Festival Spotlight: 3 top festivals in Russia

Here’s our pick of Russian festivals coming up in the next few months. Have you been to any of these festivals? Leave your tips below.

City Day (Den’ Goroda), Red Square

Every year in the first week of September, Muscovites descend on Red Square in Moscow to celebrate the founding of the city with City Day. Starting with a festive parade, celebrations continue throughout the day and into the night. You’re sure to see dance troupes and folk singers perform during the day as well. Cars will also be banished from the streets for the day, making it a great time to see a Moscow from a totally different perspective. Look out for the free concert on Tverskaia Street!

New Year in Red Square

If you’re up for a party on New Year’s Eve then Red Square is a classic destination to do it in. Meet the locals and the menagerie of travellers from across the world as you ring in the New Year. Ask a local for pointers on how to do Russian dancing and join in the festivities as fireworks explode overhead and singing and dancing continues into the night. This is one New Year’s Eve that won’t be forgotten, though that will ultimately depend on how well-behaved you are in the face of all that vodka.

Vyugovey Ice Festival

There are advantages to living in one of the coldest countries in the world – you get refrigerated water straight out of regular taps, drinks stay colder for longer, and ice-carving festivals are really easy to hold.

The annual Vyugovey Ice Sculpture Festival takes place at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics from the 23rd of February every year. The theme changes from year to year, and sculptors from around the world arrive to impress visitors with light-enhanced ice sculptures and incredible shapes. The freezing cold temperatures allow the festival to last for ages, and with new sculptures being created every day this is a festival that combines culture and art with a bit of history and loads of fun.

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