TEN amazing things NOT to miss over this year’s New Year & Sukkot holidays!

With the Jewish New Year and High Holiday season about to hit Israel big time – yes, that’s Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, all in ONE month – we’ve come up with a list of awesome things to see and do over the holiday period.

This list is probably more suited for the returning tourist and local; if you’re looking for a more touristy track to trek, check out our top 10 things to see and do in Israel, or perhaps even the ultimate checklist: 101 things to see, do, and taste in Israel – doable throughout the year!

Just one word of warning – expect crowds!

In no particular order…

Catch the amazing Harlem Globetrotters – LIVE in Israel!

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Those hoop legends the Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Israel once again! In what seems a now biennial event (the boys were last here in 2012 and 2014), the entertaining troupe of basketball wizards will be putting on four shows in four different cities (Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva, Haifa, and Jerusalem). Read more here…

Catch some tunes at the annual Tamar Festival!

This four day musical festival features some of the BIGGEST names in Israeli music, as well as some stunning desert scenery. The action takes place on Oct 17-20, and included in this year’s impressive lineup are: Balkan Beat Box, the Kutiman Orchestra, Infected Mushroom, Bery Sakharov, Yehudit Ravitz, and Avraham Tal, plus sunrise concerts at Masada featuring local legends Shalom Hanoch and Shlomi Shaban. Read more here…

Run like the wind at the Bible Marathon OR the Legion Run – or both!

The Legion Run

If you’re up for some physical exertion – or just want to cheer some hardy runners on – head to one of these two unique runs. The Bible Marathon is back for its second time on October 21 (read more here), taking in some spectacular biblical vistas, while the Legion Run on October 14 is a new event and is only for the strictly adventurous (read more here)!

Get yourself to a museum, pronto!

Israel Museum

There are some great exhibitions on in Israel during this period, so go get some culture! Head to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the ongoing Pharoah in Canaan exhibition or the Pablo Picasso exhibition, or the Camera Man exhibition at the Tower of David, or even head to the Tel Aviv Port for the ongoing Dali exhibition. The choice is yours!

Get on yer bike at the annual Sovev Tel Aviv!

sovev tel aviv

The annual Sovev Tel Aviv takes place during Sukkot. If you love cycling, you’ll love this unique 3 days of biking events in Tel Aviv. Read more here…

Dance yer ass off to the legendary DJ Tiesto!

dj tiesto israel

Legendary DJ Tiesto is in town for a special one-off concert! Read more here…

Fly your kites in the skies over Jerusalem!

kite flying Jerusalem

If you’re looking to make the most of that glorious late-October weather, head to the Israel Museum on October 18 (from 10:00 to 19:00) for some unique kite-making and craft workshops, while getting yourself acquainted with some professional kite-flyers. Then fly your own kite in the fabulous Art Garden, with some accompanying live music and good vibes!

Be at one with nature – go Zorba!

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Spread over 4 days (October 19-22), head to the Zorba Festival to reconnect with your soul, and get some spiritual awakening deep in the desert. There will be plenty of yoga, meditation, workshops, and hey, even some chilling out to Israeli bands. Read more here…

Get inked up at the Israel Tattoo Convention!

tattoo convention

If you love tattoos and the tats lifestyle, head to this unique one-off Israel Tattoo Convention! Spread over 2 days, there’s a lot to see, with some amazing local and international tattoo artists and some great live music! Read more here…

Rock out at the InDnegev Festival!

indnegev festival

One of the coolest music festivals in Israel, this unique festival in the Negev desert has fast become an annual fave with music fans. Expect some great local bands, spread over 3 days. Read more here…

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Of course, if all you’re really after is something a little more leisurely, head to the beaches of Israel. The weather is still perfect, the beaches a little less packed what with the kids back at school (and the belief that it’s October and winter is fast on its way, even if the thermometer is screaming 40C…), and yep, they’re mostly free to access…

Happy Holidays, wherever you end up!

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