It is going to be a HOT summer full of exciting activities and special festivals. Here is a taste of what you can expect to help you plan your FUN In Jerusalem. Make sure to also see our Summer Museum Exhibits post.
FESTIVALS – July & August
Jerusalem Light Festival– FREE
The Old City – June 26 – July 4
Food Truck Festival
Gei Ben Hinom – Tues, Wed, Thurs. in July/August
Shalva Musical Show
Beit Avichai – July 3
July 4th Celebration
First Station – July 3 & 4
Jerusalem Wine Festival
Israel Museum – July 8 – 11
Jerusalem Lyric Opera Festival
YMCA, Harmony Cultural Center, First Station – July 9 – August 4
Avraham Fried Concert
Mount of Olives – July 10 with Hanan Ben Ari – July 11 with Shuli Rand
Yehoram Gaon Concert
Zedekiah’s Cave – July 11
Composer Goran Bregović in Concert
Safra Square – July 11
Night Adventures at National Library
National Library – July 14 – 31
“Overall” Fashion Festival
Tower of David Museum – July 17, 18, 19
Yishai Ribo Concert
Sultan’s Pool – July 18
Boaz Sharabi Concert
Zedekiah’s Cave – July 18
Botanical Gardens – July 21 – August 30
Jerusalem Arena – July 23 – August 31
Evening of Salsa
Zedekiah’s Cave – July 25
Composer Stavros Xarchakos in Concert
Safra Square – July 25
Jerusalem Film Festival
Jerusalem Cinemateque – July 25 – August 4
Arts & Crafts Festival
Hutzot Hayotzer – August 12 – 24
Ein Yael “To The Ein Yael Spring” Open Days
Ein Yael Museum – July 1-Aug 9, Aug 23-30 (Friday by reservation, Closed Sat).
Ein Yael Summer Festival
Ein Yael Museum – August 12 – 22. (Friday by reservation, Closed Sat)
Children’s Literary Festival
Agnon House – August 14 – 16
International Puppet Festival
The Train Theater – August 18 – 22
Grape Harvest Festival
Gush Etzion Winery – August 22, 23
Boaz Sharabi Concert
Zappa – August 24
Avraham Fried Concert
Sultan’s Pool – August 25
End of Summer Festival– FREE
Jerusalem Theater – August 27 – 29
August 28 – 29
Gan Haatzmaut (Liberty Park)
Shlomo Artzi Concert
Sultan’s Pool – August 29
Below we have listed each festival with more detail. Have a great time in Jerusalem!
Jerusalem Light Festival – June 26-July 4
Start at Jaffa Gate
Walk through the alleyways of the Old City as you explore incredible light installations and exhibits. This festival brings the Old City alive for kids, teens and adults. Follow the “light path” and you can see it all. The festival is FREE.
Our IDF – June 26 – end of summer
Come and experience the feeling of being in the IDF. Challenge yourself to tasks from the Navy, Air-force, Intelligence and Infantry. The interactive exhibit is FREE but tickets must be reserved in advance online for a specific time slot. Tickets are not sold at the event. Arrive 15-20 minutes before your time slot.
Tickets – http://bit.ly/IDFExhibit
Food Truck Festival – Tues, Wed, Thurs in July & August
Gei Ben Hinom
This summer enjoy the Food Truck Festival! The chefs of the hottest Jerusalem restaurants will be coming to the Gei Ben Hinom Valley Park. Starts each evening at 6pm. Sunday – Thursday. Kosher and Non Kosher food options.
Shalva Musical Show – July 3
Beit Avi Chai
A special musical experience for the whole family, connecting different populations in society!
The event will begin with a sign language workshop where we will learn a song from the show. And then during the performance, we will have the opportunity to join the members of the band with hand signals, together opening our souls and bringing our hearts together. Each ticket costs 30 NIS.
July 4th Celebration – Music, Meat and a Bucking Bronco – July 3 & 4
Celebrate July 4th at the First Station!! Let’s celebrate the way we did in the Old Country – we are pulling out our grills, smokers, and beer taps like has not seen Jerusalem yet! Enjoy bucking bronco, country music line dancing, beer stalls, whiskey and of course all the American cuisine – hotdogs, hamburgers, giant barbecue stands and barrels to roast sweet corn, Fries, donuts, alcoholic ice cream, shakes and more.
Outline Festival – Illustration and Poetics in Jerusalem – July 4 – 11
Experience the Outline Festival – Illustration and Poetics in Jerusalem. In a week of exhibitions, dozens of participants from Israel and abroad take part in this celebration of written and visual language: illustrators, animators, poets and storytellers. During the festival, 12 different exhibitions will be held and a variety of events will take place in galleries, museums, exhibition spaces, cultural and artistic institutions and the city streets. All events are free.
Jerusalem Wine Festival – July 8 – 11
The Wine Festival at the Israel Museum has become a summer favorite. Sample wine from Israel’s leading wineries in the Art Garden of the museum. The museum will stay open till 9pm and ticket to the festival includes access to exhibits. Tickets 95 NIS includes a wine glass with unlimited tastings. Book Tickets.
Jerusalem Lyric Opera Festival – July 9 – August 4
The Jerusalem Lyric Opera Festival is made up from best known and most popular pieces of operatic literature. This year experience “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi, Master-class with Constanze Koenemann, “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart and a free event at the First Station!
Avraham Fried Concert – July 10 and 11
Mount of Olives
Avraham Fried in back to back concerts at the 7 Arch Hotel in the Mount of Olives. July 10 with Hanan Ben Ari and July 11 with Shuli Rand. 80 NIS a ticket. 350 NIS for a family ticket (up to 5 people). Tickets can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Composer Goran Bregović in Concert – July 11
As part of the summer music series at Safra Square the Orchestra of Goran Bregović, the composer and artist of gypsy music will be performing in an authentic folklore show filled with emotion, longing and joy of life. 35 NIS a ticket and can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Night Adventures at National Library – July 14 – 31
Night Adventures, the theatrical-musical show for children, is coming to the National Library. 30 NIS a ticket.
Yishai Ribo in Concert – July 18
Yishai Ribo live at a festive summer performance at Sultan’s Pool. Tickets range between 129 NIS – 249 NIS. Tickets can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Playmobil Festival – July 21 – August 30
Bigger and better than last year’s festival. The festival for kids who love Playmobil. 25 giant Playmobil stations will be set up in the gardens. Fly through the trees on the Omega, climb the walls & spider web, ski in the snow, fight in the castle of knights and become your favorite Playmobil hero. Tickets required for ages 2+. Tickets can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Sunday – Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm, 4:00pm-9:30pm
Closed on Saturday
Ninja Park – July 23 – 31
The official “Ninja Park” is coming to Jerusalem this summer!!! The park will be filled with hundreds of meters of tracks and dozens of ninja challenges. This is a great activity for ALL ages. Each day has 5 times available – 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm (not Fridays), 8:00pm (not Fridays). Tickets cost between 79 NIS and 99 NIS and numerous credit cards have 1 + 1 specials!
Jerusalem Film Festival – July 25 – August 4
The Jerusalem Film Festival takes place at the Jerusalem Cinemateque and celebrates the year’s best film with an emphasis on Israeli Film. The festival begins with an outdoor performance at the Sultan’s Pool in the presence of famous film directors and producers. Opening event takes place in the Sultan’s Pool.
Evening of Salsa – July 25
An evening, for lovers of Salsa at Zedekiah’s Cave!! Join well-known and beloved artists and songs including Yoav Itzhak, Zehava Ben, Daklon and Sagiv Cohen, Aviva Avidan and more… Tickets cost 75 NIS and can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Composer Stavros Xarchakos in Concert – July 25
One of the greatest composers of Greece, Stavros Xarchakos performing the best songs from the famous Rembetiko.
35 NIS a ticket and can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Arts & Crafts Festival (Hutzot Hayotzer) – August 12 – 24
Artist’s Colony – Hutzot Hayotzer
This outdoor art festival is a Jerusalem favorite. Come out in the evening to see local Israeli artists display their crafts as well as the International area featuring artists by country. Each night there is a live musical performance of Israel’s most popular singers. A ticket to the festival includes access to the musical performance. They also have a large food fair filled with kosher dinner and snack options. Tickets can be purchased through Bimot. Adult tickets cost 80 NIS, teen tickets (ages 13-18) cost 65 NIS and child tickets cost 35 NIS (ages 5-12) – all tickets include festival and performance.
Doors to the fair open at 6:00pm (8:30pm on Sat night)
Concerts start at 9:00pm (open seating) (10:00pm Sat night)
Monday August 12 – Danny Sanderson, Gidi Gov and Friends
Tuesday August 13 – Shlomi Shabat hosts Nasreen Kadari
Wednesday August 14 – Barry Sakharof hosts Mosh Ben Ari
Thursday August 15 – Eden Ben Zaken
Saturday August 17 – Itai Levi
Sunday August 18 – Hanan Ben Ari, Adi Hasson
Monday August 19 – Eviatar Banai
Tuesday August 20 – Moshe Peretz
Wednesday August 21 – Static and Ben El Tavori, Liran Danino
Thursday August 22 – Yehuda Poliker hosts Yuval Dayan
Saturday August 24 – Idan Amedi
Purchase tickets through Bimot *6226
Summer Festival at Ein Yael – August 12 – 22 (Sunday-Thursday | Friday by appointment | closed Saturday)
Ein Yael Living Museum
The annual Summer Festival at Ein Yael is a great family activity. Visitors are greeted by costumed actors and invited to play, create and learn about the past through different craft experiences. Each day there will be a variety of workshops for the whole family: Mosaic workshop, basket weaving workshop, archery workshop and learning to use an ancient wine press.
Entrance fees cost 45 NIS per child and 35 NIS per adult.
“The Spring to Ein Yael” Open Days at Ein Yael are July 1 – August 9 and August 23 – 30 (Sunday-Thursday | Friday by appointment | closed Saturday). Specific workshops are available each day. Call ahead for details.
Children’s Literary Festival – August 14 – 16
The Agnon House invites you to the Children’s Literary Festival! Meet friendly fairy-tale witches, princesses and dragons and enjoy children’s shows, musical story hours, workshops and more. This event is FREE.
International Puppet Festival – August 18 – 22
The Puppet Festival includes shows for adults and for kids. Using puppetry and stage art the stories are told to the audience. The festival takes place at the Train Theater in Gan Hapaamon and other theater locations.
Grape Harvest Festival – August 22, 23
Gush Etzion Winery
Participate in the grape harvest at the Gush Etzion Vineyards. Pick grapes, stomp on them on an ancient winepress, walk through the vineyards and of course wine tasting as well as other kids activities and a Farmer’s Market. 40 NIS a person.
Avraham Fried Concert – August 25
Avraham Fried will be in concert playing along with the Symphony and hosting Amir Dadon at Sultan’s Pool. Tickets range between 99 NIS – 354 NIS. Tickets can be purchased here
End of Summer Festival - August 27 – 29
Three days of music and screen art, for children and adults.
Children’s shows during the afternoon and notable artists during the evening and night.
49 NIS for children shows | 60 NIS for Night Music Shows
Beer Festival – August 28 – 29
The Jerusalem Beer Festival is one of the biggest events of the beer industry in Israel. Come and celebrate 120 different types of beer from Israel and around the world, tens of thousands of visitors from around the country, live music, and a special atmosphere on one of the most unforgettable nights of the year. 6:00pm – 12:00am
Shlomo Artzi in Concert – August 29
Shlomo Artzi live at a festive summer performance at Sultan’s Pool. Tickets range between 185 NIS – 335 NIS. Tickets can be purchased on Bimot or at *6226
Summer Family Guide