TEN amazing things NOT to miss over the 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…

Head back to the 80s with Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders!

Head back to the 80s with the amazing Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders! They’re here as part of their world tour to promote their recently released studio album Alone, but expect to hear the classics too! 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 local talent this year includes: Omer Adam, Dudu Tasa, Dikla, Ehud Banai & Bery SakharovBalkan Beat Box & A-WaNatan Goshen, Amir BenayounAvraham Tal, and Mosh Ben Ari, among others! For more details and the full schedule, click here.  Read more here…

Sit back and eat popcorn at the annual Haifa Film Festival!

haifa film festival

If you’re looking to enjoy some amazing movies over the holiday period, head to the annual Haifa Film Festival, which features some awesome local and international flicks (read more here)!

Get yourself to a museum, pronto!

Israel MuseumThere 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 Micha Bar Am photo exhibition, or the amazing Al Weiwei exhibition, or the awesome looking Bicycle Exhibition at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. 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 at the Block Club Festival in Tel Aviv’s hottest club!

Block Festival

The coolest club in town is having a 3 day club marathon! 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 October weather, head to the Israel Museum on October 10 (from 10:00 to 19:00) for some unique kite-making and craft workshops which will cost you 30-40 shekels, 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!

zorba festival

Spread over 4 or 5 days during Sukkot, 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…

Pop over the border to the Lost City of Petra!

Petra Treasury tour

Now is the perfect time of the year to pop across the border to Petra, the amazing Lost City of the Nabateans! While Israel is on holiday and school is out, many of the best sites in Israel will be FULL to the brim – beat the crowds and head to this amazing desert wonder, it’s easier than you think! 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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