A guide to spring and summer events in St. Petersburg

With a wide range of happenings in St. Petersburg, it might be wise to plan your trip in good time. Take a look at this guide to the best events the city has to offer coming spring and summer.

The vibrant city of St. Petersburg has a lot going on when it comes to events and festivals, from jazz festivals to food exhibitions and events in connection to the famous white nights. To make sure you don’t miss the best happenings it’s a good idea to plan the trip early.  Here is a guide to what’s on in this Russian city this year.

Jazz Spring

The jazz festival is organised by the JFC Jazz Club every year. Musicians and bands from all over the world are assembled to welcome spring to St. Petersburg. A wide range of music within the genre is represented, including blues, ragtime, funk, bossa nova and vocal music. Catch the 11th St. Petersburg Jazz Festival from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March 2019.

The jazz festival in St Petersburg


This April, the InterFood Exhibition of food products and drinks from the 17th to the 19th. Indulge in high quality products from both domestic and international producers, at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre. The trade show offers everything from pastries, seafood and vegetables to baby food, vegetarian dishes and ice cream so there is something for every palate.

Palaces of St. Petersburg Music Festival

Mix history and music by attending St. Petersburg Places festival. Taking place in St. Petersburg’s many sumptuous palaces, the concerts will provide you with a glimpse into the past and the luxurious lives of the former Russian tsars. Witness lovely classical music performed by world known Russian musicians and be certain that this is an experience like no other.

St. Petersburg Places festival

White nights

Throughout the summer season, the sun shines around the clock in this northern city. The phenomenon, widely known as White Nights, brings with it annual events of different kinds, all made extra evocative by the enchanting light from June 11th to July 2nd.

st petersburg white nights

Stars of the White Nights Festival and Scarlet Sails

During White Nights, you can also attend the Stars of the White Nights Festival, which spans from May to July. It features a series of classical ballet, opera and music at the venerable Marinsky Theatre. Experience memorable performances by professional Russian and International stars.

St. Petersburg Scarlet Sails

The most famous event during White Nights is the massively popular Scarlet Sails tradition. It’s a spectacular water show accompanied by music and colourful fireworks, providing a truly fascinating celebration marking the end of the school year.

The film festival

Fans of the cinema should not miss this annual film festival, the largest one in all of Russia. The festival is held at cinemas such as Barrikada and Leningrad and features both Russian and foreign films. Spot acclaimed film directors, as well as famous actors from all over the world. Previous festivals boast major superstars like Meryl Streep.

One can certainly not complain about the number of exciting events St. Peterburg has to offer. Enjoy easy access from the airport to the city centre and many of the events by staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya.

Park Inn St.Petersburg Pulkovskaya