This Weekend in St. Petersburg: June 12 and June 15-16
We Russians love public holidays, we really do: after all, what can be better than an extra day off? Only an extra day off during the white nights in St. Petersburg, when you can boat through the canals, watch the bridges being drawn, and walk all through the night. June 12 is exactly that kind of day, because this is when people celebrate Russia Day, which means that there’ll be no shortage of cool events for you to attend.
June 12, 2-11pm
Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square
This year, the celebration will start at 2pm on Nevsky Prospect, which will turn into a kingdom of flowers with dozens of models parading the street in colorful floral costumes, accompanied by a military orchestra. The show will be followed by an opera concert on Palace Square at 6pm and end with celebratory fireworks, starting at 11pm and launched from the Peter and Paul Fortress walls.
June 12-16, from 11am to 8pm
Komsomola street, 2
Tickets: 390 rubles for students and 490 for everyone else
Drive a Tesla, buy a drink in a virtual bar, travel back in time, explore the best works of art from the inside, and even go to space at the Virtual Reality Festival, held at the KOD Virtual Reality Center on June 12-16.
Fancy a cool summer party or just want to unwind? Visit Colors Festival and you won’t be disappointed! Held annually in 450 Russian cities, this fest is all about exciting summer vibes, good music, dancing, fun, and creativity.
June 15-16, from 11am to 6pm
Inzhenernaya street, 13
St. Petersburg’s Handmade Fair is a place where you can purchase various handmade crafts, souvenirs and many other pretty things made by local craftspeople, as well as participate in a range of workshops on decoupage, quilling, embroidery, xylography, knitting, etc.
The oldest garden in St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great back in 1704, the Summer Garden is celebrating its 315th birthday with a summer festival where you’ll be able to learn all about the history of this extraordinary place, admire exquisite flowers compositions, participate in workshops and quests, and enjoy music performed by such bands as Jazz Classic Trio, Sweet Hot Jazz Band, and Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra.