindrical room with movable walls of hanging branches. Being in the center of the thicket, the visitor can try to find the way back with closed eyes. The festival program also includes an audio promenade by Fyodor Elyutin, theater performances in the forest and open field, lectures, concerts and sound installations.
Time and date: 23-25 July
Venue: Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.
Near Zvizzhi village (Rus: Звизжи)
Event cost: 3200 Rub


moscow events Festival “Gardens and people”
12 – 22 August 2021

It is an international festival of landscape art, and gardening.


Specialists of the festival “Gardens and People” in Moscow present bold ideas of modern garden design at the competition, and guests for several days admire the works of the winners and participants, learn a lot about how to properly care for plants, and also take part in a rich cultural program.
The central event of the festival “Gardens and People” in Moscow is the competition of author’s gardens. From the hundreds of works submitted to the contest by participants from different countries, the organizers choose the most interesting ones. Projects are evaluated by the audience and the highest judges.

The best are selected in several categories: large and small gardens, beginner gardens, art objects, “Teacher and student”. And the invention of the participants in terms of design and concepts is limitless. The inspiration for the masters of landscape design is the theater, cinema, childhood memories, oriental practices, forces of nature, sports, historical events, even computer games become will the inspiration. From the very first festival “Gardens and People” in Moscow, there has been a tradition to determine the general theme of the garden competition. As the organizers say, the theme is needed to guide the participants, but not limit their imagination.
Venue: VDNH, Prospekt Mira, 119, p. 228


International festival of fireworks
17-18 August 2021
Brateyevsky Park

The 3rd International festival of fireworks “Rostec” will bring together leading pyrotechnics of the world.



Teams from eight countries (Russia, Austria, Armenia, Brazil, China, Romania, Croatia and Japan) will fire off about 60,000 volleys into the sky, which is 10,000 more than last year. About 27 tonnes of fireworks will be used in the competition. Fireworks will reach a height of 200 metres.

Visitors will enjoy concerts, master classes, quests, meetings with poets and actors, sports entertainment and much more. This year’s festival theme, Moscow on Seven Hills, is dedicated to the upcoming city anniversary. Hummocks in Brateyevsky Park will be named after historical hills, and interesting art pieces will be displayed on them.

Visitors will also be able to walk along an arts and crafts market and explore a historical food court to try national cuisines from many countries.

Time: The site will be open from noon and the fireworks show will run from 9 pm until 10:45 pm.
Venue: Brateyevsky Park
How to get to Brateyevsky Park:The nearest metro stations are Borisovo, Alma-Altinskaya, Shipilovskaya. The nearest bus stops are Borisovo, Borisov Ponds (Borisovskie prudi), Brateevo Bridge (Brateevsky most).
Event cost: 400 – 2000 rub


moscow events International Festival “Signal”
19 – 22 August 2021
Nikola-Lenivets Art Park

Signal is an international festival that brings together electronic music and contemporary art.


Every year, as part of the project, viewers will enjoy live performances of musicians, dj sets, large-scale art objects, installations by artists and, of course, dances from dusk to dawn.
Who will definitely be performing at Signal:

The founder of the art platform My Own Jupiter, Nicolas Lutz (Nicolas Lutz) from Uruguay;
Berlin DJ and Club Der Visionaere resident Sonja Moonear);
British DJ Bruce (Larry McCarthy);
Lebanese techno DJ Nur Jaber);
Finnish musician Vladislav Delay together with media artist AGF;
Founder of the Wicked Bass label from Ukraine Noizar;
Summer of Haze, Vlada and Nikita Zabelin are responsible for the Russian stage.

Venue: Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.
Near Zvizzhi village (Rus: Звизжи)
Event cost: 4900 Rub


Forum ARMY International Military-Technical Forum «ARMY-2021»
22 – 28 August 2021
Patriot Park

A unique opportunity to see everything with your own eyes and even climb on the armor of a tank or an armored vehicle.Book the tour

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Experience unforgettable emotions! Become a participant of an unforgettable event!

For the first time ever the concept of the show includes dynamic presentation of military equipment. Visitors of the International Military-Technical Forum «ARMY-2021» will have a rare opportunity to learn to drive military machinery and try various types of combat arms.
You will have a chance to try your hand in 10 various training simulations that teach military men and women to use various kinds of military equipment and machinery.

The Land and Water Clusters of Alabino Testing Grounds will have two unique scheduled demonstration programs every day.
The dynamic show of military machinery and equipment will follow a common tactical theme, imitating a real military operation on land, on the sea, and in the air.
It will be complemented by an airshow. Various types of aircraft will imitate close combat, and paratrooper forces will present an air acrobatic show.
The Aviation Cluster at Kubinka Aerodrome will present a static exposition of aviation equipment, and the demonstration program will include performances by legendary Russian piloting groups: Berkuty, Strizhi and Russkie Vityazi.

On tour to International Military-Technical Forum «ARMY-2021», you will be able to visit a static exposition at Patriot Park , see the miliatry show in the Alabino military ground and aerobatic performances in Kubinka Aerodrome!

Venue: Patriot Park
Event cost: To be confirmed

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    moscow events Tank biathlonTank biathlon
    22 August – 4 September 2021
    Alabino training field

    International Tank Biathlon is a variety of tank and armored vehicle events ranging from armored vehicle driving to gunnery.



    A Tank biathlon is a military sport with some similarities to the winter sport of biathlon. Tank crews will show the skills of rough terrain passing and the ability to provide accurate and rapid fire while performing maneuvers.

    The crews participate in pursuit, individual races, and sprints among other events. There are also competitions for tank crewmembers. Tank-men compete in long-distance running races and obstacle courses.

    First held in 2013, the event takes place at Alabino training field just outside Moscow. Last year 12 countries participated the competition, including Russia, China, Serbia, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Angola, Iran, etc.

    Usually, all the teams use Russian T-72 tanks, except for the Chinese crews, who use their own T-96 tanks. However, this year, India will probable use This year, however, India may bring its T-90 Bhishma tanks.

    Venue: Alabino training field
    Event cost: To be confirmed


    Moscow events spasskaya tower

    Spasskaya Tower
    27 August – 5 September 2021
    Red Square

    The Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival will take place on Moscow’s Red Square in early autumn.



    The traditional participants of the Festival are the units of the State Honour Guards and the leading Russian and foreign military music bands from 14 countries. In accordance with the tradition the opening of the Festival will be held within the framework of the Days of the City of Moscow. The Festival demonstrates the great historic value of the music. The program includes marches linked to the most important episodes in the history of Russia and other countries. Guests can expect a great show that will include marching bands and classical music, lasers and fireworks.

    Venue: Red Square
    Event cost: To be confirmed


    Moscow events city day

    Moscow City Day
    4 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.

    Venue: Throughout Moscow
    Event cost: Free


    Moscow events circle of light

    Festival “Circle of Light”
    end of September – beginning of October 2021 (To be confirmed)
    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.

    Venue of the Circle of Light 2021 festival – Moscow, various venues of the city:
    Bolshoi Theater
    Maly Theater
    Rowing channel
    Theater Square
    Polytechnic Museum
    Sakharov Avenue

    Event cost: Free
    Web site:



    MOSCOW GASTRONOMIC FESTIVAL Moscow Gastronomic Festival
    October 2021 (To be confirmed)
    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
    Web site:


    24 thoughts on “Moscow Events

      1. russia

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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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?

    6. 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.

    7. 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?

    8. 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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