Tel Aviv’s annual Pride Festival runs this year from May 22 – June 6 – and we’ve picked out some of the must-see events you’ll want to attend!
This year’s theme is Women in the Community so expect a lot of women-focused activities! The festival is expected to attract over 200,000 attendees, with some 30,000 gay tourists from abroad!
Some of the highlights to catch at this year’s Pride Festival:
- May 22 – June 6: Hilton beach becomes Tel Aviv Pride Beach, with the LGBT community taking over the beach for the two weeks of the festival.
- May 22 – June 6: Shuttles from Pride Beach to Dizengoff Center, with branded shuttles running to and from Dizengoff Center and back every day, every half hour or so, between 12.00 and 20.00.
- May 26-27: International Health Conference on Women Health at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipal LGBT Community Center. Every year during Pride Week the Gan Meir Clinic hosts a health conference on different topics. This year in accordance with the theme of the pride events, the health conference will be dedicated to women’s health and related issues.
- May 22 – June 4: Cultural Festival, cooperation between the LGBT Community Center and Habima theater, to present three dedicated shows.
- May 29 – June 6: TLVFest – the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Cinematheque Tel Aviv. The only LGBT film festival in the Middle East, TLVFest is a fixture of the Israeli pride week, and offers a fascinating look into international and Israeli queer cinematic art.
- May 29 – June 6: Fashion & Style City Tours – Tel Aviv Global will operate a daily two hour walking tour for shopaholics who want to learn what’s hot and who’s who in Tel Aviv’s fashion arena.
- May 29 – June 6: Vegan City Tours – Tel Aviv Global will operate a daily two hour walking tour for Vegans, showcasing the city’s unique culinary scene.
- June 1: Eurovision Event, Gan Meir Park. Former Eurovision winners, including Dana International, Anne Marie David, Helena Paparizou and others, as well as this year’s Israeli representative Hovi Star, will give a free concert in Gan Meir with their most popular songs.
- June 2: Round Tables with Public Figures, Habima square – Members of the Knesset, Ministers, public officials and the LGBT community members sit together for round tables and discuss various issues. The event is usually attended by the main political parties.
- June 2: WaterPark Tel Aviv – The sexiest men in the world under the sun of Tel Aviv for 12 hours of nonstop fun, expect an entire day of world-class music and water.
- June 3: Tel Aviv Pride Parade, starting at Gan Meir Park. The pinnacle of Pride Week is the Pride Parade, which kicks off at 10:00 in Me’ir Park with drag shows, floats, marching groups and uplifting music. This festive celebration departs from the park, through the city and ends with a bang at the famous sunset beach party, attracting countless spectators and participants. Watch out for the Dykes on Bikes who will be leading the parade with groups of women, both locals and from the USA, riding their branded bikes along the route.
- June 3: Pride Parade Party, Charles Clore Park. The biggest sunset beach party in the Middle East, with special performances and DJs attracting thousands of spectators and participants.
For more details, see the official website.