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

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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


The Scorpions

After celebrating 53 years of rockstar fame, the Scorpions are stopping in Israel on yet another crazy world tour. Since the 1960s, they’ve ranged from heavy metal to hard rock, gaining incredible momentum with one of the best-selling singles in the world, with over 14 million copies sold. 

Thursday July 19 2018


What better way to close the opera season than with the loud, proud, intense Carmen. Whether you claim to be a music buff or not, you'd recognize the music from this incredible 'opera comique' in a heartbeat. Conducted by Karen Kamensek, with Gadi Schechter as revival director, Bizet's incredible masterpiece is the perfect way to end a season and make way for a new one.

The Israeli Opera House , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Until Friday July 27 2018

Jaffa's outdoor cinema screening is still going strong!

This July - Block busters & spectacular view for free. With last year's super-popular film screenings, which brought hundreds of people to Jaffa every week, the Old Jaffa Development Company decided to renew the series this year with major block busters: "Wonder Woman", "Batman", "Zoolander", and "The Green Mile" are on the line-up.

By: Sol Gruffy

Christian Boltanski

How do we remember what we remember? Boltanski, a French artist most well-known for his photography installations and contemporary conceptual style, has been exploring mechanisms of memory through photography and commemorative objects since the 1970s. He has also investigated religious and societal memorial rituals, studying the most intriguing ways to make us contemplate how our memories are influenced, especially by images.

The Israel Museum , Neve Sha'anan Until Wednesday October 31 2018

Oren Eliav: How to Disappear Completely

Young Israeli painter, Oren Eliav, works with an intricate mixed media process to create his fascinating and novel oil painting technique. For his new exhibition at the Israel Museum, Eliav has illustrated the story of Lucretia through a combination of digital reproduction and distortion of images with traditional oil painting. 

The Israel Museum , Neve Sha'anan Until Wednesday October 31 2018

After the Last War

Born in Haifa and raising his family in Paris, Aviv Itzhaky depicted his two Jewish communities and their urban environments through beautiful and insightful photography. The talented artist became deeply acquainted with life in two Jewish cultures, watching them evolve through the 1970s and 1980s and expressing the shifting worlds in his work.

Haifa City Museum , The Lower City Until Sunday October 14 2018

Arieh Sharon: Architect of the State

In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, examine one of the most active Israeli architects of the 20th century, who literally built the country as it grew into the landscape we enjoy today. The exhibit presents a comprehensive view and critical examination of Sharon’s shaping of Israeli space. Working through historical contexts heavy with meaning, he designed kibbutzim, residential buildings, office buildings, hospitals, university campuses, and the first master plan for the State. 

Tel Aviv Museum of Art , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Until Monday October 1 2018

Hollywood and other Myths

Through the works of nine international video artists, the exhibition focuses on the evolving relationship between video and cinema. Observing the more old school Hollywood style of the 1960s and 1970s shifting to more intricate references to “enchanted fascination and dismissal” in the 1990s, appreciate all of the cinematic characteristics that make cinema such an enticing medium. Each with “high-volume emotions, high production value, and a rich, all-encompassing soundtrack,” head over to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to explore cinema’s dynamic development and compelling artistry.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Until Saturday September 29 2018
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