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The city of Moscow, Russia is always booming with new events, activities, festivals, and creative ideas on how to pleasantly surprise its natives and dear guests. Below you’ll find a short summation of the capital’s main events for late spring and beginning of summer 2016. Keep them in mind when planning your next vacation!
The month of May begins with the opening of “Port at VDNKh” on May 1st, a sports and entertainment complex in Moscow’s amusement park and exhibition space. The new leisure facility has outdoor swimming pools, sun loungers, a Jacuzzi, volleyball courts, a children’s playground, table tennis, a restaurant and bars, and for those who enjoy dancing – an illuminated dance floor! The month continues with one of the country’s most important holidays – Victory Day on May 9th. On this day, some of the main streets of the city become closed off to allow for the Military Parade, which is watched by millions as it goes through the city. The servicemen, army vehicles, tanks, and air crafts are truly a sight to see and will make anyone appreciate the history of the event even more.
Also by May, all river cruises begin their tours around the Moskva River again. You can choose from a sightseeing tour, a cruise for food lovers, or a more active cruise – with dancing and karaoke at night. Whichever cruise you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy the most famous sights and attractions from a boat with a slight breeze. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to watch the sunset over the Moscow skyline. And it goes without saying that on May 6th the 2016 IIHF World Championship will begin at the VTB Ice Palace (Park of Legends), located one metro stop away from the Courtyard by Marriott Paveletskaya Hotel. The games will continue until May 22nd, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance if you want to root for your favorite team in the arena.
June will begin with pleasant news for fans of eating outdoors. The Krasny Oktyabr Chocolate Factory and Museum will become home to Moscow’s first outdoors food court. Dishes from different countries will be presented to the public, and for those who prefer entertainment with the meal there will be game, chill-out, sports, and concert zones. Next, comes Russia Day on June 12th – a truly cultural experience. On this day, citizens demonstrate their national pride with concerts throughout the city and a fantastic show of fireworks, which can be seen from the embankments of the city and in most other public places such as parks. The Red Square, located 10 minutes walking distance from the Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center hotel, will have one of the best fireworks shows of all.
In general, spring and summer are the perfect time to take long walks through the city and explore its mix of historical and modern locations. As you take in the scents of the blooming lilac trees, you’ll realize that the city is filled with numerous beautiful fountains throughout parks, squares, and popular attractions. A dancing fountain in Tsaristyno Park, in front of the Bolshoi Theater near the Red Square, and the famous bright red fountains on the Poklonnaya Gora Memorial are just some of the many fountains you’ll get to see while exploring the city. And at night, they’re even more magical!