Tel Aviv’s cultural richness is incredible! There are great museums, galleries, festivals and events that constantly change and reinvent the city. This page exists to celebrate Tel Aviv’s culture, scroll down for a list of the best annual cultural events.


The Tel Aviv Marathon (usually February) is the most important annual event for Tel Avivian runners, over 40,000 runners took part in the 2017 edition! Making the most of living in a small city, the marathon goes around almost every part of it! From northern Park Hayarkon all the way to southern Jaffa, it is 42K of amazing views and a great spirit. Read more


Fresh Paint Fair (usually in March) is the largest art event Tel Aviv has to offer. This annual event mixes the big and the small together, when the small galleries are working side by side with the large museums to bring you an art fair you won’t forget. With the support of leading international art institutes, Fresh Paint Fair attracts more than 30,000 art ­lovers every year. Read more


EPOS International Art Film Festival (usually April)  is the first Israeli film festival solely dedicated to the intersections between the arts and cinema. Hosted by Tel Aviv Museum Of Art, some of the movies will be screened at other cinemas and cultural places. As well as the 50 featured films, you can also enjoy lectures, meeting with artists, competitions, acting workshops and exhibitions. Read more


Open House Tel Aviv or in Hebrew: Batim MeBifnim (usually in May) is a once a year special weekend festival showcasing architecture, interior design, and landscape gardening in Tel Aviv. This event is gives you the opportunity to see the amazing architectural design of some of the most historical houses in Tel Aviv, giving you a rare glimpse of the past, as it’s combined slowly into present scenery. Read more


Dragon Boat Festival (usually May) is a China-style celebration right here in Israel! With boats disguised as dragons and Chinese music in the background­, HaYarkon Dragon Boat Festival is one event you should come see even if you don’t plan on actually participating. If you are into the whole “let’s ­compete ­in ­a ­dragon ­boat” you can take part in one of the many rowing contests. Read more


Pride Week (usually in June) in Tel Aviv is a colorful, joyful and crazy week that is impossible to miss. The only way it could be in one of the most gay friendly cities in the world! There are many parties, meetups, cultural events, raves and all kinds of events to celebrate Pride, including the huge Pride Parade, so get ready for a unforgettable experience! Read more


TLVFest (usually June) usually coincides with Pride Week, and is a celebration of all LGBT films and documentaries from around the world! It is a unique opportunity to dive in to the LGBT community, with great films and shows meant to raise awareness for the gay community through award-winning films from all over the world that are screened in this festival. Read more


Sail Tel Aviv (usually June) is a four day celebration of the sea and the beach with activities, competitions and events on the beaches of the city – all open to the general public. Some of the highlight include SUP, kayaking, windsurfing, tournaments, sand sculpture and photography exhibitions, music, food and more! Read more


Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (usually June) is one of the largest festivals in the world for student films, and is considered one of the most important in this field. Every year hundreds of students, lecturers and well-known guests of honor from the world cinema industry gather in Tel-Aviv for a week of fresh young cinema. Read more


Laila Lavan or White Night (usually in June) in Tel Aviv is one of the biggest events of the year, it’s one of the three nights a year where you are allowed to play your music loud until late at night; there are parties all night long and shops and restaurants literally don’t close. The whole city becomes a huge party on this night! Even some museums and galleries stay open all night, so there are lots of things to do. Read more


TLV Opportunities (usually August and February) is the biggest Jobs and Educations fair focused on internationals in Tel Aviv. Check out open positions at some of Israel’s best companies, and learn about courses in English at Israel’s top schools. There are two fairs every year: summer edition (August) and winter edition (February). Read more


DLD (usually in September) is Israel’s largest hi-tech and innovation conference, happening once a year in Tel Aviv. Thousands of hi-tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors from Israel and abroad gather for the prestigious international festival and attend conferences dealing with innovation, digital media, science and culture. Read more


Tel Aviv Illustration Week (usually September) is the event of the year for illustration lovers, it is the event when most illustration artists host exhibitions to show their work. Attended each year by thousands of people, the general public can participate in dozens of workshops and lectures about illustration, taking place at various spots in the city like cultural centers and even artists homes. Read more


The Icon Festival (usually October) is Israel’s premier sci-fi conference, home to all Science Fiction, Role­playing and Fantasy lovers. This annual event encourages its participants to dress up as their favorite fictional character, making this festival most appealing for photographers who are looking for the best and most creatives photos to be taken. Read more


Tel Aviv Night Run (usually October)  is a 10Km race for both women, men and kids over 14. This run is unique simply because it’s held at nighttime,­ the best time to go out for a jog, runners usually wear neon colors and pain their faces and bodies with bright colors.  Participants in this race get a running kit with the race’s t­shirt , a chest racer number and a measuring chip. Read more


Cycle Tel Aviv or Sovev Tel Aviv (usually October) is an annual event is the biggest cycling event in our country, Cycle Tel Aviv presents 3 different routes for you to choose from: The 8Km route for beginners or families, the 21Km route for cyclers in good shape, the 40km route for experienced riders, and the master­cycling route of 60Km. For cycling lovers­ this is the festival of the year! Read more


For more cultural events in Tel Aviv, check out our Calendar page


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