Holidays in Russia: Histories and Official Days Off for 2018

Russia’s long and eclectic history has created a calendar filled with diverse holidays. Some are federal holidays, marked with national celebrations and mandated days off. Others are of lesser importance, marked in private, in passing,...

Unity Day in Irkutsk

Unity Day in Irkutsk November 4th City excursion included in SRAS Cultural Program for Irkutsk, Fall 2017 Unity Day (День народного единства) is held on November 4 every year across Russia. It commemorates the uprising which...

Zvezdny Bowling Center in Irkutsk

Zvezdny Bowling Center Декабрьских Событий, 102/1 10:00-0:00 Price 3-13$ Website Zvezdny bowling center is located in the center of Irkutsk, not far from the university. While my friends and I were just there for the...

Victory Day in Irkutsk

Victory Day in Irkutsk Holiday Celebrated every May 9th Festivities around the city generally free Victory Day (День победы), celebrated on May 9 across Russia, is arguably the most important Russian holiday, other than New...

Buryat Cooking Lesson at Ulus in Irkutsk

Ulus, Buryat-Mongolian Restaurant (Улус) Buryat Cooking Lesson Part of SRAS Cultural Program, Spring, 2017 130 Kvartal, ul. 3 Iyulya 23 One of my favorite things about living in/traveling to other countries is getting to know...

Okhlopkov Theater in Irkutsk

Okhlopkov Theater (Иркутский академический драматический театр им. Н.П.Охлопкова) ul. Karla Marksa 14 Tickets from 100 to 500 rubles Dramateatr.ru. The Okhlopkov Theater in Irkutsk (or the Irkutsk Academic Dramatic Theater named for Okhlopkov) is the...

Dinamo—Skiing in Irkutsk

Dinamo Ski Base (Динамо Лыжная База) Kaprinskaya 119, Irkutsk (Капринская 119, Иркутск) 9am to 9pm Part of the SRAS cultural package for spring, 2017 Dinamo is a skiing facility just outside of Irkutsk. It’s right near...

City Dump Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk City Dump Museum Fifth kilometer of Aleksandrovskiy Highway Free The Irkutsk city dump museum is one of the strangest places I have ever been in my life—not just for the fact that it exists,...

Rollerblading in Irkutsk

Ролики в Иркутске By Elizabeth Smart Irkutsk is a city filled with historical markers and buildings, blossoming parks, and spectacular views. How does one manage to take in all these sights within the city of...

Kirov Square: the Place to Go in Irkutsk

Why Kirov Square is the Place to Go in Irkutsk By Selene Palomo   Students! Are you looking for a place to picnic, take a break, or attend festivals? Kirov Square will definitely be able to...

12 Russian Brands You Should Buy

Greetings dear readers! As this is an opinion piece, you should first know who I am: an American who finds marketing and pop culture fascinating and who has lived in Russia for more than 10...

Volzhskii Rynok in Irkutsk

Volzhskii Rynok / Волжский Рынок Волжская 14 0800-1900 Contrary to the expectations of most travelers, Irkutsk is not a cheap city. While cheaper than Moscow, most products in Irkutsk are no cheaper than they would...

IGU Botanical Garden in Irkutsk

IGU Botanical Garden / Ботанический сад, ИГУ Ул. Кольцова 93 9:00 — 18:00 Irkutsk is better known for its Siberian taiga than for tropical flora, and in the dead of winter it can feel particularly...

Bar Acabama in Irkutsk

Bar Acabama / Бар Акабама Ул. Чехова 2 18:00 – 6:00 It’s no secret that a lot of Russians like all things tacky, flashy, and over-the-top, yet for anyone who has not yet been convinced...

Tengeri Shaman Center in Irkutsk

“Tengeri” Local Religious Organization of Shamans / «Тэнгэри» Местная Религиозная Организация Шаманов Ул. Седова 68 Hours by appointment Telephone: 99-81-54, 8-952-622-9185, Email: baltaev_va@mail.ru Shamanism is the common name for the traditional religions of a number...

Great Baikal Trail Weekly Meetings in Irkutsk

Great Baikal Trail Weekly Meeting / Болшая Байкальская Тропа, еженедельная встреча Лапина 43В Thursdays 18:30-20:00 www.greatbaikaltrail.org The Great Baikal Trail is one of the most successful NGOs in Russia; founded only 10 years ago in...

Cafe “Belaya Vorona” in Irkutsk

Cafe “Belaya Vorona” / Кафе Белая Ворона Ул. Карла Маркса 37 0900 – 2200 8 (3952) 400-854, http://vk.com/coffeenbook, www.facebook.com/coffeenbook  Siberia isn’t a place one goes to for good coffee. However, for a city of its size,...

IGLU Youth Theater Group “Experiment” in Irkutsk

IGLU Youth Theater Group “Experiment” / ИГЛУ Молодёжный Театр «Эксперимент» Актовый зал, ИГЛУ Thursdays 6:30-9:00 As Shakespeare said, all the world’s a stage, and it seems that this maxim applies even to Siberia. Indeed, Irkutsk...

Lingua Cafe at Cafe Most’ in Irkutsk

Lingua Cafe at Cafe “Most’” / Кафе Мость Цесовская Набережная 2 Thursdays 20:00 – ???? Entrance free, drinks from ~$3. Phone: 706-388, Website: www.most-cafe.ru Irkutsk isn’t a city which is known for its nightlife; there...

The V.P. Sukachev Mansion in Irkutsk

V. P. Sukachev Mansion / Усадьба В. П. Сукачёва Ул. Декабрских Событий 112 Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10:00 – 17:30 Entrance: 100 rubles, free for students with Russian student ID. Phone: 8(3952)53-12-24, Website: www.sukachoff.ru The house-museum is...

The City History Museum of Irkutsk

The City History Museum of Irkutsk / Музей истории города Иркутска ул. Франк-Каменецкого, 16а Open 10 am to 6 pm Entrance: 50 rubles general admission, 25 rubles for students with ID The City History Museum of...

The Angarsk Clock Museum near Irkutsk

The Angarsk Clock Museum / Музей часов города Ангарска ул. Карла Маркса 31 (г. Ангарск, остановка “Музей часов”) Entrance: Adults, 50 rubles. Students with ID, free. Photography permit, 50 rubles. Transportation: 15-70 rubles (bus for...

Cinema House in Irkutsk

Cinema House / Дом кино ул. Мухиной, 2а (Остановка: Студия кинохроники) Tickets: 150 rubles Cinema House (Dom Kino) is a great place to find lesser-known, independent films from Russia and around the world. This is...

Baikal Strings: Bayan Duet at the Irkutsk Philharmonic

Russian Festival of Folk Music: Baikal Strings Siberian Duet of Bayanists from Novosibirsk Всероссийский фестиваль народной музыки: Байкальские струны Сибирский дуэт баянистов из Новосибирска Irkutsk Philharmonic ул. Дзержинского, 2 100 rubles The Irkutsk Philharmonic offers...

Crystal Nerpa: Ice Sculpting Competition near Irkutsk

Crystal Nerpa: Ice Sculpting Competition Хрустальная нерпа: Фестиваль ледовых скульптур Listvyanka, Irkutsk Oblast Entry: 200 rubles into the park with the action (including ice slides and other attractions), but free to hang out on the...

Maslenitsa in Irkutsk

Maslenitsa/Mасленица Entry: 150 rubles general admission, 100 rubles for students (Additional cost for food, souvenirs and some activities inside) Transportation: 100 rubles for a marshrutka from Irkutsk to Listvyanka (Taltsy is a stop about ¾...

Irkutsk Natural History Museum

Irkutsk Local History Museum: Natural History Branch Иркутский областной краеведческий музей: Отдел природы ул. Карла Маркса, 11 Hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays Cost: 200 rub for adults, free for university students. Special exhibits: 150...

Irkutsk Drama Theatre

Irkutsk Okhlopkov Drama Theatre Иркутский академический театр имени Охлопкова ул. Карла Маркса, 14    Tickets typically range from 200-400 rubles In early December we finally got a chance to go to the Irkutsk Drama Theatre for...

Little Stork Puppet Theatre in Irkutsk

“Aistyonok” (Little Stork) Puppet Theatre / Театр кукол “Аистенок” ул. Байкальская, 32    Box office hours: 10am – 2pm and 3-6pm, closed Mondays Tickets from 100-200 rubles Tickets range from 100-200 rubles and are worth every kopeck. Recently...

Chicago Jazz Club Irkutsk

Chicago Jazz Club / Чикаго Джазз Клаб ул. Байкальская, 108 (inside the “Меха Сибири” building, entrance on the left side of the building)     Entrance: 150 – 200 Rubles for most concerts One Friday night, some friends...

Decembrists Museum: Volkonsky Mansion in Irkutsk

Decembrists Museum: Volkonsky Mansion / Музей декабристов: Дом-музей Волконских пер. Волконского, 10   Open from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Mondays General admission: 200 Rubles, but many different discounts for elderly, students, and entry for college students...