Jerusalem is one mighty fine place to visit at ANY time of the year (check out some of the major Jerusalem attractions here), but this August there is a whole bundle of special events happening in the Holy City.
With the kids on holiday, and many Israeli parents also taking a bit of time off work, August is full of fun things to do, both for those with kids, and those who want to leave the kids at home. Jerusalem also doesn’t have the suffocating August heat that Tel Aviv has, and those cool mountain breezes in the evenings can be a real blessing…
We’ve done our bit to collect the best of the best things to do in Jerusalem, all you have to do is pick and choose!
In no particular order…
The 9th annual Jerusalem Wine Festival (July 30 – August 2) is the perfect place to sample some of Israel’s finest wines. 80 shekels gets you a refillable (as much as you want!) glass, and you’ll be accompanied by soft jazz and the chilled atmosphere of the grounds of the Israel Museum. Read more here.
One for the kids, this festival is spread over August 5 – August 10, throughout a number of small theaters in Jerusalem. Local and international puppeteers will be at the festival, including a special showing of the British classic, Punch and Judy. Read more here.
This small festival is a reggae fan’s delight! Scheduled for August 28 at Sacher Park, this year sees legends Alpha Blondy and Barrington Levy headline. This festival has become renowned for its chilled vibe and great music! Read more here.
Every Monday evening through August, catch the amazing sights and sounds of the Balabasta festival. Centered round the amazing Machane Yehuda market, expect to see some great art, music, and street performers. Read more here.
Quite possibly the best show in town. Perfect after a hard day’s sightseeing, this show will amaze and delight all the family, as you watch the history of Jerusalem unfold before your eyes on the walls of the Tower of David. Read more here.
Now in its 8th year, the Jerusalem Beer Festival (August 22-23) has become one of Israel’s biggest and best. Catch over 120 beers on sale, including some very funky flavors, and chill out to the DJ and Israeli bands performing later on each evening! Read more here.
Taking place August 8-18 at Sultan’s Pool and the Mitchell Gardens (just opposite the Tower of David), this annual fair is an awesome spot to catch local and international crafts, great food, and some entertaining street performances, as well as some top Israeli bands (including Mashina and Aviv Geffen). Open daily from 18:00 to 22:00 (though Friday it’s closed and Saturday the fair opens after Shabbat). Read more here.
Held on August 2nd at the Kraft Stadium, this now annual event lets you chill-out to some great tunes from the 60s (including Geva Alon singing Neil Young songs!). Read more here.
The must-see museum in Israel is holding some special events throughout August (and beyond), here are some of the highlights we think you might like: Good Night (a look at “sleep”, for the whole family), White Gold (the world’s earliest coins), and A World Apart Next Door (an undercover glimpse into the lives of Hasidic Jews).
Last but most definitely not least…take a stroll down the streets and alleys of the Old City. Over 3000 years old, we personally never tire of wandering down those historical lanes. Even one for all the family, just a bit tricky with pushchairs. Read our essential guide to the Old City here.