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  • Around Tel Aviv
  • Around Tel Aviv
  • October 16, 2016

The weeklong Sukkot is one of the most fun-packed holidays of the year in Israel, and especially Tel Aviv, as tourists and locals of all ages flock take advantage of the festive atmosphere and mild weather by flocking to the beaches, parks and special events around town.

The holiday typically takes place in October and in 2016 — following Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — will start on October 16 and end October 23. There is no public transportation and many businesses close on the first and last days of the holiday, but the intermediate days are business as usual, except that kids are out of school and many Israelis take days off from work.

Sukkot is the last holiday before the end of the summer season, so you’ll definitely notice an uptick in activity at Tel Aviv beaches, but there are also plenty of events going on around the city indoors and outside, including art exhibitions, concerts, sporting events and parties at bars and clubs.

You can also take the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and customs of the holiday. Many homes and restaurants in Tel Aviv build sukkahs outside for the holiday. The tradition is to eat in the sukkah to commemorate ancient times times when the Jews wandered in the wilderness. If you want to get a better feel for the traditional side of the holiday, it’s worth making the short trip to Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, where almost everybody partakes in the customs.

If you’re coming to Tel Aviv for Sukkot or any of the High Holidays, check out our index of the best hotels in Tel Aviv.

Sukkot Events in Tel Aviv

Sukkot in Tel Aviv is jam-packed with events for an entire week, including big-name international concerts, parties at the best clubs and religious and family events for all ages.

Boxes of Light Exhibition Opening

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Photo: Courtesy of Farkash Gallery

The Farkash Gallery in Jaffa presents a new exhibition featuring a series of works by Tel Aviv-based artist Ariella Wertheimer, inspired by her experiences with women in Jaffa since moving to Tel Aviv 3 years ago.

Where: Farkash Gallery, 5 Mazal Dagim Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo
When: October 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free

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TAIS Gourmet Sukkot Dinner

Eat, drink and be marry with your fellow locals, transplants and visitors in the Tel Aviv International Synagogue sukkah.

Where: Tel Aviv International Synagogue, 23 Frishman Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo
When: October 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Cost: 115-130 NIS
Tickets: Buy now!

White City Shabbat Sukkot Dinner

Celebrate Sukkot with fellow locals and internationals in their 20′s and 30′s as you dig into a delicious dinner and copious amounts of wine

Where: 86 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo
When: October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Cost: 115-130 NIS
Tickets: Buy now!

Sukkot at Sarona

A slate of family-friendly events at the popular Sarona Market, a collection of gorgeous sukkahs and concerts in the evening

Where: Sarona Market, Tel Aviv-Yafo
When: October 18-20, 2016
Cost: Free!

Israel Wine Festival

Get unlimited tastings of some of the best Israeli wines.

Where: Hatachana, Kaufmann Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo
When: October 19-20, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Cost: 65-79 NIS
Tickets: Buy now! (Hebrew)

2-night Sukkot Extravaganza at the Block

At the Block’s holiday edition of it’s regular weekend parties, there will be live music, DJ’s hailing from as far as Japan and a generally wild party.

Read more and get tickets! >>

Water sports

Sukkot is the official start of the rainy season in Israel, bringing with it more mild temperature and a bit more wind — perfect conditions for water sports like paragliding, surfing, windsurfing and other water sports.

Check out the best places to rent equipment and get lessons >>

Four Species Fair

Check out all different types of sukkahs and their beautiful, exotic decorations; find all the materials you need to decorate your sukkah and bask in the communal holiday atmosphere.

Where: Kikar Rabin, Tel Aviv-Yafo
When: October 13-17, 2016
Cost: Free!

Sovev Tel Aviv Cycling Festival

Sovev Tel Aviv, is this year is happening on Monday, October 13. This is an ideal opportunity to see the city in a fun and sporty atmosphere. This cross city bike ride across Tel Aviv, is a major event in the city where the bikes takes over the streets, many of which closed.

Where: Tel Aviv Convention Center, 101 Rokach Boulevard, Tel Aviv
When: October 21, 2016 at 6:30 am
Sign-up: Register now!

Storytelling Festival in Givatayim

An ideal day out for the whole family. It’s worth travelling just a few minutes to Givatayim, to enjoy the International Storytelling Festival. There, you will find Israel’s most popular storytellers, poets and writers together with international presenters who come especially to share their thoughts and works.

Where: Givatayim Theater, 40 Remez Street, Givatayim, Tel Aviv
When: October13-24, 2016
Tickets: Buy now!
Contact: 03-574-5005

Simchat Torah

Enter a Synagogue on Simchat Torah, the last day of Sukkot, and experience the electric atmosphere. It is part of the Jewish tradition and has been for thousands of years, that Jews celebrate completing reading the Torah whilst singing, dancing and also a traditional le’chayim – alcoholic drink. You may well see jolly people dancing in the streets in a spirited way.

Where: Synagogues around Tel Aviv
When: October 4-5, 2015

 

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