Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv, often called "the city that never stops", was the first modern Jewish city built in Israel, and is the country’s economic and cultural center. It is a lively, active city with entertainment, culture and art, festivals, and a rich night life.

Situated on a 14-kilometer-long strip on the Mediterranean seacoast, Tel Aviv extends beyond the Yarkon River to the north and the AyalonRiver to the east. Hundreds of thousands of workers, visitors, tourists, and partygoers move about the city each day until the early hours of the morning, seeking out the city’s nightclubs, restaurants, and centers of entertainment.

Tel Aviv began its history in Jaffa (Yafo) - the ancient 3,000-year-old adjoining city that lies to its southwest. The current Old City of Jaffa was built during the Ottoman Empire and its stone houses and narrow alleyways now house the picturesque artists’ quarter and tourist center.

Places to visit in Tel Aviv

Old Jaffa | New city | Night life

Old Jaffa

Old Jaffa is one of the most attractive places to tour in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The city which has always been the entry to the ancient land of Israel is succeeding, even today, its traditional aromas and fragrances which have always characterized it There is a marina at the Port and many people sail from here on pleasure trips. A variety of sea trips leave here daily to view the outstanding sight of the horizon of Tel Aviv-Jaffa from the direction of the sea. From the Port it is possible to climb narrow steps to the top of the Old Jaffa Hill...

Clock Square Jaffa

One of Jaffa's center of the activities is the Clock Square, where can be found the Clock Tower built by the Turkish Sultan Abed-el-Hamid II in 1906. The famous Abulafia bakery is located at the square and Yoezer bar wine is on its east side.

Ha'tachana - The Old Train Station

Hatachana Complex, located in what used to be the old Yaffo train station is probably the trendiest cultural, shopping and entertainment complex in Tel Aviv Yaffo.

Jaffa Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jaffa is a little pearl. The Church building celebrated it’s centenary in 2004. It is situated in the old German Colony just before Jaffa becomes Tel Aviv.

The Armenian Monastery - Saint Nicholas Monastery

is a medieval Armenian monastery in the old city of Jaffa, Israel, along the Mediterranean Sea. Located along the Jaffa's harbor, the former monastery consists of a large multi-story complex that includes an Armenian church and living quarters. As of 2008, the complex was undergoing heavy renovation. Although no longer an active monastery, the premises is under the jurisdiction of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem who rent out parts of the complex for residential and commercial purposes.

The "Nalaga’at" Center

The Center is comprised of the "Nalaga’at" Theater, home to the Deaf-blind Acting Ensemble; Café Kapish, with its deaf waiters and BlackOut, the pitch-black restaurant with its staff of blind waiters. The "Nalaga’at" Center currently employs some 70 people, most of whom are deaf, blind or deaf-blind. Thousands of people, from Israel and abroad have already visited the Center and enjoyed an exceptional artistic experience. The "Nalaga’at" Center was founded on the basic belief that every human being has the right to contribute to the society he lives in.

The Etzel Museum

A Museum on the southern beach of Tel Aviv for the commemoration of the 41 Etzel soldiers who fell during the battle for Jaffa. (Etzel is the Hebrew acronym for the "National Military Organization", which operated in the country at the time of the British mandate here and was later absorbed into the Israel Defense Forces). The museum is housed in a structure which was built at the beginning of the 20th century in the neighborhood of Menashiya by a Jewish business man, who was afterward killed during WWI.

The Ilana Gur Museum

For the first time in Israel, you have the opportunity to admire works of art from the point of view of the artist/collector rather than as exhibits in a sterile academic environment. The museum is located in an 18th century structure surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of the shoreline of Tel – Aviv and the Old City. Fascinating historical events are ensconced within the museum's walls dating back to 278 years ago, when the structure served as the first Jewish inn for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.

Jaffa Theatre

In ancient Jaffa, in a multi-arched building overlooking the sea, the Arab-Hebrew Theater creates a unique theatrical language using the building's challenging structure and Jaffa's rich fabric of life. The theater consists of two theatrical groups that produce plays both together and apart in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Jaffa Flea Market

In Jaffa in the little alleys between Yefet Street and Jerusalem Blvd not far from the Jaffa Old Clock Tower Bazaar style market offering antiques, jewelery, clothes and lot of second hand stuff open Sunday to Friday from 10 am until late afternoon. A great place to visit and buy presents or unique oriental or antique items.

Givat Aliya Beach

Givat Aliya is the most southern beach of Tel-Aviv/Jaffa. It is very different than the rest of the beaches of Tel-Aviv, it's surrounded with the beauty of Jaffa and all the special architectural uniqueness that can be found only in Jaffa.

Archaeological Center

The Archaeological Center, founded in 1979, sells antiquities and ancient works of art.

Gan Hapisga

Gan Hapisga (the Summit Garden) is located on the top of Old Jaffa’s archeological mound and it provides one of the most famous observation points in Jaffa. The green hill overlooks Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean and offers tourists attractions such as the garden’s famous "Statue of Faith” that resembles a gate which presents reliefs of three Biblical scenes- Jacob’s Dream, the Binding of Isaac and the Destroying of the Wall of Jericho. Here one can also find the "Bridge of Wishes” where the visitors are invited to hold their astrological sign, look over to the sea and make a wish.

"Jaffa Tales" – Old Jaffa Visitor's Center

“Jaffa Tales” Magical Exciting Multi-Sensory Experience Come experience 5000 years of history in one the most ancient port cities in the world. Observe the major archeological discoveries found in Jaffa, meet the central characters in the tales of Jaffa, and learn the city’s history. The new visitors center in the heart of Kdumim Square.

Park Davidoff

Park Davidoff is a popular park in Jaffa which also holds various events, such as Israel Independance Day celebration, concerts and etc.

New Tel Aviv

New Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 by the Jewish Community of Jaffa, Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, Tel Aviv's White City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, comprises the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings. New Tel Aviv, offers a variety of markets, parks, shopping centers and beaches.

Tel Aviv Promenade (Ha Tayelet)

Tel-Aviv's seafront promenade where you can take a long walk and enjoy the nice vibe of the Mediterranean beach cafe's, bars and restaurants.

The Port (Ha-Namal)

The port operate under the green flag, with consideration for the environment and community. A unique Farmers Market is held at the port, offering fresh agricultural produce directly from the growers to consumers, and events are held to promote awareness for environmental issues.
In recent years, it underwent a major restoration program and is now a popular attraction in Tel Aviv. In 2011, it was announced that the site would be developed to become a major tourist site with recreational and cultural venues similar to Times Square.

Yarkon Park ( Park HaYarkon )

is a large public urban park (3.8 km²) in Tel Aviv, Israel, with about sixteen million visitors annually. Bounded by Rokach Boulevard on the north and Bavli on the south, the park includes extensive lawns, sports facilities, botanical gardens, an aviary, a water park, two outdoor concert venues and artificial lakes.

Dizengoff Center

The mall has around 420 stores and is visited by about 20,000 people on weekdays and around 45,000 people on Fridays. It operates two movie theatres, stores and restaurants, an internet cafe, a design center holding exhibitions from around the world (Soho), specialty stores (Comic books, video games, gadgets, stamp-collecting, posters), and a roof top swimming pool and gym. The mall is divided into two parts and straddles both sides of Dizengoff Street with the two parts linked by skywalks and underground passages.

Azrieli Center

Azrieli Center is a complex of skyscrapers in Tel Aviv. The tallest of the three towers, measuring 187 m (614 ft) in height. At the base of the center lies a large shopping mall and the top floor has an indoor observation deck and a high-end restaurant.

Shenkin Street

Shenkin St. is one of the most popular streets in Tel Aviv, either for shopping or just for a coffee or light lunch.
The street is full of shops and cafés, some more expensive and some less. Many Israeli designers have small shops there, whether as groups or if they are successful, their own private place. Whether you are looking for a smart suite or presents for your children, you will have a wide selection on this street.

Rabin Square

Rabin Square (Kikar Rabin), formerly Kings of Israel Square, is a large public city square in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the years it has been the site of numerous political rallies, parades, and other public events. In 1995 the square was renamed 'Rabin Square' following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin which occurred there on November 4 of that year.

The German Colony ( Templars Colony )

The German colony-Sharona, was founded in 1871 by a group of German protestant Christians who were called- Templers. The German colony was called Sharona, due to their belief that it lays in the boundaries of the biblical Sharona region. Sharon was an agricultural colony, in contrast to the Jaffa and Haifa colony which mainly focused on tourism and trade. The sharona colony had one o the first modern wells built in Israel. It architecturally resembled the villages of south Germany, which was quite innovative to Israel. In recent years due to pressure by green organizations, the sharona colony was renovated.

Safari Ramat Gan

The Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan or "Safari" occupies 250 acres of nature in the heart of a densely populated urban area in Israel: “Africa in the heart of Israel”. We invite you, our visitors, to embark on a fascinating journey into the lives of animals in the African savannah, without leaving Ramat Gan. As in their natural habitat on the continent of Africa, the animals wander freely in large herds. Like tourists in Africa, be guests of nature and watch the typical behaviour of the animals: their feeding habits, the social behaviour of the great herds, activities, and resting patterns.

Tel Aviv Markets

Tel Aviv has a veriety of markets around the city, each market is different and special from the other.

Betzalel Market From King George Street near Allenby on the north side of the street get into the alley and you will see a an open air bazaar spread on a couple of alleys. Clothes market mainly from stocks and outlets. If you are patient and like to pry you can get lucky and find real bargains items from well known brands. Open Sunday to Friday Morning until late afternoon.

Carmel Market Starts from opposite Allenby King George junction all the way to Carmelit Bus Terminal. An open air market. When you start from the Allenby entrance you will find mainly clothes, toys or house accessories stands. As you go inside deeper you will find a colorful huge fruits&vegetable market - also you can find on both side little shops selling fresh meat or fish and cheese. Open Sunday to Friday from early morning untill evening

Nahalat Binyamin Just near the Carmel Market on the Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian walk. Arts & Crafts Fair on Tuesdays and Fridays when the artists themselves are offering their creations and you can find a variety of original artifacts. It is a very nice place for a stroll and for gift shopping. see photo gallery

Jaffa Flea Market In Jaffa in the little alleys between Yefet Street and Jerusalem Blvd not far from the Jaffa Old Clock Tower Bazaar style market offering antiques, jewelery, clothes and lot of second hand stuff open Sunday to Friday from 10 am until late afternoon. A great place to visit and buy presents or unique oriental or antique items.

Garage sale Market Friday mornings on Dizengoff Square stands selling antique and second hand books and other items Saturday morning the antique market is open in the Tel Aviv Port

Home Made Food Market Stands that offer homemade dishes that you can eat on spot or take home. Dizengoff Center on Thursday afternoon until evening Gan Hayir on Friday mornings

Tel Aviv port Farmers' Market Every Friday morning fresh fruits and vegetables directly sold by the farmers that grew it . It is fun to buy from people who sell their products with pride and love. Prices are not much so cheap and it is quite crowded but the atmosphere and the smells are worth the visit. Recently a indoor market has been inaugurated and it is open daily (closed Sundays) NEW Night Market every Wednesday i with some of the most special chefs of Tel Aviv cooking for you

Levinsky Spice Market In Florentine Neighbourhood on Levinsky Street Stands selling a wide collection of spices. A great place for a smell around the world tour. Open Sunday to Friday morning until afternoon.

The Russian Market near Blumfield in Jaffa A market where russian emigrants bring all kind of stuff and sell it for a few shekel I am not sure if it still exists

Nightlife areas in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is nicknamed "the city that never stops" meaning that the nightlife goes on until morning, bars are very trendy at the moment as the main nightlife outing, also pubs and music clubs are in. Restaurants and cafés are also open at least until midnight.

Even though the entire city is full of spots to hang out, there are a few places that have an unusual amount of pubs/clubs

Tel Aviv seaport (Namal)

Located at beach side to the west of the Yarkon Park right between Tel Aviv center and north is the old seaport. The entire place is full of clubs, pubs and restaurants right next to each other door by door. Notable places: TLV Club, UpTown, Erlich, Shalvata, Seabreeze, Whiskey a gogo and more. Very busy in weekends during the summer and on warm days during the rest of the year, as this area attracts people from all around the city and the wider Gush Dan area.

Dizengoff - Ben Yehuda St.

The north ends of these streets are full of chic bars that are packed almost every day with a 22+ crowd. Sometimes it's just hard to breath there. Notable: Friends, Bergman, Rosa, Yermiyahu.and "223" bar for more of the new york speak easy cool spoot.

The Boardwalk (Tayellet)

The entire beach area from the seaport in the north to Jaffa in the south is full of mainly cafes, restaurants and bars. Some are normal open bars while others actually spread to the beach with tables on the sand. This is the more "touristy" area of Tel Aviv's nightlife scene, that the "real Tel-Avivians" try to avoid.

Allenby St

Going from the Beach to the west all the way to the south-east of Tel Aviv, Allenby is one of the longest streets in the city. The western area is full of mainly pubs and dance-bars, not the hippest clubs but stable places that have been there for years and are occasionally full of tourists. Allenby Street may sometimes feel a bit dodgy but fear not. It's cheap but mostly not recommended to eat.

Lilinblum - Levontine - Nahlat Binyamin st.

A few streets around the east side of Allenby with many trendy pubs with an extremely sophisticated crowd, and many dance bars that range from the bluntly commercial to the leftfield indie. Any arrivals to this area will ensure a good drink. Notable: Shesek, Lima Lima, Atara, Betty Ford, Bordel, Flame, Academia, Abraxas, Minus one and more.

Ha'Masger - Ha'Rakevet St.'

Mainly a clubbing area for Tel Aviv's younger crowd (18-19) with huge clubs and dance bars. Notable: Dome, Vox and more.


Mostly small neighborhood bars for a cool fun night out in a chic area in Tel Aviv. Most spots in Florentin appeal to the artsy and indie crowd. Florentin has a "rugged" appearance, especially at night, but it is totally safe. Notable: Hudna (Abarbanel street), Comfort 13, Haoman 17 and all the little places on Florentine st. and Vital st.

King George-Tshernechovsky (HaMelech George)

in the close to Shenkin st. upper side of King George you can find some alternative cafes and bars, like "Geatzel Shapira" on Almonit lane and "little prince" which is the center of the young poetry revival movement that connected to "Maayan" poetry magazine and others interesting poetry or art fanzines. On Tshernechovsky, not far from there, there are several cafes and cheap restaurants. close to Dizengoff Center, you can find "Bacho" cafe, a nice place with too-artistic atmohphere, "Hakosem Falafel" and the "Yemen Falafel", both recommended.

Ibn Gvirol

A lately very developed pubbing area with some of the coolest pubs in Tel Aviv. During the day appeals to the many lawyers and businessmen working in the area. Notable: 2 clubs - Vila Sokolov and Landen, and the pubs-restaurants Dorothy Gale, Brasserie and Liliroz.

Habarzel (Ramat Ha'Chayal)

Located at the north near the rich neighborhoods. This area has been developed to accommodate the vast high-tech industry around it, so one can expect somewhat commercialized and rather upscale spots. Notable: Leo Blooms, Molly's, Frame, Sushi Samba, Giraf, Black, Segev Express, Moses, Max Brener.


A new clubbing area with pubs growing in every corner. Notable: ZiziTripo, Hachatul Ve'Hakelev.

Culture and Leisure in Tel Aviv

Museums | Theaters | Cinemas


Museum lovers will be delighted to discover that Tel Aviv 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.

List of all museums in Tel Aviv

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Name Location Primary display/topic Annual visitors
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv Modern art, contemporary Israeli art 750,000 (2012)[2]
Independence Hall Tel Aviv History of Israel (independence)
Batei HaOsef Tel Aviv Israel Defense Forces
Etzel Museum Tel Aviv Irgun pre-state Jewish underground
5708 Etzel Museum – Beit Gidi Tel Aviv IrgunOperation Hametz
Herzlilienblum Museum of Banking and Tel Aviv Nostalgia[9] Tel Aviv Banking and old Tel Aviv culture
Lehi Museum – Beit Yair Tel Aviv (Florentin) Lehi
The Olympic Experience Tel Aviv (Hadar Yosef) Sports
Nachum Gutman Museum Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek) Art by Nachum Gutman
Farkash Gallery collection Tel Aviv (Old Jaffa) Posters
Ilana Goor Museum Tel Aviv (Old Jaffa) Israeli art and culture
Jaffa Museum[10] Tel Aviv (Old Jaffa) Israeli art and culture, antiquities
Eretz Israel Museum Tel Aviv (Ramat Aviv) Archaeology, history of Eretz Yisrael
The Museum of The Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot Tel Aviv (Ramat Aviv) A pluralistic and diverse experience of the Jewish people
Beit HaPalmach Tel Aviv (Ramat Aviv) Jewish resistance during the British MandatePalmach
Ralli Museum Caesarea Art
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art[12] Herzliya Contemporary Israeli art
Holon Children's Museum Holon Children; visually impaired; hearing impaired
Design Museum Holon Holon Design
Egged Historical Vehicle Museum Holon Transportation – buses
Yad La-Shiryon Latrun Israel Defense ForcesArmor Corps
Mini Israel Latrun Miniature park, architecture
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Netanya Sports
Petah Tikva Museum of Art Petah Tikva Art
Museum of Israeli Art Ramat Gan Art (israeli)
Museum of Russian Art Ramat Gan Art (Russian)
Yehiel Nahari Museum of Far Eastern Art Ramat Gan Art (Far Eastern)
Yemenite Jewish Heritage Center and Museum Rehovot Yemenite Jewish Heritage
Rishon LeZion City Museum Rishon LeZion City


The city of Tel Aviv may be home to a larger-than-expected number of theaters which host a numerous plays, shows and concerts of local and international acters from all over the world.

Below is a list of all Theaters in Tel Aviv:

Theater Address Website Phone
Beit lessin Theatre Dizengoff 101, City Center Beit Lessin 03- 7255333
Hasimta Mazal Dagim 8, Old Jaffa Hasimta 03- 6812126
Karov theatre Levinsky 116, Newe Shaanan Karov theatre 03- 6885004
Cameri theatre Leonardo De-vinchi 30, Haqiria Qtr Cameri theatre 03- 6060960
Mandel cultural Center Hatkooma 1, Jaffa Mandel cultural Center 03- 6819289
Theatre of the Body salame 46 (inner yard), Florentin Theatre of the Body 03- 5184471
Gesher Theatre Jerusalem Ave 9, Jaffa Gesher Theatre 03-5182812
Arison hall Saadia Gaon 7, Karlibach Qtr Arison hall 03-5603110
bambola – puppets show for kids Bar Kochva 16, City Center bambola – puppets show for kids 077-4438800
Beit Hayal Weitzman 60, Yehuda Macabi Qtr Beit Hayal 03-6295555
Bikurey Ha'Itim Heftman 6, Haqiria Qtr Bikurey Ha'Itim 03-6919510
Camel comedy club Nachlat Benyamin 52, Rothchild Qtr Camel comedy club 03-6393434
Carousel Theater Dizengoff 75, City Center Carousel Theater 057-7827000
Clipa Theatre HaRakevet 38, Newe Shaanan Clipa Theatre 03-6879219
Do touch Jafa port , Old Jaffa Do touch 03-6330808
Etgar Changing location , Around Town Etgar 077-7080210
Gesher Hangar Eilat 11, Noga Qtr Gesher Hangar 03-5182853
Habima national theatre Tarsat Ave 2, Habima Qtr Habima national theatre 03-6295555
Hangar 2 Jafa port Hangar 2, Old Jaffa Hangar 2
Hiechal hatarbut Hoberman 1, Habima Qtr Hiechal hatarbut 03-5289163
IMPRO CO Tushia 4, Montifiori IMPRO CO 03-5222838
Inbal ethnic Arts center Yehieli 6, Neve Tzedek Inbal ethnic Arts center 03-5173711
Melenki theatre Changing location , Around Town Melenki theatre 03-
Notzar Bat Yam Changing location , Around Town Notzar Bat Yam 03-6350772
Orna Porat Theatre Changing location , Around Town Orna Porat Theatre 03-6023531
Park theatre Yehushua parks , Hayarkon River Park theatre 03-7448044
Sophy moskovitz school of performance art Levinsky 116, Newe Shaanan Sophy moskovitz school of performance art 03-5372525
Studioact Mevaser 22, East TA Studioact 03-6886514
Teahatron Dizengoff Center , City Center Teahatron 050-9596776
Tel Aviv Theater Karlibach 18, Karlibach Qtr Tel Aviv Theater 073-2448019
Tel-Aviv Community Theatre at Beit-Yad Labanim TACT Pinkas 63, Yehuda Macabi Qtr TACT 03-5467404
The Arab Hebrew theatre Mifratz Shlomo 10, Old Jaffa Mifratz Shlomo 03-5185540/63
The room theatre Harav Kook 8, Boardwalk The room theatre 03-5171818
Tmuna Theatre Shonzino 8, Montifiori Tmuna Theatre 03-5629462
Tsavta Ibn Gvirol 30, Ibn Gvirol Tsavta 03-6950156/7
Yiddishpiel theatre Changing location , Around Town Yiddishpiel theatre 03-5254660
YUNG YiDiSH center New central station Studio 5008, 5th floor, Newe Shaanan YUNG YiDiSH center 03-6874433
Theatronkale Marmorek 28, Habima Qtr Theatronkale


For those who enjoy to spend a quality time with a good movie in the cinema, The city of Tel Aviv offers several movie theaters which present new actual movies and also foreign movies.


Phone Number: 03-606-0800
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Phone Number: 03-620-0485
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Phone Number: 03-696-7888
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Rav Chen - Givatayim

Phone Number: *2202/ 03-731-1849
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Phone Number: *2235
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Lev - Tel Aviv

Phone Number: 03-621-2222/00
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Phone Number: 03-741-2666
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Ramat Gan - Lev Elram

Phone Number: 03-672-2122
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Ramat Gan- Yes Planet Ayalon

Phone Number: 03-579-8570
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Rav Chen Dizengoff(dizengoff circle)

Phone Number: 03-528-2288
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Rav Chen-Opera House

Phone Number: 03-510-2674

Tel-Aviv Museum

Phone Number: 03-607-7020

Herzlya - Lev Daniel

Phone Number: 09-951-9475/6
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Herzlya- Rav Chen

Phone Number: *2202/ 09-957-9022
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Petach Tikva- Rav Chen

Phone Number: *2202/ 03-921-6474
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Rishon Lezion- Hazahav

Phone Number: 03-9514968
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Rishon Lezion- Rav Chen

Phone Number: 03-9670504
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Hod Hasharon- Globus

Phone Number: 09-740-8592
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Kfar Saba- Globus

Phone Number: 09-767-7370
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Netanya-Globus Max

Phone Number: *2235
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Netanya- Rav Chen

Phone Number:*2202/ 09-861-8570
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Raanana- Cinema Park

Phone Number: 09-771-1321
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Raanana- Cinema Raanan

Phone Number: 1-700-50-60-40/
09-744-7711/ 09-744-4420 
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Raanana- Mofet

Phone Number: 09- 748-2915
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Ramat Hasharon- Cinema City

Phone Number: 03-741-4541/1-700-702-255
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Ramat Hasharon- Kochav

Phone Number: 03-549-1979
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Annual events in Tel Aviv and the center of Israel

Tel Aviv 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 Tel Aviv, We try to choose for you the top of them.
Click the events and festival links below for further information.


The Be'er Festival

The annual Israeli Be'er Festival is definitely one not to miss. Last year’s very first festival was a big success, and with the ever-growing number of Israeli boutique beers hitting the market, and an ever-increasing awareness of the joys of beer, the 2012 festival, held on January 10-11 in Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena, looks like a must-see for beer lovers!

Fashion Designers Bazaar

at the end of January / beginning of February, Tel Aviv’s top clothing designers hold an end of the season fair where they sell their clothes at discounted prices. It’s always a crowded and colourful affair, with music and other entertainment to supplement the vast amount of shopping.


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.

Jazz Festival

For four days in the middle of the month the Tel Aviv Cinematheque puts on a vibrant schedule of local and international musicians. Besides the music, there are lots of other sideshows and good food to keep you entertained.

Irish Festival

Once again, the popular Tel Aviv Cinematheque hosts another cultural event at the beginning of the month. This time the theme is Irish folk music. The four day festival features lots of traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance and beer.


Holon’s Woman Festival

each year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, this small city just outside of Tel Aviv hosts a four day festival to celebrate the art of women. All kinds of art media (film, music, visual art, literature) which relate to feminism and womanhood are presented and discussed. The event is held at the highly respected Holon Theatre in early March.

Purim in Tel Aviv

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. Purim in Tel Aviv is a major time for celebration. An amazing array of events taking place in Tel Aviv to mark the festival, from the famous Florentin Tel Aviv Street Party, to street carnivals, to parties and alternative events.

Days of Flamenco

this three day event at the end of the month celebrates the famous Spanish dance, flamenco. During the festival, a number of dancing events take place at the Suzanne Dellal Centre.

French Film Festival

the Tel Aviv Cinematheque puts on this week long film festival dedicated to the latest and greatest pieces of cinematic art to come out of France.

Kfar Saba Race

The race is held every year in March in Kfar Saba. Thousands of runners take part in the race. There are three popular ways to participate: popular course of two km, competitive course of 10 km and popular walking course of 6 km. For more information please check the Kfar Saba's Municipality website.

FestiJazz - Giva'atayim

The jazz festival FestiJazz is held every year in the beginning of May, it hosts Israeli jazz creators, players, compositors and leading singers. All the shows are held in Giva'atayim Theater halls. For more information please check the Givaatayim Theater website.

International Spring Festival - Rishon Le-Zion

The International Spring Festival is held every year in Hechal HaTarbut hall in Rishon Le-Zion. It presents lots of culture events of music and dance. Local artists and guests from all over the world participate in the events. The festival that lasts for a week promises the visitors a fascinating culture and art experiences. For more information please check the festival's website.


The Tel Aviv Marathon

This world famous marathon takes place in the month of April. The complete course is 43 kilometers long, but there are also shorter courses to choose from. With views of the beautiful Mediterranean sea and professional and amateur participants amicably rubbing shoulders, the Tel Aviv marathon is an experience that is not to be missed.


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.


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.

Israel's Brass Band Festival - Kfar Saba

Every year in the end of April - middle of May holds a three days Brass Bands' festival. The festival started in 1989 and since then youth orchestras ffrom all over the country participate in variety of events which are held both in halls and in the open air. During the three days of the festival, many places in the city center turn into musical stages where youth bands in various compositions play for the joy of the audience.Several bands unite into one giant band with hundred of musicians. For more information please check the Kfar Saba municipality website.

Teatroneto Theatre Festival

monologues are the focus of this unique theatre festival. Considered the rawest form of theatre, some of the finest actors in Israel have performed monologues at this event. This four day production takes place at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in early April


DocAviv The International Documentary Film Festival

DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival takes place every spring and is Docaviv NPO's keystone project. Docaviv is the only film festival in Israel dedicated exclusively to documentary cinema and is Tel Aviv's largest film festival. It is considered amongst the world's most respected film festivals. Each year some of the best documentary films produced in Israel and internationally, are carefully selected by professional committees, comprised of members of the film and television industry. More than 80 documentary films are screened over the festival's ten days, most of which are also national premieres. For more information, please check the festival's website.

White City Music Festival

For ten days every May one of the oldest quarters in Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek, is home to a boutique music festival which includes jazz, funk, rock and roll, and a mixture of other genres as wide ranging as Indian folk and Balkan Beat. Once a rundown slum, Neve Tzedek has become of the most sought after addresses in the city, with its pretty buildings and maze of narrow winding streets. Israeli and international musicians converge on the picturesque neighborhood to create a unique event for music lovers.

Student Day of The Tel Aviv University

Grand celebrations took off for Tel Aviv's 'Student Day', an eventful festival which is produced annually in colleges around Israel, all for the sake of their students. This Tel Aviv University campus is filled with young men and women, surrounded by stages, performances, food stands, And various sorts of entertainment catering to student life. Student days such as these will be taking place in all universities and colleges around Israel by the end of this school year and ahead of the summer.

The Felicia Blumental International Music Festival

Taking place in April at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the International Music Festival, named after Felicia Blumental, offers classical music performances by world famous musician. The Festival is known for its easy going approach to classical music, which makes it very accessible. Concerts are often accompanied by lectures, interviews and commentaries.

Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Master Competition

The Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Master Competition is held every three years in few places: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv & Royal Beach, Eilat. The competition aim is to encourage and promote talented pianists from all over the world. Young and gifted pianists who pass the requirements can participate. The chosen compositions are played according to the directions and demands of the competition's committee. The winner of the first place is the winner of the prestigious Arthur Rubenstein prize.

The Israel Festival

The Festival takes place annually for a few weeks in the spring. Throughout the festival, audiences are able to enjoy performances by artists from all over the world, as well as premieres of Israeli works and tributes to leading Israeli artists. The public can also attend a large selection of free performances, including street theatre, children's shows and a nightly jazz club.

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.

Ta'am Hair

Tel Aviv’s grand food festival takes place at the end of the month in the Hayarkon Park over a period of four days. Many of the best restaurants in the city set up booths and sell small, yet cheap, portions of delicious specialties. You can wander from booth to booth and try an amazing variety of regional food. This event is extremely popular with Israelis and is often quite crowded.



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.

White Night Tel Aviv

The White Night Tel Aviv (Layla Lavan Tel Aviv) has been taking place since being declared the White City by UNESCO in July 2003, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality’s way of marking the honor. The White Night is an annual one-night fest offering a slew of special events for the benefit of the residents and visitors of Tel Aviv. The 2012 White Night Tel Aviv is taking plac on 28 June.

Beer Festival - Kibbutz Ma'abarot

The old beer festival that started over a decade ago is known as one of the most quality beer festivals in Israel. The festival is a co production of the Wine House in kibbutz Ma'abarot with Beer Master Company. It promises two genuine beer fiesta days to its visitors. Among the festival's events the visitors can enjoy tastes of boutique Israeli beers that some of it are produced especially for the festival, great variety of food, price awarded beer games, marvelous music performances and more.

The Gay Parade

Tel Aviv has the biggest gay community in Israel. Every year on June, thousands of people flood the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday as the city marked the end of Gay Pride Week with its annual pride parade - an extravaganza of floats, live music and partying on the beach. The parade is always guaranteed to be a fun and colourful event and is one of the largest processions of the year.


Music on the Water Festival - Herzliya

Music on the Water Festival that is held every year in Herzliya Marina turned to be one of the significan summer events. The festival takes place every Tuesday of July and August from 8pm, offering folklore music shows from various countries of the world. The entrance if free of charge. For more information, please check the festival's website or call: +972-9-9565591.

Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival

Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival started in 2005 and since then every year it offers quality movies for children and youth. The unique festival program includes action films, documentaries and short films. For more information please check the festival's website.

Open Stage Festival - Beit Lessin

Each year in July/ August Beit Lessin Theater holds a festival that is dedicated to new Israeli playwriting. In addition to the plays other events like directed reading and meeting between actors, directors and playwrights take place. For more information please check the festival's website.

International Live Statues Festival - Rehovot

The Rehovot International Live Statues Festival lasts three days and presents colorful and fascinating live statues. More than 40 artists both from Israel and from overseas creat a spectacular exhibition. The event promises a great joy for all ages. The entrance is free of charge. For more information please check Rehovot council website.

The International Puppet Theater & Film Festival - Holon

Holon International Puppet Theater And Film Festival is held every year in second half of July. During the five days of the festival, theater story shows and films are displayed where in each of them the stars are puppets. In addition to the festival's events, professional workshops, children workshops, amateur workshops, exhibition of theater puppets are held. The festival is a fascinating experience for both children and adults. For more information please check the festival's website.

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.

Tel Aviv Water War Fight

Every summer the city of Tel Aviv cools off with a big water fight: the Tel Aviv Water War. 2012 will be the eight year that this event has taken place, and each year it gets bigger and better with thousands of residents and visitors taking part in the unique event in Kikar Rabin in the center of town. In a weird way, the stability and consistency of the water war, has stood as an annual tradition amid an ever changing world, and ever changing region.

Free Opera in the Park

Tel Aviv hosts an annual opera in the park performance every July in the beautiful Yarkon Park in the north of the city. The 2011 opera will take place on Thursday July 19 at 9pm and will be a special outdoor performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Entrance is, of course free, and seating is on the grass so be sure to get there a little early, bring a blanket, and have a great evening.


Animix- The International Animation, Comics, Caricature Festival

The International Animation Comics Caricature Festival takes place in Tel Aviv. It is held every year in August. The festival presents a wonderful collection of animation movies created both by Israeli and worldwide directors. In addition to this, you can meet the directors, participate in various workshops, visit the exhibitions and "Shukomics" (comics market). For more information, please check the festival's website.

Tel Aviv Oud Festival

Tel Aviv Oud festival takes place every year in August. It is a unique music festival that offers you to enjoy the sounds of the Oud which is an old pear-shaper stringed instrument commonly used in North African, Middle East and Balkan music. Ethnic events, oriental haflas (festive meal), books and music fair and an exhibition of Ouds from Syria, Turkey and Egypt- all this you can see and enjoy during the festival. For more information, please check the festival's website.

The Humus Festival

every year one the country’s leading humus manufacturers puts on this massive event celebrating Israel’s national dish. Humus shops from all over the city congregate in Hayarkon Park to feed the hungry locals. The atmosphere is decidedly Arabic, and features belly dancing, musical performances by famous Arabic groups and other exotic activities.

Beach Cinema

During a week in August, Banana Beach offers an open air screening of well-known films. Starting in the early evening, you can grab a seat and enjoy one of the contemporary classics ("When Harry met Sally", various Monty Pythons etc.), while sipping a cold beer or enjoying some dinner in the heat of August.


Raanana's Annual Klezmer Festival

Every year Raanana holds a marvelous Jewish music fiesta. The best artists participate in the festival's events that take place in Raanana's Park. The event is held in the open year and it gathered an audience of more than 10,000 people this year. The festival's program can be found in the event calendar of the department of religious culture in the Ministry of Education and on Raanana's Municipality website. The entrance is free of Charge.

Childhood Sounds Festival

Childhood Sounds Festival takes place every year on Sukkoth (September/ October). It started in 2000 and since then it is known as a famous festival of music, dance and theater for children. For more information, please check the theater's website.

Taste Festival of Jaffa

The annual Festival takes place during September in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. The wonderful observation of Tel-Aviv from the beautiful promenade of Jaffa contributes to the view of the Taste Festival. The festival that offers cheap meals in all Jaffa’s restaurants is held for 10 days. In addition the visitors can participate in tours to the nearby flea market. In the art quarter the artists allow the visitors to enter their homes and see their creation. The children can participate in creation’s workshops.

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.


Israel Storytelling Festival

Since 1993 Givatayim holds one of the most attarctive festivals- Israel Storytelling Festival. The festival was established by the writer and theater person Yossi Alfi. Every year he brings the best story tellers who share their personal stories with the audience. The festival takes place between the first and the last days of Sukkot (Kol Hamoed). For more information, please check the festival's website.

Jaffa International Kids Theater Festival

The festival takes place every Sukkoth (September/ October) and offers plays and shows for the whole family and especially for children. t emphasizes the co-existence and tolerance between Jews and Arabs. All the shows during the four days are held in the Arab-Hebrew Theater in the old city of Jaffa. For more information please check the festival's website.

Muses in Sukkoth Festival

Shoham which is an urban settlement located 5km from Lod, holds the Muses festival which takes place every year in Sukkoth (September/ October). This is a multi-disciplinary art festival that brings large variety of music and dance events that fit the holiday atmosphere. The best artists and bands participate in the festival. The free entrance events take place in "Gan-Hachevel" in Shoham between 8pm - 11pm. For more information please check the Shoham municipality website.

Rishon Le-Zion Festival

Every year during Sukkoth (September/ October) Rishon Lezion holds a music and entertainment festival focused on Israeli songs, creators and entertainers. The festival hosts the greatest artists. It takes place in Hechal HaTarbut of the city, in Amphi Park, in Mofet Hall and other venues over the city. For more information please check the "Rishon Le Zion Sport & Recreation Company" website.

Netanya Guitar Festival

Netanya Guitar Festival, Guitar Gems, is held every year in the second half of October. Local artists as well as artists from abroad participate in five days of the festival that takes place in Hechal Hatarbut of Netanya. In addition to rich program, lectures, workshops, master classes and exhibitions are held. For more information, please check the festival's website.

Bat Yam Street Festival

The Bat-Yam Street Theater Festival is one of the most famous street theater celebration in Israel. This colorful event attracts many visitors to the beautiful seashore of Bat-Yam. The organizers promise the visitors an exciting experience with colorful theater stands, artistic street shows, pyrotechnics, acrobatics and a variety of artist groups from different countries. The festival visitors may enjoy the open air celebration, the entrance is free of charge.

Weizmann Institute Science Festival

Weizmann Institute Science Festival is a yearly fiesta of science and technology. The visitors can enjoy various competitions, workshops, interesting observations, tours and diverse demonstrations. The events are interesting for both young people and those who have knowledge and interest in various scientific areas. All the events take place in the campus of Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. For more information, please check the festival's website.

The International SPIRIT Film Festival

The International SPIRIT Film Festival is held every year during three days. It presents films that reflect the human spirit, the human existence, and the opportunity to live in peace with ourselves, with each other, with our Planet. For more information, please check the festival's website.

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.


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.

Icon - Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival

he Icon Festival for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Role-playing is an annual festival which takes place on October. Icon is a red-letter day for fans of the science fiction and fantasy (both literature and cinema), and its 3-day diverse program attracts people of all ages. The festival consists of more than 100 events, including lectures, panel discussions, contests, professional workshops, comical and musical shows, as well as comics and anime events, providing a huge celebration for the science fiction and fantasy fans as well as much broader audiences.


Dance Europa festival

the Suzanna Dellal Centre invites individuals and dance groups from all corners of Europe to participate in a month of dancing. It’s one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind and attracts some very talented performers. There are also workshops for dancers.

Israel Piano Festival

Israel Piano Festival that is held every year in November is known as one of the leading and most quality live music events. The shows take place in various halls in Tel Aviv, most of them on the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater. Every year the festival's program surprises with its rich variety of performances. For more information please check the festival's website.



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.

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