7 fantastic things to do in Riyadh this weekend: March 17 to 19

Happy weekend…

Looking for some activities to fill your weekend? We’ve got you covered. Riyadh’s social calendar is packed with things to do, from the biggest costume party and show-jumping competition to a leisurely walk and tapas night.

Here are seven fantastic things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday March 17

1. Go for a trail walk

This casual stroll through the DQ wadi is both easy and scenic, making it ideal for novices while still enjoyable for the city’s most seasoned hikers. It is a flat trail that features plenty of scenery to take in along the way. So, get ready to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy one of the last cooler mornings of Riyadh spring.

Diplomatic Quarter, Meeting Point: Oud Square, 8am. @riyadh_women_gettingfit

2. Get free entry to Riyadh Season’s Boulevard Riyadh City

Here’s how. Don your favourite costume and join in the fun at the Kingdom’s biggest costume party. Simply dress up as an anime or superhero character on March 17 or a movie or TV show character on March 18, and you’ll have free access to the Boulevard Riyadh City and the Winter Wonderland. You’ll also get a chance to win daily prizes for the best-dressed costume, including a car and PlayStation 5 console.

Boulevard Riyadh City & Winter Wonderland, only on March 17 & 18. @riyadhseason

Friday March 18

3. Watch a show-jumping competition

Featuring family-friendly entertainment and world-class equestrian sport, the show-jumping competition at AlBaitouni Equestrian is the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon. For members who wish to compete as a rider, the height categories available are 60cm for the novice riders and 80cm and 100cm open classes. You won’t want to miss this action-packed event.

AlBaitouni Equestrian, Riyadh 11411, March 18, 3.30pm. SAR50 per person. Tel: 055 214 0214. @equestrian_center_ksa

4. Enjoy a taste of Spain

Tapas Night at Azure

For laid-back dining in a fun and relaxed setting, head to Azure at Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya. Settle yourself in for a feast of epic proportions with a menu jam-packed with Spanish classics, from patatas bravas and gambas to mixed olives and croquettes.

Tapas Night at Azure, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Olaya St, Riyadh 12213, every Friday until March 25, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. SAR199 per person. Make your reservations here. Tel: 053 341 1234. @hyattregencyriyadholaya

5. Catch Jamaican rapper Sean Paul live

Sean Paul

The Grammy-winning hitmaker will be bringing his distinct voice, catchy rhythms, and dancehall and reggae vibes to the International Arena Boulevard Plus in Boulevard Riyadh City for one epic night. For his Riyadh gig on March 18, concert-goers can take advantage of two packages: SAR50 for the standing arena or SAR500 for the VIP. Plus, only those above 12 years are allowed.

Sean Paul Live Concert, International Arena Boulevard Plus, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh 13516, March 18, 8pm to midnight. SAR50 for the standing area and SAR500 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday March 19

6. Have a long, leisurely brunch


End your weekend right with a leisurely garden brunch at Meraki. The menu will celebrate contemporary Greek cooking in a chic and vibrant setting. Brunchers looking for a tipple can choose from Meraki’s innovative mocktail menu. Plus, enjoy live music performances by musicians and bands, and soak in the good vibes with DJ Romaan spinning the best tracks to bask in the brunch buzz.

Garden Brunch, Meraki Riyadh, Al Moatasem Street, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, every Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. SAR395 per person. Tel: 9200 01050. @merakiriyadh

7. Check out the new B&Q store


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Shop for everything you need to complete your home and garden project. Step into a B&Q store, and you will find everything and anything from kitchen and bathroom, building and hardware, tools and equipment to tiling and flooring, heating and plumbing, painting and decorating, lighting and electrical and outdoor and garden.

B&Q, Eastern Ring Road, Al Faruq, Coordinates: MQ5P+C5, Riyadh 12863, daily 9am to 11.45pm. @bandqksa