Last updated August 1, 2022
The summer holidays allow many families to visit and experience Jerusalem in a way they never have.
With international tourism back again, the city is so excited to host tourists & especially families. With events for tourists and locals, there is something for everyone.
City Festivals & Special Events
ICE SKATING at the Jerusalem Payis Arena. Locals and tourists wait each year for the Ariel Company to bring Ice Skating to the Capital. This year the rink is located in the large Arena thanks to the Maccabiah games that took place at the beginning of the summer. Rent skates on site.
Food Truck Festival In Gei Ben Himon a great place to taste some of the best flavors of Jerusalem and enjoy an evening of music and fun under the stars outside the Old City.
Hutzot Hayotzer – the annual arts and crafts festival will take place in the Sultan’s Pool and will include live concerts each evening. Click here for a full schedule and to book tickets.
The International Puppet Festival run by the Train Theater – who knew puppet theater could be fun for kids and adults! Check out the full schedule of events.
At the Ein Yael Summer Festival costumed actors will greet you and welcome you to the ancient Roman marketplace. Visitors can walk down the market street and meet different craftsmen as they work. Enjoy live music around the bonfire, family theater in the outdoors, and many spots for family picnics.
Summer Museum & Theater Events
Dinosaurs at the Botanical Gardens – Your kids will love to see the life size Dinosaurs throughout the gardens as they explore the different interactive stations. The gardens can get pretty hot, so plan to go in the late afternoon.
Merchant of Venice at the Theater in the Rough – located in Bloomfield Park (right behind the King David Hotel). The actors and audience move through the park, which becomes the backdrop for the story. There are nine free performances, running from August 8 through to August 25 (with a suggested donation of 40 NIS per person)
There are so many great summer activities that we can’t even possibly name them all. Choose from our featured art workshops, food workshops, adventure activities or experiential tours.
Where to stay?
If you don’t live in Jerusalem then come and spend a few days here with our family. Check out the special offers for Sweet Inn furnished apartment rentals. Gives you a chance to feel like a local in a spotlessly clean, air conditioned, centrally located apartment with concierge services – yet maintain social distancing and privacy for your family.
If you prefer a small boutique hotel then request a quote from the Templer Inn – located just off emek refaim the hotel has 4 family suites and is located in a historic Templer building. Revaya & Alon the original owner’s family will make you feel right at home. Reasonable prices for large family suites.
Where to eat?
If you are looking for a delicious and unique place to go out for dinner in Jerusalem this is it! The Veranda at the David Citadel Hotel is a delicious chef’s restaurant. Mehadrin. Menu & Reservations here.
Have you heard of HAPPY FISH in Mamilla? It’s a fresh-fish and pasta gourmet chef restaurant, using the city’s freshest produce. Seasonal fish include Barramundi, Sea bream, Salmon, Red drum, Sea bass & Bass. Enjoy a magnificent meal with your family on the Mediterranean terrace above the Mamilla Avenue. Open for lunch and dinner. Book here.