Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Beirut
Beirut & Beyond Music FestivalOrganized in cooperation with Oslo World Music Festival and taking place usually in the early December in Dar El-Nimer for Arts & Culture. The event is attended by local performers and bands as participants, many of whom have already famous in the Middle Eastern show business.
Fête de la MusiqueUsually celebrated on the day of the solstice. Besides French performers and bands, many local musicians also attend the celebration as participants. Central streets of Beirut serving as the traditional venue can be visited for free. Another event gathering a lot of tourists is Beirut Cultural Festivals lasting throughout the month of June, during which Hyppodrome du Parc de Beyrouth becomes a fairytale-like place full of music, children's entertainment, and magic shows.
Byblos FestivalHappening every year in July, the famous sea city of Byblos, also known as Jbeil, hosts one of the most popular music festivals in the Lebanon. Bringing together a diverse range of international and local artists, this festival appeals to all genres, including famous artists like the jazz musician Jamie Cullum. It takes a few weeks in venues throughout the town.
Baalbeck International FestivalLocated in the middle the breathtaking Roman Baalbeck ruins, the Baalbeck International Festival is another music festival held in July foccused on jazz the music. It is a good opportunity to visit the amazing and unique Roman city while enjoying of a high quality music.
Tyre and South FestivalIn the South of the Lebanon you also have the amazing city of Tyre with its Tyre and South Festival, also happening in July at and around the ruins of the town. Activities include dance shows, poetry readings, musical performances, crafts fairs, and lectures on the region’s culture and history… It is another unique opportunity to visit and enjoy of music.
Eid al-FitrTaking place annually around August and September, depending on the lunar calendar, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the end of the Islamic fest. In this public holiday you’ll find a good variety of food, gift exchanges and shopping of new clothes.