12 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: April 25 to 27

Hello, weekend…

Get ready to strap in for another busy weekend with plenty of unmissable events and experiences around the capital. Here is our shortlist of 12 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday April 25

Indulge in LPM’s new business lunch menu

If you and your co-workers are after a top-tier restaurant to stop by for a quick lunch break, enjoy a delicious meal at LPM. There will be two options when it comes to the Business Lunch menu. If you’re out for a quick bite, the two-course Le Petit Menu is the one for you. Priced at SAR180, the menu includes a starter and main. If you have a little more time on your hands, the three-course Le Grand Menu (SAR230) allows for a more traditional, and calm French experience, with a starter, main and a delectable dessert.

LPM, Al Motassem Street, Al Olaya. Business lunch is available from Sun to Thurs 12.30pm to 3.30pm. @lpmriyadh

Catch Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Arabic Grand Opera

Love opera? You can catch the first grand opera to be produced by Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest grand opera to be sung in Arabic. Based on an ancient tale from pre-Islamic Arabia, Zarqa Al Yamama tells the story of a legendary blue-eyed woman, born of the Geddes tribe and blessed with the gift of foresight. The opera promises to take audiences on a compelling journey through its fusion of orchestral and choral music, intricate storytelling, and captivating vocal performances.

Zarqa Al Yamama, April 25 to May 4, 8.30pm, King Fahad Cultural Centre, Riyadh. The price for the tickets starts from SAR100 and can be purchased here. @performarts_moc

Cinema Nights are back at Diriyah Biennale

Known for its exclusive showings of Saudi features and short films in a variety of genres to celebrate up-and-coming local and international actors, the Cinema Nights are back for their second edition. On Thursday, April 25, you can catch ‘After the Long Rains,’ set in Kenya and follow the story of the dreams of a ten-year-old girl, Aisha, who wants to travel to Europe and become an actress. After the movies, you can also take part in a Q&A session with the director.

Cinema Nights: After the Long Rains, Apr 25, 9pm to 11pm, Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, Auditorium, Riyadh. SAR35 per person. Book your spot here. @biennale_sa

Turn the music up at Beast House


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It’s a line-up of female powerhouses, with Cosmicat, Tamara and Solskin spinning the finest beats all night at Beast House. The vibe, atmosphere, and talent here make this one of the hottest gig venues in the city.

Beast House in Riyadh, Apr 25, 9pm to 3.30am, Beast House, JAX District, Riyadh. The price starts from SAR250 per person. Book your tickets here. @_beasthouse

Dance all night long at The Warehouse


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If you’re in dire need of some quality Melodic House and Techno, head to the Warehouse on Thursday April 25. Melotech is back with another powerhouse line-up featuring Saudi favourites Dish Dash, Ant and Leigh Ross. It’s going to be one of the best, most exciting parties in town.

Melotech | Extended Series, Apr 25, The Warehouse, JAX District, Riyadh. Register here to attend. @melotechrecords

Friday April 26

Pop by Cenomi The View Mall for a fashion event


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Ladies, gather your crew and check out the exciting fashion and beauty event at Cenomi The View Mall. You can take part in masterclass makeup and styling sessions, rub shoulders with influencers, and many more.

New Dimensions of Expressions, Apr 24 to 26, Cenomi The View Mall. @theviewruh

Discover the wonderful world of colours

Jotun Discover Colour workshop

Jotun’s colour workshop, ‘Discover Colours: Express, Inspire, Connect’, led by colour development expert Rahma Al-Korbi, will guide you through how we see colours and their importance in art and everyday life, through learning about the science behind colour perception, why certain colours evoke certain moods, and how different cultures use colour to tell stories. At the end of the workshop, you’ll also get to create a colourful masterpiece of your own.

‘Discover Colours: Express, Inspire, Connect’, Apr 26, 4pm to 6pm & 8pm to 10pm, Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, Auditorium, Riyadh. SAR100 per person (Arabic speaking). Register here (first session) and here (second session). @jotunsaudi

Family fun at Play Land

Boulevard Riyadh City has welcomed a cool new playland for you and the whole family to explore. Look forward to a tonne of attractions, games, and rides, including a rollercoaster, slingshots, and a Ferris wheel. Feeling peckish? Check out the various restaurants and cafés while you’re there.

Play Land, BLVD City. Play Land is free to enter, but you do have to pay for the rides and games. @blvdruhcity

Another big night out at Beast House


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On Friday April 26, Beast House, Riyadh’s first music and creative members club, welcomes veteran of Detroit dance, Chez Damier. He will be headlining the night along with Saudi’s vibe generator, Vinyl Mode, and Dubai-based Egyptian selector Omar Fayyad for a night full of funk and house music.

Beast House in Riyadh, Apr 26, 9pm to 3.30am, Beast House, JAX District, Riyadh. The price starts from SAR250 per person. Book your tickets here. @_beasthouse

Saturday April 27

Hang out at Level Up

Looking for a fun thing to do with your best buds on a day out in Riyadh? Check out Level Up. Big on community-building, the venue offers board game experiences and gaming consoles, or you can head upstairs where you’ll find a VR room, a group therapy room where you can watch movies and TV shows with your friends, and so much more.

LVL UP social club, Hittin, Sun to Wed 4pm to midnight, Thu 11am to 12.30am, Fri 12.30pm to 1.30am, Sat 11am to 12.30pm. @lvlupsocialhub

Become a colour pro

Jotun colour workshop

In this Jotun’s colour workshop, you will learn how to use the NCS system to pick the perfect colours for your designs and understand the emotions colours evoke, as well as participate in hands-on activities. You’re guaranteed to walk away with new skills and inspiration for your interior projects.

Jotun Colour Academy, Apr 27, 5pm to 8pm, Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, Auditorium, Riyadh. SAR200 per person (Arabic speaking). Register here. @jotunsaudi

End your weekend with a night out at Stella Sky Lounge

St Regis Riyadh Stella Sky Lounge

Looking to amplify your next dining experience in one of Riyadh’s most luxurious hotels? Inside The St Regis Riyadh sits Stella Sky Lounge, which boasts an open-air terrace overlooking gorgeous views of Via Riyadh. It’s all about luxury, style, and stellar mocktails inspired by zodiac signs. Pair with a nibble or two: the food menu includes a selection of mezze platters, beef tacos, ceviche and grilled dishes. Whether you’re a mocktail enthusiast or just someone who appreciates good vibes, Stella Sky Lounge has got you covered. The team makes you feel like a VIP from the moment you walk in.

Stella Sky Lounge, Third Floor, The St Regis Riyadh, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: 011 508 8866. @stellaskylounge