Tel Aviv is always alive and well during the Purim holiday, which begins in the evening of Wednesday, February 28th and will surely continue into the weekend.
In addition to the abundance of parties at bars and clubs around the city, here is a curated selection of mostly free, open-to-the-public festivities, with a directory including many more on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality website.
Purim Street Party
Friday, March 2 from 11:00-17:00 at Kikar Hamedina
After more than 100,000 people showed up to the annual Purim Street Party last year, you can only expect just as much this time around.
Come dressed in costumes and enjoy quality electronic music. Leading DJs in the Tel Aviv music scene will play on a 360-degree stage erected in the center of the square, including performances by Muki and Subliminal.
An urban street show will also be held in the square, featuring a variety of merchandise for purchase. There will be an emphasis on ecologically friendly or recycled products, street culture and urban design.
The event will not be held in the case of rain.
Purim Salsa Party
Monday, February 26 from 20:00-23:00 at Tel Aviv Municipality Building
This party is for dancers at every level to meet and celebrate Purim in a unique way. The first hour of the event will feature group salsa lessons led by volunteer organization Media Noche Tel Aviv/Menta. A salsa dance party will start at 9 pm, giving participants an opportunity to show off their new skills.
Yafo Purim Carnival
Thursday, March 1 from 15:00-19:00 at Davidoff Park
This Purim carnival held will feature a variety of family friendly attractions, including a mini amusement park with inflatable structures, fair stands and games, balloon-making, and circus and juggling workshops.
The event will also feature a bilingual stage show by the Almaina Theatre, and performances by singer Adi Beatty and children’s performer Roy Boy.
Purim at Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Old Railway Station
Thursday, March 1 and Saturday, March 3 at HaTachana
Festivities begin at 10:30 in the morning and include games, art activities and workshops for all ages. Entertainment will include an interactive magic show by Shai the Magician, a performance by the Neve Tzedek Community Center hip-hop band and “Miri Teshiri,” an inspiring musical adventure with a moral message.
Purim at the Opera House
Thursday, March 1 – Saturday, March 3 at The Opera House
The Tel Aviv Opera House will stage several children’s shows during the Purim weekend as part of the Yaron festival. “Alice in Wonderland” will be featured, along with “What about the deer?” — a musical fantasy based on some of the most beloved Israeli songs of all time.
The shows are appropriate for ages 4 and up, and tickets can be purchased for 65 shekels on the Opera website.
70s Disco Party in Givon Square
Saturday, March 3 at 12:00 at Givon Square
This is a Purim party for people who share a love of dancing to some throwback tunes.