10 wonderful things to do in Riyadh this weekend: October 27 to 29

Cheers to the weekend…

Looking for activities to do with your friends and family? Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh.

Here are ten wonderful things to do this weekend.

Thursday October 27

1. Explore contemporary art at Ahlam Gallery


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In celebration of its opening, Ahlam Gallery is hosting a visual art exhibition by Dr Ahlam Alshedoukhy, a self-taught contemporary Saudi artist. It’s the last night that Dr Ahlam’s artworks will be on display, so stop by the gallery to check out her latest exhibition, “To Blossom”. Through her art, she expresses customs and inherited beliefs, the individual versus the collective identity, and the meaning of belonging and containment. However, what we love the most about the exhibition is the melange of bold colours used by the artist in the collection of artworks on display. Don’t miss it.

To Blossom Art Exhibition, until Oct 27, 5pm to 10pm, Ahlam Gallery, Olaya St, Al Mousa Centre, Gate 1, First Floor, Riyadh 12221. @ahlamgallery.sa

2. Immerse in the world of Anime

Anime lovers, are you ready for the Saudi Anime Expo? There will be more than 30 booths offering unique experiences and entertaining activities, and a live stage where famous Anime celebrities will perform live shows and organise a cosplay competition. You can also expect lots of photo opportunities around real-life size Anime figures and rare collectables all the way from Japan. And, of course, don’t leave the expo without trying the various Japanese cuisine at the on-site cafés and restaurants.

Saudi Anime Expo, Oct 27 to 29, 4pm to midnight, Riyadh Front. Book your tickets here. The entry ticket starts from SAR50. @riyadhseason

3. Set the mood for the spooky season by watching “Prey For The Devil”

Just like Christmas has its music and Valentine’s Day has chocolates, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the movies accompanying it. And a real horror buff will enjoy Prey For The Devil. Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist… but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until now, these schools have only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism – but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognises Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Thrusting onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Ann soon realises the Devil has her right where he wants her.

Prey For The Devil, Horror / Thriller, Rating R15, 1h 33 min. Book your tickets here.

4. Practise a little outdoor yoga to end the week

Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned yogi, an outdoor yoga class is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with yourself and nature. Enjoy the fresh air on your face as you move through yoga poses, slowing your soul under the stars with the guidance of a friendly instructor. Plus, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this yoga class will be free for everyone affected by breast cancer.

Yoga to Reconnect, Oct 27, 10pm, Pure Yoga, Riyadh 12364. Booking via @pureyogasa

Friday October 28

5. 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, Oct 28, 12.30pm to 4pm, Azure, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya. SAR256+ per person, half price for children ages seven to 12, and free for children below six. Reservations can be made here. The Fiesta Andalucía Brunch is held on the last Friday of every month. Tel: 053 341 1234. @azureriyadh

6. Experience the finest chocolates by ROYCE’

If you ask us, every day of the year is the right time for chocolate. And for those who still haven’t tried ROYCE’, a renowned Japanese brand that produces a range of chocolates and sweet treats, don’t knock it till you try it because, seriously, they’re so good. So, swing by their shops to see their full selection of chocolates. The good news is if you spend a minimum of SAR130 at ROYCE’ Chocolate, you’ll get a complimentary box of the incredibly rich and smooth Nama chocolate that melts deliciously in the mouth and comes with a sprinkling of decadent cocoa powder on top (while stocks last).

ROYCE’ Chocolate, various locations, including Kingdom Centre and Panorama Mall, Riyadh. @roycechocolate_gcc

7. Experience rooftop dining at KAFD


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KAFD is hosting its inaugural ‘Level 23’, a dinner club celebrating food and fine dining by bringing diners together to unwind in a chic and opulent setting. The ‘Level 23’ dinner club is part of a series of events taking place every weekend over the next few months at KAFD. On Friday October 28, Nick Alvis, the culinary ambassador at Folly, one of Dubai’s most popular and respected restaurants, will delight diners with his interpretations of recipes from the “Cooking Her Heritage” book, which celebrates the Kingdom’s cuisine. Enjoy a seven-course culinary experience accompanied by music by local artists.

‘Level 23’ KAFD Dinner Club, Oct 28, 7.30pm to 11pm, KAFD Area 4, Level 23. Make your reservations here. SAR1,000 per person. @kafd

Saturday October 29

8. Gear up for a fantastic experience of horse riding


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Get the wildlife experience while riding in Riyadh and spend a fun-filled day with your family. Suitable for beginners and first-timers, you’ll enjoy a fantastic horse-riding session on the off-road track amidst the stunningly rugged scenery.

Horse Riding Experience, Oct 29, 6am, Riyadh. Book your horse-riding experience here. SAR375 per person. @with.horse.riders

9. Explore the world of Blippi at Winter Wonderland

If your child is a member of the five-and-under club, you might have heard of YouTube star Blippi. And now, your toddlers can get ready for a fun journey inside Blippi’s world at the new Riyadh Season’s Winter Wonderland. Feed your kids’ curiosity while they learn about vehicles, animals, the natural world, and so much more. Other highlights at this year’s Winter Wonderland include the Snow Forest and Trees of White, an outdoor skating rink with various ice sculptures, family-friendly rides such as Double Loop, Apollo 13, Endeavor, and Ferris Wheel, Dead Wood for those who want to have some spooky experiences, as well as Lol Experiments and Science Factory for children to enjoy.

Riyadh Season Winter Wonderland, until Dec 22, weekdays 4pm to 1am, weekends 4pm to 2am. Book your tickets here. The entry ticket is priced at SAR55 for weekdays and SAR110 for weekends. @riyadhseason

10. Check out this art show and pet adoption event

Find your new furry family member at the Art for Paws Social Event. Organised in collaboration with Rahmah Animal Shelter, the public is invited to this event to benefit pets in need of a home. In addition, there will be an animal-inspired art show curated by French expat Cecilia Pitre, plus tons of fun all in one place.

Art for Paws Social Event, Oct 29, 6pm to 10pm, Rahmah Shelter (Coordinates: PHFV+H6). @rahmah_ksa

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