9 exciting things to do in Riyadh this weekend: October 7 to 9

Who’s excited for the weekend?

The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for your weekly dose of fun things to do. Here are nine things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday October 7

1. Pizza night at Margherita Pizzeria


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If you are looking for a good place to wind down on a Thursday night and enjoy timeless Italian classics, Margherita Pizzeria is a must-visit. Their handmade Neapolitan pizzas are always a crowd favourite. Creamy mozzarella, charred yet elastic crust, and fresh toppings make for a pizza so delicious you will be singing along with the vibrant pizzaiol0. Oh, and the best part? If you’re a teacher or an employee of the Ministry of Education, it will be the last night for you and your family to enjoy 25 per cent off your meal.

Margherita Pizzeria, Veranda F&B, 4100 Northern Ring Rd, Al Ghadir, Riyadh 13311, daily noon to 1am. Tel: 011 810 7811. @margheritariyadh

2. Watch the making of Tony Soprano on “The Many Saints of Newark”

Fans of the award-winning HBO drama series “The Sopranos” – you can now book tickets for the much-anticipated feature film “The Many Saints of Newark”. The film features the return of several beloved characters as it looks at the formative years of young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) amid growing violence between rival gangs and the powerful DiMeo crime family. Set in the explosive era of the Newark riots, the story reveals the influence his family – especially his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) – had over him becoming the most iconic mob boss of all time.

Book your tickets here.

3. Check out one of the major falconry festivals in Saudi Arabia

Hunting enthusiasts are promised the time of their life as the Saudi International Falcon and Hunting Exhibition returns in its third year. Pop by the different pavilions devoted to hunting weapons, various species of falcons, arts and family activities, along with shooting ranges, a Saudi village, and a digital museum.

Saudi International Falcon and Hunting Exhibition, Saudi Falcons Club HQ, Malham (north of Riyadh), now until October 10, 11am to 11pm. Register here. @saudifalconclub

Friday October 8

4. Go for a bike ride around Wadi Hanifa

Start off your morning on a great note with this two-hour cycling tour that takes you through the beautiful Wadi Hanifah trail. Suitable for beginners, the ride is approximately 15 kilometres long. A bicycle and helmet will be provided, so just turn up at the meeting point in your comfortable sportswear.

Bike Tour, Wadi Hanifa, Meet-up coordinates: 24°39’47.2″N 46°33’54.7″E, October 8, 6am to 8am. For 15 years and above. SAR98 per person (includes bike, helmet and snacks). Tel: 050 116 7367. Register here. @deerbike_

5. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and an island vibe at this new spot, Ila

We’re not sure what people head to Ila more for – the Instagrammable restaurant interiors or the mouth-watering menu. Whichever it is you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. The pared-back coastal Boho-style décor at Ila makes for a calming space. The look is tranquil and chic. Plates include classic breakfast dishes like egg benedict, shakshuka served on sourdough, granola bowl, French toast and fluffy pancakes.

Ila Restaurant, Backyard, Second Floor, King Abdul Aziz Rd, Al Yasmin, Riyadh 13326, Mon to Sat 8am to 3pm. Tel: 050 393 9432. @ila.ksa

6. Visit the Riyadh International Book Fair

Bookworms, rejoice. From bestselling novels to textbooks and graphic novels to religious publications, there’s something for everyone at the fair. As part of its activities, the exhibition will host the “Book Talk” event, which will be addressed by prominent thinkers, authors, and celebrities, where they will share with the audience their inspiring and unique experiences of writing and authoring. There will also be workshops, dialogue sessions, training courses, poetry and art evenings, apart from live cooking shows and children’s activities.

Riyadh International Book Fair 2021, Riyadh Front Expo, now until October 10, 10am to 11pm. Register here. @rybookfair

7. Go for desert hiking at the Red Sand Dunes

Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a quiet appreciation of the natural beauty, you can find it in this unforgettable corner of the Red Sand Dunes. Join the Riyadh Trips group and explore the scenic hiking trail by walking barefoot on the desert sand dunes. The tour also includes shared transfers and dinner.

Red Sand Dunes Hiking Tour, October 8, 2.45pm to 10pm. SAR200 per person. Meeting point at Al Rimaya store (Laban branch) at 2pm. Tel: 056 223 4171. @riyadhtrips

Saturday October 9

8. Go out birdwatching to celebrate October Big Day of Birding 2021

As part of the second Global Bird Weekend and in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, October 9 is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October Big Day. This global event is an all-day birding bonanza during which birdwatchers around the world will try to tally as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. Simply sign up for an eBird account on the mobile app and submit your bird sightings. Even just reporting what you see and hear in your backyard will help.

You can download the app for iOS or Android. SaudiBirding.com

9. Sing along and belt out your favourite Disney songs


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Your favourite Disney Princesses and Disney songs are coming to King Fahad Cultural Centre with the Disney Princess – The Concert. The live concert features acclaimed Broadway singers celebrating Disney Princesses in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation and stories. Fans are also encouraged to dress up in their best royal attire.

Disney Princess – The Concert, King Fahad Cultural Centre, 4.30pm & 6.30pm. Prices start from SAR450. Book your tickets here.

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