This Weekend in St. Petersburg: May 25-26

This weekend, St. Petersburg celebrates its 316th birthday, so there will be no shortage of great events for you to attend.

Finland Day

On May 25, come round to the Sevkabel Port creative space to embrace all the best things about the Finnish and Scandinavian lifestyle. At Finland Day, guests can learn about Finnish culture and design, take part in various workshops, try traditional Scandinavian food, listen to Finnish folk music, meet the Moomins and even learn a few phrases in this extraordinary language!

Rimsky-Korsakov Festival

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the famous Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, on May 25 St. Petersburg will host a series of free concerts. Visit Theater Square (from 1pm to 2.30pm), Summer Garden (from 2pm to 4.30pm), and Arts Square (from 4.30pm to 9pm) to enjoy live performances of the composer’s timeless masterpieces.

Ice Cream Festival

Great news for the sweet tooths out there! If you think that late spring is the best time to try all the ice-cream flavors, the Ice Cream Festival is something you will definitely enjoy! Entrance is free, but make sure to take enough cash with you to satisfy all your ice-cream cravings. And if one day isn't enough to do that, check out our Ice Cream Lover’s Guide featuring the most unusual and delicious icy goodness you can get in St. Petersburg.

International Festival of Hang Music Animara Fest

Animara Fest is the place where you can feel the incredible magic of hang music, listen to lectures about how music affects our brain, and even learn to play handpan. Among the festival’s headliners are Yuki Koshimoto from Japan, Vladisvar Nadishana from Germany, Daniel Waples from the UK, accompanied by over ten other bands from Russia and abroad.

Sand Sculpture Festival

May 25 marks the opening of the annual Sand Sculpture Festival on the beach near the Peter and Paul Fortress. This year’s topic is “The Lost Worlds”, so visitors will have a chance to get a glimpse of Poseidon’s underwater kingdom, travel to the legendary Atlantis, and marvel at all kinds of magical creatures from mermaids to gigantic dragons, all made by hand out of sand!

Singing Bridges Show

  • May 26, from 11.30pm
  • City center near Palace Bridge
  • Free admission

Another major event that you might like is the opening of the Singing Bridges Show on May 26. To celebrate the city’s anniversary, this time the drawing of the Palace Bridge will be accompanied by a live orchestra. Come and admire the beauty of our magnificent city!

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