Russia events offer an exciting chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the country. Despite the country’s turbulent history, Russia has always had plenty to celebrate, and many events and festivals offer a cultural insight to visitors, from St Petersburg to Vladivostok, the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the Far East. Moscow and St Petersburg are two of the liveliest cities in the country and are filled with events throughout the year, celebrating the wonders of every season. Visiting a festival in Russia during your trip will enhance your experience, and no matter when you go, you’re sure to find plenty to celebrate.
New Year’s Eve and White Nights are two of the most dynamic Russia events. As opposed to the weighty Christmas season in the west, the Eastern Orthodox Christmas does not hold as much importance as New Year’s Eve in terms of celebration. Families come together and exchange gifts on New Year’s rather than on Christmas, and it is not nearly as much of a madcap as it is for the rest of the world, though in the more cosmopolitan cities, the celebrations are becoming much more animated.
During the season of the midnight sun, from May through July, St Petersburg comes to life with the White Nights Festival. Many visitors flock to Russia for the purpose of seeing the sun that never sets. The White Nights Festival itself is a celebration of the arts, consisting of several different venues, including ballet, opera, musical performances, and carnivals. The most popular event that takes place during White Nights is the Scarlet Sails celebration in observance of the school year’s end, featuring a spectacle of fireworks. Those visitors planning to attend any of the events at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg should check out venues and reserve tickets early, since many of them fill up fast, as do hotels in St Petersburg.
Moscow is the largest and one of the most diverse cities in the country, and there are numerous Russia events here. Throughout the year, Russia highlights a number of Moscow festivals and celebrations each month. January is, of course, a family season with New Year’s. The Maslenitsa Festival features a variety of celebrations over the course of a week leading up to Lent in the Orthodox calendar. During the spring months of March and April, an abundance of festivals takes place, including International Women’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Golden Mask Theatre Festival, Easter (one of the most important religious holidays in the Eastern tradition), and the Red Hill Holiday, celebrating the arrival of spring; during these Moscow events, couples take advantage of the changing seasons and festivities to celebrate weddings.
Throughout May, many locals decorate their dwellings in fresh flowers and branches in honor of the arrival of spring; this is called Troitsa. Victory Day, May Day, and Moscow Stars are other festivals that take place in May. During the course of the summer, a number of Moscow festivals offer wonderful opportunities to join the festivities from Independence Day, also known as the Day of Sovereignty, to St. John the Baptist’s Day, when couples jump over bonfires to show their love and commitment to each other. The Farewell to the Summer festival in August is one of the last summer Moscow events.
The Moscow International Book Fair takes place at the beginning of the school season in September. In mid-October, the Moscow Autumn Festival features a variety of concerts and other venues. The Day of Accord and Reconciliation, celebrated on November 7, is an important day during which locals remember the communist revolution through a variety of celebrations. December features a host of Moscow events including Christmas at the Kremlin, ice skating at Gorky Park, the Jazz Voices festival, and the Russian Winter Festival, featuring traditional activities such as the celebrated sleigh rides.
Throughout the entire country, Russia events take place over the course of the entire year, from Novosibirsk to Moscow festivals and several of them offer visitors an opportunity to experience some of the traditional culture as well as exciting and lively modern celebrations, and each one of them will be an added charm for your Russian vacation.