Events in St. Petersburg in May 2017

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

May 2017.

The inclusion of fountains in Peterhof happens by the first of May in recent years, (if weather permitting). In 2017, the inclusion of fountains is scheduled for April 29. The big holiday of the beginning of a season in 2017 is expected on May, 20th.
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Military parade on Palace Square

Date: May 9, 2017.

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.
In the program of the holiday 2017: military parade on Palace Square, laying flowers, a procession of veterans on Nevsky Prospekt, a concert on Palace Square. The festive salute will be in the evening at the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Location Palace Square of St. Petersburg on the map.

Film festival "Vivat Cinema of Russia"

Dates: May 13 - 17, 2017.

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

May 13 - 14, 2017.

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).
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Night of Museums 2017

Dates: May 20, 2017.

"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.
The cost of a single ticket was 400 rubles in 2016.
Location the most popular museums of St. Petersburg on the map .
Most popular museums of St. Petersburg.

Peterhof fountains season opening festival

Dates: May 20, 2017.

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.

Saint Petersburg International Book Fair

Dates: May 25 - 28, 2017.

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: Mikhailovsky Manege (Winter Stadium) and adjacent street space.

Festival "Slavic Fair"

Dates: May 26 - 28, 2017.

In the program of the holiday: master classes on folk crafts, entertainment program for the public, music, food. The entrance is free.

Venue: Lake Dolgoe Park.

Day of the City of St. Petersburg

Dates: May 27, 2017.

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.

In the program of the holiday in 2017 - concert "Classics at the Palace" with the participation of world stars of the opera scene.

Also on May 27:
Festival of historical reconstruction "Alexander Nevsky Cup" (Lyubashinsky Garden, between Metallist Avenue, Zamshin Street and Polustrovsky Prospekt).
Ice cream festival on Ostrovsky Square (next to Nevsky Prospekt).

Half Marathon in Vyborg

May 28, 2017.

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.

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