ANNUAL EVENTS IN TEL AVIV
Tel Aviv hosts a rich array of annual festivals and events. There’s something for everyone, and there’s never a dull moment in the "Nonstop City". Whether you’re planning a visit next week or next year, the list below will help you find out what’s happening in Tel Aviv during your stay,along with more information on what each major event is about. Within each month, events are listed in the rough chronological order in which they occur (though the dates for certain events vary from year to year).
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Tel Aviv Marathon
The Tel Aviv Marathon is a yearly event inviting the participation of runners of all levels and styles. Featuring a series of running events including a full marathon, a half marathon, 10km and 5km runs, and a 42km hand cycle race, this is a major international marathon, with 40 thousand people from around the world participating each year!
Do you think you have what it takes to conquer one of the most intense obstacles in the world in the mud? On Mud Day you can tackle rigorous obstacle courses that span from 13 km with 22 obstacles to 7km with 11 obstacles. While you can conquer Mud Day on your own, coming with a team of 4 and helping each other is what Mud Day is all about
Purim Street Party
This Jewish holiday commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people from "Haman" is celebrated by dressing up in costumes, reading the "Megilla" (a text that tells the story of the Purim Story), and drinking heavily, which makes for some incredible parties in Tel Aviv. Annual events include street parties, events throughout the city and the Purim Zombie Walk.
Fresh Paint is a contemporary Art Fair that takes place every year in Tel Aviv. It’s considered to be one of the biggest, most influential annual events in the Israeli art world, with more than 30,000 visitors during the six-day fair. Many of the top galleries and major art institutions in Israel attend, including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Design Museum Holon, as well as international auction houses and art institutions like Sotheby’s.
DocAviv is the leading documentary film festival in the Middle East, held over 10 days in May at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and at special outdoor screenings across Tel aviv. Featuring a full program of the best Israeli and international documentaries in English and Hebrew, it's not to be missed if you're in town.
Tel Aviv Eat
Tel Aviv Eat is a three day food festival, taking place at the Clarles Clore Gardens. The festival features tastings and cooking demonstrations by some of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, along side the finest and most well-known Israeli chefs.
Tel Aviv Pride Week
Tel Aviv Pride takes place every June and draws tens of thousands of LGBTQ people annually from around the world along with the sizable gay community of the city, for a week of extravagant gay-friendly events, parties and concerts. At the end of the week, the celebration is culminated by the famed Pride Parade and beach party, reaffirming Tel Aviv's reputation as the gay capital of the Middle-East and as one of the top destinations for gay culture in the world.
One of the biggest cultural events of the year, White Night (or "Laila Lavan") brings unique all-night parties and events to the city every year. Shops, restaurants and even some museums will stay open all night long, and free public concerts will be held at multiple locations across Tel Aviv.
Opera in the Park
Tel Aviv hosts an annual opera in the park performance every August in the beautiful HaYarkon Park in the north of the city. Entrance is of course, free and seating is on the grass so be sure to get there a little early, bring a blanket, and enjoy a great evening.
The DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival is Israel's largest hi-tech conference, occurring once a year usually around September time. Thousands of hi-tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors from Israel and abroad gather for the prestigious international festival and conference discussing innovation, digital media, science and culture.
Tel Aviv Cities Summit
The Cities Summit brings together leaders in urban innovation, including mayors and city officials, thought-leaders, and entrepreneurs from over 100 cities around the world. Together they explore the most inspiring and innovative ideas, platforms and developments to address crucial challenges facing cities around the world.
Open House Tel Aviv is an annual event in which, along with 50 other cities worldwide, Tel Aviv opens some of its most architecturally and historically notable private buildings to the public for one weekend only, as part of the international Open House project.
Sovev Tel Aviv (Cycle Tel Aviv)
Sovev Tel Aviv (or Cycle Tel Aviv) is an annual cycling event that offers several routes of varying distances, taking over the city and all the major roads. The event takes place during the "Sukkot" holiday and draws over 30,000 cyclists, making it the largest cycling event in Israel.
After a stellar debut in 2017, DGTL will be back during the "Sukkot" holiday with a brand-new adventure. Bringing another fine musical blueprint to Yarkon Park, accompanied by the latest sustainable and technological innovations and fresh art projects.
OFFF Tel Aviv is more than just a festival hosting innovative and international speakers, it is more than a meeting point for talents around the world to collaborate, OFFF is a community inviting all those who are eager to learn to participate and get inspired in a two day journey of conferences, workshops and activities.
Loving Art, Making Art
Loving Art Making Art in Tel Aviv is an annual event which demonstrates Tel Aviv’s love for art and creativity. This festival kicks off the new art exhibition season, and many of the city’s galleries, museums, artist studios and general exhibition spaces open their doors to the public for free. In addition, art comes to the city streets with all sorts of amazing displays lining iconic city locations.
Tel Aviv Piano Festival
The annual Tel Aviv Piano Festival hosts a wealth of musical talent,both young and established, local and international with collaborative performances by leading Israeli composers, international musical guests, and up-and-coming artists.
This 10km run in Tel Aviv is held at the end of October and expects to draw 25,000 runners from around the world along with tens of thousands of cheering spectators for an unforgettable event.
Tel Aviv Jazz Festival
This annual jazz music festival takes place at the end of November, usually hosted at the Cinematheque and bars across the city. For three nights, the festival hosts both well-known jazz musicians from around the world, and Israeli musicians in original productions and premiers.
Chrismuka in Tel Aviv
Chrismuka in Tel Aviv is a unique experience. The magical alleys of Jaffa are adorned with Christmas trees and Hanukkah Menorahs and there are plenty of activities to help celebrate this special time of year. The lighting of the Christmas Tree in Jaffa, at the main clock tower is a fun event for young and old and takes place at the beginning of December.
Night Light Festival
Dozens of performances, light installations and projections, music, food, tours, parties, and more light up two nights in the Neve Sha'nan neighborhood recreating the original "Menora" (candelabrum) upon which the neighborhood Neve Sha’anan was designed.