EACH YEAR THE NORTHERN CAPITAL HOLDS A MULTITUDE OF BEAUTIFUL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. IT’S ATTRACTING TOURISTS FROM ALL THE WORLD.
Stars of the White Nights
The Stars of the White Nights, an international festival of the Mariinsky Theater, is one of the top ten festivals in the world. From May through June, the festival hosts over 160 performances and concerts featuring world-renowned
opera and ballet stars.
One of St. Petersburg’s most impressive spectacles, the opening of the city’s moving bridges, is enhanced even further by the enchanting and memorable show “Singing Bridges”. From June to September, everybody can enjoy popular classic music while watching the raising of Palace Bridge—one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city on the Neva.
On the last Sunday of July each year, St.Petersburg becomes the capital of Russia’s Navy Day celebration. The waters of the Neva and Kronshtadt Port are home to a grand parade of Navy ships and Naval aviation. Anyone who wishes to can climb aboard a real combat vessel!
In the evening, Palace Square hosts a grand celebratory concert, culminating in a massive firework display over the Neva.
Opera for Everyone
Th e international festival “Opera for Everyone” acquaints the public with masterpieces of international and Russian opera in the open air. Th roughout July, the city’s residents and visitors have the opportunity to watch the world’s most popular operas absolutely free. The festival’s organizers bring in the fi nest orchestras, choirs, and soloists from St. Petersburg, Moscow and throughout Europe.
Th e St. Petersburg Maritime Assembly brings together a range of sea and river events in a single week in June. Th e Assembly’s program includes the Waltz of Tugboats, a parade of sail boats and yachts on the Neva, a parade of passenger boats, a SUP-surfi ng festival, a colorful water show called “the Ballet of Sails”, exhibitions and interactive programs on famous sail boats.
St. Petersburg Harley® Days
Part of Harley-Davidson’s offi cial calendar of events, St. Petersburg Harley Days is Russia’s biggest bike festival. Each year, the event draws about 90,000 visitors from 25 countries to the heart of the city. Th e festival program includes a grand motorcycle parade on Palace Square, a night-time illuminated bike parade, an entertainment and music programme, test rides, a custom-bike competition, a stunt-riding show, and the Miss St. Petersburg Harley Days beauty contest. Other events and attractions include the CRAZY WHEELS parade of unusual vehicles, a major trade fair, a children’s playground, and a fi tness zone.
St. Petersburg International
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is an international cultural event and forum for discussion that attracts thousands of experts from around the world each year. Among them are stars of dramatic theatre, opera and ballet, outstanding directors and musicians, community leaders, government and business representatives, and members of the academic community. The forum’s many cultural events are complemented by an extensive business program.
Text By Ivan Demidov