An iconic Samara event, this July music festival is named after local student Valery Grushin who drowned saving children on a failed boat trip along the Uda River. Held at the charming Mastryukovskie Lakes, halfway between Tolyatti and Samara, just around the Samara Bend, the event sees festival goers sit along the banks while music acts perform on a floating stage. Specialising in bard music – epic, poetical musical sagas – some of Russia’s most well known and respected musicians of the genre perform here.
Мы с детьми – фанаты Василия Уриевского, поэтому не могли пропустить его концерты. Отгребли позитива с запасом 🙂 Василий, спасибо! #ЕслиРемонтЗадолбалНадоДелатьПаузу, #СамарскаяОбласть, #МастрюковскиеОзера, #ГрушинскийФестиваль, #ВасилийУриевский, #ЧтоМожноУвидетьЗаОдинДень, #Фотозарисовки, #SamaraRegion, #MastryukovskyLakes, #GrushinskyFestival, #MyView, #VasilyUrievsky, #samara_news, #BeautifulSamara, #MySamara, #КрасиваяСамара, #МояСамара
Drums of the World
Taking place in Tolyatti, Drums of the World is a festival about, well, drums of the world. Drummers from across the globe show off regional spins and cultural takes on the rhythmic instrument. Musicians hail from a range of places including Latvia, Senegal, Israel, Lebanon, as well as Russia. Alongside the concert programme there are drumming masterclasses and creative workshops.
At the start of June the Samara embankment along the Volga River turns into a creative hotspot filled with music, performance and art installations. The festival showcases contemporary artists and designers, as well as an architectural programme that focuses on sustainable urban design. Not just an arts festival, there are food, sports and educational programmes as well. There is also a display of giant kites above the river, and a sailing regatta.
Закончился Волгафест 2017. Нам невероятно сложно прощаться с вами, друзья. Спасибо вам за то, что вы были с нами эти два дня. За ваше желание открывать новое, вашу энергию, творчество, азарт к победе в спортивных соревнованиях; за ваши голоса, вторившие музыкантам. Спасибо за вашу любовь к фестивалю и к месту силы волжан – Самарской набережной, на которой мы обязательно встретимся вновь в следующем году! До встречи! Мы вас любим! #ВолгаФест2017
The third weekend of August sees the centre of Syzran, a small city across the Volga of Samara, turn into a hub of tomatoes and a kitsch celebration of the red fruit. Celebrating all things tomato, there are various competitions punters can enter. Festival goers can vie for the titles of Miss Tomato or Mr Tomato, as well as Best Vegetable-Themed Costume, Most Original Scarecrow, or Best Tomato Dish. There is a culinary programme as well as local crafts for sale. The festival’s mascot is Signor Tomato, a large, inflatable tomato.
Сегодня в нашем городе веселый, яркий и вкусный праздник "Сызранский помидор". Начало в17 часов. Идут последние приготовления. А ярмарка уже работает. Приезжайте! #russia #suzran #tomato #syzrantomato #holidey #Сызрань #сызранскийпомидор #август2017 #лето ##@in_syzran #@new_syzran ##@syzrantoday163 #@syzran_detka333
One of the healthiest festivals in the nation, the Sober Russia festival has been embracing clean living since 2011 and pulls a crowd on the banks of the Volga for sober fun (it is a thing.) No booze, no alcohol, and obviously no drugs or any other vices are allowed, and each day begins with a workout. From physical activity, the day moves in different directions where participants can choose from activities such as crafts, sports, the arts and lectures. Days end with a concert and dancing, which is brave, considering you can’t blame bad moves on too much to drink.
Journey to the Past
Every June, Kamenny Brod, a small village outside of Samara, celebrates the olden days. Punters can watch traditional European performance and dance, as well as medieval sports such as knife and axe throwing. Journey to the Past also embraces long-established arts and crafts such as pottery, woodcarving, basket weaving and metal work. There is a lecture and talks programme where participants can learn about ancient funeral rites and historical points of interest.
Aimed at a younger audience, award winning festival Plasticine Rain fills Samara’s streets with art and performance in August. Strukovsky Park is the festival’s hub, where clowns, music and circus performers entertain the next generation. The festival also exhibits traditional handicraft as well as hosting a children’s playground, so even the really young can have some fun too.
This event is a folk festival that celebrates the beschev cherry, which grows in the area and only ripens in autumn. Based in the Zhiguli Mountain village of Shiryaevo (attendees catch a ferry across the Volga), this August festival started off as a local event celebrating Alexei Beshchev, the local amateur horticulturalist credited with creating this particular fruit. Nowadays, the festival draws a crowd from outside the Samara region, who arrive to this picturesque village, eager to try dishes made with the famed fruit. Traditional crafts and arts are on display and folk performances run through the festival.