Israel's Top Events and Festivals

Every year, Israel's Ministry of Culture and Sport and the individual municipalities put on various events and festivals. Tourists and Israelis alike come from near and far to enjoy the festivities. Here are some of the top events you will find while you are traveling in Israel.

Klezmer Festival -- Safed

Taking place in the old city of Safed, this three-day festival takes you back to the Shtetl era in Eastern Europe, with the melodic sounds of this upbeat, but sometimes melancholic genre of music. Enjoy workshops for children, stories, and music during this yearly festival.

Priestly Blessing (Birkat Kohanim) -- Jerusalem

Twice a year, Jewish priests called Kohanim gather together to bless all who are in attendance at the Western Wall. This event coincides with two of Judaism's many holidays -- The Feast of the Tabernacle (Sukkot) and Passover and happens on the third or fourth day of the holidays.

Festival of Lights -- Jerusalem

This festival is a sight to behold every summer. For ten days in July, Jerusalem is lit up with both Israeli and international artwork, statues, and light shows and draws over 250,000 visitors and residents.

Israel Independence Day -- Jerusalem

Sometime in May, the center of Jerusalem becomes a stage for everyone to enjoy music until all hours of the night. Having just ended Israel's Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), Israelis suddenly change tacks and celebrate Israel's independence. Walk up and down Ben Yehuda Street and you will find live bands playing, people shooting silly string and foam and bopping each other's heads with inflatable hammers.

Tel Aviv Marathon -- Tel Aviv

There are marathons that take place all over Israel from Jerusalem to Tiberias, but the Tel Aviv marathon in the winter is a must-see. More than 40,000 runners from all over Israel and the world participate in this event that takes them all over the city.

Adeloyada -- Holon

This parade takes place around the Jewish holiday of Purim in March. While many municipalities put on their own city's parade, this iconic event in Holon has been a mainstay for decades. You will find children displaying their talents and skills learned in after-school clubs, acrobats and clowns performing their silliness, and huge floats to delight the spectators.

Whichever time of year you choose to visit Israel, don't forget that renting a car in Israel will save you time and get you to these events and festivals with ease.


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March 8, 2019

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