🎀🎀🎀 The Scarlet Sails is an annual citywide celebration in honor of the school graduates in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is a unique world-class event.

In late June, during the period of the white nights, comes the grandiose holiday for all graduates – the Scarlet Sails, when more than 1.5 million people,  the residents and the guests of the Northern Capital come to the Palace Square and to the banks of the Neva River to watch the performance.


The idea of a holiday is to congratulate the alumni with school graduation and wish them a happy voyage into adulthood and materialization of their ambitions. The symbol of the holiday is a schooner with scarlet sails that is created based on the novel of A. Green “Scarlet Sails”, a story narrating about dreams, hope and faith.

The program of the celebration is very diverse. It includes a huge-scale theatrical show, which takes place on the Palace Square and the Spit of Vasilevsky Island. Only the most loved and anticipated celebrities take part in the concerts.


After the concert a spectacular event takes place – a living fairy tale, a reality beyond all conceivable limits. At once, the dark sky is painted with bright colors from fireworks of incredible beauty, accompanied by the solemn sounds of a symphony orchestra. The climax of the festival is the appearance of a beautiful sailing ship on the surface of the water with scarlet sails symbolizing freedom, love, and hopes for a bright future.


🎗 The Scarlet Sails has won two EuBea Prizes (Cultural Event & Public Event categories) during 11 International Festival of Events and Live Communication as The most spectacular worldwide celebration for school graduates.


Best Guides TeamNB! Our Team of Best Guides is pleased to offer you shore excursions in St. Petersburg and special White Nights tours with a drive around the night city, when you can see all the beautiful buildings, embankments and bridges lit at night. Then we will take a boat to go along the Neva and watch the bridges go up – from right under one of the bridges!