7 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: September 28 to 30

Cheers to the weekend…

Can you believe it’s the last weekend of September? If you still haven’t made plans yet, we’ve rounded up a few options for you. Gear up and grab your crew for a day of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh.

Here are seven brilliant things to do this weekend.

Thursday September 28

Celebrate all things coffee

Love yourself some Saudi coffee? Then check out the Saudi Coffee Festival in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District. The festival aims to celebrate the rich heritage of Saudi coffee and its importance in Saudi culture. Look forward to coffee-tasting areas from all over the Kingdom, artisan booths, a modern coffee roaster, an exhibitors’ area, a restaurant, a children’s oasis and a competition’s corner. There will also be cultural talks and sessions, coffee workshops, and live music and poetry performances.

Saudi Coffee Festival, Sept 28 to Oct 1, 5pm to midnight, KAFD, Riyadh. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR20. @mocculinary

Get ready to groove

Happening on Thursday September 28 and Friday September 29, Groove on the Grass music and arts festival is hosting its fifth edition here in Riyadh. Headliners include the likes of Miss Monique, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Eagles & Butterflies and Edu Imbernon. Local acts like Dish Dash, JEME, Dorar will also be performing alongside Mustafa Ismaeel, RDJ, Narkbeat, and Deain. Be sure to also check out the fashion and art bazaar and food village.

Groove on the Grass, Sept 28 & 29, 6pm to 3am, Al Amaaria Village. The ticket price starts from SAR275 and can be purchased here. @grooveonthegrass.ksa

Friday September 29

Ready, set, yoga


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Nothing quite lifts the spirit like a cleansing session of yoga. Zen-seeking warriors can pop by the Indian Embassy for a sweat-dripping workout that welcomes both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Yoga Practice, Indian Embassy Multi-Purpose Hall, Diplomatic Quarter, Sept 29, 7.30am to 9am. DM @rwg_community for more details or contact 058 218 2524.

Enjoy a Friday brunch

If you are looking for an upmarket Friday brunch in Riyadh, the winner of What’s On Riyadh Awards 2023 Favourite Brunch – the Chef’s Brunch at Al Orjouan at The Ritz-Carlton is a sophisticated and grand all-rounder. Savour delicious antipasti filled with a selection of cold cuts, smoked salmon and marinated vegetables, a selection of fresh patisseries, and a hearty spread of contemporary dishes and local delights. Junior guests are not forgotten, with special-sized entrees and dishes.

Chef’s Brunch, Al Orjouan, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, every Fri, 12.30pm to 5pm. Tel: 011 802 8333. @aritzcarltonruh

Hone your musical skills or share poetic prose


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Late-night trips to The Warehouse never disappoint. It is home to a lively crowd and frequent performances from local performers and musicians. On Friday September 29, they will be organising an Open Mic Night so you can showcase your talents and have an amazing time with friends, creating a hard-core and seriously sweet ambience for a late night out.

Open Mic Night, Sept 29, 9pm, The Warehouse, JAX District, Al Diriyah, Riyadh 13732. SAR69 per person. @twh_ksa

Saturday September 30

Musical fun for your little ones

Diddy dots

Looking for adorable activities in Riyadh to take your baby to? Diddy Dots is bub’s perfect first intro to music. Sing and dance with different instruments, lap bounce and explore multiple sensory activities all designed to engage all the senses. It’s 40 minutes of fun for both bubba and you. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your kids, so be prepared to sing along, parents.

Diddy Dots Parent & Baby Music Session, Sept 30, 9am (for advanced walkers to three years of age) & 10am (for 4-month-old babies to beginner walkers), Ranco Village Compound, Ranville Hall. SAR65 per parent and baby. @diddy_dotsksa

Tuck into unlimited sushi at Nozomi Riyadh

Nozomi needs no introduction. The winner of What’s On Riyadh Awards 2023 Favourite Japanese Restaurant is easily one of the top spots for sushi and other classics in Riyadh, and it’s bringing its brunch back. Located at Century Corner, you can expect unbeatable service, brilliant food, live music and an all-around exceptional time.

Nozomi Riyadh Brunch, Sept 30, 1pm to 5pm, Century Corner, 7448 King Fahd Rd, Al Olaya, 4255, Riyadh 12331. SAR375 per person. @nozomiksa

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