12 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend: April 4 to 6

Happy weekend…

Can you believe it’s April 2024? From new attractions to exciting beauty pop-ups, cool Ramadan markets, children’s activities, and other fun events in town, you won’t be short of things to do. Here are our top picks of 12 brilliant things to do in Riyadh this weekend.

Thursday April 4

Your go-to spot for laser treatment


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Are you ready to unlock your skin’s full potential? Book in now at the newly opened Skin Laundry to try the signature laser facial, duo laser facial, BBL (broadband and light) hero facial, hydra facial, and more. And as part of its soft opening launch, Skin Laundry is offering 50 per cent off the first month of membership. Run, don’t walk.

Skin Laundry, Cenomi U Walk, King Saud University, Riyadh 12373. Ramadan hours: 11am to 4pm & 9pm to 1am. For inquiries or appointments, please contact Skin Laundry at 055 597 3665 or via email at [email protected] 

Exploring famous artists for kids


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You are never too young to appreciate art. At Beehive Art, children get to explore three of the most prominent international artists (such as Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo), discover their stories and worlds, and paint paintings in their own way.

The World of International Artists, every Thurs, 5pm to 6pm, Beehive Art, Northern Ring Branch Rd, AlMasiaf, Riyadh 12468. SAR120 per child. Suitable for children ages eight to 12. Register here. @beehive_arts

Blue matcha, anyone?


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The latest beverage craze to hit Riyadh is the blue matcha from the Kuwait-born eatery Lazy Cat. It is almost too pretty to drink, we know… but it’s the perfect blend of delicious and nutritious in every cup.

Lazy Cat, Laysen Valley, Umm Al Hamam Al Gharbi, daily 6.30pm to 3am. @eatlazycat

Shop at Faltah souq

Need to do some last-minute shopping? Tonight’s your last chance to check out Faltah. In its first edition, it presents a unique blend of fashion, beauty, and a plethora of exciting entertainment activities. The event features over 100 local and international brands, all under one roof in Al Khazama Hall.

Faltah Event, until April 4, 8.30pm to 2.30am, Khuzama Hall, King Khalid Road. SAR59 for general admission and SAR149 for VIP. Book your tickets here.

A French movie night at Alliance Française

There is no better family bonding activity than a good movie night paired with laughter and popcorn. Indulge in a different kind of movie experience at Alliance Française, a new edition of their yearly Ciné Souhour. This evening, they’ll be screening the French movie “Délicieux”, about a chef who has been sacked by his master and finds the strength to free himself from his position as a servant to open the first restaurant in 1700s France.

Ciné Souhour, Apr 4, 9pm, Alliance Française, Al Safarat, Al Kindi Plaza, Gate 14, Riyadh. Register your spots here. @alliancefrancaise_ksa

Friday April 5

Experience the last weekend of Ramadan Nights at Bujairi Terrace

Ramadan at Bujairi Terrace activities

Wander through the light-filled Bujairi Terrace and embrace the true atmosphere of Ramadan. There are plenty of Ramadan activities, from inscribing your name on a branded book by a calligrapher and getting a traditional henna pattern to expressing your reflections and gratitude by etching into the Appreciation Tree. Look out for the the cool telescopes being set up where you can view the Eid moon. Looking for some fun-filled ideas to keep kids amused at Bujairi Terrace? There are carousel rides, chalk colouring on the Najidi-style house, a drum-making workshop and a storytelling session by a Hakawati who will be narrating popular Saudi folk tales.

Bujairi Terrace, Diriyah, 7295 King Faisal Rd, Riyadh 13711. Ramadan hours: Daily 5pm to 4am. Bookings can be made here. @bujairiterrace

Check out Souq Al-Mawsim

Set within At-Turaif’s beautiful park, Souq Al-Mawsim centres on Diriyah’s unique culture and heritage. It is the place to source seasonal, locally grown fresh produce, local craft items, and special finds from its many stalls. The souq, with its line-up of performances and cultural activations, makes a great day out for families and groups of friends.

Souq Al-Mawsim, until Apr 11, 9.30pm to 2.30am, At-Turaif Park. Free entry but a ticket is required and can be booked here. @diriyahseason

Fenty beauty takes over Riyadh Park Mall

Makeup lovers, step up your Instagram game by joining the Fenty Beauty pop-up, which is on until Wednesday April 10. The experience allows fans of pop star Rihanna’s beauty brand to check out Fenty Beauty’s new concealer. You’ll also have a chance to get a complimentary shade-matching consultation.

Fenty Beauty Pop-Up, until Apr 10, 9pm, Outside Gate 1, Riyadh Park.

Saturday April 6

Take part in an Asiri painting workshop


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Unleash the artist within you and learn the art of Asiri, inspired by the splendid beauty and green landscapes of Asir and its rich cultural heritage. This workshop is organised by Bonjour Saudi, a travel and experience design house, with unique offers connecting visitors to the cultural wonders of Saudi Arabia.

Asiri Painting Workshop, Apr 6, 9pm, Bonjour Saudi Rooftop, Ad Dawh Al Kabir, Samhan, Diriyah 13712. @bonjoursaudi

Enjoy the Ramadan Season

As part of the Ramadan Festival activities, the Ramadan Season, taking place within the Al Masmak Palace Museum, celebrates the historical legacy and customs of the holy month of Ramadan. There are plenty of activities for the whole family, including an exhibition to help you understand the value and spirituality of Ramadan, an interactive experience showcasing the Holy Quran, and more. You’ll also get to enjoy popular regional cuisines, live cooking shows, taking part in crafts workshops, and shopping and purchasing handmade products. For a luxurious iftar and suhoor experience, book a spot at the Al Thuraya dining, which offers a diverse menu and dishes inspired by various local and international Ramadan cuisines.

Ramadan Season 2024, Ad Dirah, Al Safa Square, Riyadh 12651. Free entry but you need to book your tickets here. Other experiences within Ramadan Season may require a separate ticket. @ramadanseasonsa

Post-iftar coffee date at Saddle House

Saddle House Riyadh

The popular Emirati-owned Saddle House is now open in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter. If you’re looking for a new sleek spot for a coffee date with your pals, Saddle House is perfect for a wholesome coffee pick-me-up after a hearty iftar. Offering more than just artisan coffee, the menu is also quite the spread, featuring everything from smoothies and avocado egg toast to pasta and more.

Saddle House, 1364 Complex, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat, Riyadh. Tel: 056 100 8550. @saddlehouse.sa

Watch the Al-Diriyah Club play against Al-Zulfi Club

Football fans, this one’s for you. Top-flight games are on this weekend, with Al-Diriyah Club vs Al-Zulfi Club taking centre stage at Al Shabab Club Stadium on Saturday.

Al-Diriyah Club x Al-Zulfi Club, April 6, 10pm, Al Shabab Club Stadium, As Sahafah, Riyadh 13321. Free entry but you are required to book your spots here.

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