10 spectacular things to do in Riyadh this weekend: February 15 to 17

Get the scoop on all the fun things to do this weekend…

Can’t decide what to do with your days off? While it’s never a bad idea to secure a booking at one of the best restaurants in the capital, raving it out all night, or even exploring an immersive exhibition, we’re always on the lookout for new, exciting pop-ups, openings and events.

Here are ten spectacular things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday February 15

Catch all the action of the ladies’ golf tournament

The fifth edition of the Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF swings into town this weekend. Seize the chance to catch the likes of Linn Grant, Lexi Thompson, Georgia Hall, Ashleigh Buhai, Amy Yang, and Charley Hull in action at Riyadh Golf Club from Thursday February 15 to Sunday February 18. Besides the on-course action, spectators can expect an array of F&B options and entertainment offerings. Whether you’re a golf fan or are simply looking for a fun weekend out, there’s definitely something for everyone at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF.

Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented by PIF, Feb 15 to 18, Riyadh Golf Club. Gates open at 6.30am except on Saturday when it opens at 7.30am. The ticket price starts from SAR75 and can be purchased here. @aramcoladiesint

Join the street food festival

The festival showcases the world’s best street foods and a diverse range of mouthwatering dishes that are sure to leave your taste buds tingling with excitement.

Street Food Festival, Feb 15 to 24, 6pm to 11pm, Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Financial District. Tel: 058 002 9885. @hgiriyadhfd

Party it up with the Beasts on the roof


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Ever wanted to dance under the stars with the city’s skyline as your backdrop? Then, you’re in for a treat. Get ready for an epic musical night with MDLBeast at KAFD’s hottest rooftop experience. Soak in Riyadh’s best views and hottest vibes with DJs Alaa Jazaeri, Dani Bogari, Mustafa Ismaeel and Narkbeat as they light up the sky.

FOWG: Rooftop Experience in Riyadh, Feb 15, 9pm to 1am, 4.04 KAFD, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13519. The ticket price starts from SAR249 and can be purchased here. @mdlbeast

Friday February 16

An art exhibition paying tribute to the late Palestinian architect, Nabil Fanous


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The Nabil Fanous Exhibition is in memory of the late Palestinian architect’s rich legacy and contributions to Saudi Arabia. This is the first exhibition that sheds light on the multifaceted career and dedication that anchored Fanous as a design pioneer. It includes a selection of Fanous’ unique architectural designs and works by artists and architects inspired by his practice. Fittingly, his works are showcased in a building he designed, the Fenaa Alawwal, a cultural landmark in the Diplomatic Quarter.

Nabil Fanous Exhibition, until April 14, 10am to 10pm, Fenaa Alawwal, Diplomatic Quarter. Free entry but you need to register here.

Take the kids to the Big Fun Museum

Visit the Big Fun Museum for a whole world of fun and illusion waiting to be discovered. This new attraction features three immersive adventures in one place – Fairy Forest, Museum of Emotions, and Museum of Illusions. The right place to have a great time with friends and family.

Big Fun Museum, Park Avenue, Gate 4, Sun to Wed noon to midnight, Thurs noon to 2am, Fri 3pm to 2am, Sat 1pm to midnight. Tickets start from SAR80 and can be purchased here. @bigfun_family

Beat the bars at Prison Island

While you’re at Park Avenue for the Big Fun Museum, why not take the older kids to spend their free time in cells filled with challenges? That’s fun at Prison Island, where you and your mates must work together to complete obstacles and tasks in order to break free. There are 35 cells to complete, each testing your physical or mental mettle. Prices start from SAR99 for juveniles and SAR149 for inmates. Activewear and trainers are required, and changing room facilities are available on-site.

Prison Island, First Floor, Park Avenue Mall, 7042 Said Ibn Zayd Rd, Qurtubah, Riyadh 13247. Tel: 055 028 7066. @prisonisland.ksa

Rave in the ruins of an abandoned hospital


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ERGA takes place every weekend in the now-defunct Irqah Hospital and is an audio-visual spectacular where the music takes you on a mental sonic trip across various sounds and styles. Featuring two separate dance floors known as The Ward and The ER, its location is the most dystopian one ever seen. Headlining the night will be Mahmut Orhan, alongside all-time favourites Dish Dash, Loush, Misha, DJ Ush and Rag. Get ready to be warded and pump up the volume for ERGA’s sick curators.

ERGA, Feb 16, 9pm to 2am, Irqah Hospital, Riyadh 12586. The ticket price starts from SAR149 and can be purchased here. @mdlbeast

Saturday February 17

Start your day at Lunch Room


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Recently ranked among MENA’s Best Restaurants, Lunch Room serves up a killer brunch, with all-day dishes spanning treats from the “Market” section, which includes a variety of salads; the “Clay Oven” section with 48-hour sourdough flatbread; the “Panouzzi” section; the “Ode to Egg” section; the “Sweet Instinct” section; and the “Coffee Commune” section, which offers delicious baked goods. Kick things off with crispy artichoke and pide bread with gaymar and honeycomb. It gets better (if you can believe that), with main dishes, including baked halloumi with panouzzo, Mugalgal eggs and, the jewel in its crown, egg appam with coconut sambal. Finally, we highly recommend you round things off with something sweet, such as its brioche French toast with poached pear and vanilla mascarpone.

Lunch Room, Sun to Wed 7am to 2pm, Thurs to Sat 7am to 2.30pm, Pure Centre, 8030 Takhassusi Branch Road, Riyadh 12364. @lunchroomksa

Step into the universe of Pablo Picasso

The ‘Imagine Picasso’ Exhibition goes beyond the traditional art exhibition format, offering a unique exploration into Pablo Picasso’s creativity, as a pivotal artist of the 20th century. By employing the latest advanced display techniques and technologies, the exhibition seeks to revive more than 200 of Picasso’s creations, giving attendees a distinctive, rich artistic experience, and allowing them to learn about Picasso’s world from a new creative perspective.

Imagine Picasso Exhibition, until Mar 3, Weekdays 4pm to midnight & Weekends 2pm to midnight, Laysen Valley, Riyadh. Tickets can be purchased here. SAR50 for kids & SAR100 for adults. @laysenvalley

 Check out the new WWE Experience at BLVD City

Wrestling fans, the first WWE Experience in the world is set to make its grand entrance as part of Riyadh Season. Step into the WWE Experience, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a variety of themed rooms, each telling a unique story through historical photos, and a life-sized wrestling ring. There will also be a dedicated area paying homage to The Undertaker himself. Stepping into this section feels like entering a graveyard-themed sanctuary dedicated to the iconic wrestler.

WWE Experience, BLVD City. The ticket starts from SAR75 and can be purchased here. @riyadhseason

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