10 amazing things to do in Riyadh this weekend: July 27 to 29

Get ready for an amazing weekend…

Whether you’re looking to fill it with fun stuff or just have a chilled one, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied. From family-friendly activities to an underground fest, we’ve got the best things to do in Riyadh this weekend right here.

Here are 10 amazing things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday July 27

Elevate your lunch experience at Robata


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Robata (@robatasaudi)

Important numbers to mill over? Client pitching in a casual environment? Here’s introducing Robata’s Executive Table – Summer Tasting Menu. Located in the Hittin district, Robata is a great spot for a client or team meeting. Impress them with the slick decor that the place boasts, then treat them to delicious Japanese food.

Robata, Executive Table – Summer Tasting Menu (SAR250 per person), Sun to Thurs 1pm to 6pm, The Canopy, Riyadh 13512. Tel: 9200 05613. @robatasaudi

Try this state-of-the-art virtual reality experience

Prepare to be transported to a new world at Dreamscape’s first-ever experience in Saudi Arabia. Located on the first floor of Riyadh Park Mall, the venue features four epic adventures to provide visitors with the magic of immersive and full-sensory storytelling. Guests are invited to soar to new heights and perform a daring rescue mission in DreamWorks Dragons: Flight Academy; a journey to a wildlife refuge of intergalactic creatures in Alien Zoo; leap into a daring adventure to find a cursed treasure in Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure; or suit up as agents and save the universe from the extra-terrestrial world in MIB: First Assignment.

Dreamscape, First Floor, Riyadh Park Mall, Gate 3, Sat to Wed 11am to 12.30am, Thurs 11am to 2.30am & Fri 1pm to 2.30am. Suitable for ages 10 and above. @dreamscapeksa

Two epic nights of unforgettable rave fun

Dance, dream, and dive into the rhythm of the night at this two-day music festival by El Parad. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Tulum vibes with international DJs Savage & She, accompanied by a line-up of talented local artists, such as Vinyl Mode, Darko Delix, K.Led, Dabous, Dorar and UN4ML on Thursday July 27, and RDJ, Jeme, Alaa Jazari, Narkbeat and O2 on Friday July 28. Don’t forget to dress in your coolest boho chic or all-white outfit as a dress code is in place.

El Parad – Tulum Fest in Riyadh, July 27 & 28, 7pm to 3.30am, Durma Resort Al Reef, LTGA2973, Jaww 19838. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR350. @elparad.official

Friday July 28

Catch the Gamers8 concert


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Gamers8 (@gamers8_ar)

MDLBeast, the leader in the music entertainment industry, has announced a series of musical concerts to be held during Gamers8 2023, the world’s largest gaming and esports festival. The concerts will feature some of the biggest Arab and international star singers and DJs, bringing the best of music to the gaming world in the second edition of the festival hosted in Riyadh. Get ready to rock and roll with Imagine Dragons, Saudi band Good Company, Mishaal Tamer, Jordanian band Autostrad, and DJ Loush on Friday July 28.

Gamers8 Week 4 Concert, July 28, 6pm, Mohammed Abdu Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. @gamers8_ar

Unleash your inner diva and take part in chair dancing


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Syrup LLC (@syrupllc)

Ladies, it’s time to strut it at this exciting chair dancing workshop. In the 90-minute session, you will learn the basics of using a chair as a prop in dancing and explore your body by expressing emotion through movement. So, jump into the hot seat and feel the burn as you work your way through this easy-to-follow dance form.

Syrup Lounge, 9038 Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Road, An Narjis, Riyadh 13324, 7.30pm to 9pm. SAR160 per person. Book your tickets here. Tel: 011 228 8006. @syrupllc

A hilarious stand-up comedy extravaganza


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Riyadh (@riyadhlaughs)

Tickle your funny bone with Riyadh Laughs, a weekly (happening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until November 11) live comedy series organised by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City. So, head over to Muvi Cinema in Boulevard Riyadh City for fun times. Upcoming international acts on the performing line-up include Ken Garr, Julian Dean and Dana Alexander performing on Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29. Oh, and if you’re perfectly capable of laughing at yourself, take a seat at the front – you’ll likely find yourself the target of some good-natured ribbing.

Riyadh Laughs, Muvi Cinemas, Boulevard Riyadh City, 8.15pm. Book your tickets here. SAR245 per person. @riyadhlaughs

Celebrate Peru National Day at COYA


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by COYA • RIYADH (@coyariyadh)

Friday July 28 is Peru Independence Day and COYA is celebrating with a delicious culinary event and transforming its space into a giant party. This one-night-only event will also feature live performances, including a cajon drummer and the resident DJ Viva. See you there.

COYA, 8710 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, 4237, Riyadh 12223. Book your table here. Tel: 9200 10352. @coyariyadh

Saturday July 29

Enjoy a morning ride in nature


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Horse tours (@horse_tours)

In need of a break from the stresses of everyday life? Then this hour-long horse-riding tour in a stunningly rugged scenery is ideal for you. Trustworthy horses, great local guides, and breathtaking views. There is riding to suit everyone from novices to experts.

Morning Hours Horse Tours, every Fri & Sat, 5.15am & 6.30am. SAR250 per person. Tel: 056 220 6992. @horse_tours

A galaxy of fun inside the Kids Dome at Gamers8

Kids Dome Barbie

Looking for a place to keep the kids entertained? With more than 14 incredible activities and 20 daily shows on stage, a visit to Kids Dome at the world’s biggest gaming and esports festival will provide so much fun. They can design their own Barbie, revel in old-school gaming favourites like Pac-Man and Tetris, or go ultra-modern and become a VR Fruit Ninja master. Kids Dome is a dedicated game-themed area set up for young children – but don’t be surprised if the adults enjoy it just as much.

Kids Dome, Gamers8: The Land of Heroes, Boulevard Riyadh City, until Aug 31, 5pm to midnight. @gamers8_ar

Check out Riyadh’s premier luxury food market

If you’re tired of the same old dining options in Riyadh, it’s time to explore Via Mercato, an upscale food hall that offers an array of artisanal and speciality food products, as well as various retail offerings. It’s also decked out with a caviar bar, a pizzeria, a sushi bar, a rotisserie and a dedicated cheese shop. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a hearty dinner, Via Mercato has you covered.

Via Mercato, daily 10am to midnight, Via Riyadh, Ground Floor, Makkah Al Mukarramah Rd, Al Hada, Riyadh 12912. @viamercato.sa

Images: Provided / Instagram