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Special Summer Events & Activities Only Local Israelis Know About

Icon August 15, 2018
Icon By Shai Navon
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Israeli Summer

It’s that time again… summer is here. If you are already in Israel or are thinking about heading to Israel but want to experience the country from a more local perspective, you’re in luck. Here are some special summer events and activities marketed to local Israelis. You don’t need to be fluent to enjoy these outings – but you do need to come with lots of ruach (lit. spirit), and probably some extra cash, just in case.

Zappa Tu B’av music events

Tu Beeav

Honor the Jewish “Valentine’s Day” by taking your loved one out to experience some of the country’s best live music! For four weeks, between July 25th and August 25th, cities throughout Israel, from Beit Gabriel up north to Eilat down south, will honor romance by hosting a diverse mix of Israeli artists such as Balkan Beat Box, Shlomo Artzi, Amir Dadon, Eviatar Banai, Gidi Gov, Dudu Tassa, Miri Mesika,Yehuda Poliker, Yishai Ribo and many others. These shows are not your typical run-of-the-mill stadium concert events, but rather one-off, unforgettable performances.

To learn more and purchase tickets, check out Zappa’s website.

BaLaShuk, Machane Yehuda


If you’re a foodie or love trying out the local cuisine, head to Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market for a culinary extravaganza: BaLaShuk! Enjoy a guided food tour, take a master class with a professional chef and experience an authentic Israeli marketplace adventure that is truly scrumptious.

For more information and to book your Machane Yehuda food tour, click here.

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Puppet Theater Festival

This August, Jerusalem’s first train station will be more than an exciting place to eat, shop and hang out; It will also be home to the 2018 International Festival of Puppet Theater. During this 5-day festival, a variety of colorful, whimsical and wonderful puppet shows will be performed, including street performances you can watch while sipping iced coffee or enjoying locally made ice cream.

For more information, contact the Train Theatre at 072-3290728.

Meteor Festival, Pecan Park

For a desert experience that is unlike any other, head south to Pecan Park in Lehavot Habashan and enjoy the Meteor Festival. This visionary and cutting-edge musical journey is slated to host 50 international acts on five stages under the stunning pecan trees, in addition to delicious foods, an open-air cinema, an arcade tent, art displays and much more!

When? Thursday, September 6, 2018 – Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Click here to book tickets.

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