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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: 15 March 2019 - 15 March 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.jerusalem-marathon.com/
Cost:

Free to watch.


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 April 2019 - 08 April 2019
Venue: Various city venues.
Website: http://www.arts-festival.jerusalem.muni.il
Cost:

Varies.


Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut)

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: 08 May 2019 - 09 May 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

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: 29 May 2019 - 15 June 2019
Venue: Various city venues.
Website: http://www.israel-festival.org.il

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: 01 June 2019 - 02 June 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
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: 25 July 2019 - 03 August 2019
Venue: Various cinemas.
Website: http://www.jff.org.il
Cost:

Various.


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.

Date: 27 July 2019 - 27 July 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Old City.
Website: http://www.lightinjerusalem.org.il
Cost:

Free.


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 2019 - 31 August 2019
(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.


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Little House in Bakah

Set in a renovated 1930s Ottoman-style mansion in the old Bakah neighbourhood, this 33-room boutique property is big on charm with its high ceilings, arched windows and rustic décor. Rooms are simple and comfortable, and there’s free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee 24/7 and breakfast included. The hotel is just around the corner from the hip cafés of Bethlehem Road and Emek Refaim Street.

Knight's Palace

A former theological seminary with some parts dating back to the 11th-century, this lovely hotel is nestled in a quiet corner of the Muslim Quarter. It is steeped in Old City elegance with vaulted ceilings, arched windows and exposed stone. Despite being close to both the New Gate and Jaffa Gate, its location on a quiet cobbled lane means it is just out of reach of the hustle and bustle. It has comfortable rooms, a nice restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi throughout, AC and cable TV.

King Solomon Hotel

This 5-star in the centre of Jerusalem caters to religious Jewish travellers by offering its own synagogue, a Glatt Kosher menu and Shabbat lights in the bedrooms. The stunning views overlooking the Judean hills make up for the slightly outdated décor. The centrepiece of the lobby is a globe-shaped metal sculpture of Jerusalem by the English-born artist Frank Meisler. The hotel is just 10 minutes' walk from the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.

King David

Situated in an elevated position, this landmark hotel is one of Israel's most luxurious and prestigious hotels, boasting a guest list of world leaders, royalty and celebrities. The majestic King David was built in the 1930s and has all modern facilities, with fine views towards the Old City. It’s also a historic building in its own right – in 1946 when used during the British mandate as the British Army HQ, it was the scene of a dramatic anti-British bombing by militant Zionists.

Harmony Hotel

The Harmony Hotel is part of the fast-growing Atlas chain. With a bright and very kitsch chic atmosphere, it makes for an unusual stay in the Holy City. It is located in the trendy and historic Nahalat Shiva neighbourhood, a short 10-minute walk to the Old City, and with plenty of restaurants and shops nearby. It offers spacious, funky rooms designed by local artists, an impressive breakfast, and excellent views from the roof.

Prima Royale Hotel

Outside the Old City and close to Jerusalem’s Downtown Triangle, Prima Royale is an affordable and attractive hotel with one special draw: its goal of introducing guests to Jerusalem’s artistry. Each floor is dedicated to a specific artist, writer, or poet who drew inspiration from the city. Classical music plays in the morning, and jazz serenades you in the afternoon. The breakfast is also delicious.