Traditional Russian folk music and dance shows are very entertaining, touching, and YES touristy. Find out where to go with our recommendations!
One of the best ways to get a real taste of Russia is by watching wonderful traditional folk music and dance show in one of some restaurants in St Petersburg or some special venues like historical palaces.
Some of you may think these kinds of shows might be a tourist trap but based on our experience we can tell they are not. As two locals living in the city of St Petersburg, we have attended several Russian folk music and dance performances ourselves in the past, and we must admit they all were very entertaining and authentic.
Among them, we can cite the famous Cossack Song performed by Maidan dancers in traditional dress at the Nikolaevsky Palace; it was a once in a lifetime experience for us to attend that show.☺
Of course, all of these shows are tourist-oriented and therefore pricey, but there is no other place where you can enjoy a vast showcase of traditional music, singing, and dancing from Russia combined with a mix of architectural beauty in an hour and a half. Thus, if during your visit to St. Petersburg you want to experience the best history, spirit and traditions of Russia entertainingly, then a Russian Folk Music Show is what you have to look for to complete your Russian vacation.
If you are up to spend one of your evenings watching a Russian folk show, then feel free to check out our recommended list of folk shows below. If you go, make sure you arrive early to find a seat.
Address: Ul. Tambovskaya, 63| St Petersburg 193000, Russia| Phone: +7 812 953-52-53
"A Russian folk music show hot and bright"
The Mansion of Countess Sofia Panina on the Obvodny Canal is a beautiful theater housing a very entertaining music folk show known as the Bagatitsa Cossack Dance which translates as “bonfire”. This is a lively, spectacular, professional show with great music and costumes enthralling audiences with genuine Cossack performers, which will let immerse yourself in Russian Cossack folk history for about 45minutes. The venue is the mansion of Russia’s once richest woman, countess Sofia Vladimirovna Panina, who dedicated her life and fortune to fight against illiteracy and dullness. The theatre has seating for nearly 800 people, and as the show doesn’t include dinner, it is an affordable option.
Address: Ploshchad Truda, 4 | St Petersburg 190098, Russia | Phone: +7 812 312-88-58
"Feel Yourself Russian"
The beautiful Nicholas Palace situated not far from the Admiralty and Palace square hosts one of the most popular Russian folk music show in the city “Feel Yourself Russian”. The show is now world-famous and conveys the deep history of the country and Russian people. It takes place on the stage of the Concert Hall (the former Ballroom) of the Grand's Duke Palace with a seating capacity of 340 seats. The palace itself is a jewel in the crown of St. Petersburg’s architecture. From the gorgeous marble gala stairs to the luxurious halls the interior is sure to make an unforgettable impression upon everyone. In addition to the show, you can also book a guided tour to the palace, or make group bookings for meals, meetings, seminars, or conferences.
Address: Liteyny Ave. 20| St Petersburg 191028, Russia | Phone: +7 901 306-68-20
"A Feast For The Eyes!"
Located at the Officer Assembly Concert Hall nearby the Liteyny bridge, the second permanent bridge across the Neva river, you can watch another popular and great evening Russian folk show with the name of "Russia in Fairytales". The show offers a wide range of authentic songs and dances that give a beautiful visual
representation of the history of Russia. Fantastically athletic male
dancers complement the beautiful Russian women dancers. Marvel at the
gorgeous costumes which are specially made for the show by famous
costumiers. The show is in two parts with a 20-minute intermission
during which you can obtain refreshments and finger food from the
Other places where you can watch a traditional Russian folk show in the city is at the Restaurant Saint-Petersburg on Kanal Griboedova 5, just opposite the beautiful Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood; or at the Restaurant Troika on Zagorodny pr. 27. Here the shows are not as sophisticated as in places mentioned above but similar to some extent.