Night of Museums

A global tradition that has since become a staple of St. Petersburg springtime leisure, the Night of Museums offers you a chance to fill your museum quota for the entire year in just one night. Starting at 6 PM on Saturday, May 18 and ending at 6 AM on Sunday, May 19, you get to visit 120 museums, each with their own special program, using just a single 400 rubles ticket that you can purchase at any participating venue. There are far too many exciting events to list – just go ahead and check out the full program.

The Annual Spring Fountain Show in Peterhof

This year’s spring fountain show, which traditionally opens the summer season at Peterhof, will be titled “The Genius and the Locus” and dedicated to the 220th anniversary of the birth of famed Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, who frequently came to Peterhof as a guest of the royal family. Splendidly-choreographed ballet performances will be followed, of course, by an impressive show of Peterhof’s world-famous fountains.

To attend the fountain show, all you have to do is to buy a ticket to the Lower Park and come to the park’s Grand Cascade at 1 PM on May 18.

St. Petersburg Comic Con

This year marks the first time that Comic Con Russia is held in St. Petersburg, and what geek could possibly miss such an occasion? Visit the Author Alley to mingle with amateur and professional comic creators (including Deadpool artists Dalibor Talajic and Matteo Scalera, and Eisner Award winner and Preacher colorist Matt Hollingsworth), check out some amazing cosplay, spend your hard-earned cash on merch, or even grab a ticket to meet and take a picture with Game of Thrones and Misfits alum Iwan Rheon or the stars of Detroit: Become Human Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blaire. Better hurry, the tickets run out quick!

Comic Con St. Petersburg 2019 will be held on May 17-19 at Pavilion 7 of the LenExpo exhibition complex. Day ticket prices range from 1,200 to 1,500 rubles; a three-day VIP ticket that includes bonus merch and access to a VIP entrance is available for 5,000 rubles.

Vietnamese Culture Day

On May 18, the Pho’n’Roll chain of Vietnamese cuisine restaurants is celebrating the Southeast Asian country’s culture with the Vietnamese Culture Day. Expect culinary and arts-and-crafts workshops, a Vietnamese goods market, an exotic fruit fair, traditional dancing, music, and songs, and, of course, lots of delicious food. If you’re already hungry for a taste, just come to the Pho’n’Roll cafe at Mayakovskogo St., 34 on May 18 between 12 PM and 9 PM.

Vinyl Days

In a rare coincidence, St. Petersburg will host not one, but two different events for fans of vinyl music this weekend.

  • First off, the New Holland Island is holding the Vinyl Mne Mil Charity Market, with all proceeds going to the Ilyinka animal shelter. Meet fellow vinyl enthusiasts, explore a variety of recordings – from antique rarities to the latest prints – and do some good for the animals. May 18-19, 12 PM to 9 PM. Entrance is free.
  • Meanwhile, the ninth Do Major Vinyl fair will bring together vinyl enthusiasts and sellers from Russia and beyond, including some with more than 50 years of experience in the vinyl collection community! Inzhenernaya St., 13. May 18, 11 AM to 7 PM; May 18, 11 AM to 6 PM. Entrance is free.

St. Petersburg Tattoo Show 2019

The fourth annual convention of tattoo enthusiasts and artists will take place on May 18-19 at the ARTPLAY Design Center (Krasnogvardeyskaya Sq., 3). Renowned tattoo artists from Russia and beyond will come together to show off their designs, which are sure to satisfy the tastes of any ink lover. Check out any of the numerous tattoo competitions, visit the food truck area, listen to a variety of alternative bands, and maybe even give yourself a permanent memento – if you dare.

Day tickets are 1,600 rubles for May 18 and 600 rubles for May 19; a two-day ticket will cost you 2,000 rubles. Grab your ticket here.

We wish you a great weekend! Yours, ITMO.NEWS.