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Free admission to the Hermitage St Petersburg EventsFree admission to the State Hermitage Museum
First Thursday of each month
The State Hermitage Museum

On the first Thursday of each month the Hermitage grants free entrance for all individual visitors.

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The Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. The museum houses over 3 million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment.
Once you are in the museum on the first Thursday of the month, take your free ticket at the box office and enjoy exploring world’s richest art collection.
It is worth noting that preschool children, schoolchildren, and students irrespective of citizenship visit the Hermitage free of charge at any time.
Remember, the “free” action is not extended to guided tours.

Venue: The State Hermitage Museum
Address: 2, Palace Square (Rus: Дворцовая Площадь, 2)
Event cost: Free
Website: www.hermitagemuseum.org

 

International Festival “Arts Square”
14-26 December 2018
Theatres and museums of Saint Petersburg

The 19th international winter festival “The Arts Square” will be held by the institutions located at a square of the same name.

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The festival unites different forms of art. The main part of the programme will be performed at St Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. The main theme of the festival is the anniversaries of outstanding composers.

Venues: St Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, Church of the Savior on Blood
Event cost: 600-12,000 rubles depending on the performance
Website: http://www.philharmonia.spb.ru

 

Ice Sculptures Festival Ice Sculptures Festival “Ice Fantasy – 2019”
21 December 2018 – 3 February 2019
Naryshkin bastion of Peter and Paul Fortress

More than 30 Russian and world’s best sculptors work on the exposition of the festival creating their masterpieces from fragile ice.

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For the first time ever the ship with scarlet sails will be seen in winter. The symbol of the summer Saint Petersburg will go under the open ice vaults of the Palace Bridge and send the spectators on a journey around the world. The ice copy of the legendary ship will be the highest sculpture of the festival with its 8-metre height. It will symbolize a wonderful dream that will surely become true on the New Year’s Eve.
Every visitor can make a wish near a huge piggy bank, as the pig is the symbol of the coming 2019 in the Chinese calendar.
The temperature in the pavilion will be below 0 °С for the whole period of the festival, and ice sculptures will be illuminated with lights of different colour in the darkness of the cold room.
Charming characters, a huge New Year Tree, prizes for the smallest visitors will give the “Round-the-world Travel” festival the New Year mood.

 

Saint Petersburg Christmas Fair Saint Petersburg Christmas Fair
22 December 2018 – 7 January 2019
Pionerskaya Square

Plunge into the atmosphere of a winter fairy tale and take a trip through Russia without leaving St. Petersburg!

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All visitors of the Fair will be able to see Russian and European traditional celebrations of the New Year.
Buffoons and circus performers, illusionists and jugglers, minstrels and troubadours, animal trainers and puppeteers, artists on stilts and fairy tale characters from round the world will take part in merry Christmas festivals and the daily festive procession that any person wearing a fancy dress or a New Year carnival mask can join.
Competitions and contests will give everybody an opportunity to get a Christmas present from Ded Moroz and Snegurochka, traditional Russian New Year characters.
Different regions will be presented by small houses that will be open for the visitors. Merchants from various countries will offer a rich selection of traditional products and specialties, gifts and souvenirs, and will treat the guests with dishes of their national cuisines.




 

gatchina-new-yearThe New Year Fair in Gatchina
30 December 2018 – 8 January 2019
Gatchina Palace

Plunge into the atmosphere of a winter fairy tale and take a trip through Russia without leaving St. Petersburg!

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Gatchina Palace will offer New Year and Christmas entertainments for its guests throughout the winter holidays. You will enjoy concerts of folk groups, excursions, traditional winter entertainments, horse riding, blacksmiths master classes, traditional Russian round dances with Ded Moroz. The fair will be open from the noon to 7 p.m.

Venue: Gatchina, Krasnoarmeiskiy pr., 1, Gatchina Palace
Event cost: Free
Website: http://gatchinapalace.ru/en/

 

The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera
31 December 2018
Konstantin Palace

We invite you to the Konstantin Palace for the New Year’s Masquerade Ball, which reproduces the atmosphere of the musical “The Phantom of the Opera”.

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In the Blue Hall of the Palace you will meet the most mysterious ghost of the century, the magnificent voices of the opera singers, the enchanting sounds of the saxophone, the graceful dances, the mesmerizing magic, light and fire show.
The grandiose firework will be the culmination of the New Year’s Night and you will have the opportunity to admire it from the palace’s terrace.
This night the main valet de place to the mysterious world of magic will be a master of improvisation, an actor and presenter Arseny Popov.
Photographs taken in the themed photo zones will be the wonderful memories of such a magical night.

Website: http://www.konstantinpalace.ru

 

light show St Petersburg Events New Year Light Show
26 – 30 December 2018
Palace Square

In Anticipation of the New Year, Palace Square will come alive with multimedia light show.

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Laser show at Palace Square is a magnificent performance that will amaze anyone. The laser images will be shown on the facades of the General Staff Building and other historic buildings of the square. The laser show will start at 7 p.m.
You will also enjoy costume mini-performances presented by professional actors from different parts of Russia.

Venue: Palace square
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg Events new yearNew Year
31 December 2018 – 8 January 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

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

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Traditionally, New Year celebrations take place on Nevsky Prospekt and Palace Square, and include street entertainments and live music. Traffic on Nevsky Avenue will be closed from 21:00.

In addition to Palace Square, Gostiny Dvor and Malaya Konyushennaya Street also will host New Year celebrations.

The festivities will starts at 23.00 and last until 4.00. At 3:00, the fireworks will be launched over the Neva River.

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.

The Metro will operate during the New Year’s night on December 31 – January 1.

Venue: Different locations around the city
Event cost: Free

 

Virtuosos Guitars XVI Festival-Competition “Virtuosos Guitars”
13 – 18 Januar
The State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg

Solo performance, guitar ensembles, composers, craftsmen handmade guitar.
 

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The concerts of the XVI Festival-Competition “Virtuosos Guitars” will be performed in one of the best concert halls in Europe – the State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg.
Laureates of international competitions, well-known Russian and foreign guitarists will take part in Gala concert “Stars of guitar music”. Start time is at 19 o’clock.
Venue: The State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg
Website: http://virgit.ru/

 

St Petersburg Events

Defender of the Fatherland Day
23 February 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

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

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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.
Authorities may organize local parades to honor the military and veterans on this day.

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 St Petersburg
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg Events maslenitsaMaslenitsa
4-10 March 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian festival, a mix of pagan beliefs and Christian traditions, which marks the end of winter.

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Central Park of Culture and Recreation of Kirov will host annual festival “Maslennitsa”. Its program includes several concert stages, competitions, special gifts for visitors in national costumes. Everyone will find the own way to entertain: to listen to cheerful chastushkas, to learn traditional Russian crafts, to learn the Cossack fancy riding, to take part in amusant competitions, to taste pancakes with various fillings.
Traditional festivities will take place in the Park of Alexandria in Peterhof. The program includes: bright theatrical performances, fun contests, games, performances by folk groups and burning of effigies.

Maslenitsa is another reason to visit the Mariinsky Theater. Each year, the theater becomes the stage for the international choir festival, Maslenitsa in Song, which this year begins on Feb. 12. Opened by the Prague Philharmonic Choir, on Feb. 15 they will show the four-hour play, The Snowmaiden, with simultaneous subtitles in Russian and English.

Ice slides are a classic of Russian winter entertainment, where everyone is equal— rulers and commonfolk, urbanites and villagers, children and adults. During the entire week of Maslenitsa people can slide down the ice mountain on Zayachy Island by the Peter and Paul Fortress.

This year, the Palace Square of Peterhof will host theatrical performances, workshops for kids and, of course, stacks of buttery pancakes. For those interested in knowing more about the traditions connected to this Slavic folk holiday, the Benois Museum at Peterhof will host a special exhibition running from Feb. 8-18 that explores how Maslenitsa used to be celebrated in Russian noble families.

If you are looking for one-catch traditional event, then head over to the the annual celebrations at Babushkin Park on the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18. The park offers all sorts of activities for both adults and children, from performances of folklore groups, games, contests, workshops and an ice rink to burn off all the calories gained during the pre-Lenten indulgences.

Finally on Forgiveness Sunday you will be able to ask your family and friends to forgive you for any wrongs you have done and prepare for a new start, symbolized by the burning of the Maslenitsa effigy. At Yelagin Island the closure of the week will be accompanied by a light show as well as traditional dances and music. Here, a full immersion into the traditions will offer still more advantages: participants in traditional costumes will be granted free entrance and receive special gifts.

Sourse: www.rbth.com and https://themoscowtimes.com

Venues: Central Park of Culture and Recreation of Kirov, Peterhof, Tsarskoye selo, Pavlovsk Park, Peter and Paul fortress, Mariinsky Theatre, Zayachy and Elagin islands, etc.
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg EventsInternational Women’s Day
8 March 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

International Women’s Day is an internationally recognized celebration of women and their social and political achievements.

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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 St Petersburg
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg Events PaskhaPaskha (Easter)
28 April 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

The Orthodox festival and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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Paskha is how Russians call Easter, the main holiday of the Russian Orthodox Church. Believers end 40 days of fasting with midnight church services. During Paskha is customary to eat “Kulich” and “Paskha”, special yeast fruit cakes.
Variuos fairs are opened on St Petersburg’s pedestrian streets. Visitors can try traditional Russian Easter dishes and learn what customary Easter gifts for friends and relatives are.

Venue: Park near the Kazan Cathedral, Malaya Konyushennaya street
Event cost: Free

 

summer navigation season St Petersburg EventsSummer Navigation Season
April 2019 – November 2019
Neva River

April to November, drawbridges are opened for a few hours during the night to let ships pass through. This is one of the best city show.

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As the Neva river is covered with ice between mid-December and early April, ships are unable to navigate the river.
With the spring arrival, the river turns into a busy “highway” with a wide range of different vessels from passenger tour boats to cargo ships.
Over a dozen city bridges are drawbridges, which should be raised every night during the navigation season according to a stable schedule. Once you are in Saint Petersburg, follow the schedule to avoid being stuck in one part of the city.
The bridge raising is one of the best city show. A walk along the embankments at this time or a ride on a cruise boat will leave an unforgettable impression about St. Petersburg at night.

Venue: Neva River
Event cost: Free




 

 

38 thoughts on “St Petersburg Events

  1. Tim de Groot

    What is the place to be tonight for celebration of Russia Day in St. Pete? Any fireworks and if so at what time? Thank you.

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  2. Tagiben

    Why were there fireworks tonight (1st June) in St Petersburg? We are staying until the 4th June and it would be good to know if more are planned

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    1. admin Post author

      1st of June is a Children Protection Day, hence the fireworks. During 2nd-4th of June the celebrations with fireworks aren’t expected.

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  3. Melinda Szabo

    Hi there, we will arrive to St. Petersburg at 27th May, and I would like to know that exactly when and where will be the firework take place? Thank you for your answer.

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    1. admin Post author

      The fireworks will be launched at 23.00 on May 27. The launch will be made from the beach near the Peter and Paul Fortress.
      The best view points will be on the Neva banks and on the bridges.

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  4. lana

    Hello,
    I am planning to come to Scarlet Sails celebration on 23 June. Do you by any chance know the route of the boat? I need to book a hotel or apartment and have only a vague idea where the boat will sail. Please help. Where does it come from, where will it go? thank you

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  5. Sweta V

    Hi.. I plan to visit Russia from 1st May to 7th May this year.. Is it a good time to travel? Could anyone plz suggest the places that I can cover in 6days.. I was planning to go to Moscow and St. Petersburg.. Is there any place else I should consider??
    Due to Victory Day approaching closer to my travel dates, will I face travel issues or something.. Your insight will really be very helpful. Thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      “Is it a good time to travel?” Warm weather and numerous holidays make May the best month to visit Russia.

      “Could anyone plz suggest the places that I can cover in 6days.. I was planning to go to Moscow and St. Petersburg.. Is there any place else I should consider??”.
      6 days are not enough even for Moscow and St Petersburg 🙂
      However, if you are eager to cover as much as you can, go to Vladimir and Suzdal. They are belong to the Golden Ring and full of places of interests and historical sights.

      “Due to Victory Day approaching closer to my travel dates, will I face travel issues or something..”
      Don’t think so.. One of the drawbacks of the Victory day celebration is that some flights can be delayed due to aerobatic performances.

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  6. Joey

    Hi, we will be visiting St Petersburg in Sep. We want to see the fountains in Peterhof. But we also understand the fountains may be closed in Sep. Do you know when the fountains will be closed in Sep this year? are the public allowed to watch the closing ceremony?

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    1. admin Post author

      The closing ceremony is usually held in mid-September. However, the actual closing of the fountains is scheduled for the end of September or mid-October depending on weather.

      “Do you know when the fountains will be closed in Sep this year?”
      Unfortunately no. It will be known in May-June.

      ” are the public allowed to watch the closing ceremony?”
      Of-course! You can buy the tickets yourself or book our tour for the closing ceremony.

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  7. Jorunn Lemvik

    I wonder if it is possible to attend concerts by orthodox church choires in St. Petersburg? Next question: how is September in terms of tourist visit in St. Petersburg?

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    1. admin Post author

      Yes, choires concerts take place in some cathedrals, for instance in St Isaac’s Cathedral, State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg, Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Here the schedule: http://isaak.ticketnet.ru/ru/billboard/1#section=21 (Rus.language, use google translate)

      “how is September in terms of tourist visit in St. Petersburg?”
      September is a good time to visit the city, especially if you come in the first two weeks of the month. The weather is still pleasant and the tourist flow is already less.

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  8. Rochelle

    Hi, I will be in St Petersburg May 27-city day, are the fireworkss very beautiful and how long do they last for? My plane actually departs at 3pm so I’m wondering if I should stay another day to watch the fireworks, and the carnival. Will there be many festivities pm that day as there is not much information when u search the internet, thx for your advice.

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    1. admin Post author

      Usually, plenty of events take place on this day, including bike parades, street concerts, carnavale, etc. The program of activities isn’t announced yet.
      The last couple years there were no fireworks on the City Day. However, this year the city will celebrate its 315th birthday. Perhaps, this year will be an exception.

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  9. PB

    Hi,
    We will be in St. Petersburg for just a few hours, 8am-3pm en route to Moscow by train, on May 9th. Because of the Victory Day activities, will it be possible to walk around at all? Will we be able to see much of St. Petersburg’s lovely buildings?
    Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      If you travel by train and you don’t need to go to/from the airport, then you will have enough time to walk around. Normally, main streets are closed and some public transport routes are changed due to street events.

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  10. Abdulaziz Alheraiqi

    I will be in saint petersburg Russia
    between 1/2 to 16/2 2018
    I wonder if there is live courses in
    AI and machine learning and what is most important meeting or conference
    held in Saint Petersburg in these dates
    thanks

    Reply
  11. Abdulaziz Alheraiqi

    I will be in saint petersburg Russia between 1/2 to 16/2 2018
    I wonder if there is live courses held in Saint Petersburg in these dates
    thanks

    Reply
  12. Tara

    Are there any large events planned for late March to mid-April? I would like to visit then, but want to know about the demand for and availability of hotels at this time.
    Thanks you.

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    1. admin Post author

      The accurate dates of most festival aren’t announced yet. Stay tuned for new events. We update the page each month.

      The only festival with a known date is Paskha (Easter). Paskha is the main holiday of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 2018, it will be held on April 8th.

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  13. Ahmed Pahad

    I will be in Saint Petersburg from 27 – 30 December.
    What events and festivals are on during that time?

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  14. Poy

    Hello. I plan to visit Saint Petersburg from 1-4 May 2018. For 1 May which is Labor day, will the Peterhof palace, the Catherine palace, and Hermitage museum open on this day?

    Thank you very much!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Poy,

      The Hermitage is closed on Monday and May 9 (Victory day). However, on 1-4th of May it may have shortened working hours.
      Concerning Peterhof, there are still no exact information on the opening hours in 2018. You have to wait until February-March.

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  15. janice wilson

    I am coming to Leningrad (St. Petersburg) from Canada to celebrate the centennial of the amazing Russian Revolution I hope to join in on whatever is happening, especially on November 9th.

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  16. vince simonet

    Hi, are there any other events celebrating the November revolution in St Petersberg, from the 4th to the 7th of November?

    Thankyou

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  17. Ambita Chenai

    Hello. When do the new year lights on the streets come on in St.Petersburg?
    Thank you

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    1. admin Post author

      In late December, closer to the new year holidays the city will be lit by numerous lights

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  18. Jittapa

    Hi, I am planning to join scarlet sails event 2018 but I am not sure what exact date or period. My plan is 26th May – 2nd June 2018. Could you please advise me?

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi!
      The accurate dates will be announced in March-April. However, based on the experience of previous years, the Scarlet Sails 2018 will likely be held either on June 15-17 or on June 22-24.

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  19. Ann

    Hi,
    We’re going to visit St. Petersburg from 2nd to 9th November,
    Any events planned for that days?
    Thanks

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    1. admin Post author

      We cant say exact dates of the events scheduled on October-November. They will be known in September. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We update the page each month.

      Reply
  20. Matias

    Hi, i will be in st petersburg between 14th and 16th september. I cant find tickets for visit the palace on that dates. Will the palace be open on that days? Thanks.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Matias!
      The Peterhof staff told that the palace will be open on 14th of August for a whole day, but on 15th and 16th of August it will be most likely open until noon because of the closing ceremony of the fountains.

      Reply
  21. Yushi

    Hi..

    Is there any cultural event that we can attend in Russia during Winter Time?

    We are planning to visit St Petersburg & Moscow from 27Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018.

    Thank you.

    Regards
    Yushi

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    1. admin Post author

      Dear Yushi,

      The period you mentioned is one of the brightest in Russia and St Petersburg. Begining from 31 December the New year holidays start. They are widely celebrated throughout Russia and offer winter leisures, fairs, and even street concerts. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We update the page each month.

      Reply

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