Jazz bands in Hermitage Garden and a women’s biking parade: What to see in August

Jazz bands in Hermitage Garden and a women’s biking parade: What to see in August
August promises to be a memorable month with poetry recitations in Hermitage Garden, a women’s biking parade in Sokolniki Park, and lectures on a healthy lifestyle and diet in Krasnaya Presnya Park.

Muscovites and tourists will have ample entertainment in August – suffice to mention a choice of excursions, the Lady Bikers parade, Fashion BazarFaces & Laces exhibition, SOLOMA Festival and much, much more.

Fashion Bazar

Date: 5-7 August

Time: 10 am – 9 pm

Venue: Muzeon Arts Park

Address: 2 Krymsky Val Street

Fashion Bazar has gathered young but prominent designers, who offer original garments, fancy jewellery, eyeglasses, stylish hats and shoes, children’s clothes, and handmade souvenirs.

Real Italian ice-cream and confections are on sale.

Faces & Laces exhibition

Date: 6-7 August

Time: 10 am-6 pm

Venue: Gorky Park

Address: 9 Krymsky Val Street

The annual youth culture exhibition is ready again with trailblazing projects by leading Russian and transnational brands, among them Burn, Nike Sportswear, Vans, Puma, JBL and Street Beat.

The park’s Fountain Square will host Main Stage by BURN, the largest exhibition dance floor. The Bug, Miss Red and MC Flowdan will be among the performers.

A high point will be the House оf Vans project, which brings together music, the latest art, street culture and adventure sport with a BMX race and a professional skateboarding show.

The Speedshop zone will put on independent Moscow and St Petersburg car and motorbike shows.

Limited-edition T-shirts designed by iconic New York-based artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, will be on sale.

All visitors are welcome to another venue, re: Store x Street Beat x DMC, with large structures, the Casio G-Shock architectural project, the Reebok Classic exhibition and many other events.

Lady Bikers parade

Date: 7 August

Time: noon to 5 pm

Venue: Sokolniki Park

Address: 1 Sokolnichesky Val Street

The parade will feature impersonators of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Vivien Leigh and other 20th century film stars who preferred the good old bike to cars.

The programme includes thematic photo zones, prize competitions, workshops, good music, and makeup artist consultations.

To qualify for the parade, you need to register, wear a dress and high-heeled shoes, and have a bike from the time of the star you are impersonating.

SOLОМА literary and music festival

Date: 7 August

Time: 3 pm-10 pm

Venue: Hermitage Garden

Address: 3 Karetny Ryad Street

The latest verse, songs and albums will be presented at the festival, headlined by Alyona Toimintseva and GAYANA. The participants include Black Buttons, Young Adults, Shoo and Sasha Frid. The Bolshoi Theatre brass band – Yevgeny Guryev, Alexander Zhbanov, Alexei Kornilyev, Erkin Yusupov and Alexei Rayev – will play extracts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and improvisations on Morricone and Piazzolla themes.

Drummer Sergei Knyazev will hold a workshop, artist Anastasia Chuprakova will train amateurs in landscape and still-life painting, and poet Valera Vertinsky will present his first collection, “A Book with Verse Inside”.

Moscologists excursion

Date: to 11 August

Time: noon to 6 pm

Venue: Museum of Moscow

Address: 2 Zubovsky Boulevard

The Museum of Moscow continues excursions at the Moscologists exhibition, dedicated to the museum’s 120th anniversary. The exhibition gives a glimpse of museum history, spotlights trends in its work, and displays photographs of the premises it changed several times.

The excursion includes narratives about renowned scholars and experts who contributed to its work: Pyotr Sytin, its founding director, archaeologist and local historian Pyotr Miller, artist historians Boris Zemenkov and Apollinary Vasnetsov, architect restorer Ivan Mashkov, archivist Nikolai Chulkov, and church art and architecture historian Mikhail Alexandrovsky.

With dedicated efforts, they preserved information about Moscow houses, churches, bridges and parks, many of which have been pulled down.

Life Picnic Festival

Date: 13-14 August

Time: noon to 10 pm

Venue: Krasnaya Presnya Park

Address: 5/1 Mantulinskaya Street

The festival devoted to human health, beauty and achievements will include lectures on a healthy lifestyle and diet. All who want to monitor their health can have DNA, brain and nerve tests done. There are massage and beauty parlours.

The festival offers ample entertainment – a dance show, a workout, art installations, performances, table tennis, minigolf, and concerts by Charusha, All In Orchestra, Pavel Dovgal, Roman Bestseller and Irina Toneva.


Jazz in Hermitage Garden international festival

Date: 13-14 August

Time: 3 pm-9 pm

Venue: Hermitage Garden

Address: 3 Karetny Ryad Street

The programme of the 19th Jazz in Hermitage Garden Moscow international jazz festival includes not only superb music but also dance and DJ workshops and a sound recording studio.

The first day will be memorable with Anton Gorbunov’s quintet, Azat Bayazitov’s band, and a quintet including iconic guitarist Alexei Kuznetsov and Vladimir Danilin, one of the best accordionists in the world. Drummer Pavel Timofeyev’s quartet will accompany Sweet Baby J’ai, the festival headliner.

The second day will feature Pyotr Vostokov’s Big Band with The Beetles in Jazz programme, a quartet led by Austria’s best saxophonist Herwig Gradischnig, singer Yuliana Rogachyova, and an ensemble led by American trumpet player Alex Sipyagin, with Will Winson on saxophone, as a guest of honour, to name a few.

A playground will welcome children.

Indian Independence Day

Date: 14 August

Time: 10 am-10 pm

Venue: Sokolniki Park

Address: 1 Sokolnichesky Val

Indian Independence Day will be celebrated with a concert of Indian and Russian dancers, musicians and other performers at the park’s central stage. Restaurants will offer delicious samples of Indian cuisine. There are yoga, Ayurveda and tantric yoga workshops for veteran enthusiasts and beginners. Indian garments, jewellery and accessories will be on sale alongside handmade ethnic articles.

Garden Festival

Date: 20 August

Time: 11 am-7 pm

Venue: Bauman Garden

Address: 15 Staraya Basmannaya Street

The Garden summer festival of family creativity will gather children and adults in open-air workshops.

The participants will learn how to make houses of cards, wooden toys, flower garlands, paper masks and many other pretty items to take home as a delightful day’s mementos.

There will be artistic improvisations, amateur designing, an art class and a book illustration exhibition. Books and toys will be on sale in a festival market.

Rendezvous on the Roof

Date: to 31 August

Time: 10 am-6 pm

Venue: State Darwin Museum

Address: 57 Vavilova Street

Lovers are welcome to a romantic rendezvous on the Darwin Museum roof, which also has delightful nooks for solitary relaxation and a venue for latter-day artistic events.

The museum roof offers an exhibition of apes and monkeys, lounges, a book crossing area for book leasing, and free Wi-Fi.

Roof admission fees are reduced all through the summer.