Last updated July 4, 2020
The summer holidays allow many families to visit and experience Jerusalem in a way they never have.
This summer we still don’t know what to expect. With tourism at a standstill because of Corona, we hope to still have events to share that locals can enjoy. We will keep you posted on upcoming festivals and if they have become virtual or restricted in any way.
The main city event will be Midrachov, an initiative started by the Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Lion to turn popular streets into pedestrian walkways with live music and entertainment. Each night it will be a different street in Town, Rechavia and the German Colony. The beauty of the event is it is a great night out for locals to support the local restaurants and be entertained by Jerusalem entertainers.
The Jerusalem Film Festival will take place in August. It is still unknown whether it will include drive in movies or screenings that can be done via You Tube from home.
Food Truck Festival will take place in Gei Ben Hinom below the Cinemateque -hours to be announced.
Rose Garden Food Trucks are open everyday till 5pm with special late hours & entertainment on Thursdays (just announced that they will be closed on Thursdays because of Health Ministry regulations).
Armon Hanetziv Promenade will have special events for families during July & August – details coming soon.
Summer Museum Events & Activities
BANAI: A Musical Journey from Persia to Jerusalem – Follow the personal story of the Banai family and the influence they have had on arts and culture in Israel. The most well known Banai family members in todays musical scene are Ehud & Evyatar Banai. The family preserved their traditions and customs from Persia while creating a new language and artistic style which became a symbol of modern Hebrew culture in Israel.
Leonardo Da Vinci 500 – set at the First Station, this unique exhibit is the brainchild of producer Yaniv Cohen. Learn about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and his art. In this exhibition, dozens of giant machines inspired by Da Vinci’s plans and sketches will be exhibited in Israel for the first time, alongside new technologies that will create a fascinating and mesmerizing visual experience. Drawings, sketches, giant figures, moving physical models, holograms, screenings, and activities – all in a fascinating and interactive atmosphere suitable for the entire family – both young and old. July 2020 – October 2020
Lotus Festival at the Botanical Gardens – Celebrate the beautiful lotus flower that blooms in the gardens main lake. Enjoy art and nature activities in one of Jerusalem’s greenest outdoor spaces. The festival will take place on Saturdays in July.
Escape Room at the Museum of Islamic Art – info coming soon
Camping in the City – The City of david has set up a secure gated campsite in the Peace Forest for families to enjoy an evening of camping. Bring your own tent, rent a tent or reserve a small guest house with beds. The site is also open on Shabbat and has an eruv and prayer services.
The city is still hopeful that they will be able to celebrate the Wine Festival, Beer Festival and Hutzot Hayotzer but the details are still up in the air. We will update you here as soon as we know.
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 find request a quote form 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.
Some of our favorite yearly events include…
- The International Puppet Festival run by the Train Theater – who knew puppet theater could be fun for kids and adults!
- 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.
- The End of Summer Festival is an interdisciplinary festival, an original production of the Jerusalem Theater featuring a variety of works from the performance and screen arts.
- Hutzot Hayotzer/ Arts & Crafts fair is a yearly treat. Local artists as well as International visiting artists share their latets creations and you get to enjoy a live Israeli concert each night with incredible food trucks. Not to be missed.