7 fun things to do in Riyadh this weekend: August 17 to August 19

It’s finally the weekend…

After a long wait, the weekend is here and if you’re anything like us, you want to make this one count. And luckily for us, there is so much happening when it comes to things to do in Riyadh this weekend. From cool new menus at restaurants to relaxing yoga trips, here’s everything you need to do.

Thursday August 17

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 King Abdulaziz Center 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

Enjoy Mykonos vibes here in MNKY HSE Riyadh


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MNKY HSE is a contemporary Latin American offering an exquisite tailored party experience in the heart of Riyadh. This weekend you can expect to experience all the party vibes of Mykonos at the restaurant complete with London’s DJ Chad performing, saxophone entertainment, and Greek-inspired specials until Friday August 25.

MNKY HSE, 6927 Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Al Awal Rd, Hittin, Mon to Wed 6.30pm to 1am, Thu to Fri 6.30pm to 2am, Sat 6.30pm to 1am. @mnkyhseksa

Friday August 18

Catch Tyga, Steve Aoki and more at the Gamers8 concerts


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Major rap sensation Tyga will be performing in Riyadh super soon for the second time alongside massive American DJ and music producer Steve Aoki, Myriam Fares and local DJ sensation Cosmicat.

Gamers8 concerts, Boulevard Riyadh City. Book your ticket here. @gamers8_ar

Dig into Gymkhana’s new menu


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The Michelin-starred Indian fine dining restaurant is open outside of London for the first time for Gymkhana Riyadh. Guests at Gymkhana Saudi can expect the same level of flavour and experience as those in Mayfair. To celebrate India’s Independence Day, the venue is serving an exclusive five-course tasting menu in Via Riyadh.

Gymkhana Riyadh, Via Riyadh, Al Hada, daily 7pm to 1am. @gymkhana.sa

Saturday August 19

Relax on the yoga trip with Kan Ya Ma Kan


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Everyone needs one of those days when you can just relax, and Kan Ya Ma Kan is hosting a rejuvenating yoga trip on Saturday. You can attend a bread-baking workshop, a social dinner, and a yoga class for ladies-only.

Yoga trip by KYMK, Kan Ya Ma Kan Farm, Al Ammarya,  5pm to 1opm. @kymk.sa

Play Padel at North Padel


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Padel’s one of the most popular sports in Riyadh, and there’s a brand-new venue you can play the sport. North Padel is currently in its soft opening stage and is offering 20 per cent off on every booking.

North Padel, Al Imam Saud Ibn Faysal Rd, As Sahafah, daily 6pm to 2am. @northpadel.sa

Try out LA’s Bianca restaurant and bakery in Riyadh


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The upscale restaurant strikes the perfect balance between comfort and quality, making for a welcoming atmosphere. The venue offers an elevated dining experience transcending guests to a European destination right in the heart of Riyadh.

Bianca Riyadh, Via Riyadh, Al Hada. @bianca.saudi

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