Cultural in Veliky NovgorodKupalaHeld on the banks of Lake Ilmen in early July, this traditional St John’s Day celebration combines old pagan rites with Orthodox rituals. Events include music, dance, food and swimming in the lake. Cultural in Veliky NovgorodSadko FestivalHeld over the second weekend of June, this celebration includes both Russian and international teams performing traditional folk art, dancing and singing. There's also a craft fair. Cultural in Veliky NovgorodCity DayConcerts, processions and fairs celebrate the city’s birthday during the second weekend in June.