This Weekend in St. Petersburg: September 1-2

This Saturday, September 1, Russia celebrates Knowledge Day. But even if you’re a not a school or university student, there are plenty of great events to attend!

Sevkabel Port. Credit: Maryam Reyhani

Interested in IT? The TechTrain 2018 Festival is not an event to miss! Hosted in the Expoforum exhibition center on September 1-2, TechTrain will bring together leading programmers, software developers, and IT companies’ representatives. It’s a great place to listen to lectures, discuss the most topical issues in the field of modern technologies, explore virtual reality, see vintage computers, and even learn more about how our brain works. Entrance fee is 900 rub.

Credit: fiesta.city
Credit: fiesta.city

If you have already visited all the famous attractions in St. Petersburg and are looking for something more off the beaten track, we know just the place! This weekend offers a unique opportunity to learn about the history of one of the oldest department stores in Europe, the Passage (Nevsky Prospect, 48), and take a peek at the backstage of the Komissarzhevskaya Theater. Learn about the shops housed in this building more than a hundred years ago and admire the glamour and grandeur of the renowned department store! The tour kicks off at midday. Ticket price is 1500 rub. Buy your tickets here.

The Passage department store. Credit: passage.spb.ru
The Passage department store. Credit: passage.spb.ru

A great chance to take a break from the city hustle and bustle: this Sunday, September 2, Pavlovsk Park will host the 9th Pavlovsk Squirrel Ecological Festival. Take a stroll in the park, participate in workshops on birch bark weaving and wood painting, and feed a couple of those sweet, adorable creatures. A little tip: take some nuts with you instead of buying them in the park, as they are pretty expensive there.

Want to buy some top-shelf curry powder, try the best Indian desserts and tea, and immerse yourself in Indian culture? Visit the Indian Fair open from August 31 till September 16 (11am-7pm) at the Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex. Entrance is free.

Credit: mycaribbean.ru
Credit: mycaribbean.ru

Looking for a brunch spot? How about Vasilievsky Island's Sevkabel Port, one of the city's trendiest public spaces? This Sunday, Sevkabel will host a Farmer's Market where you will find a wide selection of locally-made cheese, dairy, bread, honey and other foodstuffs. Use this opportunity to buy high-quality products that you won’t find in your local supermarket, and enjoy the atmosphere of the former industrial site turned into a vibrant urban area.

Sevkabel Port. Credit: afisha.ru
Sevkabel Port. Credit: afisha.ru

And last but not least, on September 1, ITMO University will host the ITMO.GO! celebration for first-year students and their friends. The event will take place at the square in front of the Baltic House theater in Alexandrovsky park, just five minutes away from Peter and Paul Fortress. Play Guitar Hero, enjoy retro arcade games, listen to a concert, and get answers to all your questions about student life at ITMO!

If you’re still thinking about how to spend your weekend, consider watching a movie or two. Yours truly, ITMO.NEWS.

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