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The start of Russian Lent is celebrated with feast of blinis (pancakes) at homes and restaurants across the city. The name of this festival translates as Butter Week - like Mardi Gras, the focus is on using up perishable food before the Lent fast.

Date: 04 March 2019 - 10 March 2019

Victory Day

This festival marks the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in 1945. Amidst parades, and military band marches, crowds gather at Piskarivskoye Memorial Cemetery to pay tribute to the victims of the Nazi blockade.

Date: 09 May 2019 - 09 May 2019
Venue: Piskarivskoye Memorial Cemetery.


Musical Spring in St Petersburg

Run by the Petersburg Composer’s Union, this international music festival celebrates the best of classical music, with performances at the two Philharmonic halls and other venues across the city. Check the website for detail.

Date: 21 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Venue: Various venues.


Beliye Nochi (White Nights)

Experience the "White Nights" in St Petersburg, when the city sees itself illuminated by almost constant daylight. White Nights (Beliye Nochi) are a curious phenomenon caused by St Petersburg's northerly geographical location - the sun never descends below the horizon and locals fill the streets 24 hours a day.

Date: 23 May 2019 - 29 July 2019
Venue: Throughout the city, especially Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress and Yelagin Island.

Dyen Goroda (City Day)

St Petersburg gives itself a big pat on the back each May, celebrating its official City Day with parades, historical displays, public concerts and a fireworks display. City Days have been celebrated since 1986 when the tradition was introduced by the then Secretary of the Moscow City Committee, Boris Yeltsin.

Date: 27 May 2019 - 27 May 2019
Venue: Throughout St Petersburg.


Dyen Voyenno Morskova Flota (Navy Day)

Befitting a great sea-faring city, St Petersburg celebrates Navy Day with gusto. Decorated warships gather along the River Neva and engage in mock battles, and fireworks fill the skies above the Naval Museum on Vasilyevsky Island. Navy Day usually takes place on the last Sunday in July.

Date: 29 July 2019 - 29 July 2019
Venue: The Naval Museum, Cruiser Aurora and the banks of the River Neva.


International Winter Festival Arts Square

The brainchild of Yuri Temirkanov, conductor of the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic, this festival brings the wintery streets to life with classical concerts, recitals and fireworks.

Date: 08 December 2019 - 25 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Theatres, museums and concert halls around the city.