Make sure to bring insect repellent – mosquitoes are plentiful in the Nizhny Novgorod area during the summer. And though the weather promises to be warm – in the upper 70s in Fahrenheit – it's best advised to pack a raincoat and boots in case there's any rain.
Camping is available at the festival. A ticket gets you enough space to pitch a four-person tent and access to a large food court, shower cabins, and bathrooms, plus a shop with amenities. The parking lot also has space to park RVs and trailers (but note that there are no ins and outs for RVs and trailers during the festival). And of course, Nizhny Novgorod offers plenty of hotels, from which you can easily get to the festival either by taxi or metro.
What To Do While You're in Town
There are many places to go sight-seeing in Nizhny Novgorod that also offer opportunities to learn about Russian history and culture. The city center, known as the Kremlin – not to be confused with President Putin's official residence in Moscow – is a 14th-century fortress. It houses local government offices, a modern art museum, a history museum, the historic Arkhangelskiy Church, cars and tanks from World War II, and breathtaking views of the Volga River. Climb up to the observation point to see where the Volga meets the Oka River in a juncture locals refer to as the Strelka (or "arrow" in English). Also make sure to to visit the Limpopo Zoo – named after a famous poem about a quirky veterinarian that all Russian children know by heart.
Fly into the Strigino Airport in Nizhny Novgorod. From there you can take the metro to Bolshoe Kozino station and walk to festival grounds. If you’re coming from Moscow or Saint Petersburg, you can also get to Nizhny Novgorod by train.