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Weekend-long Russian Festival returns to Ann Arbor this fall

  • September 13, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor’s eighth-annual Russian Festival is coming back this fall after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, and 1 to 7 p.mm. Sunday, Sept. 19, on the grounds of St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church in Dexter, 9900 Jackson Road. Admission and parking are free both days.

The event begins with an opening ceremony that consists of ringing the Russian bell. Russian/Ukrainian folk music, performances, shopping, games and crafts will be ongoing throughout the day.

Russian ballet and dance performances are being performed by St. Vladimir’s Dance Group, Barynya Entertainment Group from New York and Valentina’s School of Ballet.

The festival is an opportunity for the community to understand the traditions, foods and history that make up Russia, said Snezhana Knysh, a festival committee member.

“We are very excited to share our orthodox tradition,” Knysh said. “Russian orthodox history and religion and the church tours are free.”

Church tours are offered at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 18, and 3 p.m. and 7p.m. Sept. 19.

Food, Russian beer and authentic sweets are available throughout weekend.

Children are welcome and can enjoy a bounce house, games, activities and Russian culture.

For more information about Ann Arbor’s Russian Festival, or to help donate online, visit Ann Arbor Russian Festival’s website.

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