International Arts and Crafts Fair
Also known as Hutzot Hayozer after the Arts and Craft Center where
it is held, the festival offers an exciting mix of arts, crafts,
theater, dance and music that appeals to the whole family. Visitors get
to experience a taste of exotic cultures with arts and crafts by guest
artists from abroad.
Attendees can also view the best in local
art with exhibits in a number of disciplines – woodwork, ceramics,
prints, metalwork, jewelry and more. Each night there will be a free
concert at 9:30 p.m. featuring top Israeli musicians such as Ehud Banai
and hip hop band Hadag Nahash. Another highlight is the lively
interactive performances and street theater by Tav Café.
Chativat Yerushalayim Street
6 August until August 18
6 p.m. until 11 p.m.; Saturday –one hour after the end of Shabbat until midnight
NIS 60 (kids: NIS 35)
Israeli Wine Tasting Festival
Popular with the young anglo crowd in Jerusalem, this sophisticated outdoor festival
takes place in the Israel Museum’s Sculpture Garden and features wines
from leading wineries in Israel as well as smaller boutique wineries.
ticket includes a wine glass, unlimited tasting and admission to the
museum galleries until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Visitors will also enjoy the
boutique cheeses, olives, olive oils and other treats for sale. Space is
limited so it’s recommended to book tickets in advance.
July 30 until August 2
8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
The Balabasta festival
promises to transform the alleyways, rooftops and storefronts of the
Mahane Yehuda market into a raucous party. Part of the Jerusalem Season
of Culture project, Balabasta features outstanding singers, dancers,
actors, and poets.
In the past two years, tens of thousands have
taken part in the festivities and this year should be bigger and better
with inventive art projects undertaken in cooperation with local
merchants and new musical content.
Mahane Yehuda Market
August 6 ; August 13; August 20
3 p.m. until midnight
International Festival of Puppet Theater
This annual festival
takes place for the 21st time and features the best in local and
international puppetry from all over the world. The shows are aimed at
children, but adults will appreciate the shows too.
local productions include “A Touch of Light” and the premiere “Pirate in
the Bath." The festival is the main source of inspiration in the field
of Puppet Theater in Israel, with 38 rich and diverse shows on offer.
Most of the performances take place at the Train Theater in Liberty Bell
3 Jabotinsky Street
August 5 until August 10
Jerusalem Beer Festival
The eight annual Jerusalem Beer Festival
is a must for beer lovers and those looking for a good party. An
excellent selection of local, boutique, home-made and mainstream beers
will be available as well as stalls demonstrating the beer production
process, an accessories stall, food stalls, live music by popular
Israeli bands and a top DJ.
The festival takes place in the derelict but
trendy Old Train Station compound. It's recommended to arrive early.
Access via Beit Lechem Street or Hebron Road
August 22 until August 23
6 p.m. until midnight
NIS 30 (NIS 25 ILS for students, soldiers & Jerusalem-card holders)
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