May is the beginning of the summer season in St. Petersburg. This month, trees leaves bloom in the parks, fountains begin to operate. White Nights begins at the end of the month. St Petersburg celebrates its birthday (City Day) in May. There are many interesting events in St. Petersburg this month.
Fountains operation start in Peterhof
In recent years, the launch of fountains in Peterhof takes place on the first of May (weather permitting). In 2020, the inclusion of fountains will occur in late April. The festival of the season beginning in 2020 is expected May 16.
Specify the information on the official website: peterhofmuseum.ru
1 May 2020.
On this day, various political parties and public organizations hold their events.
- Trade unions traditionally organize a march along Nevsky Prospect.
- The march under the motto “Free Petersburg - Free Elections” will take place from Ligovsky Prospect to Lenin Square. 11:00 - 14:00
- “Monstration” will probably pass from Ligovsky Prospect to Isakyivskaya Square (together with the trade unions). (These events will be held on condition that they are agreed.)
In honor of the International Workers' Solidarity Day (Spring and Labor Festival), there will probably be a concert on Palace Square.
Craft Brewing Festival
01 May 2019.
St. Petersburg Craft Brewing Festival "St. Petersburg Craft Event" is scheduled for May 01. At the festival it will be possible to try beer made by different manufacturers of beer. Also, the organizers promise a lot of music. Round tables and master classes from industry professionals will be held.
Venue: ArtPlay Design Center, Red Guard Square 3. Metro station Novocherkasskaya.
May 01 - 03, 2020.
These days, several icebreakers will be installed near the embankment on the Neva River, which everyone can visit. An entertainment program for the public is planned.
Venue: Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment, St. Petersburg.
Nearest metro station: Vasileostrovskaya.
Military parade on Palace Square
Date: May 9, 2020.
Celebration of Victory Day in St. Petersburg is held may 9. Traditionally, there are organized at the feast day in St. Petersburg: parade on Palace Square, fireworks near the Peter and Paul Fortress (22:00). At the military parade and later on the square you will see military equipment, which is used by the Russian army.
Palace Square of St. Petersburg location can be seen on the map.
Film festival "Vivat Cinema of Russia"
Dates: May 20 - 25, 2019.
The festival "Vivat Cinema of Russia" has been held since 1993. The films will be shown in theaters: Rodina, Filmfond, Zanevsky, Voskhod, Aurora (Peterhof) and the cinema of the hotel "Moscow".
Hermitage Cats Day
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has a lot of cats. They help to protect works of art from the rats and mice. Hermitage Cat Day holiday is annually held in the Hermitage. You can bring gifts for cats. The museum has more cats than it needs. Willing can take the cat home from the Hermitage (by prior arrangement).
Specify the information on the website hermitagecats.ru
Date: May 15, 2020.
International Family Day is celebrated annually on May 15th. Events dedicated to the family and for families will be organized at various venues in the city.
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Night of Museums 2020
Dates: May 16, 2020.
"Night of Museums" is held annually in May in many European countries. Many museums are open longer than usual in the evening and at night on this day.
Event is especially popular among young people. Museums visiting on this day in Russia, as a rule, is not free.
Location the most popular museums of St. Petersburg on the map.
Most popular museums of St. Petersburg.
May 16-17, 2020.
The next Tulip Festival is planned to be held in the Kirov Park on Elagin Island. The festival was among the best tulip festivals in the world. Visitors will be able to see 130 varieties of tulips. (Paid entrance.)
Peterhof fountains season opening festival
Dates: May 16, 2020 (date not yet confirmed).
Traditionally, the fountains season opening in Peterhof is accompanied by a great celebration. Fountains in Petrodvorets will run from May until the end of summer. In recent years, the fountains started to operate before the grand season opening festival. If weather will calm, fountains can start work from 1st May.
Festival of the season takes place in the second half of May. Fountains of Peterhof can start working with the 1st of May.
Location Peterhof on map of Petersburg.
Day of street music
Date: May 20, 2017.
Day of street music will be held in St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 20. Musicians will perform in several places in the city. More than 100 musicians will perform music for residents and visitors of the city. Information about the places of live music will appear later.
Date: May 23, 2020.
A parade of old cars along Nevsky Prospekt. The parade will be attended by samples of passenger transport from the car parks of the city, as well as cars from private collections.
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Saint Petersburg International Book Fair
Dates: May 14-17, 2020.
The Saint Petersburg International Book Fair is traditionally held at the end of May. The program of the event includes an exhibition-fair and a business program. Representatives of publishing houses, writers, Russian and international experts will take part in the events.
Venue: Palace Square (subject to change).
Day of Slavic Writing and Culture
May 24, 2020.
Day of Slavic writing and culture is held in honor of Saints Cyril and Methodius. It is planned that on this day a large choir will perform on Palace Square.
Day of the City of St. Petersburg
Dates: May 27, 2019.
City Day in Saint Petersburg is traditionally celebrated in the second half of May. St Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great on May 27 (May 16, by Old Style), 1703. Holiday activities for the residents of the city are organized in the nearest (to this date) weekend.
At these days in many parts of the city organized a lot of interest for tourists and locals events. May 27-th is traditionally held the ceremony of laying flowers at the monument to Peter the Great.
Half Marathon in Vyborg
It is traditional event for runners, sport and healthy lifestyles lovers in Vyborg. The event will include various distances for runners with different physical form: 21 km , 10 km and 3.5 km.
Rock Festival "Open Windows"
May 25, 2019.
Both famous and beginning Russian groups will perform at the rock festival.
Venue: Stadium of the Leningrad Electromechanical Plant (St. Petersburg, Peterhof Highway 73B).
St. Petersburg Art Week
Dates: May 26 - 31, 2020.
At the exhibition will be presented more than 1000 objects created by creative people from many countries of the world. Representatives of many cities of Russia and other countries take part in the event. In the program of the festival: International Contest of Classical Painting, International Contest of Abstract and Avant-garde Art, International Sculpture Competition, International Photography Contest.
Check the information on the site: spbartweek.ru
Venue: Exhibition Center of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists.
Address: Saint-Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya Street, 38.
DTM car racing
May 29 - 31, 2020.
The stage of the German DTM body championship (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) will be held from May 29 to May 31 at the new Igora Drive circuit near St. Petersburg.
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