Moscow to throw massive City Day party this weekend

Moscow celebrates its 868th anniversary this year and at least 10 million people are expected to take part in over 500 events which include concerts, tours, sports activities, workshops and more.

Moscow's Red Square lit up at night.

Moscow's Red Square lit up at night. Image by Petra Links / CC BY 2.0

The main City Day celebration is happening throughout the first weekend of September. It starts at 10am on Saturday with a march of 1200 musicians from 12 countries along Tverskaya Street to Pushkin Square. Following events include gastronomical festivals, chess matches, bicycle parades and other sports activities. Most museums will be free and offer special tours. Numerous concerts in different locations across the city include a military music festival, jazz festival in Sokolniki Park, avant-garde music, indie and experimental rock at Muzeon and Gorky Park and more. Hermitage Garden will host a 12-hour theatre marathon with plays from 11 Moscow theatres. Special kids’ events will take place at VDNKh park and Tsvetnoi Boulevard. The celebration will end with fireworks from 19 parks and 12 hilltops at 10.30pm on Sunday. Read more: 

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