8 fun things to do in Riyadh this weekend: November 16 to November 18

There’s a LOT to do…

Got any plans this week? The city’s bursting with incredible things to do in every nook and cranny, so there’s bound to be something right up your alley. Be it major concerts or more low-key events for you to enjoy, here are all the things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday November 16

Have dinner at Carbone


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Known for its star-studded clientele, and its unique take on American-Italian cuisine, Carbone is inviting you to enjoy an experience that pays homage to New York’s Italian-American restaurants from the mid-20th century. The food nods to that same history but takes culinary cues from the great talents and techniques of the present and future.

Carbone, Mansard Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel, daily 7pm to 12.30am. @carbone.riyadh

Attend the first European Music Week


If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the richness of the European musical scene, Saudi Music Hub is bringing you concerts by eight amazing European artists from Portugal, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Estonia, Greece and the Netherlands. The music ranges from jazz and pop to folk and classical. On Saturday, November 11, Almanata, a group of Portuguese friends living in Riyadh, will showcase Portuguese contemporary music through traditional mandolin or Portuguese guitar.

European Music Week in Riyadh, Nov 11 to 20, 8pm, Saudi Music Hub. Free entry but prior registration is required at www.eumusicweek.com

Dine at the opening night of the KAFD Food Festival

KAFD Riyadh

It seems it’s the season for all food festivals. And kicking off this week is the very first KAFD Food Festival. Book your spot and enjoy live performances, cooking stations by local and international chefs, and so much more.

KAFD Food Festival,  2.07. KAFD. until Nov 30, 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm. Book your SAR75 ticket here

Friday November 17

Enjoy the Post Malone concert

Riyadh peeps, listen up. An unmissable gig is headed our way. Rap sensation Post Malone is performing in the capital this Friday. The massive concert will be happening at the newly constructed Kingdom Arena.

Post Malone in Riyadh, Kingdom Arena, Fri Nov 17, 6.30pm. webook.com

Tuck into a top-tier brunch at JW Marriott

JW Marriott brunch desserts

Brunch is slowly but surely becoming a major trend. And the one at JW Marriott is one of the best ones. The Friday brunch hour at JW Marriott Hotel is certainly special. Unlike most hotel buffets, the newly launched Flavours Unite by JW brunch concept features the best dishes from the hotel’s three on-site restaurants: JW Steakhouse, JW Glass Garden and Kitchen on 3.

Flavours Unite by JW Friday Brunch, every Fri, 1pm to 5pm, JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh, King Fahd Rd, Sahafah District, Riyadh 11564. SAR350 per person. Tel: 011 511 7791. @jwmarriottriyadh

Visit a brand-new museum

The MOC just launched the Saudi Arabia Museum of Contemporary Art at Jax, ‘SAMoCA,’ soon. The new venue will act as a platform to showcase the best art practices and contemporary artworks. The space will host local artists and provide a venue for networking and exchanging knowledge.

Saudi Arabia Museum of Contemporary Art at Jax, Al Diriyah Al Jadidah, 4pm to 10pm. dc.moc.gov.sa

Saturday November 18

Discover AlMamlaka Social Dining


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Al Mamlaka Social Dining is a gathering place – for everyone and their preferences. Whether you’re feeling peckish or ravenous, the diverse offer is sure to please, with a gourmet showcase of kiosks spread out over 37,000 square feet.

Al Mamlaka Social Dining, Second Floor, Kingdom Centre. @almamlakasocialdining

Get creative at the Riyadh Street Art Festival

Taking to the streets starting Wednesday November 15 until Wednesday December 6, the Riyadh event will be gathering artists and creators from all over the world to create and explore street art. The art-centric event aims to highlight a range of contemporary art practices in the Kingdom, empower the local and international artistic community, and provide street artists with a platform to showcase their artwork.

Visit: @MOCVisualArts

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