8 great things to do in Riyadh this week: June 19 to 22

Let’s welcome the new week with a big smile on your face…

Discover some of the best things to do in Riyadh over the next few days. So, whether you’re after fashion pop-up events, a yoga class, a whole night of music event, or ways to kickstart your week, we’ve got you covered.

Here are eight great things to do in Riyadh this week.

Sunday June 19

1. Shop at the Cactus District pop-up


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If you need your local shopping fix, today’s the last day of the Cactus District pop-up event at the Jareed Hotel. For the uninitiated, Cactus District – founded by Bahraini entrepreneur Zainab Al Ebrahim –is a unique three-day seasonal pop-up event that brings together a hand-picked selection of high-end regional and international fashion, and jewellery, home and beauty brands to cater to a fashion-forward lifestyle. A few brands and designers participating in this Riyadh edition of Cactus District are the minimal ready-to-wear pieces by Saudi designer Alanoud AlSalem, as well as UAE’s Aeon Jewellery and Riyadh’s The Annex Online for everyday-wear jewellery.

Cactus District, June 19, 5pm to 11pm, The Living Room, Second Floor, Jareed Hotel, Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Road, The Boulevard Riyadh, Riyadh 11321. @cactusdistrict

2. Tuck into mouth-watering tapas at Azure


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Tootle on over to Azure at Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya Hotel and treat your tastebuds to the finest tapas around. From patatas bravas and chicken and fish croquettes to garlic prawns and beef balls, there’s something to satisfy everyone. Wash down your food with the Spanish beer on offer here and make a night of it.

Fiesta de Tapas, Sun to Thurs 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Azure Spanish Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya Hotel, Olaya St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 11433. SAR180+ per person. Tel: 053 341 1234. @azureriyadh

Monday June 20

3. Enjoy midweek deals at Al Watan Park

Families descend on the Al Watan Park for the dozens of accessible rides for children. The theme park features old-time classics like the miniature Ferris wheel and some adventurous rides where kids pilot their own flying planes. Better yet, you can enter for free from Sunday to Wednesday if you purchase a game ticket (SAR10) or the game’s wristband (SAR40). You can also enjoy a great stay in one of its chalet rentals, which includes a swimming pool, for just SAR180 from Saturdays to Thursdays.

Al Watan Park, Riyadh Water Tower, King Saud Rd, Al Futah, Riyadh 12632, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: 050 033 8844. @alwatan_p

Tuesday June 21

4. De-stress, stretch out and get a sweat on


Yoga is a low-impact movement ideal for all bodies that relieves stress and anxiety and improves flexibility. This month, to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, Pure Yoga Studio offers one complimentary class for all those whose birthday falls on June 21. Not your birthday? You can still enjoy the yoga classes at 50 per cent off.

Pure Yoga, Pure Centre, 3260 Al Takhassousi, Al Mohammadiyah, Riyadh 12364. The offer is for classes on June 21 only. Booking can be made via the Pure Yoga app. @pureyogasa

5. Treat Dad to a BBQ night at Seven Restaurant

Seven Restaurant Charcoal Night

For one day only, Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road serves a BBQ buffet at Seven Restaurant, where dads eat for free. Indulge Dad in an array of BBQ favourites, from its live cooking stations to fresh and flavourful salads and decadent desserts.

“Dads Eat on the House Charcoal Night”, Seven Restaurant, June 21, 7pm to 11pm, Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road, Al Murooj District, Olaya Street, Riyadh 11491. SAR230 for adults & SAR115 for children. Dads dine for free when accompanied by at least one adult. Tel: 011 521 0000. @courtyardriyadhnorthernring

6. Celebrate World Music Day with MDLBeast


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In celebration of World Music Day, MDLBeast is bringing together local and French artists and musicians to celebrate life and share the energy. Expect live DJ performances, open mic, new connections, and unforgettable vibes. So, come and spend Tuesday evening at Jax, listen to good music, and have a good time.

June 21, 7pm onwards, Biennale, Jax, Diriyah. Free entry. Register here. @mdlbeast

Wednesday June 22

7. Brunching at A.O.K is always a good idea

AOK Kitchen Riyadh

With a focus on nourishing and seasonal food, Kelly Landesberg’s all-day dining space, A.O.K Kitchen, has opened in KAFD. From freshly prepared acai bowls and gluten-free blueberry pancakes for breakfast to seabass ceviche and homemade gluten-free gnocchi served later in the day, its menu promises something for everyone.

A.O.K Kitchen, KAFD, Riyadh. @aokkitchensaudi

8. Gather with friends and family at huna


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AmCham Saudi Arabia and huna are teaming up to showcase the best in arts, culture and entertainment. Shop the latest local clothing designs and enjoy the variety of food concepts and music performances.

AmCham Event, June 22, 6.30pm to 9pm, huna Takhassusi, Panorama Mall. @iam.huna

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