Moscow in September: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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Thinking of visiting Moscow in September? While you will miss the more mild summer weather, Moscow weather in September is still fairly warm, by Russian standards. Temperatures will begin to drop as autumn arrives (even early autumn), but you will miss the chilly winter weather by at least a few weeks, since weather in Russia in September is pleasant by local standards.

Moscow in September
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September Weather in Moscow

The weather can change very quickly in Russia, but you can expect the temperature to remain in this range during at least the beginning of the month.

  • Average temperature: 11 degrees Celsius / 52 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Average high: 16 degrees Celsius/ 60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Average low: 8 degrees Celsius / 46 degrees Fahrenheit

What to Pack for Moscow in September

Though warm air lingers in September, autumn temperatures call for jackets or sweaters, especially in the mornings and evenings. If you plan to be out and about all day, be sure to take a cover-up in the case of wind or rain, and you may want to pack a hat and gloves, particularly if you're used to a warmer climate.

September Holidays and Events in Moscow

You won't find as many events happening in Moscow as in the summer, there are still plenty of fairs and festivals to experience in September, for athletes art enthusiasts, and fans of high fashion.

  • The Cosmoscow, Russia's only international contemporary art fair, takes place within Moscow's Gostiny Dvor. This event prides itself on featuring galleries less than five years old, as well as emerging artists. The festival selects one creator as the artist of the year, who has the chance to present a large-scale installation for the fair to exhibit.
  • The Promsvyazbank Moscow Marathon is a yearly event that offers runners a one of a kind tour of the capital city. Over the course of the race, runners are able to view more than 30 world-famous attractions, including the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow City, and four of the Seven Sisters skyscrapers, so if you are up for the challenge, this is a fantastic way to see the entire city. The 2019 event will take place on Sunday, September 22.
  • Russian Fashion Week is the place to see and be seen. Rounding out the global fashion month after Paris Fashion Week, Russian Fashion Week (RFW) is veritable who's who of the fashion set of the east. Designers from all around the country showcase their spring and summer lines in elaborate presentations meant to wow the media, and especially, potential buyers.

Tips for Traveling to Moscow in September

  • September is a lovely month to travel to Eastern Europe. Crowds for important, and usually tourist-heavy sights thin and the autumn temperatures make exploring historic landmarks on foot pleasant. 
  • Enjoy the autumnal air and changing leaves in one of Moscow's parks, while taking in the view on Sparrow Hills, or exploring one of the city's outdoor sights, such as Novodevichy Convent or Old Arbat Street.
  • If you get an unexpectedly cold or wet day, take advantage of the wide variety of indoor Moscow attractions on offer. From shopping at the storied GUM department store, to ballet performances at the legendary Bolshoi Theater, Moscow is much more than walks through Red Square (although these can be lovely even in less-than-ideal weather, assuming you pack correctly!).
  • By traveling to Moscow at a less crowded time, there will plenty of great deals to take advantage of. From hotel deals to airfare specials and more, September is not only beautiful but budget friendly.
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