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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

 

summer navigation season St Petersburg EventsSummer Navigation Season
10 April – November 2018
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

 

Ceremony changing guard St Petersburg EventsCeremony of changing of the guard
June – October 2018
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.

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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

 

Navy day St Petersburg Events Navy Day
29 July 2018
Different locations around St Petersburg

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

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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. More than 40 warships, as well as 25 planes and helicopters are expected to take part in the parade.

Palace Square:
At 11:00 video brodcast of warship parade.
From 16:00-22.00 – a concerts of popular Russian singers.

Peter and Paul Fortress:
22:00 – fireworks

Neva River:
12:00-18:00 After the parade the ship-participants will be moored along the embankments.

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

Venues: Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Naval Museum, Cruiser Aurora.
Event cost: Free




 

St Petersburg EventsChoral Festival
3 – 8 August 2018
Cathedrals and museums of Saint Petersburg

The annual Choral Festival “Singing World” organized by the State Academic Capella introduces visitors to mastery of choirs from all over Russia.

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The Festival is aimed at preserving and developing traditions of Russian art of singing, revival of united choral community, combining professional and amateur choirs and ensembles.

The peculiarity of the festival lies in the fact that it is held not only in concert halls, but also in cathedrals, churches and palaces of St Petersburg.

Venues: State Academic Capella, Russian Ethnographic museum, Roman Catholic Church of Saint Stanislav, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Website: http://en.singingworld.ru/ (Rus)

 

St Petersburg Events International Street Theatre Festival
3-5 August 2018
Central Kirov Park

The International Street Theatre Festival will include various open-air performances by 9 troups from Chili, Spain, France, England and Holland.

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More than 10 stages will function simultaneously on Yelagin Island and there will be also a fan zone where the actors and the spectators will be able to communicate in a friendly atmosphere.

Venue: Central Kirov Park of Culture and Leisure, Yelagin Island, 2nd Yelagin Most, 4
Time: from 6 p.m. on August, 3 to 4 p.m. on August, 5
Event cost: 50-250 rub

 

Night of lights gatchina St Petersburg EventsNight of light in Gatchina
10 – 11 August 2018
Gatchina park

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

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More than 30 light art objects will be created by artists from Russia, Belorussia, Finland, Germany, Italy and Portugal. Designers, stage designers, theatre light artists and architects will take part in the festival. Magnificent fireworks will be set at midnight of 11th of August.

Venue: Gatchina park. How to get there
Time: 9 p.m. August, 10 – 2:00 a.m. August, 11 and 9 p.m. August, 11 – 3 a.m. August, 12
Event cost: starting from 700 rub
Website: https://gatchinanights.tilda.ws/en
Website: https://gatchinanights.tilda.ws

 

Water Lantern Festival
14 September 2018
Park Babushkina

Hundreds of water lanterns together with lovely music will create miraculous mood. There will be several stages with live music.

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Famous violin and saxophone players will perform in the park. The visitors will be able to see a magnificent fire and firework show.

Venue: Park im. Babushkina, Obukhovskoz Oboronz Ave, 149
Time: 8 p.m. September, 14
Event cost: free




 

St Petersburg EventsInternational Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival
14 – 30 September 2018
Alexandrinsky Theatre

The International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival was founded in 2006, the year of the 250th anniversary of the Alexandrinsky Theatre.

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The Festival takes place annually. Its goal is to present the arts of various world countries’ state national theatres developing classic stage traditions and focused on the quest of modern means of theatrical expressiveness. Preservation of traditions and striving to speak with public in the contemporary stage language are the vital tasks for any national Theatre culture.

Demonstrations of national Theatres’ performances facilitate expansion of aesthetic perspectives of modern audiences; they allow to format and develop a system of artistic coordinates, allowing to perceive and comprehend our national art not in isolation but in the context of traditions and innovations of various Theatre cultures.

The Alexandrinsky Festival consistently and systematically presents in St. Petersburg leading directions of national Theatre arts of world countries. In the recent years, performances of non-state-owned Theatre companies take a noticeable place on the festival billboard; these are the companies which cause significant impact on formation of the cultural landscape of their countries and the world stage.

The festival program is composed of performances after classics’ works, contemporary drama, and performances of both coryphaeus of modern stage direction and young directors.

Venue: Alexandrinsky Theatre
Schedule: http://en.alexandrinsky.ru
Admission: from 500 to 6000 rub

 

closing ceremony of fountains  St Petersburg Events Closing Ceremony of Peterhof’s Fountains
21-22 September 2018
Peterhof

Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the last warm days in Russia and admire the beauty of the country residences of the Russian monarchs.

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Traditionally, Peterhof prepares a fascinating celebratory program, including a 3D projection mapping on a façade of the Great Peterhof Palace. In the evening the event will culminate with a firework display.
The guests of the closing ceremony will get an unforgettable experience and amazing emotions!

Book the tour to the closing 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 – 15500 rub
2 PAX – 8600 rub per person
3-4 PAX – 6300 rub per person
5-8 PAX – 4900 rub per person
9 PAX or more – 3300 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
– Tour of Peterhof museum

The price doesn’t include:
– Food and beverage

 

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Group Military Tours in Saint Petersburg
27 October 2018
Military ground

The tank tours are quite expencive for individuals, that is why we designed the group tours. Join the group to share the price.

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On the Saint Petersburg Military tour, you will find a roar of an engine with a capacity of more than 300 hp and unforgettable impressions!

On group tour, you will ride a BRDM-2 (Combat Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle) and have a chance to drive it. Our instructor will introduce you into the technical characteristics, show how to properly drive the vehicle and give you some useful tips. Visitors will also have a tour of historical defensive structures (Northern sector of the so-called Stalin’s line). The tour also includes 10 rounds of AK-47 per person (blank shots).

The price of the Saint Petersburg Military tour (group): 6500 rub per person (8 PAX).

The price includes:
– BRDM ride
– 10 blank shots of AK-47
– English-speaking guide
– Transfer

The price doesn’t include:
– BRDM driving – 4000 rub per person
– Food and beverage

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Night of Art
3 November 2018
Different locations around St Petersburg

Different cultural institutions will open their doors to visitors at 6 in the evening and remain open until midnight.

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Museums, theaters, libraries and concert halls will prepare a special program and hold one-day exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, and creative meetings with writers, musicians, artists and actors.

Venue: Museums, theaters, libraries, concert halls of Saint Petersburg
Time: 18:00-00:00
Admission: Free

 

St Petersburg Events national unity dayDay of National Unity
4 November 2018
Throughout Saint Petersburg

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

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

Remember, that 4th of November is a public holiday. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Throughout the city
Event cost: Free




 

Arts Festival Diaghilev st petergburg events The 8th International Festival of Arts Diaghilev. P.S.
16 – 27 November 2018
Theatres and museums of Saint Petersburg

The festival program includes ballets, plays, exhibitions, concerts and scientific conferences. “Diaghilev P.S.” is one of the major cultural events in the city.

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The Festival was founded in the year of the 100th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Les Saisons Russes in St Petersburg, which had given to the great impresario of the 20th century the initial start and inspiration. The mission of the festival is to continue the line of Sergei Diaghilev and facilitate the cultural exchange of all new ideas in the arts between Russia and the rest of the world. During 6 years since then the Festival has become one of the major cultural events in the city.
This year the festival will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Marius Petipa, French and Russian ballet dancer, pedagogue and choreographer.

Venues: Tovstonogov Bolshoy Drama Theater, Alexandrinsky Theater, Theatre museum, Baltic House,Cinema lounge Angleterre, Grand Hall Academic Capella.
Event cost: 1,000 – 6,000 rubles depending on the performance
Website: www.diaghilev-ps.ru

 

hermiage day St Petersburg EventsThe Hermitage Day
7 December Annually
The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage has declared 7 December – Hermitage Day – an additional day with free entry for all categories of individual visitors.

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Each year the Hermitage celebrates the anniversary of its foundation on 7 December, the Orthodox St Catherine’s Day. The year of the Hermitage’s foundation is taken to be 1764, when Catherine the Great acquired a collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Gotzkowsky. For the anniversary, each year the museum prepares a special programme that has become known as “The Hermitage Days” and includes various events and a number of exhibitions.
In 2017, December 7 falls on a Thursday.
Once you are in the museum, 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

 

christmas-market Christmas Fair
End of December 2018 – beginning of January 2019
Pionerskaya Square, Yelangin Island, Moskovskaya Square

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

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Christmas fairs of St Petersburg will offer various entertainments including concerts, theatrical performances and others. You will learn about traditions and cuisines of different countries, buy jewelry, souvenirs and sweets for the New Year and Christmas celebration.

Venue: Pionerskaya Square, Yelangin Island, Moskovskaya Square and other locations throughout Saint-Petersburg
Event cost: Free
Website: рождествовспб.рф (Rus)




 

gatchina-new-yearThe New Year Fair in Gatchina
End of December 2018 – beginning of 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/

 

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 2017 – 8 January 2018
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




 

 

37 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

    Reply
  17. Ambita Chenai

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

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

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

      Reply
  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.

      Reply
  19. Ann

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

    Reply
    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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