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October is an exceptionally pleasant time to travel to Israel. The weather is perfect – not too hot and not yet into the winter freeze – the summer stress is over, and the whole country is gearing up for the upcoming festivities, creating a joyous atmosphere all around. Looking for ways to enrich your Israel travel itinerary? Check out some of these exciting events happening this month.



Oktoberfest  is a traditional German celebration that has been held for hundreds of years. The free-flowing beer festival was brought to Tel Aviv a few years ago, and it continues in all its exciting revelry this October as well. Tourists can taste the unique German blend, enjoy the festivities, and partake in this slice of cultural blending over a good brew.

And don’t skimp out on some of the other amazing Tel Aviv hot spots for tourists like the Tel Aviv port, the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, or the Eretz Israel Museum.

Dates: October 12-28


The First Legion Run

Run like you’ve never run before in this epic feat which challenges your stamina, strength, and daring on a 5k run that’s far more than the average trek. What’s so different about the Legion Run is that the course – located at Manara Cliff in the north of Israel – is covered with obstacles designed to test the runner’s abilities. Contestants can expect to encounter barbed wire, mud, ice, and fire along the track. This non-competitive race is gaining traction quickly, appealing to those who are just in it for the challenge! Head over to Manara Cliff this October, and see if you’ve got what it takes.

Date: October 14     


Haifa Film Festival

The 32nd annual Haifa Film Festival is being held this year in mid-October, and it promises tourists a cultural experience chocked-full of internationally-acclaimed films, outdoor activities, and special events. Attendees will enjoy award ceremonies, competitions, screenings, and shorts.

While in the area, hit up some prime locations for culture, fun, and excitement. In and near Haifa, you’ll find the Bahai Gardens, Elijah’s Cave, and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Date: October 15-24


Tamar Festival

The Tamar Festival is a unique musical experience that you won’t get anywhere else. Held across the Masada region, many of the events are held atop Mt. Masada for a sensational musical encounter that simply cannot be described in words.

In fact, there are so many ways to enjoy nature in this one area. From getting a mud bath in the Dead Sea to traversing the Ein Gedi nature reserve paths, you’ll be amazed at the beauty that surrounds you around every bend!

Date: October 17-21


The International Fringe Festival, Akko 

Drama lovers will go crazy over the International Fringe Festival held in the ancient city of Akko. Surround yourself with culture, theater, art, and music in this fabulous festival that celebrates originality and personal expression.

Akko houses other exciting tourists’ spots such as the Templar’s underground Tunnels, an ancient Turkish Bath House, and the lovely Okapi Art Museum.

And if you get hungry, be sure to hit up a great lunch of hummus and pita. This area is famous for their delectable hummus platters, and it’s a culinary delight you won’t want to miss.

Date: October 17-20


The Bible Marathon

Tourists can run the very first recorded marathon in history when they take part in The Bible Marathon. Held in the Benjamin Region of Israel, the 42 kilometer run is a challenge to your physical stamina.

Date: October 21


Sovev Tel Aviv

Cyclists will really appreciate Sovev TLV, an epic October event that challenges you to maneuver your way across the Ayalon highway and down the beautiful Tel Aviv coast for a stunning ride that’s both exhilarating and breathtaking all at once. Travel four different cycling courses stretched over 60 kilometers, as well as an inline skating course for an exciting day out in the fresh Tel Aviv air.

Date: October 21


Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival

Enjoy some beautiful vocals in a comfortable outdoor setting that envelops you in both musical appreciation and architectural grandeur. The Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival is held in the 12th Century Crusader-Benedictine Church that overlooks the Judean Hills. Revel in the music of over 800 talented musicians throughout the festival.

Abu Gosh is also famous for its food and has tourists and locals from all over the country visiting for a delicious meal, so hit up one of the restaurants in this small town for a real treat.

Date: October 21-24


Contact Kenes Tours today and we’ll help you check off some of these colossal events from your bucket list this year!


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