8 awesome things to do in Riyadh this weekend: July 21 to 23

Happy weekend…

If you’re looking for ways to spend the weekend in Riyadh, you’re in the right place. From art workshops and exhibitions to an indoor concert and a Spanish-themed brunch, here are eight awesome things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday July 21

1. Beat the heat with a nice cool treat


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It’s that time of the year. Ice cream season. You’re feeling the sweltering temperatures. And if it’s cool ice cream you like, pop by Find Salt as they have just dropped their latest summer flavour: coconut. We recommend getting the mango coconut sundae – luscious mango with refreshing coconut is a fool-proof flavour pairing combination. Absolute indulgence.

Find Salt, various locations, including U Walk, from 1pm. @findsalt

2. Create your own hand-printed fabric

Creating art you can wear is a great way to show off your style and personality. This four-day workshop at the Misk Art Institute will guide participants in creating one-of-a-kind hand-printed fabrics using screen printing. Participants will also gain a basic understanding of the techniques of silkscreen printing onto fabrics with water-based inks.

Introduction to Textile Printing (Beginner), July 21 to 24, 4pm to 8pm, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Arts Hall. More details here. @miskartinst

3. Attend the Gamers8 concert


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Topping the bill at week two of the Gamers8 concert is Axwell, the star DJ and member of house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia. The night also features top performances from Iraqi DJ Aseel, Emirati singer Balqees, and Egyptian favourite Hamaki.

Gamers8, NXT LVL Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, 7.15pm to 1am. The price starts from SAR150. Book your tickets here. @gamers8_en

Friday July 22

4. Have a fiesta at Fiesta Andalucia brunch


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Celebrate the culture and food of Spain’s Andalucia region at Azure’s brunch buffet, featuring live cooking stations. The menu presents an array of mouth-watering Andalucian delights, including tapas, paella, and grilled lamb leg. Wash it down with good ol’ sangria, all whilst you sit back and enjoy some Spanish music – a sophisticated way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Fiesta Andalucía Brunch, July 22, 12.30pm to 4pm, Azure, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya. SAR250+ per person, half price for children ages seven to 12, and free for children below six. Reservations can be made here. Tel: 053 341 1234. @azureriyadh

5. Catch Russell Crowe in the greatest boxing story never told

“Prizefighter” explores the life and career of Jem Belcher, a Bristol bare-knuckle prizefighter and Champion of All England in the early 19th century, who became a working-class hero and pop-culture icon. The historical setting offers a unique location for the boxing genre, and with its set of talented actors, the film could be a worthy prize to watch.

Biography, Rating R18, 1h 47min. Book your tickets here.

Saturday July 23

6. Shop the Amazon Prime Day deals

Amazon.sa Prime Day

Amazon’s biggest sale of the year, Prime Day, is back. Offering Prime members two days of epic deals across every category, you can shop products from top local and international brands such as Samsung, Bose, Pampers, DeLonghi, LEGO, and Bosch. What’s more, new deals – from fashion and electronics to toys and home appliances – will go live throughout Prime Day, offering savings on products across categories. Don’t miss it.

Prime Day, July 23 & 24. Amazon.sa

7. Enjoy the immersive displays at Jax Arts Festival

It’s the last day of the Jax Arts Festival. Appreciate interactive art from artworks inspired by local culture and Saudi history and a video art display with sound and visual effects to a journey through the Kingdom’s various regions and the Italian Renaissance. The festival consists of six exhibitions centred on the five senses: touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight. There is also a collaboration of local and international restaurants and musical performances.

Jax Arts Festival, Diriyah Biennale Foundation, until July 23, 5pm to midnight. Free entry. Book your tickets here. @mocsaudi

8. Tuck into Café Bateel’s new summer menu

Cafe Bateel Minestrone

Inspired by the wholesome flavours of the Mediterranean summer, highlights from the new seasonal menu at Café Bateel include the Minestrone soup with mini meatballs, the wild black cod served on a bed of Basque-style chickpeas, and the braised short rib cannelloni. Vegans can also look forward to their new breakfast selections, such as Bateel Porridge. It tastefully melds Bateel’s all-natural date syrup with quinoa, chia seeds, rolled oats, and almond milk served with fresh bananas and summer berries, topped with roasted coconut flakes. If it’s delectable desserts that you’re craving, the rich and creamy date tres leches and the sweet-tangy lemon tart will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Café Bateel, various locations, including Oud Square, Diplomatic Quarter, daily 7am to 1am. @cafe.bateel

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