The summer in Israel always means many outdoor festivals on hot, rainless nights. In Israel, you can find some kind of festival every month of the year, but from May to September, when the sun shines endlessly and the temperature rises, it is the most important day of the festival season, with special events for all ages and interests. Israel’s cities come to life with festivals that showcase everything from opera and puppets to beer and dragons. The range of festivals in Israel is constantly growing, there are new festivals every year! Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in this beautiful country; from the rampage of trance and techno music with DJs or great productions to Israeli bands to hippie spirituality and art festivals, we have it all. If you are planning a visit, consider including some of these best summer festivals in Israel on your itinerary.
List of Top Summer Festivals in Israel
1. Doof Festival
Doof is one of Israel’s largest trance music publishers. More than 50 top Israeli and international DJs will be hosted at a non-stop 72-hour music festival. Bring your tent and get ready to party with beautiful psychedelic people from all over Israel and the world! While the Doof Festival is big, Doof and his partner, the Paganka crew, hold parties throughout the year.
Where: North Israel
Read More: Cities to Visit in Israel
2. Menashe Forest Festival
A fun 3-day festival with live performances by over 80 Israeli bands in all genres – amazing bands like Red Band, Daniella Spector, Tatran, The Hoodna Afrobeat Orchestra, and many more. There are two main music stages, plus plenty of workshops, stalls, and art zones, all in the spirit of a strong social statement and connection to nature.
Where: North Central Israel
The Israeli branch of Burning Man and the second largest regional Burning Man after Africa Burns, Midburn is a special 5-day festival in the Negev. It’s not a music festival – there are no official stages – it’s more of an art, self-expression, and community festival where the camps host parties – and the playa in the middle of incredible art exhibitions and a huge church burns in the end.
Read More: Most Visited Monuments in Israel
When: May – June
4. Zobra The Buddha Festival
Israel’s largest hippie festival, the Zorba Festival, is held twice a year at the Desert Ashram in the Negev, in the spring, and at the Succot. Founded in 2003, the 5-day festival is a sensual encounter between spirituality, dance, meditation, and music. It is a festival where all lives meet – life, dance, movement, music, deep yoga, the spirit of meditation, and the silence of the desert.
When: May and October (Succot)
Don’t Miss: Most Visited Monuments in Rio de Janeiro
5. Unity Rising Spirit Festival
Get ready for 30 hours of house, techno, and electronic music at Luna Gal Water Park on the Kinneret Coast in northern Israel. The Unity Rising Spirit Festival was founded in 2014 and plans to be an annual event around the time of Rosh Hashanah. More than 30 top DJs from Israel and abroad come to this popular summer festival in Israel and there is room for people to set up tents.
When: September – October (Rosh Hashanah) plus other festivals throughout the year
6. Neverland Electronic Music Festival
A huge, 24-hour, non-stop electronic music festival, Neverland is Groove Attack’s number one annual festival. Founded in 2011, the event is spread across three dance floors featuring top DJs from Israel and abroad. The festival is held on the banks of the Jordan River in northern Israel, with camping and entrance for 23+.
Where: Jordan River, North Israel
When: October (Succot) plus other festivals throughout the year
7. Tamar Festival
A five-day celebration of some of Israel’s most loved musicians, previous lineups includes The Idan Raichel Project, Balkan Beat Box, Asaf Avidan, Mosh Ben Ari, and Ehud Banai. Founded in 2000, the Tamar Festival is usually held during Succot at venues around Massada. The main concerts are in the evening and at sunrise. If you want to experience a beautiful part of Israel and top Israeli musicians, this is a great way of doing it!
When: October (Succot)
Read More: Monuments in Israel
InDNegev is a huge three-day live-music extravaganza with over 100 live shows from Israel’s top up-and-coming bands. Nicknamed IndieNegev, a lot of the groups are Indie, but there is a wide spectrum of other genres too. Previous lineups have included the Kutiman Orchestra, Tatran, Phototaxis, Tiny Fingers, Red Axes, The Lucille Crew, and many more.
Hope you enjoyed the brief list of the top summer festivals in Israel that offer umpteen beach sports and fabulous scenic views of the city. There are various famous spots at the mentioned Festivals of All Seasons Celebrated in Israel which delivers many attractions. For more engaging blogs like these head on to our other blogs and ping us in the comment sections below if you hold any queries regarding the travel destinations.