Last updated March 31st 2016

From early April through to the end of October, Israel comes alive with top music festivals. Many of these festivals last a few days, with places to set up camps. In most cases there are places to buy food (Midburn is the exception), or you can be Israeli and bring your own! Here are our favourite camping festivals in Israel…



1. Doof Festival (April)

Trance Music | 3 days with Camping | Kinneret | April

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The Summer Begins Here! Doof is one of Israel’s largest trance music labels. Every year, on the shore of the beautiful Kinneret, they host over 50 top Israeli and Internationals DJs for a non-stop 72-hour music festival. Bring your tent, be prepared to a little rain (2015 was famous for the mud-madness), and get ready to party with beautiful psychedelic people from all over Israel and the world! While The Doof Festival is the big one, Doof and their partner the Paganka crew host parties throughout the year, check their Facebook page for updates.

*** for more trance and techno festivals check out our Guide to Trance and Techno Festivals ***


2. Zorba the Buddha Festival (April and September)

Spirituality, Music, Dance, Meditation and Music | 5 Days with Camping | Negev | Pesach and Succot

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Israel’s largest hippy festival, The Zorba Festival happens twice a year at the Desert Ashram in the Negev, in Spring and at Succot. Founded in 2003, the 5-day festival is a sensual meeting between Spirituality, Dance, Meditation and Music. This is a festival where all the edges meet – the great celebration of life, dancing, movement, music, deep yoga, the spirit of meditation and the silence of the desert. Between total ecstasy and therapy, that is where the magic happens. Healing and meeting with amazing people, open hearted encounters, connecting with oneself and with nature. Bring tents and 21+.

*** for more hippy festivals check out our Guide to Hippy Festivals ***


3. Menashe Forest Festival (May)

Israeli Musicians | 3 days with camping | North Central Israel | May

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A fun 3-day festival, with live performances from over 80 top Israeli bands across all genres – the 2015 lineup included Red Band, Daniella Spector, Tatran, The Hoodna Afrobeat Orchestra, and many more. There are two main music stages, plus loads of workshops, stalls, and art zones. Rock, reggae, poetry, dance, theatre, performance art, folk, experimental music, and more, all in the spirit of a strong social statement and connection to nature.

*** for more Israeli Musicians festivals check out our Guide to Israeli Bands’ Festivals ***


4. Midburn (June)

Art and Music Festival | 5 Days with Camping | Negev | June

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Burning Man’s Israeli offshoot, and now the second largest regional Burning Man after Africa Burns, Midburn is a special 5-day festival held in the Negev. Founded in 2014, 2015 saw a record 8,000 people attend. Self Reliance and Self Expression are key components – be yourself, be inclusive, and be self-dependent – the only thing you can buy on the playa is ice. This is not a music festival – there are no official stages – but camps host parties – and in the center of the playa are incredible art displays and a huge temple that is burned on the final night. Throughout the year there are usually reunions, with a big party in October.

*** for more hippy festivals check out our Guide to Hippy Festivals ***


5. Sunbeat Festival (June)

Global Beats | 2-day with Camping | Kinneret | June

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When Spring meets Summer – Celebrating Live Global Beats! A Weekend of Live Music, Dance & Celebration! From the clubs of Berlin to the tribes of Africa, from the Favelas of Rio to the Greek Tavernas, from the colorful markets of Marrakech to the sunny shores of Jamaica – a Musical Cross Culture extravaganza! The 2-day annual festival, founded in 2011, takes place in Nature Reserve Jordan park in the northeastern Kinneret, where the small water streams cross endless vegetation and green meadows to create a heavenly feel and the setting for an unforgettable experience.

*** for more Beats festivals check out our Guide to Jazz and Beats Festivals ***


6. Groovestock (June)

Groove | 2 days with camping | Negev | June

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A new addition to the Israel festival scene, Groovestock attracted thousands of revellers to its first festival in 2015. They were treated to groove, funk, hip-hop and beat-box by some top Israeli bands and DJs, including: Lucille Crew, Yemen Blues, A-WA, and lots more. The festival lasts two days, with areas for camping and transport available to-and-from Tel Aviv.

*** for more Beats festivals check out our Guide to Jazz and Beats Festivals ***


7. Reggae in the Desert (September)

Reggae Music | 2-day with Camping | Negev | September

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I don’t like Reggae. I LOVE IT! Founded in 2007, Reggae in the Desert is an annual 2-day festival held in the Negev around September time. The festival brings in top performers from Israel and abroad, and there is space for people to pitch up tents. The organisers took a break in 2015, but promise to be back in 2016 with a bigger and better event!

*** for more Beats festivals check out our Guide to Jazz and Beats Festivals ***


8. U.N.I.T.Y. Rising Spirit Festival (September)

House, Techno & Electronic Music | 30 hours with Camping | Kinneret | Rosh Hashanah

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Get ready for 30 hours of house, techno and electronic music at Luna Gal water park on the banks of the Kinneret in Northern Israel. A new addition to the Festival scene, the Unity Rising Spirit Festival was founded in 2014 and plans to be an annual event around Rosh Hashanah time. The festival brings in over 30 top DJs from Israel and abroad, and there is space for people to pitch up tents. 21+.

*** for more trance and techno festivals check out our Guide to Trance and Techno Festivals ***


9. Neverland International Electronic Music Festival (October)

Electronic Music | 24-hours with Camping | Jordan River, North Israel | Succot (plus other festivals throughout the year)

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A massive 24-hour non-stop electronic music festival, Neverland is Groove Attack’s premier annual festival. Founded in 2011, the event is spread across three dance floors featuring top DJs from Israel and abroad. The festival is held on the banks of the Jordan River is North Israel, with camping and entrance for 23+. Groove Attack has several other festivals throughout the year, for example Aliens Attack (in May), Heatwave (in August), and the TIP Festival (at Purim).

*** for more trance and techno festivals check out our Guide to Trance and Techno Festivals ***


10. Festival BeShekel (October)

Israeli Musicians | 2-days with camping | North | Succot

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Thousands of people descend on Monfort Lake Park in North Israel for a free 2-day festival. Founded in 2001, famous bands like Nechi Nech, Yemen Blues, and Yuval Dayan, perform alongside smaller local bands. There are also loads of events for the family, including shows, face painting, stalls, and lots of other activities.

*** for more Israeli Musicians festivals check out our Guide to Israeli Bands’ Festivals ***


11. InDNegev (October)

Israeli Musicians | 3 days with Camping | Negev | Mid-October

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InDNegev is a huge three-day live-music extravaganza with over 100 live shows from Israel’s top up-and-coming bands. Nicknamed IndieNegev, a lot of the groups are Indie, but there is a wide spectrum of other genres too. 2015’s line-up includes the Kutiman Orchestra, Tatran, Photoaxis, Tiny Fingers, Red Axes, The Lucille Crew, and many more. InDNegev was founded in 2007 and is held annually around mid-October time at Mitzpe Gvulot in the Negev.

*** for more Israeli Musicians festivals check out our Guide to Israeli Bands’ Festivals ***


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