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

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



First Thursday of each month:
19 March
16 April
21 May
18 June
16 July

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


summer navigation season St Petersburg EventsSummer Navigation Season
April – November 2021
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.



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


opening ceremony of fountains St Petersburg EventsOpening Ceremony of Peterhof’s Fountains
22 May 2021

Every year visitors of St. Petersburg have a great opportunity to see a traditional opening and closing festival of the fountains in Peterhof.


Due to Covid situation, the event might be cancelled. Stay updated!

The Opening Ceremony of Peterhof’s Fountains it is a grand Spring Festival which gives rise to the Fountain Season. Each fountain will be turned on one by one. The show will be accompanied by musical performances, fireworks and celebrations.

Note! The actual launch of the fountains is scheduled for the 28th of April.

Book the tour to the opening ceremony and enjoy a stunning colorful spectacle. Do not miss the opportunity to see a pyrotechnic show with a theatrical performance in the Lower Park near the Grand Palace of Peterhof.

Price of the tour:
1 PAX – 13500 rub
2 PAX – 8000 rub per person
3-4 PAX – 6100 rub per person
5-8 PAX – 5000 rub per person
9 PAX or more – 3900 rub per person

The price includes:
– Entrance fees to the Lower Park
– Ticket to the closing ceremony
– Hotel pick up/drop off
– Transfer to Peterhof museum
– English-speaking guide

The price doesn’t include:
– Food and beverage


St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKYFestival of sand sculptures
25 May – 8 September 2021
Peter and Paul Fortress Beach

“A World without Borders” is the theme of the festival in 2021.


In 2021, the sculptors set a competitive task – the construction of a sand colossus with a height of more than 10 meters, the current record of the festival.

Guests of the sand sculpture festival in Petropavlovsk will enjoy three-dimensional compositions of various fairy-tale heroes and creatures: long-extinct dinosaurs, huge octopuses, dwarves and giants, courageous samurai and knights.

Venue: Peter and Paul Fortress Beach
Working hours:from 10: 00 to 22: 00
Event cost: from 300 Rub


St Petersburg Events city daySt. Petersburg city day
27 May 2021
Throughout Saint Petersburg

St.Petersburg is going to celebrate its 318th anniversary. On this day in 1703 Peter the Great laid the first stone of the Peter and Paul Fortress.



There is traditional celebrating with a parade on Palace Square, historical displays, public concerts and fireworks show on the background of the Neva River.

Venues: Different locations around St Petersburg
Event cost: Free


St Petersburg Events stars of white nights

The Stars of the White Nights Festival
28 May – 31 July 2021
Mariinsky Theatre

The Stars of the White Nights festival is considered one of the best classical music events in the world.


The festival was founded by Valery Gergiev, the director of the renowned Mariinsky Theater. Year after year, the festival gathers best artists to share their talent and perform classic masterpieces. Apart from classic theater performances on the Mariinsky’s stage, numerous outdoor events are held throughout the city and fill the air with the spirit of the world’s best performers. Over its 25-year history “The White Nights Stars” has proven to be one of the largest and most interesting musical events in the world.

Please note! As the festival is very popular, tickets must be booked in advance.

Venue: Mariinsky theater
Event cost: Prices vary


Tulip Festival
29 – 30 May 2021
Yelagin island

Tulip Festival is a great spring holiday that turns Yelagin island into a residence of various flower colors.



Tulip Festival has become one of the brightest spring events in the city. Elagin island will turn into the largest flower garden of several thousand square meters.
Florists and designers will create a truly fantastic atmosphere.
Gardeners were inspired by the aesthetics of Diaghilev’s famous Russian Seasons.

Venue: Kirov Central Park, Elagin Island, 4
Event cost: Free


Ceremony changing guard St Petersburg EventsCeremony of changing of the guard
the end of May – October 2021
Naryshkin Bastion at the Peter and Paul Fortress

The modern ceremony of the guard mounting, developed by the military headquarters of St Petersburg, is a tribute to an old tradition.



The guard duty in Peter and Paul Fortress has existed since the first months of its foundation. It was only in October of 1926, when the commandant’s supervision of the fortress was abolished. Initially the ceremony was performed by the soldiers and officers from the regiments, dislocated in St Petersburg, then by the soldiers from the permanent city garrison and by the guard regiments since 1720s.
The focal points of this performance are parade and trooping of the flags of the Russian Federation and St Petersburg.
The guard is mounted on the territory of Naryshkin Bastion after the traditional 12 o’clock cannon shot.

Time: Each Saturday at 11:55
Venue: Naryshkin Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress


St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKY PrichalBoatShow Festival
29, 30 May 2021
Osinovetsky Lighthouse

The first ever festival of water-powered equipment Prichalboatshow 2021.


Prichalboatshow stands at the origins of the iconic event, which is designed to become a regular event in the world of water technology. The first show festival in the north-west of Russia is not just an exhibition, it is a place where you can communicate and have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

In the program of the festival:
Exhibition of boats of the middle price segment;
Fair of useful things and souvenirs;
Animators and children’s areas for young captains;
Master classes in boat control and maintenance.
Discussions with famous travellers;
Interactive presentations of equipment and accessories;
Boats’ test drive;
Delicious food and show program.

Venue: Leningrad region, Cape Osinovets, Road of Life, village. Ladoga Lake, 20
Working hours:from 09:00 to 21:00
Event cost: 280 Rub


St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKY Ipposfera Exhibition
11 – 14 June 2021
Derby Equestrian Club

Ippisfera is the largest equestrian exhibition in Russia and in the CIS.


The exhibition program includes 12 breed rings, jumping competitions, horse trials in Springarten, demonstration performances in jigging and vaulting, and a jousting tournament
The horse show “Ipposfera” in 2021 is held in an open area in the format of a festival for the whole family. The daily show program at the outdoor arena will feature costumed performances of the best equestrian clubs, theatrical equestrian performances, pony shows, and a parade of breeds. In the special sections “IppoArt” and “IppoFest” there will be master classes for visitors of all ages, an exhibition of photographers, artists, sculptors and masters of applied art. For all guests of the exhibition there are an open stable, a horse riding area, summer cafes and a music party on the closing day of the exhibition.

Venue: Leningrad region, d. Enkolovo, Shosseynaya str., 19
Working hours:from 10:00 to 20:00
Event cost: from 700 Rub


St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKY The European Championship 2021
12 June – 2 July 2021
Gazprom Arena

In total, 7 matches will be held in St. Petersburg.


Initially, St. Petersburg was supposed to host the quarterfinal matches. However, because of the pandemic, many cities where the Euro was planned to be held have become inaccessible. Therefore, more matches were moved to St. Petersburg.

Calendar of EURO matches in Saint Petersburg:
Group B: Belgium – Russia (22: 00, 12 June)
Group E: Poland – Slovakia (19: 00, 14 June)
Group B: Finland – Russia (16: 00, 16 June)
Group E: Sweden – Slovakia (16: 00, 18 June)
Group B: Finland – Belgium (22: 00, 21 June)
Group E: Sweden – Poland (19: 00, 23 June)
First Quarter-final: Team A – Team B (19: 00, 2 July)

Gazprom Arena holds 68 thousand people. At the moment, UEFA allows 50% of the capacity. That is, now 34 thousand spectators will be able to get to the Euro matches.

Venue: Football Alley, 1


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


Scarlet Sails St Petersburg Events The Scarlet Sails
25 – 26 June 2021 (To be confirmed)
Neva River

The Scarlet Sails festival was first held in 2005 and since then has become a much-anticipated annual celebration. Book the tour



The festival is closely associated with the end of the school year. A beautiful parade of vessels sails along the banks of the Neva to the sounds of classical music and fireworks. This parade is led by the ship “The Secret,” decked out with scarlet sails much like in a fairy tale “The Scarlet Sails” by Alexander Grin. The fairy tale tells the story of a young girl named Assol. It has been predicted that she would meet a prince who will arrive on a ship with scarlet sails. A wealthy captain falls in love with Assol and learns of her story. He docks his ship with scarlet sails and makes Assol’s dreams come true.

Venue: The Neva River
Event cost: Free

Book the tour


St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKYFan zone of the European Championship
2 – 11 July 2021
Palace Square

As part of the project, live broadcasts of the European Championship matches on the big screen will be organized.


The main fan zone will be organized on the Palace Square. It will be open to football fans on July 2, 3, 6, 7 and 11.
The fan zone will occupy half of the Palace Square with an offset to Millionnaya Street and the Pevchiy Bridge. The total viewing area will be about 13 thousand square meters.
Konyushennaya Square will also be equipped to accommodate football fans. There will be a football village, where you can watch matches, hold concerts and other events. The football village will be open from June 11 to July 11.

Venue: Palace Square
Working hours:from 11:00
Event cost: free


Navy day St Petersburg Events Navy Day
25 July 2021
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.

Palace Square:
At 8:00 the exhibitions military equipment will be open in Palace Square. Besides, visitors will be able to see a unique exhibition – a collection of ship anchors of different eras.
At 12:00 – the performance of military brass bands.
From 16:00-22.00 – a concerts of popular Russian singers.

Peter and Paul Fortress:
16:00 – the festival of navy songs, karaoke, contests, workshops.
22:30 – fireworks

The English Embankment, Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment:
12:00-18:00 After the parade the ship-participants will be moored along the embankments. Everyone will be able to get on board the ships.
By the way, at the same time, some ships will be moored at the piers of Ust-Rogatka in Kronstadt and be accessible for visits as well.

Park of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg:
15:00-19:00 Concerts, workshops on sea knots

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


St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKYSummer Motor Fest “Dvizhok”
30 July – 1 August 2021
Congress and Exhibition Complex “Expoforum”

An event in the world of the automative industry that brings together well-known automotive bloggers in one venue.


Among the exhibits are author’s car projects of bloggers, tuning cars, classic and retro cars, SUVs and sports cars.

You are waiting for:
– Presentations of unique projects designed specifically for the Auto blogger show;
– Meetings and autograph-selfie sessions with bloggers;
– Gifts from bloggers and partners

Venue: St. Petersburg, sh. Peterburgskoe, d. 64, k. 1, A
Event cost: from 675 rub – 1350 rub




40 thoughts on “St Petersburg Events



    1. russia

      Where are you from? Some nationalities have visa free entrance to Russia. If you still need to obtain visa, please contact Russian embassy or consulate in your country.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Ahmed Pahad

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. vince simonet

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


  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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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