The best things to do in Israel this month

Your Israeli cheat sheet: quell your inner FOMO with our checklist of must-do events

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By Time Out Israel Editors |
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Dig out your dancing shoes, throw on your finest classical concert-viewing attire or simply tuck in for a good night’s rest and save energy for daytime events. Either way, there’s something to do in Israel this month for every person. From outdoor festivals to indoor entertainment, Time Out’s got you covered with the hottest happenings this month. Start your month off with a bang and keep the good times rolling with our picks of the very best things to do in Israel this month.

The best things to do in Israel this month

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Art, Installation

Zoo Tel Aviv

icon-location-pin Beit Ha'ir - Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv City Center
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Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the first zoo in Israel at this unique and multifaceted exhibition meant to inspire a love of life and animals. The exhibit features vivid, life-size statues as well as intricately beautiful and detailed murals and illustrations by some of Israel's most esteemed artists and creators. 
 Open until September, 10:00-16:00, Beit Ha’ir, 27 Bialik St, Tel Aviv

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Theater, Children's

“Alumini” – Interactive Art Exhibit

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Enjoy a nice family outing and go on a stroll to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art where “Alumini” - a magical and interactive show is taking place August 20 through August 22. The show combines theatre, humor and recycled aluminum tubes and accessories to create an exciting, engaging musical and dance performance.

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Kids, Playgrounds

Lego Space Park

icon-location-pin Expo Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv - Jaffa
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Every year, this timeless summer attraction continues to innovate, surprise and thrill, but this year, this Lego Space Park is reaching new heights. This journey through the galaxy includes 3000 square meters of over 5 million Lego blocks which creates a complex, interactive experience where children and their families are invited to build their own Lego spaceships and land them on the moon.  

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Things to do, Festivals

Hutzot Hayotzer Festival

icon-location-pin Sultan's Pool, Mishkanot Sha'ananim
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The International Hutzot Hayotzer Art Festival returns to its 44th year, and as in every year, the colorful stands fill the Hutzot Hayotzer complex and the Sultan's Pool, opposite the Tower of David at the foot of the walls of the Old City. Hundreds of artists from Israel and around the globe participate in the festival and exhibit paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, weaving and textiles, alongside Judaica, toys, woodwork, art installations and giant outdoor sculptures. The festival also includes a children's area with special activities, artist workshops and meetings with artists from Israel and abroad, music performances, and culinary areas.

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Theater

“The Phantom of the Opera”

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Tel Aviv - Jaffa
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Grab your bike or rent a bike with Lime and take a quick ride to the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center to see the iconic Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera” while it stops in Tel Aviv on its world tour. If Broadway is your thing, you won’t want to miss this show while it’s here.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Art of the Brick - International Lego Exhibition

icon-location-pin Holon Toto Hall, Holon
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This highly-regarded exhibit of 3D LEGO sculptures is perfect for a family outing. Coming to Israel for the second time, the intricate work of New Yorker Nathan Sawaya will be on display at Holon Toto Hall from July 26 to August 31.

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Music, Music festivals

Red Sea Jazz Festival

icon-location-pin Eilat Port, Eilat
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Set in the beautifully unique surroundings of the Eilat Port, the Red Sea Jazz Festival is a one-of-a-kind musical event which brings together Jazz-lovers from all over the country. End your summer vacation the right way with three nights of “Freedom, Music and Love.”

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Things to do, Festivals

The Jerusalem Beer Festival

icon-location-pin Independence Park - Jerusalem, Jerusalem City Center
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The festival, considered one of the biggest events in Israel's beer industry, hosts over 120 different beers every year, from large and well known brands to small boutique breweries and beers specially prepared for the festival. In addition to the beer stands, there are food stands, food trucks, and various musical performances.

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News, Events & Festivals

International Hot Air Balloon Festival

On August 22-23, the horizon in the northern Negev will become picturesque Hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes will take over the skies above the Habesor Park National Park as part of the 8th annual International Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event is perfect for adults, children and families alike. It will feature the world’s only digitally printed hot air balloon. Additionally, a pilot will fly the largest hot air balloon in the world, weighing nearly 500 pounds and extending over 13 stories high. 

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Comedy

John Cleese Tour: Last Time To See Me Before I Die

icon-location-pin The Culture Palace (or Charles Bronfman Auditorium), Tel Aviv City Center
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The beloved British comedian, actor and screenwriter, most famous for hits such as Monty Python and Fawlty Towers and who even starred in the James Bond and Harry Potter films will be coming to Tel Aviv during the end of August as part of the “Last Time to see me before I Die” tour. 

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