Last updated May 9th 2016

Happy 68th Birthday Israel!!!

Stay tuned for all the best parties in Tel Aviv for Yom Haatzmaut 2016!…

On the day of Yom Haatzmaut (Thursday this year) it is a tradition to have a BBQ – Park Hayarkon becomes a huge grill – for Tel Aviv’s best butchers check our Guide.

For full events listings over the next two weeks, check our ‘Events Listings’ page.

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT 11/5

Local Parties – FREE ENTRY:

Independence Street Party in the Kerem – Kerem HaTemini (next to the Shuk) is back with it’s annual street party – complete with top DJs, two bars, and optional 70 NIS bracelets.

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Bicicletta’s Independence Day Fish Barbecue @ Bicicletta, Nahalat Binyamin – one of Tel Aviv’s coolest gastro bars is hosting a special party – DJ Aviel Zemmelman is on the decks until the wee hours, arak will flow like water, and fish will fry on the grill!

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Yom Haatzmaut Party @ Abraham Hostel – Join us and celebrate Yom ha’atzmaut in a grand party at the Abraham Hostel bar! DJ Dror Shalit – Will rock the floor. Great alcohol Prices, and lot’s of Fun! Free Entrance.

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Zionist Hip Hop Party @ Dizzy Frishdon – Dizzy Frishdon bar is more than happy to invite you to our traditional independence day Zionist Hip-Hop party!!!! All tables and Chairs are out – Droping Bass are IN. Entrance is of course – FREE!

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Crazy Haatzmaut @ Radio EPGB – one of our favourite bars has a large party!

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Independence Eve Open Air Party @ Montefiore Hostel’s backyard – this year we are thrilled to host our friends, the infamous RoofAnimals. Great location, killer sound system, best inter-galactic dance music, reasonable bar prices – less glamour, more quality. 30 NIS.

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Celebrating Independence @ Kikar Rabin – with live music, dance companies, and art displays on giant screens!

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80s Party @ Abraxas – with top music from the 80s, including Madonna, Depeche Mode, and even some Israeli 80s bands!

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Independence @ Romano – celebrate Independence Day with the hipsters and 100% vinyl tunes!

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ALL NIGHTER – In-Somnia – Independence After Hours @ Alphabet – starting at midnight – with Adi Shabat at 8am!

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Mega Productions:

MIDBURN PARTY – Independence Love from the Four Weddings and a Funeral Camp @ Abarbenel 5 – celebrating unconditional love, love with no boarders and restrictions, the love you wish for yourselves. We are here to make any dream come true, and get you married while doing so. Entrance is 40 NIS, alcohol is cheap.

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TOP DJS – Florentin Calling Open Air Party @ Pinsker 6 – message from Theodor Herzl himself: “I haven’t been this excited since the 1st Zionist congress! This independence day my friends are throwing us a party that will knock my beard off!” With sick DJs. Entrance 40 NIS presale, 60 NIS at the door.

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PSYCHEDELIC RAVE IN TLV – Universal Unicorn Presents Freedom Rave @ Yitzak Sadeh 29 – a night full of top psychedelic DJs. Entrance is 50 NIS.

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BARZILAY BOOTLEG CREW – Independence Rave @ Dubnov Gallery – with currently one of the best house music DJs in the Galaxy MOVE D! @ The Dubnov Gallery. Tickets up to 90 NIS.

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SOPHISTICATED CROWD – Ari Fruchter’s Annual Rooftop Party @ Brown TLV – Something classy, fun, and exclusive (limited to 250 people) filled with a mix of Internationals and Israeli’s. With complimentary champagne reception, complimentary food & snacks + DJ Yaniv Chen. For the scandalous few – the hot tub and showers will be open. Tickets 200 NIS.

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COOL CREW – Atzmaut on Fire! @ Sheva – some of Tel Aviv’s top promoters are getting together for this huge party – with some cool DJs. Tickets available in advance from promoters, no tickets at the door.

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TAILOR MADE @ CAMEO – Cameo’s Independence Day Party – Hatachana – tickets 60 NIS.

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VICKY CHRISTINA PARTIES – Vicky Christina’s Annual Yom Haatzmaut mega-party – You need to be on the guest list to get in.

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NATURE PARTY OUTSIDE TLV – Back to Nature Heartbeat Independence Rave – intimate nature party in the North (only 300 people), with top trance DJs, workshops, and an amazing atmosphere. Tickets 150 NIS.

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RUSSIAN PARTY – Overground Rooftop Party @ Rival 5 – hosted by Overground and the Insiders – huge urban rooftop, BBQ (burgers!), 10 DJ’s, 12 hours of sun, fun & music! Entrance 40 NIS till 8pm, 60 NIS after.

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THURSDAY DAY 12/5

FLY BY – One of the highlights of Yom Haatzmaut is the Israeli Airforce Fly By – this year they will be passing down Tel Aviv’s beachfront between 12.10 and 12.32 pm!

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EBODED AND ALPHABET – Atzmaut A La Esh @ Haoman 17 – with some awesome DJs providing the FIRE – tickets 60 NIS pre-sale. From 12pm.

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MIDBURN PARTY – How House Camp Party – How House Camp family is getting ready to move from the notorious Mizrahi 26 loft to the new Suburnbia neighborhood at Midburn City. So come join our twisted family – we promise to shake your butts, get you wet (in the pool) and to take a good look at our lifeguard. From 12pm.

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CAT & DOG – Open Air Party @ Park Hayarkon – with DJ Solomun, probably the world’s best DJ at the moment – owner of the divine label Dynamic, Ibiza’s party king and the biggest star in global electronic-music scene! Early bird 145 NIS, 225 NIS full price. From 1pm.

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MONOCHROME IN HERZLIYA – Monochrome Independence Day Party @ Herzliya Marina – tickets are limited and for monochrome members only, register online. Early bird tickets 120 NIS, 160 NIS non-early bird. From 12pm.

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ROOFTOP CARNAVAL – Independence Day Rooftop Carnaval @ Yehuda HaMaccabi 30 – starts at 4pm, head down after BBQing in Park Hayarkon – sunbathe on the roof with a glass of arak eshkalyot, national flags in hand and heart! DJ Pnina from Jerusalem on the decks – and CHEAP DRINKS – all chasers 6 shekels and all beeers 8 shekels !! Presale tickets 35. will be hot and cool. From 4pm.

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BBQ – Wineberg’s Annuals Yom Haatzmaut BBQ Street Party – with delicious food and drink from one of Tel Aviv’s tastiest gastro bars. From 1pm.

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SAMBA – Jaffo de Janeiro @ Samuca – combining two of the world’s greatest parties – Yom Haatzmaut and a Brazilian samba party! And for 68 NIS you can get a special all-you-can drink caipirinha bracelet (optional)! From 6pm.

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DESERT FESTIVAL TIL 14th MAY – The 5th Sufi Festival @ Desert Ashram in the Negev – a place of gathering, sharing, friendship – with 15 live performances from Thursday to Saturday night.

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