Things to do in Israel this week

Discover the very best things to do over the next seven days, from cultural events to live music and more

Klezmer Music Festival © Shutterstock

Thought you’d sneak in a relaxing week? Well, think again. Israel’s got loads of culture-packed activities this week, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. From new art exhibitions and restaurant openings, to the hottest musicians both visiting and local and secret speakeasies off the beaten path, you’ll be crawling to work come Sunday. See how many things to do in Israel over the next seven days you can check off your bucket list. After all, YOIO — “you only Israel once.”

What's on this week

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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

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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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Art of the Brick - International Lego Exhibition

icon-location-pin Holon Toto Hall, Holon

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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“The Phantom of the Opera”

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Tel Aviv - Jaffa

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, Festivals

Hutzot Hayotzer Festival

icon-location-pin Sultan's Pool, Mishkanot Sha'ananim

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. 

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Music, Music festivals

Klezmer Music Festival

icon-location-pin Old City of Tzfat, Safed

The International Klezmer Festival, which has become a tradition in Jerusalem, brings together lovers of the genre and lovers of music of all kinds with the best musicians and Klezmer ensembles from Israel and abroad. The festival combines the world of melodies from small Jewish towns with international musical cultures and styles, as well as authentic klezmer performances of traditional Jewish music and performances and Klezmer combined with jazz, tango, rhythm & blues, and country music.

LEGO SPACE PARK © Studio Tzalul
Kids, Playgrounds

Lego Space Park

icon-location-pin Expo Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv - Jaffa

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.  

The First Station © Nathan Dinowitz
News, Events & Festivals

Summer Events at Jerusalem's First Station Complex

The First Station complex offers an abundance of festivals and events for the summer: June 10 Festi-Van in a Hip Hop Show A hip-hop and rap show featuring leading artists, including Jimbo Jay, Pedro Grass, Eric Aber and Jonathan Blumenfeld. 

Bubble Parade at Habima © Oren Gelbendorf

The ultimate list to make it a summer of discovery

Summer in Israel means a lot of things; two of them being extremely conflicting. It’s hot AF and kids have no school. Luckily, literally every local institution springs to action with water-filled or AC-blasting events - you just have to know where to go. Hitting the beaches or museums are tried-and-true options for scratching out a screen-heavy afternoon, but we’ve put together the ultimate list to make it a summer of discovery

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News, Art

New exhibitions at the Israel Museum

From Ilan Ramon’s journal and the Enoch Scroll from Qumran to Peter and Pan: from Ancient Greece to Neverland, these upcoming exhibits at the Israel Museum are a great way to spend some time indoors and away from the heat. 

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