This guide was written prior to Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine and is therefore not reflective of the current situation. Travel to Russia is currently not advisable due to the area's volatile political situation.

There is always something happening in Moscow. It is a vibrant city that hosts an array of cultural festivals throughout all seasons of the year. On top of cultural and traditional events in Moscow, there are also music and film festivals. There’s something for everyone in the Russian capital, and expats won't struggle to find an event that's right up their alley.

Expats in Moscow should keep an eye out for the following annual events.

Annual events in Moscow

Maslenitsa Festival (February/March)

As a prelude to Lent and in celebration of the end of winter and the start of spring, the Maslenitsa Festival encourages locals and expats to indulge in as many delicious golden pancakes as possible. They can also enjoy puppet shows, masquerades and sleigh-riding.

Taste of Moscow (June)

This three-day event sees Moscow's top restaurants host masterclasses and tastings for the whole family. Both Russian and international food are celebrated, along with drinks and music, to create a festive atmosphere throughout the event. 

Russian Winter Festival (December/January)

The Russian Winter Festival is held over the Christmas and New Year period to celebrate the best of Russian culture. It takes place all over the city and thousands of fairy lights are put up in celebration. The festival features an array of Russian cuisine and vodka for people to enjoy. Entertainment consists of performances of traditional folk music and dances, while ice-skating, sledge-riding and troika (sleigh) rides are also available for those seeking some fun.

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