The annual Klezmer Festival in Safed (also known as Tzfat) returns in August to celebrate its 25th anniversary!
The Klezmer Festival is an interesting festival celebrating traditional Jewish music (the joyful music typically associated with weddings and bar mitzvahs) and one that brings much of this corner of Israel to a standstill: some 200,000 people (tourists and locals) are expected to attend the 3 day event, spread over August 20-22. So yes, it might be “traditional” music, but it’s still mighty popular!
Because of the crowds expected at the Klezmer Festival, the roads to Safed will be closed from 17:00 on each of the three days, so…get there early!
Once in Safed, head to the Old City; the area round the refurbished auditorium Ma’ayan HaRadum Square is always a good place to start. This year, Safed has set up some eight stages, with performances scheduled to start at 21:00 and end way after midnight. All performances are FREE. There will also be a variety of street stalls to keep you fed and watered.
If you’re planning to spend more than an evening in Safed, check out our guide to the best things to see and do in Safed.
If you’re also planning to stop overnight, take into consideration that accommodation will be difficult to find, as many hotels and guest houses in the area will be fully booked. Check out our guide to the available hotels in Safed and book NOW.
And here’s a great little clip that will give you an idea of what to expect…