Events & News from Israel
Go-TelAviv Monthly Guide
Here are the top Tel Aviv monthly events and news from Israel.
Tel Aviv is the cultural heart of the country and hosts most of the music, theater, dance and other artistic events.
Yes, Jerusalem is the political and religious capital of Israel, and I love visiting that beautiful city, but I am always glad to come down from the lofty peaks of Jerusalem to the secular, relaxed and exciting fun of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea!
Day and night, there are always fun things to do here.
News and Events from Israel
Month by Month
Here is a month by month listing of the best Tel Aviv events and news from Israel.
Tel Aviv January Events and News from Israel
is typically the coldest and rainiest month of the year in Tel Aviv, but it’s
still full of fun.
Israeli fashion Expo takes place
every January at the city’s main convention center, Ganei HaTa’arucha. You can browse aand buy Israel designers' cool local fashion
and accessories at superb discounts. For more about Israeli fashion, visit our page
on Tel Aviv Shopping.
Tel Aviv February Events and News from Israel
- Every February, Israel celebrates Tu-B’Shvat, a minor Jewish holiday celebrating the New Year for Trees, sort of like Arbor Day. Kids plant trees and we celebrate the holiday by eating lots of dried fruit and nuts, which you can see decorating Tel Aviv’s shop windows and restaurants.
- The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival takes place every year in February with multiple performances by local and well known jazz musicians from around the world.
- Israel’s annual wine exhibition, IsraWinExpo, runs every February at Tel Aviv’s Convention center, Ganei HaTa’arucha.
- Ancient Israel was a major wine consumer and exporter. In the past 25 years, this tradition has been revitalized and hundreds of quality boutique wineries have sprung up in Israel, alongside the several large local wineries.
Tel Aviv March Events and News from Israel
In March, spring is in the air in Tel Aviv!
- The Jewish holiday of Purim, sometimes called the ‘Jewish Halloween’ falls in March. Kids and grownups everywhere wear costumes and exchange gifts, called “mishloah manot’ of traditional ‘triangle’ pastries and snacks.
- Don’t miss the roaring Tel Aviv nightlife in Purim. Believe it or not, religious Jewish law encourages getting drunk on Purim and Tel Avivians are happy to comply! Many clubs and bars hold masquerade parties and the scene is fun and pretty wild!
March, Tel Aviv’s Irish pubs like Molly Bloom, Temple Bar and even American pub Mike’s Place celebrate St. Patrick’s day.
annual Tel Aviv Marathon takes place every March. Tens of thousands of athletes from all over
the world run along the city’s streets
and beach promenade, cheered on by hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists.
Tel Aviv April Events and News from Israel
April is a festive holiday month in all of Israel.
- Both Passover (Pesach) and Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha'Atzmaut) usually
occur in April. The actual dates vary based on the Jewish lunar calendar.
- Schools close for a while and families enjoy long vacations. Telavivians flock to the beaches and streets of the city and there
are plenty of celebrations and things to do every day: art, music, dance
performances and lots of events just for kids.
On Independence Day, in addition to fireworks and outdoor performances, the
Israeli Air Force puts on an impressive aeronautics display along Tel Aviv beaches. Independence day could also
be called national barbecue ‘mangal’ day as
groups of families and friends meet on any available piece of grass to
grill their kebabs, chicken pieces and lamb chops.
- In April, Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial
Day are Israel’s most solemn days of the year. Restaurants and entertainment places are closed. Most Israeli families have lost loved ones in
either the Holocaust and/or in one of Israel’s many wars. My father's entire family was killed in the Holocaust.
You can read about his amazing survival story in his personal memoir on Amazon here.
are in Israel during this time, you will see an amazing sight.
The entire country stops in mid-track during
the remembrance sirens. In the offices,
streets and even in the middle of the roads, people stop driving and get out of
their car to stand with the rest of the nation and respect the memory of the
Tel Aviv May Events and News from Israel
the summer approaches in May, the days in Tel Aviv are getting hotter but the
evenings are still pleasantly cool.
- On Lag BaOmer, a minor Jewish holiday, bonfires are lit all over Israel and Tel Aviv
gets pretty smoky!
- Later in May, Tel Aviv streets, parks and beaches are full of Telavivians celebrating Shavuot
or Pentecost , a two day Jewish holiday. Many people wear white clothes and Tel Aviv restaurants celebrate
with special cheese and dairy dishes that are traditionally served on Shavuot.
- Fresh Paint, Israel’s Contemporary Art Fair takes
place every May in Tel Aviv. If you like Art, Fresh Art is an ideal way to enjoy the local vibrant art
- DocAviv in May is Israel's annual, two week international
documentary film festival which takes place at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv June Events and News from Israel
Every June, Tel Aviv celebrates the summer season with loads
of annual events!
The annual Gay Pride and Love Parade takes place every
June. Tel Aviv night life is always hot, but on this week, it gets
raunchier than ever. Tel Aviv has been often voted the best gay city worldwide. Tens of thousands of tourists flock here during gay pride week. Read more on our Gay Israel page.
Tel Aviv’s most special yearly event is White Night at the end of June. Free outdoor music and dance performances
take place all over the city and most of Tel Aviv’s cultural centers and
museums are open at reduced rates all night long! White Night commemorates the designation by Unesco of Tel Aviv “White City” as a
world heritage site based on its lovely white Bauhaus Architecture, the
largest collection worldwide.
In June, the annual book fair takes place every year
all over Israel. In Tel Aviv, the
weeklong happening runs every evening in Rabin Square near the city center.
Students Film Festival runs
every June at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque.
Yearly Gourmet Food Festival takes place in Hayarkon Park, with about 20 of Tel Aviv’s best restaurants serving some of
Israel’s finest gourmet food at reduced rates.
Tel Aviv July Events and News from Israel
is hot and humid and Tel Aviv streets, neighborhoods and beaches are full of vacationing tourists and Israelis.
During the day, here are plenty of outdoor activities on the
beaches and in the Jaffa and Tel Aviv Ports. Tel Aviv nightlife is seething and international rock, jazz and electronic musicians play all over the city venues.
July, the Israeli Opera House holds a Free Opera Concert in the Park in Tel Aviv's Ganei
Yehoshua, Yarkon Park.
- Maholohet, Israel’s contemporary dance festival takes
place every summer. You can enjoy dozens
of dance performances at the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Tel Aviv performed
by Israel’s best dance companies.
Tel Aviv August Events and News from Israel
is Tel Aviv’s hottest and most humid
best refuge from the heat are the beaches.
Restaurants and bars are packed every night until the wee hours of the
- For two week in August, every evening there are free movie screenings at
You can have a beer or a meal at one of the beach cafes or enjoy
the film from your own beach blanket.
- Maholohet, Israel’s contemporary dance festival continues
in August. If you love dance, catch some
of the latest works of Israel’s best dance companies.
week-long Oud Festival takes place every year in August in Tel Aviv’s
Tzafta. The Oud is an musical instrument of the Middle East and Balkans. Its a great way to learn about traditional
music of the region. Besides the music
performances, you can enjoy ethnic food, books and more.
Tel Aviv September Events and News from Israel
is still hot and muggy in Tel Aviv. Kids
are back to school, but not for long because September and early October
are Jewish holiday months in Israel.
- Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year is a 2
day holiday. Store windows and
restaurants are decorated with apples, fruit and honey, symbolizing the wish
for a ‘sweet’ year ahead. Lots of
special performances celebrate the new year all over Tel Aviv.
- Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement takes place in
September or early October. About half
of Israelis fast on this day, but it is not a sad or somber day in Tel Aviv. In fact, Yom Kippur in Israel is my favorite
day of the year.
entire country goes ‘quiet’. Absolutely
everything is closed. (Don’t worry, the
hotels run normally and serve meals). There are no motor vehicles anywhere on
the streets and even the highways are empty, except for Israeli kids who bike
freely all over and have a ball. Many people wear white and families stroll along the normally buzzing boulevards. The
atmosphere is tranquil. Yom Kippur in
Tel Aviv is an experience not to be missed.
- The Taste
Festival of Jaffa takes place during 10 days every September. Jaffa’s restaurants are always a treat but
on this week, you can eat out cheaply in Jaffa. Tel Aviv's Jaffa in Israel is a must see, with its unique atmosphere, winding alleys and picturesque buildings.
Tel Aviv October Events and News from Israel
still feels like summer in Tel Aviv, but it’s a lot less stifling and humid.
are on vacation for another full week on Sukkot, or Tabernacles. Since most families take vacation, Tel
Aviv streets and neighborhoods are full of events and activities, day and
of the most interesting events every October is Icon, the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Role-playing
Festival. It’s a huge
multi-day celebration that includes screenings, contests, shows, booths, and
- Sovev Tel Aviv. Every October during Sukkot, the city holds an annual biking Tour de Tel Aviv with 3 routes available for cycling along the sea, the city's boulevards and on the highway which is closed to traffic:
- 7.5 kilometers for people of all ages
- 22 kilometers for families and individuals (8 - 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult)
- 42 kilometer route for 16 years old and older
Tel Aviv November Events and News from Israel
In November, you might still get away with short-sleeves during the day, but Tel Aviv nights are
chillier and there may be some autumn showers.
November is a great month for outdoor activities anywhere
in Tel Aviv and especially in Yarkon Park. The weather is perfect for biking, rowing on
the Yarkon river or walking along the park trails.
And the surfing season really gets going. You can surf in Israel all year round, but the waves and wind conditions are best in the winter between November and March.
Tel Aviv December Events and News from Israel
brings the onset of cooler weather in Tel Aviv.
- Hanuka, or the Festival of Lights is one of the happiest Jewish
holidays. It is celebrated by lighting
candles every night for 8 days, eating fried food such as sweet donuts (sufganiyot) and
potato pancakes (latkes or levivot). The
city offers lots of events for kids and adults.
Jaffa, the Arab Christian community and many of Tel Aviv’s foreign workers
celebrate Christmas. Midnight mass services
are held in Jaffa’s many churches and the Jaffa flea market and port area are
decorated with Christmas lights.
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