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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.



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


St Petersburg Events White nightsWhite nights
11 June – 2 July 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

Experience the “White Nights”, when the city stops to sleep and sinks into the constant daylight.



During the “White Nights” the sun does not descend below the horizon, it hardly becomes dark and nights get indistinguishable from days. This phenomenon caused by city’s very northerly geographical location: at 59 degrees 57′ North.
Enjoy the walking along the embankment of the Neva river and watching the bridges across the river being drawn after midnight. It’s quite light enough and you can even read! Do whatever you want but remember this time is not for sleeping!

Venues: Throughout St Petersburg
Event cost: Free


 St Petersburg Events marathonXXX International marathon “ERGO WHITE NIGHTS”
30 June 2019
City center

The Marathon route is laid along the well-known architectural and historical monuments of St. Petersburg.



XXX International marathon “ERGO White Nights” is aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle, regular physical training and sports, the further development of international friendly sports contacts and tourism.
Start and finish of the Marathon will be at Dvortsovaya Square. The route goes through all the major sites of the city.

If you are not interested in sport events, we recommend you to go outside the city (for instance, Peterhof, Tsarskoye selo, etc.) for that particular day, as most of the city center will be closed for traffic.

Start time: 8:00 am
Cost of participation:
varies from 27 to 48 euro


Music Night in Gatchina
6 July 2019
State Museum-Reserve “Gatchina”

The combination of classical music with the majestic architecture of Gatchina Park and the beauty of its natural landscape.



The stage is mounted on pontoons on White Lake with illuminated Gatchina Palace in the backdrop.
The Festival features prominent ensembles, such as the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Karelia State Philharmonic Orchestra (Petrozavodsk). The concert programme includes works by P. Tchaikovsky, A. Borodin, E. Grieg, A. Dvořák and C. Saint-Saëns.
The festival is held at night, from 23:00 to 02:30.
The visitors can take an amazing night tour of the Gatchina palace and walk through the ancient alleys of the Park.

Venue: the State Museum-Reserve “Gatchina”. How to get there

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 Sacred concerts in the savior on the Spilled Blood Sacred concerts in the savior on the Spilled Blood
10 July – 7 August 2019
Griboedov Canal Embankment

Concert choir of Saint-Petersburg


Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir BEGLETSOV, Choirmaster Andrey OKHLOBYSTIN

10.07 Diletsky, Titov, Bortnyansky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff
24.07 Gretchaninov, Passion Week
07.08 Rachmaninoff, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Venue: Griboedov Canal Embankment, 2-b
Event cost: 900 rub (buy e-ticket without commission (Rus)


opera to everyone St Petersburg Events Opera to Everyone festival
12 – 21 July 2019
Different locations around the city

The Festival features opera concerts performed by the leading artists of Petersburg in the open air.



The project aims to breathe a new life into classical operas with the help of the architecture of Saint Petersburg. Masterpieces of world opera classics will be presented in open areas of the city, against the backdrop of the most beautiful architectural ensembles.
Traditionally, the Festival starts on 12th July, on the Day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

Venues and time:
July, 12 – 19:00 – Chaikovsky “Maid of Orleans” (Peter-Pavel’s Fortress)
July, 14 – 17:00 – Puccini “Bohemia” (Alexandrovsky Park, 4)
July, 18 – 19:00 – Rimsky-Korsakov “May Night” (Kirov Square)
July, 21 – 17:00 – Rossini “The Barber of Seville”, Tsarskoe Selo – Opera “Carmen” (Georges Bizet)
Event cost: Free

petrojazzInternational music festival “Petrojazz”
13 – 14 July 2019
Ostrovsky Square

«Petrojazz» is one of the biggest international open-air music festivals, being held from 2003 in Saint-Petersburg on a yearly basis.



Festival presents such genres as jazz, acid jazz, funk, disco, soul, blues, ethno, folk, world music. Over 200 musicians for 3 days!
In 2015, for the first time, the Festival was held in the very centre of St. Petersburg, at Ostrovsky Square, and was visited by more than 50000 listeners for two days.

Venues: Ostrovsky Square
Event cost: Free

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Battle on the Neva
13-15 July 2019
Peter and Paul Fortress

The large-scale festival “Battle on the Neva” features spectacular mass battles, fights and jousting tournaments right in the heart of the city.



The city is going to shudder from the sound of steel and horses’ hooves. Dozens of themed entertainment venues will operate throughout the festival.

Venues: Peter and Paul Fortress
Event cost: Free


International SUP-surfing festival
20 July 2019
Neva River

The festival program offers costume race, and bikini girls defile, as well as various performances and games.



Athletes and fans of sup surfing from Russia and other countries are taking part in the costume carnival in the center of the city.

Event cost: Free


Navy day St Petersburg Events Navy Day
27-28 July 2019
Different locations around St Petersburg

Traditionally, on this day decorated warships gather along the River Neva and engage in mock battles.



The regular Russian Navy was created at the initiative of Peter the Great in 1696 during a war against Ottoman Empire. Peter passed a decree on commencing the construction of a regular navy on 20 October 1696. This date is considered the official birthday of the regular Russian Navy.
During this Navy Day visitors will be able to see a parade of military ships, submarines, and civilian vessels down the Neva and get on board some of ships. In the evening fireworks will adorn the skies above the Naval Museum on Vasilyevsky Island.

Navy Day usually takes place on the last Sunday in July.

The grand Russian Navy day parade will start at 10:00 and last 1.5 h. The world’s largest submarine Dmitry Donskoy and the world’s largest surface combatant Piotr Velikiy will take place in the parade.

The Naval Museum will offer free admission during the whole day.

Venues: Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Naval Museum, Cruiser Aurora, Park of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg and the banks of the River Neva.
Event cost: Free


Night of lights gatchina St Petersburg EventsNight of light in Gatchina
16 – 17 August 2019
Gatchina park

For the fourth time the Gatchina park will host the festival “Night of Light”, a big light and fireworks show in the open air.



In 2019, the theme of the festival will be water, as the most important element that has the largest number of states and qualities. Water is both uncharted depths and a mirror of the surface. Water is philosophy and emotions, peace and aggression, love and hate, ebbs and flows… Gatchina Park and its White Lake are the best place for creative experiments with water, because thousands of festival guests annually make their journey along the lake shore.

Venue: Gatchina park. How to get there
Website: (Rus)




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.

  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

    1. admin

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

  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.

    1. admin

      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.

  4. lana

    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

  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

    1. admin

      “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.

  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?

    1. admin

      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.

  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?

    1. admin

      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: (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.

  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.

    1. admin

      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.

  9. PB

    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.

    1. admin

      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.

  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

  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

  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.

    1. admin

      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.

  13. Ahmed Pahad

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

  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!

    1. admin

      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.

  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.

  16. vince simonet

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


  17. Ambita Chenai

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

    1. admin

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

  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?

    1. admin

      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.

  19. Ann

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

    1. admin

      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.

  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.

    1. admin

      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.

  21. Yushi


    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.


    1. admin

      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.


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