Summer 2017 Festivals in Jerusalem

June 8, 2017
By: Joanna Shebson

Jerusalem is a wonderful place to spend your summer days and your summer evenings. This summer there will be exciting family friendly exhibits at the local museums as well as evening festivals that families will not want to miss.

The Jerusalem Summer Festival season began with the Tzamid Festival, Israel Festival and Design Week all within a few days of each other. The schedule for the summer is filled with lots of great reasons for tourists and locals to spend their evenings in Jerusalem. It also helps that in Jerusalem the summer evenings are cool and enjoyable.

Jerusalem Festivals – Summer 2017

Israel Festival June 1-17, 2017
A yearly festival focusing on the arts including shows that incorporate music, dance and art. Shows take place in Jerusalem at a variety of theaters.

JerusaLENS International Photography Exhibition – June 6 – August 6, 2017
Come and see the 100 top finalists in this international photography exhibition in honor of 50 years of reunification of Jerusalem. Winners were chosen based on the photo alone without knowing who the photographer was. The exhibit is at Ammunition Hill. FREE

Jerusalem Design Week – June 8-15, 2017
Explore different aspects of design with exhibits at the local Hansen House, theaters and public spaces. The theme for this year’s festival is “Islands”. FREE

Jerusalem International Book Fair – June 11-15, 2017
Enjoy a good book as the First Station hosts the annual International Book Fair. There will be activities, workshops and some great books for sale. Not to be confused with the Hebrew Book Week also taking place at First Station June 7-17.

Old City Light Festival – June 28- July 6, 2017
My favorite annual festival keeps getting better with incredible light installations and exhibits. This year will include some interactive displays and combine light & music. The festival will follow one single path through the Old City. Starting point: Jaffa Gate. FREE

African Nights at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens – July 1-August 31
Open daily from 5pm-10pm except Fridays
Come and learn about African culture as you walk through the Botanical Gardens at night. Meet African dancers, an African chief, learn different languages, experience face paint and a rain dance first hand. Great for ages 5-9. Children are given a booklet with missions and questions based on their age.

Maccabiah – July 4-18, 2017
The opening  and closing events of the Maccabiah as well as many games will be held in Jerusalem. Events require tickets but visitors are invited to come and watch the games for FREE.

Jerusalem Film Festival – July 13-23, 2017
Over 200 movies will be shown at the Jerusalem Cinemateque from over 50 countries. It’s a great opportunity to see some local Israeli films and for kids to enjoy special kids films as well: ET, Princess Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Avengers, Jurassic Park.

Woodstock Festival – Date TBAJWR7 logo
Enjoy music from the 60’s with fun kids activities at Kraft Stadium.

International Puppet Festival – August 6-10 ,2017
The festival includes puppet shows for kids as well as adults and takes place in different venues across the city. The festival is run by the Train Theater.

Hutzot Hayotzer – August 7-19, 2017 at the Sultan’s Pool.
An evening arts and crafts festival showcasing some of Israel’s most popular artists as well as artists from abroad. Each night there is a different show performed by Israel’s most talented musical performers. Tickets for the musical show must be purchased in advance.

Israel Museum Wine Festival – August 7-10, 2017 at the Israel Museum.
Although this is not for children many adults wait each year for the festival so we had to mention it. Find a babysitter and enjoy yourselves responsibly.

End of Summer Festival – August 29, 30, 31
At the Jerusalem Theater courtyard. Live shows for children each night before Sunset.


Enjoy Jerusalem!

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About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.

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