Check out AI at the Hermitage

The State Hermitage is not just about the old masters – it’s a hotbed of innovative art, too. The new “Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialog" exhibition showcases works by artists around the world who use AI to create a whole new kind of art. The exhibition runs through July 7 at the General Staff Headquarters.

Splurge on Culture

During the “Stars of White Nights” Festival, top classical talent comes to town to perform at the renowned Mariinsky Theater and other venues. It’s a great time to see a world-class opera or ballet, even if just as a cultural experience. My top pick would be Carmina Burana in all its thunderous glory.

Try a New Theater

It took me an hour and a half to browse through what’s on in St. Petersburg's theaters in June and July, and most of those performances are pretty budget-friendly. From Russian classics to experimental contemporary to even puppets, there’s got to be something to tickle your cultural taste buds. Note to self: try a different type of theater just for fun.

Ride like the Rector

I missed the semi-annual “Ride with the Rector” event but I’m hoping to make up for it and walk (or rent a bike?) from the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg Park, across the new pedestrian Yakhtenny bridge, take in the view of Lakha Center skyscraper and the new stadium, and end up on Krestovsky Island or possibly in Elagin Park. I’m excited to see how this area of the city is changing and blending the best of contemporary architecture with nature.

Hunt for Bargains at Udelka

I’ve never been to the iconic flea market by the Udelnaya metro station, so it will be fun to have a nostalgia moment among all the stuff that I’d tossed a while back – and maybe find a treasure or two.

Have My Eclair and Eat It Too

My summer in St. Petersburg would not be complete without an eclair with real buttercream filling at a Sever-Metropol Confectionary. There’s a few around town. I might just have to walk between them…

Happy summer adventures!