12 fabulous things to do in Riyadh this weekend: August 24 to 26

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 fabulous things to do this weekend.

Thursday August 24

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

Try out LA’s Bianca restaurant and bakery


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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

Family-friendly fun at The Boulevard Riyadh

Keep your kids moving with these summer fun activities at The Boulevard Riyadh. There are various family games and activities for both kids and adults, such as basketball, bottle ring toss, and darts, which will keep everyone entertained and happy.

Summer Fun at The Boulevard Riyadh, Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Road, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, 24 & 25 Aug, 8pm to midnight. @theboulevard_riyadh

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.

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

Friday August 25

Up your hair game this summer


Wondering where best to book in for your hair overhaul? The Kerastase Hair & Scalp Spa has launched its newest hair care service – The Hammam Zait Experience. Prices start from SAR460 SAR for the 60-minute luxury treatment available exclusively at Riyadh U Walk and The Spa/Nail Shop Exit 5 branches. The luxurious Kerastase hair care treatment includes a restorative oil hair mask, followed by a relaxing shoulder and hand massage along with a hair treatment to suit the hair type of every customer. Along with a delightful herbal tea, the treatment is completed with a bouncy blow dry to leave you feeling fresh and ready for the day. Enjoy.

To book your treatment, please call 055 005 4122.

Sign the kiddos up for an art workshop


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Looking for a great way to get your kids involved in art? Sign them up for this interactive art workshop where they’ll get to create their own miniature city using cardboard materials. They will learn how to think out of the box and even enhance their teamwork skills. Plus, your child will be in great hands when you leave them at this three-hour workshop. Artsy Bugsy Studio is run by folks who are passionate about art and love children.

Art Workshop, Aug 25, 3pm to 6pm. For children ages six to 14. Book your spot here. SAR360 per person. @catalystv.sa

An all-female line-up to conclude the Gamers8 concert


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The best way to wrap up the last week of Gamers8 concerts in Riyadh? An all-female bill – from Australian rap goddess Iggy Azalea and South Korean DJ Soda with her rocking beats to the soulful voices of Egyptian singer Sherine and Zeina.

Gamers8 Concerts, 6pm onwards, Mohammed Abdo Arena, Boulevard Riyadh City, Riyadh. The price starts from SAR127. Book your tickets here. @gamers8_ar

Rock out to live music


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No night out is complete without live music. If you’re on the lookout for a casual spot that’s perfect for nightly gatherings with friends, The Warehouse at JAX District fits the bill to a T. Drop by on Friday August 25 for Saudi-based quartet Good Company as they amp up the vibe, promising electrifying performances.

The Warehouse, SAR80 per person. Doors open at 9pm. @twh_ksa

Saturday August 26

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

Strawberry picking at a local farm

What’s better than eating red, juicy strawberries? Picking them yourself. At Hanging Strawberry Gardens, you get to hand-select what you bring home while making memories and enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.

Hanging Strawberry Gardens, Al Amariah, Riyadh 13726, Tues & Sat 7am to sunset, Fri 7.30am to 10.30am & 1.30pm to sunset. SAR30 for each box of strawberries. Tel: 053 791 3881. @hanging_strawberry_gardens

An artful approach to belly dance


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Ladies who want to learn how to belly dance, this inspiring professional belly dance class is guaranteed to keep you dancing at your absolute best. Along with learning belly dancing techniques, this course will help you develop flexibility, fluidity of movement and core muscle strength. Bring your best long and flowy skirts as well as your eager-to-learn attitude.

Belly Dancing Workshop, Every Sat, 5pm to 7pm, Syrup Lounge. Tel: 011 228 8006. SAR130 per person. @syrupllc

Have a meal with the world’s tiniest chef


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Dining concept Le Petit Chef, the spontaneous, nomadic, and smallest animated chef in the world, is back at Le Meridien Riyadh to share another gourmet adventure: “Le Petit Chef & Friends.” The immersive dining experience takes place every Wednesday to Saturday until September 30 at Kazo restaurant, located on the ground floor of the hotel. There are two sittings for dinner: 6pm to 8pm and 9pm to 11pm.

Le Petit Chef & Friends, until Sept 30, Wed to Sat, 6pm to 8pm & 9pm to 11pm, Kazo, Le Meridien Riyadh, Riyadh 11544. Make your reservation here. SAR299 per person, SAR180 for a Junior Chef menu & SAR220 for a vegetarian menu. Tel: 059 837 0780. @lemeridienriyadh

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