The Silver Necklace of Russia interregional project invites you to enjoy pancake parties, circle dances, workshops and ice slides as we bid farewell to winter. Experience the traditional Russian celebration of the sun in northwestern Russia on 13 and 14 March.
Veliky Novgorod’s cafes and restaurants
The cafes and restaurants across Veliky Novgorod have prepared the best traditional Russian pancakes, as well as a wide variety of delicious fillings. Join us for this unforgettable culinary tour of Veliky Novgorod during Maslenitsa, the Pancake Week.
Maslenitsa Out Loud: Goodbye Winter
4 Yelagin Ostrov, Kirov Central Culture and Leisure Park, St Petersburg
Say goodbye to winter in the ancient Russian style: with circle dances, games, singing, a fist-fighting tournament, delicious pancakes, a crafts market, and the burning of a Maslenitsa scarecrow. It will be fun! http://www.visit-petersburg.ru/ru/news/6239/
Maslenitsa feast at Liteiny Theatre
1 pm to 4 pm, 14 March
51 Liteiny Prospekt, St Petersburg
The Theatre on Liteiny Prospekt has produced an unusual play where the audience is invited to sit around a huge table together with actors. They will not only eat the best homemade pancakes, but also learn the history of the Maslenitsa celebrations, join a merry circle dance, and make their own Maslenitsa dolls.
Maslenitsa with fireworks and a laser show
3 pm to 8 pm, 14 March
300 Years of St Petersburg Park, 74 Primorsky Prospekt
The Maslenitsa 2021 Festival will offer its traditional activities, including contests, workshops, family relays, and traditional Russian treats, as well as unforgettable fireworks and a laser show.
Maslenitsa Festival at Pavlovsk Park
20 Sadovaya Street, Pavlovsk, St Petersburg
Every year, the beautifully landscaped Pavlovsk Park offers a venue for a large-scale festival to say goodbye to winter. Its programme includes traditional games and amusements, ice slides, a snow city for children, concerts, pancakes, and the ritual of burning Maslenitsa’s straw scarecrow.
Maslenitsa in Kaliningrad
12 noon to 8 pm, 12-14 March
Yunost Amusement Park, 3 Telmana Street, Kaliningrad
The programme includes more than 20 gastronomic projects, Maslenitsa rites, photo zones, and burning the Maslenitsa scarecrow. There will also be a market where you can buy handmade crafts and souvenirs, hot drinks and, of course, all kinds of pancakes. Join us in celebrating the arrival of spring, with great food and in a festive mood. Entrance to the festival is free.
Kaliningrad Region Tourist Information Centre
Maslenitsa Festival at the Viking Village
1 pm to 4 pm, 13 March
Kaup Viking Village, Romanovo, Kaliningrad Region
The programme includes activities animated by Vikings and craftsmen, as well as tea with pancakes, dancing, games and archery. Visitors can also take part in fighting demons to save the Winter scarecrow, and burning it on a large fire.
Maslenitsa on Kizhi Island
Kizhi Island, Republic of Karelia
Embark on a captivating journey across the snow-covered Lake Onega to discover Kizhi, a true gem of traditional Russian wood architecture. You will ride sledges down snowy slopes, enjoy a Maslenitsa-style performance by a folk band with singing and funny rhymes, folk dances and local games, followed by delicious tea from a samovar and traditional Russian pancakes with jam.
Maslenitsa in Kindasovo
Kindasovo, Republic of Karelia
This is a unique opportunity to celebrate Maslenitsa in Kindasovo, Karelia’s merriest village. Here, guests will be initiated as Kindasovans, and will be invited to taste Shuisky tea with chupukat, the Karelian pancakes. All guests will be invited to join the Kindasovo festivities, take part in a workshop on making shepherd tools, compete in a pancake-throwing contest, and light up the fire.
Maslenitsa at Zubrovnik
Toksovo, Leningrad Region
Zubrovnik, the only wisent reserve in northwestern Russia, invites its guests to a Maslenitsa festival to bid farewell to winter, with mulled wine, skomorokhs (strolling performers), traditional games and the burning of the Maslenitsa scarecrow. Horses and ponies will be there. Guests will also have a unique opportunity to discover the European bison. This festival is for organised groups only.
Maslenitsa with underground skomorokhs in the Sablinskiye Caves
Ulyanovka, Tosnensky District, Leningrad Region
The Sablinskiye Caves will host the annual Maslenitsa Masquerade, where guests walk through the mysterious cave, visit cavemen, and discover the treasures of the Mistress of the Copper Hill. The programme also includes contests and quizzes, burning the Maslenitsa scarecrow, a walk to the waterfalls and, of course, tea with pancakes.
Finno-Ugric Traditions during Maslenitsa Week
Finno-Ugric Ethnopark, Komi Republic
Guests will be treated to pancakes and kalach bread baked in a traditional oven, interactive outdoor activities, sports games and relays, as well as workshops for making souvenirs. There will be an archery and a spear-throwing competition for determining who has the best eye and precision, as well as an introduction to the history of Finno-Ugric hunting. You will see real fowling nets and traps for catching wild animals, compete in a Saami football tournament, and play Zyryansk-style basketball. Younger visitors can also join the siege of a snow town.
Spring Comes North fair
13 and 14 March
Vorovskogo Street pedestrian zone, Murmansk
An art fair is open here every day from 11 am to 7 pm, with interactive activities, carousels and Photo zones. A Maslenitsa sculpture sits near the entrance, made from ice extracted from Lake Imandra. On 13 and 14 March guests will get free pancakes with tea at the pancake house. The Maslenitsa festival will end with fireworks at 6.30 pm on 14 March.
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