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Festivals across Lebanon

Every year, Lebanon transforms into a constellation of rhythm, radiance, and revelry. Age-old towns come alive under resplendent spotlights with alternating musical sounds bringing life back to their ancient halls and temple walls. Celebrating music and art in sites where the past and the present converge, Lebanon’s festivals attract hosts of stars and performers across various music genres to appease all tastes and demands, to delight and deliver memorable experiences. Summer is the busiest season of festivals and cultural events in Lebanon, but that does not diminish from the vibrant charm of other cultural celebrations and performances that take place in autumn and winter.

 

In addition to the annual festivities, which have become akin to tradition every year, a number of large-scale shows, world-renowned plays, and events are held at Casino du Liban. There are also several smaller events that celebrate culture, art, music, and film, such as Beirut Design Week, the Beirut International Film Festival, The Festival of Colors, and many more.       

 

The larger festivals that take place annually are:

  • The Baalbek International Festival (summer)
  • The Byblos International Festival (summer)
  • The Beiteddine Art Festival (summer)
  • Beirut Holidays Festival (summer)
  • Al-Bustan Festival (winter)
  • Ehdeniyat International Festival (summer)
  • The Batroun International Festival (summer)
  • Zouk Mikael International Festival (summer)

Smaller festivals include:

  • The Jounieh International Festival (summer)
  • Al-Karma Festival and the Flower Feast (autumn)
  • Anjar Festival (summer)
  • Tyre Festival (summer)

Things to do

Al-Qaysariyya (the Silk Saray)

Built in 1595 during the reign of Emir Fakhreddine II as a public market for the then-flourishing silk trade, at its center you’ll come across a...

Anjar Festival

The festivities in Anjar take place in summer amidst the beautifully-lit historic Umayyad ruins and feature local and regional musical talents and...

Al-Karma Festival and the Flower Festival

Each September, Zahle hosts its week-long Festival of the Vine, a local celebration shared with the city's Flower Festival (Zouhour Festival). Amidst...

Tyre Festival

Held each year in July, the Tyre and South Festival celebrates Lebanese culture and art in various venues within the historic southern portside city...

Zouk Mikael International Festival

July in the beautiful, historic city of Zouk Mikael promises visitors a special treat that combines history and musical entertainment. This...

Jounieh International Festival

The Jounieh International Festival is organized by Phellipolis, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote tourism in Lebanon. It takes...

Ehdeniyat International Festival

Ehden, known among locals as “The Garden of Eden,” has been putting together a town festival called Ehdeniyat every summer since 2004. It has...

Byblos International Festival

Since 2003, the Byblos International Festival has been showcasing artists from around the world in spectacular portside performances on a makeshift...

Bekaa

Anjar Festival

The festivities in Anjar take place in summer amidst the beautifully-lit historic Umayyad ruins and feature local and regional musical talents and...

Al-Karma Festival and the Flower Festival

Each September, Zahle hosts its week-long Festival of the Vine, a local celebration shared with the city's Flower Festival (Zouhour Festival). Amidst...

Baalbek International Festival

Inaugurated in 1956 by then-President Camille Chamoun, the Baalbek International Festival is Lebanon and the Middle East’s oldest and most prominent...

Beirut

Beirut Holidays Festival

Beirut Holidays is a series of summer concerts and shows held in Beirut Souks. Launched in 2012, the festival brings together diverse musical...

Beirut Souks

The Beirut Souks is a reconstructed shopping strip in the Beirut Central District consisting of a complex of alleys and pathways. The old souks were...

Beirut Biel Exhibition Center

The Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, referred to locally as BIEL, and not to be confused with the nearby Beirut Exhibition...

The Beirut Hippodromes

The ancient Roman hippodrome of Beirut was discovered in 1988 in the Jewish Quarter, Wadi Abu Jamil, and is considered to have been the grandest of...

North Lebanon

Ehdeniyat International Festival

Ehden, known among locals as “The Garden of Eden,” has been putting together a town festival called Ehdeniyat every summer since 2004. It has...

Batroun International Festival

The coastal city of Batroun has been hosting its own summer international music and cultural festival since 2009. It has had the honor of showcasing...

Mount Lebanon

The Old Souk Museum

This museum is located in a private craftsman's house in the souk and sells old crafts and souvenirs. Contact information: Zouk Mkayel, near...

Al-Qaysariyya (the Silk Saray)

Built in 1595 during the reign of Emir Fakhreddine II as a public market for the then-flourishing silk trade, at its center you’ll come across a...

Zouk Mikael International Festival

July in the beautiful, historic city of Zouk Mikael promises visitors a special treat that combines history and musical entertainment. This...

Jounieh International Festival

The Jounieh International Festival is organized by Phellipolis, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote tourism in Lebanon. It takes...

Byblos International Festival

Since 2003, the Byblos International Festival has been showcasing artists from around the world in spectacular portside performances on a makeshift...

Beiteddine Art Festival

Celebrating 30 years of cultural variety and ingenuity, the Beiteddine Art Festival presents not-to-be-missed international art exhibits and musical...

Al-Bustan Festival

In the heart of Beit Mery, this international festival of music and performance arts tops itself every winter with a host of new line-ups. Since its...

South Lebanon

Tyre Festival

Held each year in July, the Tyre and South Festival celebrates Lebanese culture and art in various venues within the historic southern portside city...

Khan el-Franj

Just down the street from the souks of Saida, on the corniche, Khan el Franj (“Caravanserai of the French”), was built by Emir Fakhreddine in the...

Our Lady of Jezzine

Saydet Jezzine or Saydet al-Maabour (Our Lady of Jezzine) is a commanding shrine with a statue of the Virgin Mary at the entrance of the city. In...