Main events

There’s always something going on in the main tourist destinations around Saudi Arabia, with a wide range of events to cater for all tastes, including sporting events, festivals, conferences, entertainments. ​

    • Janadriyah is the biggest culture and heritage festival in Saudi Arabia. It is held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and with the participation of government institutions, companies, and the most famous Saudi poets and artists...
    • Souk Okaz is an annual festival held near Taif on the site of the historic souk which ran from approximately 542-726 CE. In modern times, as in the past, Souk Okaz incorporates lectures, sporting competitions, poetry, artwork, and trade, in a colorful celebration of traditional Arabic culture.
      Souk Okaz, Taif
    • Hail International Rally is one of the most prominent global sporting events held in Saudi Arabia, enjoying international participation and coverage. The desert race for 4X4s is held each spring in the Great Nafud Desert, north of Hail.
      Ha’il International Rally
    • The biggest date-auction festival in the Arab World , it is held annually across several sites Al Qassim, accompanied by recreational and heritage activities. Attended by many merchants and visitors from the Gulf States.
      Al Qassim Date Festival
    • Historic Jeddah festival celebrates the culture and heritage of the historical Al Balad district of Jeddah, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, particularly its vital role as a gateway to Makkah and Medina.
      Historic Jeddah Festival
    • Celebrating all things maritime, the East Coast Festival includes more than 50 marine and heritage events, with the participation of craftsmen, sailors and folk musicians from the GCC. Visitors can also learn about art, handicrafts, textiles, and traditional coastal architectural styles.
      East Coast Festival
    • Hail Desert Festival celebrates traditional Bedouin life through various heritage, cultural, sport and recreational events. The festival includes a variety of events that depict Bedouin life including theatrical performances, crafts demonstrations and traditional desert food.
      Hail Desert Festival
    • The festival witnesses huge demand by citizens and residents alike, whether from Tabuk or neighboring areas. The festival hosts a number of programs...
      Khail and Hail Festival
    • Al Ghada Festival is a winter festival held annually in Al Ghada parks, Unaizah. It involves traditional, recreational and cultural events in a heritage village. The festival includes handicrafts demonstrations and traditional markets, children’s theatre, and a horse riding school.
      Al Ghada Festival
    • Commemorated on the 23rd of September with events and spectacular shows celebrating the foundation of Saudi Arabia. Citizens and visitors from all over the world participate in marches and celebrations in an atmosphere of joy, delight and pride.
      The National Day
    • Taif Rose Festival coincides with rose harvest season. It celebrates the region's renowned fragrance industry, with rose-related activities events for families and kids.
      Taif Rose Festival
    • An annual event in Tabuk, it highlights the region's agricultural life. The festival is accompanied by a carnival, a rose carpet, an exhibitors’ tent, fruit auction, theatrical performances, and promotional and recreational events.
      Tabuk Roses and Fruits Festival
    • Celebrating the regional expertise in olive cultivation, the annual festival details all stages of olive production, and the chance to sample and buy local olive products.
      Olive Festival, Al Jouf
    • Aiming to consolidate the region's culture for the next generations and for visitors, the festival includes heritage exhibitions, folk arts, programs for families and kids, Najran folk arts, and exhibitions for craftsmen to market their products and create investment opportunities.
      We all Love Heritage Festival, Najran
    • Al Hareed Festival is one of the most significant festivals in Jizan. Al Hareed is the parrotfish whose arrival in the shallow waters here is celebrated each April and May. Events include an open theatre, an official opening ceremony, and beach buggy show.
      Al Hareed Festival, Farasan
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