Many of the events in Jeddah are influenced by Islam. Most notable are the celebrations at the start and end of Ramadan, and the period when the city is filled with pilgrims from around the world in anticipation of the Hajj.
The few social festivals Jeddah does have are designed to attract tourists and investment. Here are a few of the main annual events in Jeddah.
Annual events in Jeddah
Jeddah Summer Festival (June/July)
Known locally as Jeddah Ghair, the city’s summer festival attracts more than a million every year. Numerous events and activities take place over several weeks. This includes art exhibitions, sports, food and craft markets, children’s entertainment and spectacular fireworks displays.
Jeddah Season (June/July)
One of 11 Saudi Seasons events held throughout the Kingdom, Jeddah Season celebrates the best in the arts – from theatre and music performances to comedy shows and art exhibitions.
Saudi National Day (September)
This public holiday held on 23 September marks the unification of the Kingdom by King Abdul in 1923. The festivities feature airshows, fireworks and parades. Locals and expats alike join in the celebrations.
Eid Al-Fitr Festival (ninth month of the lunar calendar)
Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is by far one of the most popular festivals in Jeddah. People come from far and wide for this week-long celebration, decorate their houses and prepare sumptuous meals for family and friends to break the previous month’s fast.