The fourth inauguration of Vladimir Putin as the President of Russia will be held on Monday, 7 May 2018, in the Hall of the Order of St. Andrew of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The Moscow Kremlin museums will be partly closed for visitors from 4th till 6th of May:
4 and 5 May – only the Armoury Chamber will open from 10.00.
6 May – only the Armory Chamber will open from 14.00.
For 7th and 9th of May the Moscow Kremlin museums will be closed.
In planning your trip to Russia at the beginning of May be aware that from April 26 till May 12, in preparations for the celebrations of the Day of Spring and Labor (May 1st) and Victory Day (May 9th) operating time of various agencies and offices, traffic in downtown of Moscow and Saint Petersburg will be changed.
Spring and Labour Day in Russia is a time of parades, concerts picnics and gardening. Tourists find many enjoyable events to attend.
The Moscow Spring A Cappella international music festival will take place on 27 April–9 May. Many performers from all over the world will present compositions in various styles and genres such as jazz, soul, rock, pop, blues, ethno-folk etc. Concerts will not only held at usual festival sites but also at train stations, shopping centers and even on balconies.
On the 1 of May the summer season officially will be opened in Moscow’s parks. Gorky Park runners race and free bike rental in the Gorky park, extreme skating and cheerleading performances in the Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya gora, sovietic style parade of pioneers and concert of soviet music in the Izmaylovsky park, yoga in the Hermitage Garden will not allow fell bored anyone.
The Fifth Festival of Icebreakers will be held on last weekend of April in St. Petersburg. A spectacular parade of icebreakers “Nevskaya Zastava”, “Mudyug”, “Ivan Kruzenstern”, “Saint Petersburg”, “Novorossiysk” is expected to be ambitious. Visitors of the festival will get a chance to climb to the decks of these huge ships and explore a branch of the Museum of the World Ocean in St. Petersburg.
The Koryushka festival in early May usually means “spring is here” in Saint Petersburg. When the frozen canals start melting and the temperature of the water increases to 4C (39,2F), shoals of koryushka (smelt) make their way into the Neva River and, shortly after, into every street market in the city. The smell of fresh cucumber has started wafting through the streets and restaurants compete in cooking skill. Don’t miss out a chance to taste it!
Second is May 9th, Victory Day. This has always been a special day for each Russian and a great celebration in both capitals of Russia. The traditional Victory Day is a unique variety of parade, fairs, a concert, lots of flowers, smiles, tears of joy, greeting veterans and heroes, and of course, magic fireworks seen only once a year.