Water Lanterns festival 

This annual event held at the beautiful Yusupov Garden is a must-visit for all modern dreamers and  romantics. What can be more inspiring than stepping into a fairy tale to make a wish on a paper lantern? Apart from this magical act, you will get the chance to listen to covers of popular songs performed by a local band and watch the fire and laser shows included in the program. It’s a wonderful opportunity to recharge before another short work week.

Organ concert 

Credit: Laura Seaman (@lauraseaman) on Unsplash

Credit: Laura Seaman (@lauraseaman) on Unsplash

If you feel like enjoying some classical music this long weekend, you can visit an organ concert held at an 18th century church. This time, an award-winning performer will play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and BrahmsEleven Chorale Preludes – a great chance to start May off on a high note. 

The Spectacular World of Art Deco 

The second decade of the 20th century was a very intriguing time in terms of art forms and styles. At this exhibition, you just might be swept off your feet with the elegance and poise of all the figurines of the miraculous ‘20’s presented alongside paintings by Russian and French artists who were inspired by art deco. It’s an opportunity to not only discover new sides to this artform but also take a peek inside one of St. Petersburg’s lesser known exhibition spaces. 

La La Land on the big screen 

Dazzling, colorful, spectacular, hopeful, and heart-breaking – many things can be said about this 2016 legend of a movie. It is incredibly coming back to the big screen for only a couple of days and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t planning on getting a ticket. It’s hard not to succumb to the magic of LA and jazz so masterfully captured by Damien Chazelle. Follow Mia (Emma Stone) and Seb (Ryan Gosling) as they find their way in love, in life, and in sunstruck LA. 

Exhibitions still on at Erarta

Credit: ian dooley (@sadswim) on Unsplash

Credit: ian dooley (@sadswim) on Unsplash

  • This May
  • Erarta museum
  • 600-1,000 rubles (includes an annual pass)

As it is going to be a longer weekend, you might have an opportunity to drop by Erarta museum to check out the exhibitions we’ve covered before. For instance, the hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures by Willem van Weeghel, the new world created by interdisciplinary artist Porkchop, as well as Tatiana Bugayenko’s Mirages and Anna Osipova’s Middle World. And to complete this experience, take a walk down our route near the Primorskaya metro station and discover a new side to Vasilievsky Island.