11 fun things to do this week in Riyadh: October 29 to November 1

Get ready for a week full of fun…

With November starting this week, we’re hoping it will bring cooler weather with it. The return of Riyadh Season is here, there are new restaurant openings to look forward to, and so much more. So, here are all the fun things to do this week in Riyadh.

Sunday October 29

Enjoy The Legends Experience

Riyadh Season will be welcoming a cool new immersive football experience where fans can view and enjoy some of the most important moments in the history of the sport. The venue will also house the largest integrated collection of rare historical football pieces.

The Legends Experience, Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 4pm to midnight. Book your SAR50 ticket here

Check out Sociale’s Spooky Costume Competition

If you’ve been looking forward to the end of the month to celebrate the spooky season, you can do just that at Sociale. Dress up in your best costume and enjoy a little bit of friendly competition, will you come out on top?

Sociale Cafe, Prince Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Aziz, As Sulimaniyah, daily 8am to 12.45am. @sociale.cafe

Monday October 30

Check out the Hijrah exhibition

The aim of the display is to shed light on the Hijrah journey that took place more than one thousand four hundred years ago.

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

Head down to the last of the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games

The third edition of the World Combat Games, set to take place from Friday October 20 to Monday October 30 in Riyadh has officially started. It’s not just a sporting event though. Fans will also be treated to an array of family-friendly activities. “The fan zones will be an immersive experience with sights, sounds, energy, and food, transporting people to another place entirely with the theme of combat sports on display throughout,” said Paul Hardy, chief operating officer for Riyadh 2023.

Book your ticket now to enjoy the ultimate showdown.

Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, Oct 20 to 30, King Saud University Sports Arena, Riyadh 12371. Tickets can be purchased here. SAR20 for the Opening Ceremony on Oct 19 and SAR15 for the general admission ticket for the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games from Oct 20 to 30. @wcgriyadh2023

Check out The Phantom Of the Opera

The massive production will be coming to the capital on Saturday October 14 and will be on until Tuesday December 5.

The 37-year-old legendary play is based on the classic 1910 horror novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux which is considered a pillar of literature. The story of intense unrequited love will be coming to life at The Arena Riyadh Venue for Exhibitions.

The Phantom of the Opera, The Arena Riyadh Venue for Exhibitions. Book your SAR250 tickets here

Try out ‘Trattoria Da Luca’ night at Azzurro

Azzurro cold cuts

Dinner is a sharing affair, with the tapas-style menu offering small and medium-sized bites, such as cold cuts, tomato bruschetta, lobster salad, Caprese salad, fried mixed seafood, and Gnocco fritto. There are four different menus, which change every week. However, there are a few popular constants – the main courses with four options to choose from – pan-seared grouper, sea bass fillet, Australian Wagyu tenderloin, and pan-seared chicken.

Trattoria Night, every Mon 6.30pm to midnight, Azzurro, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. SAR315 per person. Tel: 011 802 8333.

Tuesday October 31

Dig into a meal at the newly reopened Hong

Hong - food

Situated on the first floor, overlooking the hotel’s picturesque indoor pool, Hong has been around for more than 10 years, and little has changed in its interior. Named after the Chinese word for red, it is no surprise that Hong maintains its style with red dominating the colour scheme. Expect items like Sichuan-style Kou Shui chicken to sumptuous signature dishes such as herbal lamb cutlet and steamed sea bass with soya sauce.

Hong, Mon to Fri & Sun 6pm to 11pm, First Floor, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, AlHada Area, Mekkah Road, Riyadh, 11493. Tel: 011 802 8020. @theritzcarltonruh

Celebrate spooky season at the Five Nights at Freddy’s experience

If you’re ready for it, a haunting Five Nights at Freddy’s experience has come to Riyadh Season. You can live through a real-life version of the game in a horror maze. Escape the maze before Freddy and his friends come to get you.

Five Nights at Freddy’s, Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 5pm to midnight. Book your SAR45 ticket here

Enjoy a taste of Mexico at MNKY HSE


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Winning highly commended at the inaugural What’s On Riyadh awards this year, MNKY HSE is a top choice for Latin cuisine in Riyadh. Hosting a remarkable Mexican Nights event until November 4, the venue is completely decked out in cool decor, is introducing a set menu, and cool new drinks too. Book your spot now.

MNKY HSE, Prince Turki AlAwwal, Hittin, Sat to Wed 6.30pm to 1am, Thu to Fri 6.30pm to 2am, Closed Sun. @mnkyhseksa

Wednesday November 1

Have lunch at the newest Jones the Grocer

Jones the Grocer KAFD

The new outlet beckons visitors into a chic, contemporary interior, filled with neat rows and stalls with plentiful kitchen essentials, food displays, and quality gourmet produce. Shelves are neatly stocked with colour-coordinated rows of packaged snacks, dried pasta, and jars of condiments.

In addition to the enticing gourmet retail space, you’ll find a freshly baked pastries and cakes display, an artisanal coffee and fresh juices bar, an open kitchen, a charcuterie counter, and a curated walk-in cheese room.

Jones the Grocer, KAFD, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519, daily 7am to 12.30am. @jonesthegrocersa

Check out the newly revamped Kayzo by Myazu

Vibrant and bold, the relaunched Kayzo by Myazu offers an eclectic experience of modern Japanese food and beverages that defy traditions. Nothing here is basic; it seems like the restaurant’s quest to push culinary boundaries and to wow you even with the most unassuming of dishes.

Kayzo by Myazu, Oud Square, Diplomatic Quarter, daily 1pm to 11pm. @kayzosaudi

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