Haifa


HAIFA WEATHER

Haifa, the capital of north, first mentioned historically around the 3rd century CE as a small town near Shikmona, the main Jewish town in the area at that time and a center for making the traditional Tekhelet dye used for Jewish Priests' temple cloth. The archaeological site of Shikmona lies southwest of the modern Bat Galim neighborhood. The Byzantine ruled there until the 7th century, when the city was conquered — first by the Persians, then by the Arabs. In 1100, it was conquered again by the Crusaders after a fierce battle with its Jewish and Muslim inhabitants. Under Crusader rule, the city was a part of the Principality of Galilee until the Muslim Mameluks captured it in 1265.





In 1761 Daher El-Omar, Bedouin ruler of Acre and Galilee, destroyed and rebuilt the town in a new location, surrounding it with a thin wall. This event is marked as the beginning of the town's modern era. After El-Omar's death in 1775, the town was under Ottoman rule until 1918, except for two brief periods. In the years following, Haifa grew in terms of traffic, population and importance, as Akko suffered a decline.

The development of Haifa increased further with the arrival of members of the German Protestant Temple Society in 1868, who settled a modern neighbourhood near the city, now known as the "German Colony". The Templers greatly contributed to the town's commerce and industry, playing an important role in its modernization.

Northern Israel is known for it's beauty of nature, the beauty of the Golan heights and the Hermon Mountain, the history of the sea of Galilee and the Jordan valley.



Places to visit in Northern Israel


Haifa

Israel's third largest city and northern capital is the heart of it all! Situated in a broad natural bay between the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and the awe - inspiring Carmel mountain, the city's terraced landscape offers a rich variety of breathtaking panoramas, giving the observer the sensation of being on a heavenly peninsula. The city offers a variety of activities and events for tourist all year around.


Akko (acre)

Acre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the country. The city's fascinating historical heritage, rare blend of East and West, authentic glimpses from the past, and unique mix of religious beliefs and remnants from different cultures. Acre's walls, fortresses, castles, churches, mosques, synagogues and other structures. Acre’s colorful Oriental markets, city walls, museums, beaches and water sports facilities, Fishermen’s Port, marina, restaurants and hotels are just a few more of the City’s tourist attractions.


Caesarea

Caesarea is a city of the past and the future, the new opposite the ancient. While new Caesarea is graced with magnificent modern homes, ancient Caesarea offers tourists the ruins of unique, impressive buildings. While golfers enjoy lush fairways, horse races are reenacted in the huge hippodrome in the national park. Ancient Caesarea is bustling with tourists who come to see the wonders of the past that were built by one of the greatest builders of the ancient world - King Herod.


Safed (Tzfat)

Safed is a picturesque city of spiritual people and artists, wrapped in mysticism and mystery, and steeped in sacred atmosphere. Visitors to Safed sense the city’s warm embrace as they wander through its alleyways past charming stone houses with their artists’ studios and workshops. Safed is one of the four holy cities in Israel. It has been a spiritual center since the 1600s when it was the center of Kabbala (Jewish mysticism). The Kabbalist mystics lived, studied, taught, and wrote in the city and many of the graves are objects of veneration.






Zichron Ya'akov

Zikhron Ya’akov is a wonderful town for tourists, both local and foreign. Anyone who visits Zikhron Ya’akov goes straight to Ha-Nadiv Street, and Ha-Meyasdim Street in the town center, which has become a very popular pedestrian mall, thanks to the special atmosphere in this place. The streets are paved with stones and pass between the moshava’s original houses (some of which have been reconstructed), which are bustling with activity.


Nazareth

Nazareth is the largest city in the North District of Israel. Nazareth is known as "the Arab capital of Israel"; the population is made up predominantly of Arab citizens of Israel, Muslim and Christian. In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events. Thousands of Christian pilgrims come every year to visit the holy sites in Nazareth.


Rosh HaNikra

The gleaming white cliffs of Rosh Hanikra and the beautiful stretch of beach below are a magnificent sight to behold. Besides the view it has an astonishing artificial tunnels and view caverns carved out by the pounding waves of the Mediterranean, you’ll enjoy the myriad shades of the water and the dramatic play of light and shadow it casts.


Golan Heights

The Golan Heights, Israel's mountainous northern region, is one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country. There are wonderful scenic treasures alongside lovely nature reserves, historic and archeological sites and attractions for the whole family. Some people call this area the Israeli Texas, because of its size, while others see it as a land of plentiful water sources. The beauty of the Golan is so captivating that some visitors return here again and again to enjoy the sights.






Tiberias

Tiberias (Tverya) is synonymous with vacations in Israel. Here one can enjoy a variety of activities in a city that offers wonderful opportunities to mix relaxation with nature, history with contemporary attractions, serene quiet with active water sports, and pilgrimage sites with unique tourist attractions.


Metula

Metula is Israel’s northernmost town, a quiet and pleasant place, built of a ridge of hills with a view of Mt. Hermon and the green Galilee landscapes. As Israel’s tourism industry developed, Metula’s residents developed tourism and vacation facilities, which are now the town’s main source of revenue. Metula has many hotels and guest houses, some of them in century-old buildings, and charming guest cottages have been built in the courtyards of many of the homes.


The Hermon

The Hermon is a vacation spot that can be enjoyed all year round. It is spread over an area of 5000 dunams, at heights of between 1,600 – 2,040 meters above sea level.
During the winter, the lower slopes are used for skiing and snowboarding,. Many visitors come to see the fabulous view, to frolic and play in the snow, to go up in the cable cars and to enjoy the various sports and activities that can be found at the site such as sledding.






Beit She'an

Beit She'an is a city in the North District of Israel which has played an important role historically due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and Jezreel Valley. The area surrounding the city is profuse with springs and, consequently, there are abundant nature sites and places to tour such as the Bet She'an National Park  (a biblical mound).


Gan Hashlosha National Park (Sahne)

Only few minutes away from Beit Shean you'll find the magnificent Gan Hashlosha national part. Warm spring water emerge in the western part of the park at a constant, year-round temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, which means swimming is pleasant here in winter, too. The ‘Amal Stream crosses the entire park, and has been widened into pools.
For more information visit the offical Hebrew website).


Hula Valley (Emek HaHula)

The world famous Hula Valley is a real paradise for birds and wildlife, and as such is a must for all nature lovers. The rich fertile valley supports a huge variety of habitats from foothill Savannah, fishpond complexes, vast fields and impressive wetlands. The best time to visit the Hula Nature Reserve and Lake Agmon is at the change of seasons, when the birds migrate. You will discover an opulent world of aquatic birds which is most vividly observed at the Hula Lake. For more information call: 04-6937069







Culture and Leisure in Northern Israel


Museums | Theaters | Cinemas


Museums

Museum lovers will be delighted to discover that Northern of Israel is dotted with dozens of museums full of rich exhibits from all aspects. Museums of art, history, culture, nature and science, with zionist, pacifist or religious background.


Madatech - The National Museum of Science, Technology and Space

Haifa Curriculum in various subjects: Physics and Astrophysics in conjunction with radiation in the mobile planetarium, chemistry, environment, mathematics, robotics, genetics, electricity, electronics and information security technologies. More details


The Naharayim Experience at Gesher

The tourist site of Kibbutz Gesher invites you to visit and enjoy one of the most impressive and varied sites in the Jordan Valley. Touristic development of nature and landscape, heritage and history - a wonderful way to enjoy a light but fascinating experience. More details






Gordon Museum

Beit Gordon is the first of the museums in the agricultural settlement (established in 1935) and one of the first museums of nature in the entire country. The Nature Department has a diverse and rich collection of animals, plants and still life. Gordon's Corner presents documents and personal belongings. More in the museum: an auditorium for viewing movies, an archive and a rich library on subjects that the museum deals with, and its database can be consulted.More details


Tefen Open Museum

The Tefen Open Museum offers you a wide range of events, activities, educational programs and educational attractions on the museum grounds. More details


The Open Museum at Tefen Industrial Park

The training department of the Open Museum Tefen invites you to meet art, industry, technology and heritage in unconventional ways that emphasize the experience in the learning process. More details


The First Aliyah Museum

The Museum of the First Aliya - tells the story of the first Aliyah to Eretz Israel. The museum has exhibits, exhibitions, pictures and unique stories, of people who have become a dream come true. More details


The old house in Beit Jann

In the ancient house, one of those testimonies of local history, Nidal Halabi tells his guests about the story of the community and the story of the Druze community, a tour of the historic nucleus of the old neighborhood, spiced with stories about neighborhood families, reincarnation and Druze heritage. More details






Adloyada - Until he did not know - Porimatic filming

The Open Museum of Photography at the Tel Hai Industrial Park invites the entire family, parents and children, to a special presentation and photography workshop from 15-17 MarchMore details


Hecht Museum, University of Haifa

The Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa was inaugurated in 1984 by Dr. Reuven Hecht, the founder of the Dagon silos in Haifa and one of the founders of the University's Board of Governors, which included the establishment of the Reuben Hecht Center for Zionism and History, Herzl for the Study and Study of Zionism was the establishment of the museum. More details


Museum of Man and Jewelry

The Adam and Jewelry Museum is a unique museum that enables visitors to experience 12,000 years of extensive human culture, from a variety of regions, cultures, kingdoms and stories. Ora Tannenbaum is the founder of the museum, which in her profession is an artist, sculptor, educator and veteran researcher. The museum offers educational workshops, study tours, tours for adults, teachers' seminars, fun days, birthdays and more. More details


The Hameiri House

Museum and Institute for the History of the Jewish Community of Safed, Safed History Museum, Safed City Heritage, The Elders of Safed, The Jews in Safed, Bar Mitzvah in the Museum The Hameiri House - a magical place in the lower part of the ancient Jewish quarter of Safed, where all the alleys end and a journey to the past begins. The Hameiri House is an ancient three-story stone house. A reconstructed historic house, with its 500-year-old foundations, which embodies the story of the lives of the Jews in Safed over the past two hundred years. The world of the Jewish community of Pellegia and its committees goes through the fascinating story of the elders of Safed, objects of clothing and furniture, housewares, crafts and holy places. The museum has nine exhibition spaces. More details


The Hungarian Heritage Museum

With the establishment of the State of Israel, immigrants from many countries took part, bringing with them various cultural values ​​and diverse traditions. Great efforts were made to bring the Diaspora closer together and to shape a cohesive society with new qualities. More details


The Khan Museum of Hadera History

activities and training for kindergartens and schools The Khan Museum for the History of Hadera offers a variety of activities and training for kindergartens and schools. An activity that takes place in the museum and focuses on the backstage of the museum. The children "make acquaintance" with the archive, the warehouses and the workshop where they handle objects, meet the volunteers - the restaurators and the museum's reputation. The children explore various subjects through books, pictures, objects and exhibits. A summary activity can be combined with a guide to the establishment of a class museum. More details


El Amir, Elmir Museum for Druze heritage

The purpose of the museum is to explain to the students at the school, to students in institutions of higher learning, to IDF soldiers and visitors, to the Druze community - the historical and social aspects, the eternal Druze tradition, the customs that have survived throughout the Druze generations. Coexistence, and in order to inculcate the Druze-Jewish blood alliance in future generations. In addition, visitors will be able to stay at Amir's guest rooms, new guest rooms. The guest rooms have a spacious double bed, a separate bedroom for children, shower and toilet, seating areas and a kitchen with hot and cold drinks. More details






Moreshet- Testimony of Mordechai Anielewicz

The Heritage House for Holocaust Research and Commemoration was founded in 1961. Among the founders of Moreshet were Abba Kovner, Israel Gutman, Yehuda Bauer, Rozka Korczak, Chaika Grossman, Shalom Cholawski and others. The founders of Moreshet have the goal of documenting and perpetuating what happened to the Jewish people during the Holocaust and emphasizing the Jewish resistance to the Nazis, and especially the role of the youth movements in the resistance. The city has four main sections: a teaching center, an archive, a publishing house and a display department. More details


Dubrovin Mansion

A story of a trip and stories from my grandmother's house Dubrovin Estate is a restored farmyard located in the heart of the settlement of Yesod Ha-Ma'ala, which documents and tells the story of settlement in the settlement founded during the first aliyah of 1884, the renewal of the Jewish settlement in the Hula Valley. More details


A tour following the first Degania

the first kibbutz in the world On the 70th anniversary of Degania, when one of the group's first members passed away, it was decided to renovate the courtyard buildings, turn the courtyard into a social and cultural center for the group and thus commemorate the Rishonim. In the act of renovation, we also intended to preserve the historical site in its original form, as one architectural perfection of a special character.More details


The Galilee Center for Nature Beit Ussishkin

Museum of Galilee History and Nature. The museum also serves as a research center for these topics. The museum contains hundreds of exhibits of animals and collections, exhibitions about human life and local history, and more. More details


The Tel Hai Open Museum

The Tel Hai industrial park was established in 1992 in the Upper Galilee, near Kiryat Shmona, in the heart of one of the most beautiful green landscapes in Israel. The industrial park is characterized by a cluster of innovative local companies and constitutes a regional center of unique cultural and educational activities, including the only open museum for photography of its kind in Israel. More details


The Ein Dor Museum

The museum serves as the basis for historical and archaeological research in the Lower Galilee and Jezreel Valley, serves all the region's residents and serves as a basis for the development of neighborly relations and familiarity with the region's multiculturalism. More details


Havayeda Teva

an experiential science center for children Havayeda Teva offers a variety of fun activities with a scientific emphasis: Guided activities for kindergartens and schools, experiential workshops for parents and children, events for the whole family on holidays and vacations, summer camps, science classes, birthdays in a special atmosphere and more ... activity. Come visit and enjoy! More details






Shturman House

Museum and Research Institute. Was inaugurated in 1941 in memory of Chaim Shturman - a man of the guard, Haganah and settlement, member of Ein Harod. The exhibition features a unique collection of animals that lived in the valley, in the framework of temporary exhibitions: art exhibitions by the valley artists, and guided tours of the valley. More details


"The Doctor's House"

The Galilee Medical Museum and the settlement in Menahemia The Museum of the Doctor's House in Menahemia presents the history of the settlement and the clinic that has served all the residents of the area since the beginning of the 20th century More details


The Circassian Museum in Rihaniya

At the center of the Circassian heritage in Rihaniya, the visitor will become acquainted with the Circassian dances. We will learn the customs of "kidnapping the bride", the customs of eating and the equality of the sexes. In all these attractions you can actively combine the visitor and allow him to experience the classic Circassian experience. More details


Jondirland - Tractor Museum

Through the world of tractors displayed in the museum, the children are invited to learn in an experiential and exciting way about the settlement in the valley and about agriculture in Israel. At the site, students will be able to get to know new agricultural machinery, to understand the life cycle of the plant and to feel the connection between man and land. More details


The First Aliyah Museum named after Moshe and Sarah Arison Zichron Yaacov

In a restored historic building, in the heart of the picturesque Zichron Yaacov colony, is the Museum of the First Aliyah. The museum presents in an experiential and moving manner the story of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the Zionist settlement enterprise in Eretz Israel. The visitor joins the journey of an optimistic family that leaves Europe and accompanies it on the path of immigration, survival and conflict. More details


The Galilee Center for Nature - Ussishkin Museum

The center is an attraction for any nature and environment enthusiast, the most suitable place to open the Galilee trip: the Hula Valley, the sources of the Jordan, the Hermon, the Golan and the Upper Galilee. Here you will see animal exhibits and landscapes typical of the area. 3D views of the various living environments in the area. More details






Tabor - The heritage of the Bedouin hospitality in Mount Tabor

Heritage, Bedouin Hospitality Mount Tabor - Shibli Village A special heritage experience for institutions and schools, workers' committees, tour offices. More details


Ghetto Fighters' Museum

We offer guided tours of museum exhibitions, workshops, watching movies, discussions, dilemmas, lectures and much more activity for groups of all sizes and ages. The tour at the Ghetto Fighters' House will bring together visitors with the complexity of the Holocaust, deepen their personal knowledge of the subject, and enable discussion of ethical and national issues that arise from it.More details


Bar David Museum of Art and Judaica

In the museum there is a permanent exhibition of Judaica that includes trophies, lamps, houses and Torah coverings. The museum also has a large gallery for exhibitions, photography, painting and sculpture. A beautiful sculpture yard and other galleries that change from time to time. New exhibition "Colorful deposits". More details


The Marzipan Museum - Kfar Tavor

In the heart of the Lower Galilee, in Kfar Tavor, surrounded by almond groves, the Marzipan Museum was built in the heart of the Lower Galilee. A spectacular display of figures, animals, fruits and more, all made of marzipan. The visit to the Marzipan Museum is suitable for all ages, from kindergarten to retirees, families and individuals.More details


Tel Hai Courtyard

The Tel-Hai Courtyard Museum, a 101-year-old basalt courtyard, was reopened and restored to the life of the pioneers at the beginning of the last century. Modern multimedia systems implanted in walls and ceilings are sweeping to the story of Trumpeldor's heroism and his friends as never before. More details







Theaters

The North of Israel has a larger-than-expected number of theaters and theatrical groups which host a numerous plays, shows and concerts of local and international acters from all over the world...

Haifa Municipal Theatre

Phone Number: 04-8600500
Address:
50 Fabzner St. Haifa 33134
Website: www.ht1.co.il


Carusel Theatre

Phone Number: 057-7827000
Address:
Habankim 7, Lower city
Website: www.haifacity.com


El-midan Hachadash Theater

Phone Number: 04-8664121
Address:
Churi 2, Lower city
Website: www.haifacity.com


Hai-Fa Theatre

Phone Number:
Address:
Jerusalem ave 23, Hadar
Website: www.haifacity.com



Haifa City Center Fringe Theatre

Phone Number: 077-8844588
Address:
Varying location , Varying
Website: www.haifacity.com


Hastudio theater

Phone Number: 04-8100104
Address:
Hanasi ave. 142, Carmel center
Website: www.haifacity.com






Motzkin Theatre Hall

Phone Number: 04-8806000
Address:
HaHashmonaim 77, Kiryat Motzkin
Website: www.mozkin-theater.co.il


Hichal HaTarbut - Nahariya

Phone Number: 04-9829933
Address:
11 Ha'atzmaut Rd. Nahariya
Website: www.hhn.co.il


Balbalu

Phone Number: 050-8276658
Address:
Street theater
Website: www.balbalu.com


Militron Theater

Phone Number: 04-8422159
Address:
11\15 Hermon St. Kiryat Bialik
Website:


Mara theatre

Phone Number: 04-6959659
Address:
P.O.B 655, 1 Kikar Tzahal St. Kiryat Shmona
Website: www.t-mara.co.il


Happy theatre

Phone Number: 054-4844032
Address:
14 Hadkalim St. Pardes Hana
Website: www.happy-t.co.il


The North theatre

Phone Number: 04-8814814
Address:
41 Belinson St. Kiryat Haim
Website: www.theatron-hazafon.co.il


Bet Gabriel

Phone Number: 04-6751175
Address:
Emek HaYarden, Tzemach
Website: www.betgabriel.co.il


Hichal HaTarbut - Karmiel

Phone Number: 04-9881111
Address:
32 HaGalil St. Karmiel
Website: www.htk.co.il






Acco Theater Center

Phone Number: 04-9919634
Address:
1 Weizman St, Acco, Israel P.O. Box 1113
Website: www.acco-tc.com


Omanuyot Habama Center - Pardes Hana

Phone Number: 04-6271420
Address:
P.O. Box 1200, HaBotnim St. Pardes Hana Karkur, Zichron Yaakov
Website: www.mymatnas.org.il


The Shlomi Center for Alternative Theatre

Phone Number: 04-9875183
Address:
4 HaNagar St. Shlomi
Website: www.shlomicr.co.il





Cinemas

For those who enjoy to spend a quality time with a good movie in the cinema, Northern Israel offers several movie theaters which present new actual movies and also foreign movies


Cinema Cafe Anami - Haifa


Phone Number: 04-832-5755


Globus - Haifa


Phone Number: 04-8121818
View movie listing here


Moriah - Haifa


Phone Number: 04-824-2477


Panorama - Haifa


Phone Number: 04-838-2020


Rav Chen Yes Planet - Haifa


Phone Number: *2202/04-841-6898
View movie listing here


Globus - Nahariya


Phone Number: 04-9513522 / *2235
View movie listing here


Globus MAX - Kiryat Bialik


Phone Number: 04-8752608


Katzerin cinema - Ramat HaGolan


Phone Number: 04-6969670





Annual events in Northern Israel

The North of Israel offers visitors a rich array of events and festivals throughout the year that highlight its unique cultural identity and history. Although there are plenty of events throughout the year in Northern Israel, We try to choose for you the top of them. Click the events and festival links below for further information.

January

Tiberias Marathon

The International Tiberias Marathon is considered to be one of the oldest marathons in the world. The Tiberias Marathon usually takes place on January. The Tiberias Marathon has grown from under 100 to over 1,000 participants with runners representing 20 countries. The course of the marathon is flat and fast, allowing participants to achieve outstanding results and personal bests. The out and back course takes runners through the scenic south side of the Sea of Galilee, the world's lowest fresh-water lake. The start/finish is located in the heart of Tiberias.

Festival of Tastes in the Valleys

The annual Festival of Tastes in the Valleys (since 2005) promises a unique culinary fiesta. It suggests continues fiesta of food and tastes. During the festival's days, many restaurants in the Galilee and in the Valleys suggest choice of unique menus and gourmet meals in surprise prices. In addition, diverse food events are held (not in restaurants), among it: chefs competitions, open houses that suggests local cooked food, tours, chef’s workshops, lectures and more.

February

British Film Festival

The British Film Festival is returning to Israel with a programme of some of the most talked about British films of the year. The Festival - the flagship arts event of the British Council in Israel - will feature Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut, 'Coriolanus', Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur' - one of the biggest Sundance Festival winners of 2011 and 'Perfect Sense' starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. For ten days in the middle of the month the Tel Aviv Cinematheque shows a wide variety of British films which were released in the previous year.

March

Purim in Haifa

this is Israel’s equivalent of Halloween for people of all ages. Adults and children alike put on outrageous costumes and party in their own respective ways. The parties often go on for 3 days or more right in the middle of the month. Tsu BaHutz, Pourim carnival in the streets, with live music, costumes, colors and activities for young and old. Taking place in Merkaz HaCarmel, Haifa. Besides this there is also the traditional Ad Lo Yada, the parade begins at Oren HaCarmel- Nesher with street artists, attractions and costume contest.





April

French Film Festival

French Film Festival the Haifa Cinematheque puts on this week long film festival dedicated to the latest and greatest pieces of cinematic art to come out of France.

Passover

this is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar, and one of the longest. It is a holiday celebrating liberty. In particular, the time when the Jews fled Egypt and made their way through the dessert to the land of Israel. Since this is a family oriented holiday, almost every shop in the country will be closed on the first day of Passover, though some restaurants remain open for the tourists. During the 7 days of Passover in the middle of the month, you are not supposed to eat bread. Only matzo is allowed, in memory of the flight of the Jews. This is a great time to visit, as spirits are high and festivities abound.

Mimouna

this traditional North African holiday falls at the very end of Passover and focuses on the art of hospitality. The locals make vast amounts of delicious Moroccan food on the night of Mimouna and leave their doors open in invitation to any stranger who wishes to join the celebration. The next day sees a traditional outdoor barbeque, and again, the food is offered freely to anyone passing by.

Ein Gev Festival

Ein Gev festival takes place every year in the intermediate days of Passover since 1990 in Kibbutz Ein Gev, Sea if Galilee (Kineret lake). The three days festival on the lake with Tens of bands and choirs participate in a unique vocalic music meeting based totally on Hebrew singing. For more information about the festival you can also visit the old kibbuts website (Hebrew).

May

"First Fruits" Wine and Cheese Tasting Festival

This festival is held during the months of May-June when wineries, wines and foodstuffs of the Land of Israel are presented. Wine and food lovers will enjoy the quality products highlighted by many wineries, starting from garage wineries and boutiques, to the largest leading wineries in the country, in addition to booths of boutique cheese makers, chocolatiers, olive oil, and wine accessories. The Festival combines a culinary experience with workshops and lectures given by leading professionals in the wine and cheese industry, and with films from the gastronomical world. The main objective is to promote wine culture in Israel in general, and in Haifa and the north in particular.

Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival - Kinneret

Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival is a unique musical and social event for lovers of all aspects of folk music from Bluegrass to World music, from Irish jigs to Country Rock, from Blues to Renaissance. This annual international festival usually takes place in May. Beginning on Thursday evening and continuing until late afternoon on Saturday, it includes activities for all the family on six different stages or activity centers.

Student Day of the University of Haifa

Student day in Israel is held usually close to the end of May. University of Haifa provides a day of many various activities for students, from free tours, open markets, free entrance to many places and museums and many concerts. Above all these there is the main concert which includes performances of many famous Israeli and world artists.





Israel Indigo Festival

Indigo Festival promises an unforgettable experience of music, dance, friendship and love. On three stages the visitors can enjoy challenged world music played by guest bands from overseas. The event is held in open air in a shadowed camping area with children activities, workshops and surprising presentations. The Festival takes place in the Kinneret.

Independence Day

as in every country, this is a day full of food, drink, celebration and fireworks. On May 3rd, hundreds of kids run amok with plastic hammers, which are symbols of their patriotism. Party people will find lots of special events at the city’s nightclubs on the eve of the 2nd. On the day itself, every person in the country settles down outside and cooks a barbeque, or Al-haesh, as it’s called in Hebrew. In the evening besides of all the parties, Jerusalem, as a Capital city, has the formal main stage with an Army March, governors speeches, and fireworks.

June

Shavuot

the charming Jewish holiday which celebrates harvest time falls at the beginning of the month. It focuses on nature and it’s customary to wear white clothing and eat lots of fruit and cheese. Children can often be seen wearing little wreathes of flowers on their heads as they trot off to school.

Sunbeat Music Festival

The Sunbeat Festival will take place at Kibbutz Alonim in the Lower Galilee. The gates open at 3pm and the festival ends at 11.30pm. The festival presented to its mostly Israeli audience some of the most energetic world music acts from Israel and beyond. Split into three events, taking place at 6 week intervals throughout the summer, festival-goers head to the beautiful setting of Israel’s Lower Galilee for some fine music. The festival has quickly become known for its warm, positive & open minded crowd who originate from Israel and beyond.





In the Paths of Wine

A celebration of wine in Galilee, Golan and Valleys! The region of Galilee, Golan and the Valleys is a region of vineyards and wineries for hundreds of years. The Paths of Wine events celebrate the region's richness and products and are dedicated to the love of wine. During the festival the public is invited to tour, celebrate, enjoy and toast Israeli authentic wine glasses. The festival is taking place from May till mid of June in Rosh Pina.

Healing Music Festival

The Healing Music Festival is an exciting music event in Duga Beach on the Sea of Galilee. The festival is three days of music frequencies and sound celebration The festival will host many artists playing live shows on stage off stage and in jam sessions with the crowed.

Maestro Festival in Ein Hod

Once a year, in Givat Haviva, Israel's laughter yoga leaders offer a 3 day festival with laughter, humor, dancing and other fun activities. Beside the colorful program you can enjoy the pool, the chai (tea) shop or a good massage. Special program for children. Accomodation in tents or airconditioned rooms. The laughter festival is an excellent opportunity to meet the Israeli people in a most positive way.





Laughter Festival

The Healing Music Festival is an exciting music event in Duga Beach on the Sea of Galilee. The festival is three days of music frequencies and sound celebration The festival will host many artists playing live shows on stage off stage and in jam sessions with the crowed.

July

Voice of Music Festival

Organized showing Voice of Music Festival that is held in Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee, presents chamber music concerts played by the best Israeli artists together with leading artists from overseas. In addition to the main festival's events, another festival is held - Voice of Music Festival for Children which is an assembly of unique musical events dedicated for the young guests.

Cinemania

Organized showing of movies during the summer months for the public at large, on the square at Hecht Park. The event is free and taking place usually between July and August.

The Circassian Festival

The Cherkasy (Circassian) community holds an authentic traditional fiesta that presents its reach culture. Folklore events of singing, dance and culinary take place in the festival. In addition to the musical and culture events, the visitor can enjoy the hospitality, the traditional welcome and the authentic taste of the Cherkasy food. During the week of the festival that take place in the villages Rechania and Kfar Kama, in addition to the festival’s events, the visitors can enjoy workshops for children, dance, hiking, travel in horse carriages, visit in the Cherkasy tradition museum in Kfar Kama. For more information about the festival you can also check the North Tourism Center website.





Osho Festival

The annual Osho Festival, since 2008 in Givat Haviva, has become a tradition. It has become known as a unique concept of combining deep, quality workshops during the day with a full-on celebration festival at night. The workshops are guided by the best instructors from Israel and guests from abroad.

The Maccabiah

The Maccabiah is an international Jewish athletic event, held in Israel every four years under the auspices of the Maccabi Federation, affiliated with the Maccabi World Union. The third Maccabiah, scheduled for 1938, was delayed until 1950 due to the rise of Nazism in Europe and the outbreak of the Second World War. The Maccabiah has been a quadrennial event since 1957. Maccabiah is open to Jewish athletes as well as Israeli athletes regardless of religion.

August

International Klezmer Festival - Tzfat

Tens of thousands of international and local visitors are attending every year to the International Klezmer Festival in Tzfat, the biggest festival of Jewish soul music in the world that is since 1987 in Tzfat. The Klezmer Festival is no doubt one of the biggest events in the Israeli cultural calendar. Numerous unique musical performances are given by the best Klezmer musicians from Israel who perform with other international Klezmer greats. Stages are set up in the old historical alleys of Tzfat which lend a special atmosphere to the festival.

Karmiel Dance Festival

A yearly event since 1988. The festival is usually held for 3 days and nights in July, and includes dance performances, workshops, and open dance sessions. The festival began as a celebration of Israeli folk dance, but today it features many different dance forms from all around the globe, and attracts thousands of dancers and hundreds of thousands of spectators from many countries.

Puppet Festival in Haifa

This festival has been taking place every year at the end of August since 2005. The main activity is held in Haifa Auditorium in Central Carmel, where children's performances, puppet shows and outdoor events are held for free, as well as an exhibition of masterpiece artistic puppets. Other artists (puppet makers and designers) from all over the country present their puppets that are made of different sizes, using different materials and diverse techniques.





Be'er City Festival in Haifa

This festival takes place every year during the last week of August on Students Beach, including performances by artists and, of course, beer and food booths. Each year tens of thousands of people attend the Festival, enjoying quality beers from Israel and all over the world and celebrating with the country's leading music artists.

Among the Vineyards Festival

Among the Vineyards (Bein HaKramim) Festival is held every year on the Jewish Love Holiday (15th of Av). The festival is known as one of the attractive summer festivals in Israel. Various music shows performed by the best Israeli artists and bands take place in the festival since 2007. In addition to the music shows the visitors can enjoy guided tours and tastes in the Galilee Vineyards, rural food in the colorful farmer fair and more. The events are held in number of villages in Merom HaGalil Regional Council (Upper Galilee).

Keshet Eilon - Violin and String Festival

Keshet Eilon Music Center holds, every year, a stringed instruments festival. The concerts are performed by chamber ensembles including major teachers who play together with gifted talent young artists. In addition to the concerts, there are master classes led by well-known artists.

September

Haifa International Film Festival

The Haifa International Film Festival is the city’s most anticipated annual event. Attracting directors, cinematographers and actors from all around the world, Haifa’s film festival takes place every October, timed to correspond with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The awards given are very prestigious in the industry and competition is stiff – all in all the festival screens over 200 films.

The Cross Kinneret Swim

A long-established tradition, the Cross Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) Swim has been held annually since 1953. The largest amateur sports event in Israel, it includes amateur heats as well as two competitive award heats held under the supervision of the Israel Swimming Association. The swim is among the world's 100 major open-water swimming events. The event takes place usually on September. For more information visit the officail website (Hebrew)

Renaissance Festival

The annual Renaissance Festival during Sukkoth ( on September or October ), takes place in the National Park of Yechiam Castle in the west Galilee. The visitors can enjoy various concerts of ancient music played by local and guest musicians and compositions, choirs singing and other activities. In addition the musical shows, it is possible to enjoy a great variety of events like workshops, street performances, guided tours in the castle, experiencing ancient crafts, hearing stories and more. For more information call: +972-4-9521175

Wood Carving Festival - Derech Ha'Etz

"Wood Way" festival takes place in Shadmot-Dvora during Sukkoth. It's a creative festival dedicated to sculpture and woodcarving. The visitors can enjoy meeting and observing the work of the best carving artists. Children are allowed to build figures and objects from wood using various creative methods. In the park large wood labyrinth, picnic areas, wooden amusement devices and more surprises.

Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) is one of the most important religious day of the Jewish year. It is a day of celebrating the new Jewish year, accouring to the Jewish tradition the day is counted since the birth day of Adam (Genesis). There is a special reverent atmosphere around the country as people wear white and go to synagogues.

October

Acco (Akko) Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre

Just up the road from the Haifa Film Festival is the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre. This well known and large theatre festival is now in its 30th year. There are shows, street theatre and the chance to enjoy art and Acco (Akko) (a very special historic and cultural town with stunning views over the port and the fortress.) The festival runs usually on October during the Holiday of Sukkot.

Olive festival

The olive Product Festival will be held after Succoth. During the festival the Israeli olive conference will be held for the first time with the cooperation of Tel Hai College. The olive product festival sponsored by the Authority for the Development of Galilee and the olive council will take place during the olive picking season in Oectober until mid December all over Galilee, Golan and valleys.

Paprika Festival in Spicy Way Farm

Every year, in the intermediate days of Sukkoth, Spicy Way Farm in Beit-Lechem-Haglilit (Near Haifa) holds a fiesta of tastes and colors. The visitors can participate in creation and food workshops focused on the red pepper known as Paprika, guided tours in the Paprika fields, tastes of food based on Paprika and more. The festival is aimed for the whole family. Entrance is free of charge.





Harmonica and Guitar Festival

Harmonica and Guitar Festival promises to all music lovers a unique culture experience. The festival is held in the open air with the unique atmosphere of the national park Beit-She'arim (Near Nahalal). The most known harmonica players play in a various compositions and various styles, folklore songs, blues, classic and country music.

Round Western Galilee bike tour

The annual Round Western Galilee bike tour takes place on October in Rosh Hanikra. The event offers various routes for the whole family: a 68 KM (42.5 Miles) round road route and a 26 KM (16.25 Miles) road route. There are also routes for children and families. In addition, a variety of activities will take place at the site such as arts and crafts workshops for children, food stands, massage tents and free use of the cable cars. You are invited to take this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magical scenery of the Western Galilee, and experience the rich cultural and creative life of the region.

She'an Nights Festival

She'an Nights Festival is held every year in the intermediate days of Sukoth in Beit She'an. Three evening shows are raised in the old Roman Theater in the Beit She'an National Park. In addition, every afternoon the festival holds various free events like: juggling, creation workshops, food and handmade crafts, happening and children's activities and more. The festival's program, lineup information is present in the Beit She'an's municipality website (Hebrew).





Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is the most important religious day of the year for Jews. It is a day of fasting and to ask for forgiveness. There is a special reverent atmosphere around the city as people wear white and ponder over their deeds of the past year. The hotels will still serve food, but literally everything else in the city shuts down on this day. In Tel Aviv, it’s a great day to ride a bike around the deserted city and enjoy the beach.

Sukkoth

this important holiday is another harvest festival which has been celebrated since biblical times. During this 7 day holiday, it is tradition to build a tent made from palm leaves and white sheets. Children decorate the interior with colourful paper art and the whole family is supposed to eat and sleep in the Sukka throughout the week. Sukkoth is one of the most eventful holidays, with dozens of festivals and interesting cultural events taking place all over the city.

November

Haifa Flute Festival

The arts are given another moment in the spotlight at the Haifa Flute Festival , celebrating Israel’s most talented flautists as they play classical music from around the world.

Biking around Kinneret

Biking around the kinneret is one of the biggest annual cycling event in Israel since 1977. The event is taking place usually on November and every year has thousands of participants. For more information and reservations call 04-6757630 /1 or visit the website (Hebrew).

The Hula Valley Bird Festival

It is common knowledge among bird lovers that the Hula Valley in Northern Israel is one of the most important stopover and wintering sites for southbound migrants through the Great Rift Valley. It is here that complete populations of birds stop to “refuel” before reaching the desert strip to the south. The region serves as a migration flyway for thousands of Common Cranes, White Pelicans, Ducks, Waders and Passerines every year. Over 300 species are seen here annually including some of the rarest European birds of prey. Species like Greater Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles, Pallid Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard and more winter in the valley and can be easily found with patience.

Dona Gracia Festival

Dona Gracia's Festival takes its visitors to the 16 century. This event raises, every year, the story of the Jewish leader Dona Gracia, a daughter to the Marrano who was born in 1510 in Lisbon Portugal. Dona Gracia who was married to a wealthy banker was very active in saving Jews who were distress only because they were Jews. One of her significant activities was to rent the city Tiberias (in Israel) from the Turkish Sultan and turn it to a shelter for Jews. The event is commemorated, among other, in Dona Gracia Museum in Tiberias.

December

Ta'am Kinneret Food Festival!

The Ta'am Kinneret Festival (Taste the Sea of Galilee) is a great opportunity to indulge in some of the culinary delights of the area - and there are plenty! The Festival runs in December during the holiday of Chanukah. For more details, call 04-6752727 or see the main site (Hebrew only)

Festival Haifa

The festival, now in its 16th year, takes place in Haifa's mixed Arab-Jewish Wadi Nisnas neighborhood during the holiday season of Hanukkah, Christmas and Eid al-Adha, celebrating the three festivals and the spirit of good neighborly relations that characterizes the mixed city. The festival is produced by the Haifa municipality and Gefen House (a Jewish-Arab center in Haifa) in cooperation with the residents committee of the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood.​​

Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival - Kinneret

Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival is a unique musical and social event for lovers of all aspects of folk music from Bluegrass to World music, from Irish jigs to Country Rock, from Blues to Renaissance. The festival usually takes place in May. But more intimate than the Spring Festival, this relatively new event, held for the first time in 2004, is a cozy Hotel Weekend of great live music and Jacob's Ladder style fun held at Nof Ginosar in December. Most activities take place inside the main building and sports hall. The Winter Weekend includes concerts, sessions, singing, dancing, a variety of workshops, children's activities and Crafts Fair.





Hanukkah

this Jewish holiday serves a similar function as Christmas does for Christians. A favorite of children, Hanukkah is actually the celebration of a miracle. When the Israelis recaptured the Temple from the Greeks, they had only one small vessel of oil left to light the temple. Yet somehow this tiny amount lasted for 8 days until more oil could be made. Thus, the holiday’s main focus is on light and oil and the return of power to the Israeli people. During these 8 days, Jerusalem offers many activities and parties for kids and adults.

Sylvester Eve

New Years Eve in Israel has become bigger and bigger in recent years, and whilst not officially celebrated, and there are now hundreds of New Years Eve parties across Israel, as well as many other special events, which cater to all musical, cultural, and social tastes. New Years in Israel is known as Sylvester, and parties are known as Sylvester parties. From the bustling Sylvester parties in Jerusalem’s many nightclubs to special concerts and local events, if you want to see in the New Year in Israel, you will find a celebration for you.

Holiday of Holidays Festival

The Holiday of Holidays is celebrated, every year, on the weekends of December, from Thursday to Saturday. The colorful events mark the tolerance and unity of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). The visitors can enjoy various activities as guided tours, exhibitions, street parties and performances, fairs, shows and concerts. The events that are held in Wadi Nisnas in Haifa close to Christmas and Hanukkah leave the visitor a wonderful cultural experience of winter. .

Christmas in Nazareth

Among all Christmas events in Nazareth that are held every year, the visitors can enjoy colorful Christmas market that suggests typical decorations and presents for the holiday. The decorated and lightening stands are opened from late morning till late evening. The stands are located from Mary's well square, that protrudes with a lighted Christmas tree, along the near by streets till the old city. In addition, a festival with street performances for children and the whole family takes place.







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