- May 21-22, 12-6 pm
- Yelagin Island
- 250 rubles (50 rubles for students)
If you don’t yet feel like summer is almost here, you’ll certainly do so when visiting the Tulip Festival this weekend. With over 200,000 mesmerizing flowers and 150 types of tulips, as well as a jam-packed program, the festival will bring color and good times to your weekend getaway to Yelagin Island. Live music, workshops, and an art picnic included.
International St. Petersburg’s Book Salon
- May 19-22, daily (11 am - 8 pm – the exhibition)
- Palace Square and General Staff Building
- Free entrance
Those who enjoy Russian literature may want to stop by the International St. Petersburg’s Book Salon happening on May 19-22. For the 17th time, the festival will bring together contemporary authors and enthusiastic readers for book talks, workshops, panel discussions, and other exciting events. This year’s festival marks the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great's birth, the anniversaries of such creative minds as writer Konstantin Paustovsky and children’s poet Korney Chukovsky, as well as the year of folk art and cultural heritage of Russia’s peoples.
Night of Museums
On this very special night, more than 100 museums, libraries, and exhibition halls around St. Pete will invite everyone to experience art at unusual hours. Whether you decide to enjoy an open-air show at the Summer Garden or finally visit the Great Gatchina Palace, this night makes for a perfect chance to gain some new experiences and soak up art and culture at the same time.
- Saturday and Sunday, 1:10 am
- near Palace Bridge
- Free entrance
For all night owls out there, we recommend visiting a traditional bridge show, especially if you’ve never done bridge watching in St. Petersburg. From now on, every Saturday and Sunday, all locals and tourists alike can experience bridge raising accompanied by classical music and a laser show. This is surely an experience not to be missed yet you should keep in mind that once the bridges are up, you won't be able to get across the river until they go down!
For those who don’t mind a little trip, we've got a special treat – an annual fountain festival in Peterhof. Though the fountain season already kicked off in April, it’s time to make it official with a grand celebration that will take place this Saturday.