6 fantastic things to do in Riyadh this weekend: May 5 to 7

Fitness classes, music festivals and sweet treats to order in…

It’s already the weekend, and if you’re looking for things to do in Riyadh, you’re in the right place. If it’s music you’re into, why not check-out an invite-only boutique music festival? Or there’s fitness classes, brunches and breakfasts all to enjoy.

Here are six brilliant ways to spend the weekend in Riyadh.

Thursday May 5

Get loud at a boutique music festival

Freaks of Nature, the boutique two-day dance music festival, heads to Ammariyah this weekend. Featuring local and international electronic music artists performing unique sets, visual artists, an entertainment village, pop up stores and food and beverages, there’s something for everyone. Tickets for the invite-only music festival start from SAR700.

Freaks of Nature, Ammariyah, 6pm onwards, Thursday May 5 to Frida May 6, from SAR700. freaksofnature.me.

Enjoy a sweat session at one of Riyadh’s top studios

Looking to check out a new fitness class in Riyadh? Why not sign up to 1Rebel, the top fitness studio that hails from London? There’s currently an Eid promotion where you’ll get two months of unlimited classes for SAR1,495. There’s a dedicated male club, Sahafa, in Orchid Center, as well as the separate female-only club called Rabi in Elite Center. Reshape, At both studios, you can test your skills at Rebel’s signature ‘Rumble’ and ‘Reflex’ sessions, while Rabi also runs ‘Ride’ classes, and guys can give ‘Reshape’ a go at Sahafa.

1Rebel, Orchid Center (men only) and Elite Center (ladies only), two month unlimited pass SAR1,495. 1rebel.com/sa

Friday May 6

Enjoy a sumptuous feast at one of Riyadh’s best brunches

If you are looking for an umarket Friday brunch in Riyadh, Al Orjouan at The Ritz-Carlton is a sophisticated and cosy all-rounder. Savour delicious Antipasti filled with a selection of cold cuts, smoked salmon and marinated vegetables, a selection of fresh patisseries, and a hearty spread of contemporary dishes and local delights. Junior guests are not forgotten, with special-sized entrees and dishes.

Al Orjouan, The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Makkah Al Mukarramah Rd, Al Hada Area, Riyadh 11493, Friday Buffet Brunch noon to 5pm. Sar325 for adults & Sar160 for children aged six to 12. Tel: 011 802 8333. @ritzcarltonruh

See Egyptian star Tamer Hosny live

Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny will perform live at Riyadh’s  Abu baker Salem stage on Friday May 6 as part of an Eid entertainment line-up. The singer, actor and producer, who has some 22 million followers on Instagram, will perform a roster of his top hits, including Kol Mara, Bent El Eh and Aktar Haga.

Abu baker Salem stage, Riyadh Boulevard, 8pm onwards, Friday May 6, from SAR 275. ticketingboxoffice.com

Saturday May 7

Tuck into an all-day breakfast at Chapter

Hit up this café for your dose of breakfast delights any time of the day. The open and light-filled venue is a lively hub of activity, with swarms of locals keen to get a taste of the renowned breakfast menu with their morning coffee. There will likely be a line, but it moves quickly.

Chapter, 8113 Ath Thumamah Road, Ar Rabi, Riyadh 13315 4083, daily 7am to 6pm. Tel: 050 231 2406. @chapter.sa

Order a sweet treat from The Baker Boys

Baklawa cheesecake, basque cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate brownies… whatever you’re in the mood for, The Baker Boys are the new dessert shop to know about in Riyadh. The just launched bakery is based in Rahmaniyyah and delivers to the local area via the hungerstation app.

Order via hungerstation.com