Dead Sea Area Event Planning Calendar

To help plan your vacation, here’s a list of Dead Sea area events that occur annually.
Israel is a small, but wonderful, country. It’s an easy drive or bus ride from the Dead Sea area to the southernmost city of Eilat. You can explore activities in the Negev Desert and Eilat and then spend some relaxing time at the Dead Sea. Get salty…get muddy, enjoy!

January

Israman Negev Full & Half Iron Distance Triathlon
Thousands of athletes and their supporters will once again stand on the clear shores of the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel, ready to confront one of the toughest triathlon races in the world – Israman Negev Full & Half Iron Distance Triathlon. Last year, 1630 participants from 26 countries earned ISRAMAN Negev the prestigious title of ‘Israel’s largest triathlon ever.’
Website
Email: info@israman.co.il

South Red Anemone Festival (Darom Adom)
The festival will be held weekends in January – March, when the anemones in the North Negev areas reach their climax flowering. Carpets of millions of Anemones cover the area. Visitors can enjoy sporting activities, guided tours, anemone parades and various culture events for the whole family. The events are held in various settlements in the North Negev.
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February

Eilat Chamber Music Festival
Eilat Chamber Music Festival is one of the leading international festivals in Israel and regularly achieves great success and raving reviews in Israel and abroad. The festival attracts every year great audiences from all around Israel and the world.
Website
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Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival
The Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival takes place in Hangar 6 in Eilat’s harbor. The Festival showcases a broad spectrum of jazz music from New Orleans jazz to the contemporary, including Latin and World music, bringing groups from across Israel and the world to Eilat.
Website
Phone: 972-8-634-0253

Ein Gedi Run
The race includes multiple competitions: half marathon, hand bike half marathon, ten km race, five km walking contest and children’s contest. It follows along the Dead Sea coasts and the montain landscape in front of Masada, and promises a unique sporting experience. The event is considered to be the “lowest race on earth.”
Website
Email: info@eingedi-run.co.il
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Eilat Women’s Festival
The Eilat Women’s Festival, started in 2004, attracts more than 1,500 women of all ages from all over the country to enjoy a weekend of activities, quality time and women’s harmony. The Festival includes workshops, lectures, entertainment, and an artistic program performed by the best artists in Israel.
Website
Email: adva@sarithafakot.com
Phone: 972-3-613-2414

International Bellydance Festival in Eilat
Eilat invites guests from around the world to participate in the International Bellydance Festival that gathers together first class international dancers in a series of performances and workshops for three days of lively music and dancing.
Website
Email: Eilatfest@gmail.com

Israel Fitness Convention Dead Sea
Activities include CORE, Pilates and stretching, dance, choreography and combinations, fitness class, cardio and dynamic design, hanging, strips training, heat training, water exercises and stations, run training, training hammocks, spin, and kick box.
Website
Email: gita@arnon-paz.co.il

March

Eilat Birds Festival
The festival is organized by the Israel Ornithological Center of the SPNI and has become one of the most significant international events in the WP birding scene. It is a week long event that includes day and night birding tours to all the best sites in southern Israel, many bird related activities, presentations, talks and more.
Website
Email: eilatbirdsfestival@gmail.com

Fattal Rock Festival in Eilat
The Fattal Rock Festival in Eilat features some of the best Israeli artists and bands: Liran Danino, Maor Cohen, Jeremy Kaplan, Marina Maximilian, Mosh Ben Ari, Muki, Red Band, and more. It’s a weekend of live shows with Israel’s leading rock musicians.
Website
Email: Info@fattal.co.il

April

Zorba the Buddha Festival
This is a festival where all the edges meet – the great celebration of life, dancing, movement, music, yoga, the spirit of meditation and the silence of the desert. Between total ecstasy and therapy, that is where the magic happens. Healing and meeting amazing people, open-hearted encounters, connecting with oneself and with nature. The festival features shows, workshops and meditation with the best instructors, gurus and musicians from Israel and abroad.
Website
Email: ashram@desertashram.co.il
Phone: 972-52-382-4617

May

Midburn Festival, Israel’s ‘Burning Man’
The event is a temporary city is set up in the Negev desert, creating a platform which will allow a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression. The Midburn event is not your usual festival, with big acts booked to play on massive stages. In fact, it’s more of a city than a festival, wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the event.
Website
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Israeli Salsa Congress in Eilat
The Salsa Congress is a mega event in Latin, one of the biggest salsa events in the world! Three days and two nights of magic and crazy parties, concerts and international level salsa dance workshops with the best salsa instructors from Israel and abroad! Celebration of Latin rhythm and variety of events and activities, most of which center around salsa and Latin music. Congress participants include thousands of dancers, instructors and DJs from Israel and abroad.
Website
Email: Info@latino.co.il

June

Groovestock Israeli Groove Festival
The Groovestock Israeli Groove Festival takes place at Chan Hashayarot in the Negev Desert. Featured are some of Israel’s biggest names in groove: Yemen Blues, Dudu Tassa, Shai Tsbari, Yossi Fine and the Eccentrics, Mark Eliyahu, and A-WA, as well as a line-up of DJ’s.
Website
Email: shayarot@netvision.net.il

July

August

Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat
The Red Sea Jazz Festival showcases a broad spectrum of jazz music from New Orleans jazz to the contemporary, including Latin and World music, bringing groups from across Israel and the world to Eilat.
Website
Email: http://forum-faktor.co.il/contact/

Love Nights Festival
The festival takes place in Israel’s Negev desert at the Desert Ashram, located between Mitzpe Ramon and Eilat, Desert Ashram invites you to an intimate festival of music and love. Meditations and workshops aimed at opening the heart and allowing the connection with one’s self, with others and the connection between man and woman – a connection based on the heart. The event takes place under the starry sky of the desert and the family environment of the ashram.
Website
Email: leilot.ahava@gmail.com

Arad Festival
One of the oldest musical festivals in Israel, the Arad Festival hosts the best singers and the leading bands of Israel. In recent years the festival’s focus has been on choirs and singing groups (havurot zemer in Hebrew) from around the country. 30,000 people attended in 2015.
Website
Phone: 972-8-995-1722

September

October

Tamar (Palm) Festival
The Tamar Festival combines breathtaking performances from some of Israel’s greatest musicians and international artists with delightful desert nights in the heart of Masada Hall. The four-day festival offers a multi-sensory experience of music, freedom, nature and attractions and draws varied audiences from all over Israel every year.
Website
Email: Infocenter@ma-tamar.co.il

Israeli Opera – Timna Opera Festival
The performances will take place outdoors at Timna Park Pillars of Solomon near Eilat in Israel.
Website
Email: Contact Us

International Hot Air Balloon Festival
The balloons travel from Park Maayan Harod near Mount Gilboa in the Galilee to Park Eshkol, arriving before sunset. There will be a balloon spectacular in the evening and the following morning the balloons will take off over the northern Negev desert landscape.
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Zorba the Buddha Festival
Taking place at Desert Ashram, this is a festival where all the edges meet – the great celebration of life, dancing, movement, music, yoga, the spirit of meditation and the silence of the desert. Between total ecstasy and therapy, that is where the magic happens. Healing and meeting amazing people, open-hearted encounters, connecting with oneself and with nature.
Website
Email: ashram@desertashram.co.il

In-D-Negev Festival
From a small gathering of a few music enthusiasts seven years ago to about 5000 participants today (audience and musicians), In-D-Negev Music and Arts Festival is leading a real musical revolution in Israel, working to promote and strengthen the best of Israeli independent art and music.
Website
Email: indnegev@gmail.com

November

Red Sea International Bridge Festival
The festival is held at the Isrotel Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat, Israel. This is the event of the year for Israeli bridge. Competitions (all grades) and daily events.
Website
Email: birmand@inter.net.il

Arava International Film Festival
The Festival is a unique open-air film event taking place in the Negev Desert, midway between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, in Southern Israel. The festival will show full three length feature films each night.
Website
Email: Contact Us

Yoga Arava
Throughout this magical weekend we will gather all around the Arava villages for deep yoga workshops with the best teachers in Israel and special guest teachers from abroad, while being embraced by the exhilarating desert landscape.
Website
Email: Yogaarava@gmail.com

Nataraj Festival
The festival features the best range of spiritual, healing and self development teachers along with the intense music and dance celebrations Nataraj is known for.
Website
Email: info@nataraj.co.il

Eilat-Eilot Green Energy International Conference
Our leading global event will outline the strategy for moving forward the RE-volution as well as dealing with the opportunities and challenges facing the global Cleantech industry.
Website
Email: EilatEilot@ortra.com

December

Veridis Desert Challenge Festival
Israel’s biggest mountain biking and off-road running event – at the lowest place on earth! There will be a weekend of sports and nature in the Neve Zohar area of the Dead Sea. There will be something for everyone: the Spartan Desert Challenge MTB Marathon, Moon Run (Night Trail Running), Desert Man (Endurance Challenge in 3 Stages), Desert Family Run, Race for Peace, easy courses for families and beginners.
Website
Email: info@desertchallenge.co.il

Sounds of Music in the Desert Festival
Sounds of Music in the Desert Festival is focused on original Israeli music. It hosts Israeli creators and artists as individuals or in various compositions who perform music shows in diverse styles. Among the various activities that take place in the festival, the visitors cacan find shows and events for the whole family and tours in the nearby area.
Website
Email: www.tzlilimbamidbar.co.il