TASTE OF RUSSIA
Experience the best of Russian culture! Enjoy homemade food, live folk music and dance, unique imported handicrafts, tours of our magnificent 17th century style church and more!
September 30 and October 1, 2017
Saturday& Sunday from noon to 6pm
Food & Beverage tickets: $1 per ticket - AVAILABLE ONSITE
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
"The interior of St. John the Baptist is defined by an exquisite intimacy and a wash of shimmering gold. Murals of biblical figures stretch to a high ceiling ... During evening prayers, the sound of the choir fills the air as children wander with their parents and an old woman sells candles in the corner. ... (The cathedral) captures a mysticism unique to the Eastern Orthodox tradition."
—Washingtonian magazine, August 2005
Everything about our Church edifice speaks of a rich Russian ecclesiastical heritage. The building is executed in the 17th-century Muscovite-Yaroslav style. Gilded onion domes, each crowned with a traditional Russian three-barred cross, a belfry, and icons of scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist above the three doors adorn the exterior. Murals and numerous centuries-old icons and an imposing four-tiered iconostasis make up the interior.
Feed the soul by taking a complimentary tour of the 17th-century Muscovite-Yaroslav style cathedral, which is straight out of medieval Russia with icon fresco-covered walls and ceilings. As Washingtonian magazine put it, “The interior of St. John the Baptist is defined by an exquisite intimacy and a wash of shimmering gold.”
If you've ever wondered why a Russian Orthodox Church looks the way it does—with icons, incense, candles, and no pews—then this is the perfect chance to get your questions answered.
All platters include a choice of mashed potatoes or buckwheat kasha, cucumber salad and Russian bread.
Russian Entertainment and Music
Enjoy your meal with live entertainment! Over two days, different musicians and singers will entertain festival goers with lively traditional Russian music. It's not uncommon to find our guests dancing along with the wandering musicians!
A book lover's paradise. Browse our collection of used books. Come early for the best selection.
Every year we import a large assortment of items directly from Russia for sale at our Bazaar. The selection this year will include:
- Beautiful icons of all shapes, size and depictions
- Gold and silver crosses
- Prayer books and literature
- Religious music
- Incense and soap products made by our local West Virginia monks
Handicrafts and Cultural Items
- Matryoshka dolls
- Palekh boxes
- Handpainted eggs
- Birch bark boxes
- Christmas ornaments
- Dolls dressed in traditional costume
- Traditional Russian costumes
- Antique samovars
- Amber jewelry
- "Faberge" eggs
- And more...
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
4001 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C, 20011
St. John the Baptist Cathedral is located at 4001 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, one block west of 16th Street NW, 2.7 miles due north of the White House/Lafayette Park.
On-street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the church is available. Important: Should you decide to park on-street, please respect our neighbors and do not block their driveways. Thank You!