Hot Summer Events in Israel 2014

Hot Summer Events in Tel-Aviv

Tel-Aviv is a hot travel destination all year round but in the summer the city’s dynamic cultural and social calendar goes even further to wow visitors and locals. Among the many art exhibitions, visiting performing artists and sites of the city there are a few unique and interesting events worth checking out in Tel-Aviv this summer.

Tel-Aviv Water Fight – 4th July, 15:15, Rabin Square, free

Once a year locals and visitors jump into the fountains in Rabin Square and use the water to fill up their water guns and buckets, then the water fight begins! Everyone gets soaking wet having a massive, public water fight. Some people dress up in funny costumes like water warriors, fighting a war – but with water. The event is open to everyone and is pure fun!

Open-Air Movies on the Beach – Select evenings in August, Banana Beach, free

Throughout Israel’s hottest month everyone is invited to sit back and enjoy the screening of famous and well loved movies on Banana Beach. You can have a drink, enjoy a meal or bring a picnic and see classics movies. The movies start at sundown.

Pishpeshuk – Thursdays in August, 20:00, Jaffa Market, free

The Jaffa flea market is a great place to explore anytime but during the summer the stalls stay open every Thursday night until midnight. In addition to the fun of shopping in the middle of the night there will be live musical performances, street theatre, booths set up for activities and arts and crafts.

Hummus Festival – August, from 16:00, HaYarkon Park,

Israel’s favorite food, humus, is celebrated in this festival organized by one of the most prominent hummus manufacturers. There will be lots of variations on this classic dish and other food stalls as well. Hummus restaurants from around the country set up stalls offering their take on the classic legume.  In addition there will be entertainment, Middle Easter music and even belly dancing.

 Hot Events this Summer in Jerusalem

In addition to all the amazing sites in Jerusalem there are several events which happen only in the summer. With the vacation season coming up here is a rundown of some of the hottest events in Jerusalem for summer 2014.

Jerusalem International Arts and Crafts Fair – 11th – 23rd August (except Fridays), 18:00-23:00, Sultan’s Pool, Price adults 60ILS children 35ILS, Arts and Crafts Fair

The cultural diversity of Israel is evident at this annual event “Chutzot Hayotzer” when the arts and crafts of hundreds of artists are on display. You’ll see unique hand-made items created out of a wide range of materials by Israeli and international craftsmen. In addition to the arts and crafts there will be live musical performances each evening at 21:00, an international culinary fair and an artistic lighting display.

Jerusalem Formula Peace Road Show – 3rd and 4th July, Jaffa Gate, free, for more info call *6226

See race cars whizzing through the streets of Jerusalem passed the Cinematheque, Sultan’s Pool, Tower of David, Mamilla Mall, Liberty Bell Park and the Old Train Station. Beautiful cars like Ferraris and Mercedes race cars will speed by and there will be stunt driving demonstrations by Ferrari Challenger cars. In addition there will be a superbike race. Although you can watch the cars for free avid race car fans might want to buy tickets for the grandstands for the best views.

International Festival of Puppet theatre – 10th – 14th August, The Train Theatre, The Khan Theatre, Amphitheatre and the First Station, prices 55ILS – 100ILS

The 23rd Jerusalem Puppet Festival takes place this summer; it hosts puppeteers from Israel and around the world. The five day event includes all styles of puppetry and will appeal to kids and adults alike. Performances take place in four different venues in the city.  In addition there will be multi-disciplinary cabarets in the courtyard in the evening.

Jerusalem Beer Festival – August, 18:00-24:00, Independence Park, 35ILS entrance doesn’t include price of beer, final dates not yet released but you can check-out the Jerusalem Beer Festival website or call 052-7800078 for more details

Come and enjoy a cool beer in the hot Israeli summer. The festival will have over 100 different types of beer on offer as well as live musical performances. This will be the 10th annual Jerusalem Beer Festival. Some of the beer labels will be exclusively for this festival and there will be boutique breweries offering free tastings as well as paid tastings of more established brands.