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Weekend in Moscow: Moscow Marathon, a Science Festival for Kids and More

Festival Circle of Light

It's the weekend of the Moscow Marathon, and your support would be much appreciated as runners battle the 42.2 course which spans some of the city's best known landmarks. Other picks include a science event for the young — and young at heart — and the start of Moscow's annual Circle of Light festival.

Circle of Light

Prepare to be dazzled

Krug Sveta (“Circle of Light”) is an annual festival in which the masterminds of the audiovisual world come together and reinvent Moscow’s best known landmarks through stunning video mapping technology. Did we mention 2016 is the Year of Russian Cinema? As such, you can expect projections to have a cinematic sway, although we’re in the dark too as to what that will entail. Sites where you can catch the incredible light shows include Moscow State University, Manege Square, the Bolshoi Theater and VDNKh. Most shows run between 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. — go expecting crowds.

Various locations

Sept. 23-27


For budding young scientists

The Russian Academy of Sciences opens its doors to the physicists, chemists and scientists of the future this weekend at a science festival for kids with the catchy title WOW! HOW? Over the course of the weekend children can enjoy captivating workshops, interactive exhibits and even a headlining guest speaker from Britain— Dr. Bunhead, aka Tom Pringle. Pringle’s spectacular live science shows with their frequent use of loud bangs, combustion and fire make science both accessible and fun for kids — and kids at heart. Tickets from 990 rubles.

Russian Academy of Sciences

32a Leninsky Prospekt, Metro Leninsky Prospekt

Sept. 24-25

Moscow Marathon

Cheer on the runners

Don’t get us wrong, there’s no way you’d manage to cram in enough training over the next two days to actually run the Moscow Marathon, but your cheers, banners and applause for the runners braving the 42.2 kilometer course would be much appreciated this Sunday. You can catch the sneaker-donning warriors as they make their way along the classic route which covers the Moscow City complex, the Kremlin, the Garden Ring and Tverskaya Ulitsa. See the website for details of the full route and remember that streets involved in the race may be closed on Sunday.

21/10 Komsomolsky Prospekt

Through Oct. 9

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