12 things to look forward to in Saudi Arabia this September

Spectacular September…

Look forward to a myriad of September highlights including Azimuth music festival in AlUla, a celebration of Taylor Swift, and What’s On Saudi Arabia’s first-ever What’s On Riyadh Awards 2023.

Read on for the juicy deets on awesome things to do this September in Saudi Arabia.

September 2: Shake it off at Taylor Swift Night

Love yourself some T-Swift? Check out Taylor’s Night, a karaoke night dedicated to celebrating the American pop star across Saudi Arabia. On September 2, Taylor’s Night will be held at The Warehouse at JAX District in Riyadh. 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 Warehouse, JAX District, Riyadh. The tickets are priced at SAR59 online and SAR79 at the gate. Book your tickets here. @taylorsnights.sa

September 7: Flamingo Room by tashas brings African glamour to Riyadh

Bujairi Terrace is set to welcome the first Flamingo Room by tashas in Riyadh. Opening Thursday September 7, Flamingo Room by tashas is the ultimate hotspot to experience African glamour offering a chic yet relaxed dining experience – from afternoon tea to dinners. The contemporary menu will showcase mostly fresh seafood prepared in a classical yet decadent expression and infused with the most interesting flavours of the season.

Flamingo Room by tashas, Bujairi Terrace, Diriyah, Riyadh. @flamingoroomksa

September 8: Dive into the world of electronic music with White & White

White & White

It’s no secret that underground music events always go wild out in Riyadh. Here’s introducing White & White, a brand-new techno, house, afro, hip-hop and electro gig coming to the capital. Performing artists include DJs Immortal, Leigh Ross, Scoob, Dr K, and Nile Boi. Look forward to fancy decorations and blacklight designs for a unique experience. Also, be sure to come dressed in white to fully immerse yourself in the visual effects.

White & White, Sept 8, 8pm to 3am, Al Ammariyah – Mountain View Resort, Riyadh. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR287.50.

September 8: Animal Crossing X Avantgarde music festival is coming to Jeddah


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UK’s Animal Crossing music festival is making its debut in Saudi Arabia. In collaboration with Avantgarde, it will be a show like no other as they take to the desert on the outskirts of Jeddah at Dhai Wild Resort. The venue will also be complete with foodie offerings and fashion boutiques. The music festival will be headlined by Dana Ruh, and Animal Crossing’s resident DJs Joey Jackson, DJ and Producer Bowes, and R.O.Y will also be taking the stage. Avantgarde’s very own Saoud Music and Musab will also be performing.

Animal Crossing X Avantgarde, Sept 8, 5pm to 3am, Dhai Wild Resort Jeddah. Book your tickets here. The price starts from SAR400. @animalcrossing_music @avantgarde__me

September 15: The St. Regis Riyadh opens

St Regis Riyadh

Slated to open in the coming weeks, The St. Regis Riyadh will be the only hotel at the stylish new Via Riyadh development. It will have 83 guestrooms, including 23 suites, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and a spa. The hotel will also feature its signature hallmarks and traditions, including its bespoke butler service and avant-garde style. On its doorstep are an array of high-fashion boutiques and upscale restaurants, as well as a luxurious Vox Cinema.

The St. Regis Riyadh, Al Hada, Riyadh 12912. @stregisriyadh

Until September 20: Catch your favourite Disney stories come to life on ice

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, until 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

Throughout September: Make a splash at Jeddah Waves

Ever wanted to rip through the ocean at high speeds? That has been made possible thanks to the Schiller bikes that await you at Jeddah Waves. Propel across the water and feel the wind in your hair as you embark on a journey like no other.

Jeddah Waves, Jeddah. Get your tickets here.

September 20: Introducing the first-ever What’s On Riyadh Awards 2023

Saudi Arabia’s restaurant, leisure and entertainment scene has never been more exciting. So, we’re delighted to introduce the What’s On Riyadh Awards to celebrate the creators, innovators and industry pioneers across Saudi Arabia’s hospitality and entertainment sectors for the very first time. The winners and highly commended recipients for all categories will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony, to be held at JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh on Wednesday September 20, 2023. Table bookings are now available and with limited space, you’re advised to book now to avoid missing out. To book your table, please message Mario Saaiby on [email protected] or +971 503 77 7589 and Taran Singh on taran.singh.motivate.ae or +971 50 113 0250.

What’s On Riyadh Awards 2023, Sept 20, 7.30pm, JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. Book your tables here. @whatsonksa

September 21 & 22: Azimuth Festival returns to AlUla

Major music festival Azimuth returns this September in the dreamy AlUla desert. Taking place on Thursday September 21 and Friday September 22 over the Saudi National Day long weekend, Azimuth amplified by MDLBeast will transform the stunning and historical AlUla into an exceptional gathering of art, sound and music during an unmissable weekend extravaganza. Some of the headliners confirmed to perform include Dish Dash, Baloo, KAYAN, NOMAD, Narkbeat, Dorar, BluePaper, Cosmicat, Zone+, Anmarz, DJB10, DJ Sokkary, Saint Levant, Jorja Smith, Thievery Corporation, Skhoon, and many more.

Azimuth 2023, AlUla, Thu Sep 21 to Fri Sep 22. Book your tickets here. @alulamoments

September 23: Happy National Day, Saudi Arabia

Saudi National Day

Saudi National Day is an annual celebration to mark the unification of Najd and Hijaz, and September 23 marks the date on which the merged nations became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This year, Saudi National Day will be celebrated on Saturday (September 23), but it’s expected that we will be getting a public holiday either on Thursday September 21 or on Sunday September 24, which would mean a long weekend for everyone. Nonetheless, get ready to celebrate Saudi National Day and look forward to a weekend of festivities and fireworks.

September 28: Enjoy live performances at Hayy Jameel

Hayy Jameel

Hayy Jameel is launching its monthly music series, so check out a performance by Sliman Dawood, an alternative electronic-indie Saudi artist and producer known by his stage name EON, on Thursday September 28 at Hayy Jameel. EON will play a set of songs that explore his early influences in synthpop and darkwave, melodised through 808 drum beats, which exemplify his current identity and musical style. EON’s evocative and experimental sound is owed to his natural ability to defy genres through eclectic instrumentation and layering of sounds with vocals. This event is a collaboration between Hayy Jameel and Wall of Sound.

Musical Night: Hayy x Wall of Sound; EON, Sept 28, 8.30pm, Saha, Hayy Jameel, Jeddah. Free and open to all. RSVP here.

September 28 & 29: Get ready to Groove

Groove on the Grass is back, and it’s taking place in the capital. Headliners have also been announced and include the likes of Miss Monique, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Eagles & Butterflies and Edu Imbernon. Festivalgoers can expect local hotshots such as Dish Dash, JEME, Dorar will also be performing, alongside Mustafa Ismaeel, RDJ, Narkbeat, and Deain.

Groove On The Grass Riyadh, Al Amaaria Village. Book your tickets here. The early bird price starts from SAR275. @grooveonthegrass.ksa

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