10 exciting things to do in Riyadh this weekend: July 13 to 15

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Get the scoop on all the exciting things to do in Riyadh this weekend. Whether you’re the group planner searching for more things to do or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list.

Thursday July 13

Nothing quite like that freshly baked bread smell


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Never has there been a bakery that’s made us want to dive headfirst into a tray of croissants like Chestnut Bakery. Trust us; you’ll love their signature sourdoughs, indulgent twice-baked croissants, and handmade flatbreads.

Chestnut Bakery, Thurs to Sat 7am to 4pm, Sun to Wed 7am to 2pm, Pure Centre, 3213 As Safarjal, Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12364. @chestnut.sa

Check out a live version of the Harry Potter in Concert

Prepare to be captivated as the beloved film, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, comes to life, accompanied by the magnificent sound of a live symphony orchestra. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Harry Potter as iconic scenes unfold on a massive high-definition screen, perfectly synchronised with the spellbinding music composed by the legendary John Williams.

Harry Potter in Concert, Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, Red Theatre (Gate 4), Riyadh, July 13, 7.30pm & July 14, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Book your tickets here. @rcrcsa

Give your nails a little love


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Step up your next pamper session with a trip to Klar Nail Bar & Spa, where you can treat yourself (and your hands) to a slice of bliss in this city. This light and airy nail studio is known for its seasonal collections of nail designs and one-to-one bespoke nail services. An ideal spot if you fancy a day out with the girls or a little act of self-love. Maximise your relaxation with a massage and a cup of coffee or tea.

Klar Nail Bar & Spa, Fri 1pm to 10pm, Sat & Mon to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Midtown Complex, Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12243. Tel: 058 182 4342. @klar.spa

Friday July 14

So much dim sum to try


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A reliable favourite in the heart of Riyadh, Yauatcha is humbly serving some delicious yum cha brunch set menu every Friday and Saturday. The dim sum here truly shines. Expect various dumplings and rolls that will satisfy your palate and fulfil your yum cha craving.

Yum Cha Brunch, Fri & Sat noon to 6pm, SAR270 per person. Yauatcha, Mode Mall – The District Al Faisaliah, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212. @yauatchariyadh

Catch the Gamers8 concert


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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. On Friday July 14, rapper Macklemore will bring his beats in a live performance in this second concert, which will also feature singer Mohamed Hamaki and DJs R3hab and Sharkk Music.

Gamers8 Week 2 Concert, July 14, 6pm, Mohammed Abdu Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. Tickets for the Gamers8 concerts are priced from SAR159 and can be purchased via the Gamers8 website.

Yoga under the stars

Looking for a unique ladies’ night? Unwind this weekend by escaping to the desert and partaking in a special ladies-only yoga event. Aside from spending your evening rejuvenating your mind and body, it will be packed with other fun activities, complete with a delicious dinner.

Ladies’ Yoga Event, July 14, 5pm to 10pm, King Khalid Royal Reserve. Book your spot here. SAR250 per person. @thedesertland

Get the giggles at this stand-up comedy show


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They say laughter is the best medicine, and we’ve got just the prescription for you right here: “Riyadh Laughs” stand-up comedy series featuring local and international talents. There are three shows happening this weekend from July 13 to 15, but if you’d like to catch an English performance, hit up Muvi Cinemas at Boulevard Riyadh City on Friday July 14 for rollin’ laughs with comedians Ali Al Sayed, Mina Liccione and Liz Bains. So, gather the troops and enjoy popcorn, drinks, and chuckle-worthy jokes.

Riyadh Laughs, July 13 to 15, 8.15pm, Muvi Cinemas, Boulevard Riyadh City. Only 15-year-olds and above are allowed. Book your tickets here. SAR175 per person. @smileentksa

Saturday July 15

Plant a seed for free this summer

AOK Kitchen plant a seed

A.O.K Kitchen encourages you to deepen your connection with Earth by planting a seed at their newly launched Garden. If you’re dining in for a meal this Saturday between noon and 4pm, simply duck out to the Garden on its terrace, plant a rosemary or mint sprig in a small pot, take it home and watch it grow.

A.O.K Kitchen, KAFD. Tel: 9200 25304. @aokkitchensaudi

Experience a kaleidoscope of colours


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Lift Art Gallery presents its upcoming exhibition, ‘Global Colour Explosion’, featuring five incredible artists from around the world. Expect a diverse range of artworks showcasing the power of colours and their unique perspectives. This exhibition promises to ignite your imagination and transport you to new artistic realms.

Lift Exclusive Social Art Club, Sat, Mon & Wed 11am to 11pm, Sun, Tues, Thurs & Fri 4pm to 10pm, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 12332. @gallery.lift

A day of fun and amusement at Planet X

You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a whole other world at this state-of-the-art, multi-function entertainment centre. PlanetX doesn’t disappoint with its selection of games and attractions, catering to different age groups, from the young to the young at heart. Think VR games for when you want to escape reality, cracking the code under pressure in the exciting escape rooms, and thrilling rounds of arcade games to keep you entertained all day long.

Planet X, daily 4pm to midnight, The Zone, Gate 2, 3422 Khalifah Ibn Badi, Al Mohammadiyyah, 7326, Riyadh 12364. @planetx.sa

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