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Jerusalem International Ice Festival

2012 saw the city host its first international ice festival – an unusual event to find in a Middle Eastern city. Such was its popularity that an estimated 300,000 people attended. An enormous ice city is created with carefully crafted ice sculptures turning the arena into a fantasy ice world

Date: 20 February 2017 - 30 April 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Jerusalem's Old Train Station.
Cost:

70ILS.


Israel Independence Day

At the close of War Memorial Day, a sombre and sad day throughout the county, Israelis erupt into vibrant festivities in celebration of the declaration of independence of the State of Israel in 1948. Street parties are held throughout the city and theatres, bars and clubs hold many different events.

Date: 18 April 2018 - 19 May 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday that commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. Celebrations are held throughout the city in the form of festivities, prayer in synagogues, and lectures on the history and future of Jerusalem and Zionism. It is a controversial day in this politically sensitive city.

Date: 12 May 2018 - 13 May 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Israel Festival

This is one of Israel’s biggest performing arts festivals, and while the majority of the festival’s events are held in Jerusalem, the whole country gets involved. There are performances by artists from all over the world as well as the top Israeli performers including classical music, dance, jazz and theatre.

Date: 24 May 2018 - 09 June 2018
Venue: Various city venues.
Website: http://www.israel-festival.org.il

Jerusalem Festival of Light

The festival is a beautiful and truly unique event. Held in the Old City, it uses light to create a special night atmosphere. Carefully-designed coloured lights are shone off ancient relics creating a dramatic and artistic effect and statues are created purely from light. This year will be the festival’s tenth-anniversary edition.

Date: 27 June 2018 - 05 July 2019
Venue: Old City.
Website: http://www.lightinjerusalem.org.il
Cost:

Free.


Jerusalem Film Festival

One of the most prestigious film festivals in the country, the annual Jerusalem Film Festival presents an eclectic programme of fiction features, shorts, animations and documentaries by filmmakers from all over the world. Hundreds of films are screened during the 10-day event and there are several prizes awarded to filmmakers and directors in a number of different categories. Past guests and members of the jury have included such figures as Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro and Peter Ustinov.

Date: 26 July 2018 - 05 August 2018
Venue: Various cinemas.
Website: http://www.jff.org.il
Cost:

Various.


Hutzot Hayotzer

The International Jerusalem Arts and Crafts Fair, Jerusalem's big annual arts, crafts and folklore festival, has been running for over 30 years and is one of the summer’s most popular events. More than 150 of Israel’s best artists and artisans exhibit paintings, prints, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, weaving and textiles, Judaica, toys and woodworks.

Date: 01 August 2018 - 30 September 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Hutzot Hayotzer Arts and Crafts Center, Mitchell Gardens and the Merrill Hassenfeld Amphitheater in the Sultan's Pool.
Website: https://www.artfair-jer.com/english
Cost:

Free.


Jerusalem Arts Festival

A week of shows featuring artists, singers and dancers are hosted at venues such as the YMCA Hall, the Jerusalem Theatre, the Gerard Bechar Centre and St. Andrew's Church. Performances are by local amateur and semi-professional troupes.

Date: 01 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various city venues.
Website: http://www.arts-festival.jerusalem.muni.il
Cost:

Varies.


International Jerusalem Winner Marathon

A challenging and extremely popular marathon that leads runners up and over the city’s hilly terrain and past ancient historic sights. The route passes all the major attractions in the city including the walls of the Old City, the government buildings and the Hebrew University.

Date: 01 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.jerusalem-marathon.com/
Cost:

Free to watch.


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