This Weekend in St. Petersburg: March 9-10

This week, Russians celebrate Maslenitsa, a folk holiday of saying goodbye to winter and welcoming spring. One of the brightest and liveliest celebrations of the whole year, Maslenitsa is all about Russian pancakes called blinis, coupled with lots of amazing outdoor activities. In this article, we cover the best Maslenitsa spots to visit this weekend!

Folk festivities on Yelagin Island. Credit: gorod-plus.tv

‘Maslenitsa in Song’ Festival at Mariinsky Theater

Great news for music lovers out there! Throughout the entire week, the Mariinsky Theater hosts the Maslenitsa in Song choral music festival. Dozens of musicians from several countries will come to the Northern Venice to play all kinds of music: from folk, church and classical music to opera and jazz. Watch the Japanese folklore story about a farmer and his wife, listen to Stravinsky’s opera tale about a nightingale and the Chinese Emperor, participate in Sergei Banevich’ opéra féerie The Snuff-Box Town, and admire the beauty of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snow Maiden. Tickets cost from 400 to 4,000 rubles depending on the show. More information about tickets is available on the theater’s website.

The magnificent Mariinsky Theater. Credit: spb.kassir.ru
The magnificent Mariinsky Theater. Credit: spb.kassir.ru

Folk festivities in the very heart of St. Pete

The Peter and Paul Fortress is one of the city’s most popular spots for public festivities, and Maslenitsa is no exception. This Sunday, March 10, the entire Naryshkin Bastion will turn into a real fairground featuring traditional Russian songs, circle dances, active games, and lots of workshops, from making your own little copy of the Maslenitsa effigy to mastering the art of color printing. The event will start at midday and last till 5pm, when it will conclude with the burning of a three meters-high Maslenitsa scarecrow. Entrance is free.

The burning of the Maslenitsa scarecrow. Credit: spb.kp.ru
The burning of the Maslenitsa scarecrow. Credit: spb.kp.ru

Maslenitsa fair and the biggest Maslenitsa scarecrow

Yet another grand celebration will take place on Yelagin Island; a total of six sites throughout St. Petersburg’s main municipal park will offer all kinds of fun activities, from games and dances to rock music concerts, so everyone will definitely find something to their liking. The fair will kick off on Saturday, March 9, while the festival itself will take place on Sunday, the last day of Maslenitsa, from midday till 6pm, and will close with an impressive light show and the burning of the biggest Maslenitsa scarecrow in the city.

Maslenitsa fair. Credit: kindermaslenitza.ru
Maslenitsa fair. Credit: kindermaslenitza.ru

Maslenitsa of Metamodernism at Street Art Museum

If you think that traditional celebrations aren’t your thing, check out the ‘Maslenitsa of Metamodernism’ performance at the Street Art Museum. The event will bring together some of St. Petersburg’s most renowned street artists, who will share their works and host various workshops. The event kicks off at midday. Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of St. Pete’s most unusual museums!

Street Art Museum. Credit: kuda-spb.ru
Street Art Museum. Credit: kuda-spb.ru

Enjoy your weekend!

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