12 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: Aug 31 to Sept 2

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 12 brilliant things to do this weekend.

Thursday August 31

Grab a sandwich at Joan’s on Third

Sandwiches at Joan’s on Third are the way to go – they’re simple, made with quality ingredients, and won’t have you looking for a snack an hour after you eat. The ficelle sandwich with veal ham and brie cheese and the maple chicken sandwich are worth a try, while vegetarians will enjoy the grilled cheese on white toast bread.

Joan’s on Third, Via Riyadh, Sun to Thu 2pm to midnight, Fri & Sat 2pm to 1am. @joansonthird_sa

Enjoy the last day to visit Diriyah for free


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It’s the last day in which access to At-Turaif and luxury fine-dining destination Bujairi Terrace is completely free and that you don’t need a pass to enter the area. For At-Turaif, entry is subject to availability, and for Bujairi Terrace, it’s highly recommended to have a reservation set up ahead of visiting.

Free access to Diriyah, At-Turaif and Bujairi Terrace, until Aug 31, daily 5pm to midnight (At-Turaif), Thu to Sat 10am to 1am (Bujairi Terrace). @visitdiriyah

A hilarious stand-up comedy extravaganza


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Tickle your funny bone with Riyadh Laughs, a weekly live comedy series organised by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City. So, head over to Muvi Cinema in Boulevard Riyadh City for fun times. The stand-up comedian line-up features a diverse selection of local, international, and regional talents. 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. Plus, there’s a special promotion where you buy a ticket and get the second one at 50 per cent discount.

Riyadh Laughs, Muvi Cinemas, Boulevard Riyadh City, 8.45pm. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR195 per person. @riyadhlaughs

Race around at Doos Karting

Keen to give go-karting a go? Then head to Doos Karting. At the Hitten location, you race 27HP electric karts around a 350-metre track, navigating multi-level spiral ramps. Single race packages are SAR140 while for two races, you’ll pay SAR180.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, daily 4pm to 12am. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

Two nights of epic raving


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Party people, get ready for a celebration of Riyadh’s burgeoning underground music scene, the Night Light music festival. Expect electrifying sets from local stars DJ Vinyl Mode, JEME, Moses, Narkbeat and Zone+, as well as Alaa Jazaeri, Dorar, Pink Bunny, NHA, and Madani Music. Music isn’t the only thing to look forward to at the massive festival, though. There will also be food trucks, cocktails, a face painting area so you can look festival-ready, and a photo booth where you can capture memorable moments at the festival with friends.

Night Light Riyadh, Al Ammariyah Village Resort, Aug 31 & Sep 1, 7pm to 3.30am. The price starts from SAR350. Book your spot here. @night_light_n

Friday September 1

Be immersed in the wonderful world of Hello Park

The world’s largest multimedia park chain, Hello Park, is located inside Panorama Mall. An interactive digital park for the whole family, this is an indoor attraction where little ones can let their imaginations run wild. Inside Hello Park, you’ll find multimedia games, physical installations and colourful projections, all created around themed narratives. For an hour, children cost SAR80 on weekdays and SAR100 on weekends, while up to four hours will set you back SAR150 on weekdays and SAR175 on weekends. Accompanying adult tickets are SAR25 on weekdays and SAR30 on weekends.

Hello Park, Panorama Mall, Takhasussi Street, Riyadh 12332, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: 053 114 5423. @hellopark.ksa

Sample Peruvian street food at COYA’s Para Picar Nights


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Head into COYA’s sleek interiors and be sure to pair your delicious finger food with the selection of refreshing Peruvian drinks.

COYA’s Para Picar Nights, until Sept 2, 8710 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St, As Sulimaniyah, 4237, Riyadh 12223, Sat to Wed 1pm to midnight, Thurs & Fri 1pm to 12.30am. SAR269 per person. Tel: 9200 10352. @coyariyadh

Catch your favourite Disney stories come to life on ice

This weekend, Disney On Ice presents “100 Years of Wonder” skates into Riyadh at the BLVD Arena in Boulevard Riyadh City. Relive magical Disney stories with all your favourite characters in a family experience featuring classic Disney songs, incredible stunts and world-class skating, leaving your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.

Disney On Ice, Aug 24 to Sept 20, Boulevard Riyadh City, BLVD Arena, Weekdays 5pm & 9pm, Weekends 2pm, 6pm & 10pm. Book your tickets here. The price ranges from SAR95 to SAR485. @riyadhseason

Grab your pals and chill out with shisha

Nothing brings together a group of people like game night, and Downtown Café is perfect for football fans. Watch your favourite team play on the different screens, enjoy a lounge-style menu and an extensive range of drinks, and chill out with shisha. Plus, the atmosphere at this spot is always lively.

Downtown Cafe, Musa Ibn Nusai St, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12241, daily 7.30am to 4am. Tel:011 293 2767. @downtowncafe5

Saturday September 2

Dine at Riyadh’s fancy food hall

Al Mamlaka

Eat your way through 21 dining experiences at Al Mamlaka Social Dining and discover worldwide cuisines and talented chefs all under one roof. Just be prepared to face the hardest decision of your life – what to order.

Al Mamlaka Social Dining, Kingdom Tower, Level 2, 8am to 5pm. @almamlakasocialdining

Check out the free Hijrah exhibition

The exhibition is currently on at the National Museum of Saudi Arabia until December 30. This is its second stop, the first one being the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, better known as Ithra. You’ll be seeing everything from the diverse and rich sections of history including antiquities, and documentaries in a narrative sequence of the events of migration from the pre-Islamic stage, up to the eight days of the journey with its conditions and facts, all the way to Medina.

Migration: In the Footsteps of the Messenger, National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Mon to Sat 9am to 7pm, Thu 9am to 10pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm. Book your free tickets here. @saudimuseum

Shake it off at Taylor Swift Night

Love yourself some T-Swift? The Warehouse at JAX District is hosting a karaoke night dedicated to celebrating the American pop star. Come dress up in your favourite era, prepare the songs you want to sing and make friendship bracelets so you can exchange them with fellow Swifties.

Taylor Swift Night, Sept 2, 8pm to midnight (Doors open at 7.30pm). The tickets are priced at SAR59 online and SAR79 at the gate. Book your tickets here. @taylorsnights.sa

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