Interesting events of summer 2013
We’ve chosen for you the most interesting and spectacular events in St. Petersburg in the upcoming season. If you find yourself at one of these events you will surely open a new vivid and festive side of the city life!
May 9 – The Victory Day
The Victory Day is a very important celebration for St. Petersburg citizens and glorious festival is held year after year. Traditionally the event begins with a military parade on Palace Square at 10 am. At 11 an honorable memorial ceremonies are held at the city cemeteries and historical sites including Piskarevskoe, Seraphimovskoe, Nevskoe and Bogoslovskoe cemeteries.
At 5 pm the Rostral victory columns on Vasilievsky island will be lighted and the veterans will march on the Nevsky prospect from Vosstania to Dvorzovaya square. The citizens cheer the marchers at the end.
The celebrations are continued by a concert of well-known artists at Dvorzovaya square at 6 pm and at the final stage of the ceremony you can watch fireworks from the The Peter and Paul Fortress at 10 pm.
May 18 – International Museum Day (IMD) – Night of Museums in St. Petersburg
Night of Museums is an annual event that attracts residents and tourists. About 60 museums, libraries and art galleries on the night from 18 to 19 May from 6 pm to 6 am open their doors to the public. Traditionally special programs are prepared on this day: exhibitions, concerts, performances and excursions. In 2013 the main theme of the event is “Discovery”.
Ticket for the «night» includes all the museums and its price is 300 RUB (7 EUR). Children under 7 years old go free of charge.
Note that you can hardly visit more than 2 museums at a night because of the overwhelming number of visitors.
18 and 19 of May – The Day of Smelt
Smelt is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg associated with the arrival of spring at our city. Bright and joyful event has been held for 11 years and became a city tradition. The program of the day includes different sport events, performances and exciting competitions connected with the smelt theme. Also a two day contest of fishermen is carried out through the event and in the end the smelt is straight away roasted outside!
The event is held in ExpoForum LenExpo (Vasilievsky island).
May 18 – the grand opening of the fountains in Peterhof
The celebration dedicated to the 310th anniversary of the Baltic Fleet foundation begins at 2 pm at the Grand Cascade fountains. The program of the day includes costume show and fireworks.
The fountains are turned on for usual work from the 27 of April.
26 and 27 May – celebration of St. Petersburg foundation day
Festivals and theatrical performances will be held throughout the city. Nevsky Prospekt and the Dvorzovaya square will become the main scene of the event with different theater festivals, procession of brass bands and concerts.
A unique performance of 4,000 participants choir, gathered from professional and amateur students and scholars, is planned this year on the Isaakievskaya Square (near the St. Isaac’s Cathedral).
St. Petersburg Culture Committee also attracts visitors on May 27 to buy a ticket to any city theater at a cost of 10 RUB (0,25 EUR). Though the action is performed not for the first time, the queues for the tickets are enormously long from the early morning.
Traditionally the festival of ice cream is also held on these dates.
June 23 – Alye Parusa (Scarlet Sails) – A ball of all Russian graduates
Romantic and colorful festival is held during the white nights – one of the most beautiful periods in the city. The event begins with concerts of popular young artists on the evening of June 23 at 11 pm simultaneously on two river sides on the Dvorzovaya square and Vasilievsky island.
At night, at 1:40 am starts a large-scale spectacular fireworks and lightshow on the Neva river surface. A marvelous wooden ship with red sails will slowly pass along the Neva river, followed by smaller vessels. The holiday program will run until 5 am.
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July 1 – August 31 – The festival of sand sculptures
On the beach of Peter and Paul Fortress amazing works of sand will be created by sculptors from Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, USA and other countries. The sculptures are open to visitors till the end of the season.
3 – 7 July – The Sixth International Maritime Defense Show
The exhibition will be located in the ExpoForum Lenexpo (Vasilievsky island).
The warships, speedboats and other vessels from Russia, Germany and Poland will be displayed near the pavilions of Lenexpo and at the piers of Sea Harbour Station.
Demonstration flights of aerobatic teams “Swifts”, “Russian Knights” and sailing regattas for children and cruisers are also planned.
23 – 28 July – International Regatta and the Classic Yacht Week in St. Petersburg
This regatta is a major part of the Baltic regatta, which also includes Stockholm and Helsinki weeks. Competitions are held in the waters of the Gulf of Finland, mooring and the opening ceremony are performed in a modern yacht harbor “Hercules”.
From the Peter and Paul Fortress you can view the yacht show, take part in festival concerts, competitions, seminars, fairs and comic regatta.
For further details you can visit the website of St. Petersburg Sailing Union.
July 28 – The Navy Day
The celebration is held on the Neva River, at Dvorzovaya square, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Admiralty. During the day you can enjoy a parade of ships on the Neva River and in the evening a concert with fireworks. After the parade the ships are open for visiting on the Admiralty Embankment.
Closure of fountains in Peterhof
The closing ceremony of the fountains is a bright annual event. The program includes interesting performances, fireworks and multimedia show.
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Translation by Kira Egorova