Big international sports competitions are not the only events attracting tourists to Yaroslavl, there are also cultural events. Event tourism is actively developing in Yaroslavl, as it hosts events which attract tourists from different countries
The Maslenitsa (Pancake Carnival) week is an interesting event. Yaroslavl maslenitsa is the main one of the nation, and its visitors have a chance to take part in traditional amusements and folk festivals, taste traditional Yaroslavl blini (pancakes), and experience the atmosphere of genuine fun and frolic! Exclusive hand-made craftworks can be bought or just seen at the annual Yaroslavl craft fair.
Show opens the season of the biggest Russian auto show Autoexotica. The programme of event includes an exhibition of unique cars, automobile competitions, an eye-catching show, concert and Avtoradio disco. In 2012 Levtsovo, a suburban airfield, hosted the event for the sixth time and became the traditional ground for organizing mass entertainment events for Yaroslavl citizens and the city's visitors. More than 2000 unique cars from Yaroslavl, Moscow, Ivanovo, Vologda, Vladimir, and other Russian cities are expected to take part in the show.
Dobrofest music and amusement festival is a big entertainment event of European class, uniting the most popular but different types of entertainments in one event. They are represented in the form of separate grounds and zones. Among the festival participants there are guests from Europe, the CIS, and Russia. The main part of the program is music and entertainments: Russian A-list rock celebrities, sports competitions, a showing of the most interesting movies.
One of the most happening places in town, this Kostroma import is heaving during weekends, and most other days too. Brass instruments (the word 'pipe' is in the bar's name) and pictures of dogs portrayed as aristocratic ancestors adorn the walls. There is a large bar on the 2nd floor and a more intimate one downstairs. European and Asian (including some Indian) food is superb by local standards, but getting a table without reservation can be problematic.