2024-04-25

20 amazing things to do this week in Riyadh

Cosplay competitions, summer sweets, new shows, and plenty of excitement Looking for great ways to spend the next five days? How about 20 fun choices for things to do in Riyadh this week? If you want to know about the latest and greatest things to do in Riyadh, these are it. From the newest openings to top food options or interesting places to visit, Time Out always has you covered. Here are the best things to do in Riyadh this week.

Channel your alter ego at Gamers8 Cosplay Cup

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Gamers8 Cosplay Cup
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Gamers8 Cosplay Cup

It’s time to play dress up at the two-day Gamers8 Cosplay Cup. The world’s largest cosplay competition is happening from Sunday August 27 to Monday August 28 at Boulevard Riyadh City’s Mohammed Abdo Arena. Tickets are available from SAR35. The event will see cosplayers from over 45 countries and 100 international cosplay teams with the winning team bagging a grand prize of US$100,000. This is your chance to dress up as an actual Barbie. 

Have Peruvian street food at COYA’s Para Picar Nights

Things to do in Riyadh this week: COYA Para Picar Nights
Things to do in Riyadh this week: COYA Para Picar Nights

From Wednesday August 30 to Saturday September 2, COYA is hosting Para Picar Nights. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere accompanied by a selection of classic Peruvian eats. 
Wed Aug 30-Sat Sep 2. Open Sat-Wed 1pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 1pm-12.30am. As Sulimaniyah, @coyariyadh. 

Watch your favourite childhood characters at Disney on Ice

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Disney on Ice
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Disney on Ice

It’s time to see Mickey and Minnie live in action as they glide their way through Boulevard Riyadh City with the rest of your favourite characters at Disney on Ice. Tickets are available starting from SAR95. This is a family outing you don’t want to miss this week. 
From SAR95. Thu Aug 24-Wed Sep 20. Boulevard Riyadh City area, Hittin, enjoy.ticketmx.com.

Don’t miss the last week of Misk Art Institute’s summer exhibition

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Misk
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Misk Art Institute’s summer exhibition

Pro and aspiring artists, make your way to the last week of Misk Art Institute’s summer exhibition and see 33 local artists’ spin on what tradition means to them in the form of paintings, drawings, photography, and sculptures. Did we mention entry’s free? 
Free. Until Thu Aug 31. Open Sat-Thu 4pm-10pm. Fri (closed). Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall, An Namudhajiyah, @miskartinst.

Indulge in summer bites at COVA

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Black Tap

Milan-born COVA is the oldest pasticceria in Italy has new summer items to try. From 6pm to midnight you can treat yourself to fruits ricetta with soft Italian cream topped with fresh fruits, or a maritozzo composed of brioche bread filled with special COVA vanilla cream. Make it two.
Open daily 4pm-3am. Bujairi Terrace, Diriyah, pasticceriacova.com.

Bite into Black Tap’s limited-edition sandwich

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Black Tap
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Black Tap

Keep it spicy with Black Tap’s new Truffle Hot Honey Sandwich. The KAFD restaurant offering is on until the end of August, meaning you’ve got more than a few days to sample the new bite. Don’t forget to pair it with a sweet CrazyShake. 
Open daily 12.30pm to midnight. KAFD, @blacktapksa.

Play at 4padel

Things to do in Riyadh this week: 4padel
Things to do in Riyadh this week: 4padel

Take to the outdoors at 4padel and get in on a friendly game of batting fun. If you’re planning on making it a habit, grab yourself a monthly package from SAR800. Don’t forget to up your padel game at the corner store where you can choose your racket and padel balls. 
From SAR800. AlAarid, @4padel.sa.

Shop art supplies at Colour Theory

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Colour Theory
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Colour Theory

Back to school we go. If you happen to be raising a mini Picasso in the making, for their first art class this semester, you’ll need to make sure your little ones (or teenagers) have everything on deck including fun painting supplies, colourful markers, and a crafty sketch set. Perhaps it’s time for the family to pick up a new creative hobby?
Open Sat-Thu 10am-10.30pm. Al Olaya, colortheoryksa.com.

Enjoy all pink vibes at It Caffe

Things to do in Riyadh: It Barbie menu
Things to do in Riyadh this week: It Barbie menu

Barbie fun hasn’t stopped yet. At Huna Riyadh Park‘s new It Caffe, you can have new pink treats on the new pink menu daily from 8am to 1am. Enjoy a Barbie frappe, profiteroles, cookies, and of course a signature croll ranging between SAR12 to SAR68. You can even snap a pic at the Barbie box. 
From SAR12. Until Thu Aug 31. Open daily 8am-1am. Huna Riyadh Park, Al Aqiq, @itcaffe.sa. 

Play air hockey at Sala Hub

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Sala Hub
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Sala Hub

Sala Hub, located in Boulevard Riyadh City, is one of the city’s largest indoor entertainment hubs. So, if you’re looking for some family fun, as well (as well as some nostalgia for the older crowd) head here to play air hockey and other old-school games. Who will make the puck? 
Boulevard Riyadh City, Hittin, @salahub_sa. 

Have a kawaii evening at Korean Street

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Korean Street
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Korean Street

There are so many exciting things to do at Gamers8, including taking a trip to Korean Street. Did we mention that the entrance is free? Because it is. You can classes, including origami and Korean script for free. You can buy all the K-Pop merch and Korean groceries you want at the K-mart. Test your spice tolerance to the test at the spicy ramen eating competition by trying to scarf down four cups in five minutes.
Free. Until Aug 31. 6pm-1am. Riyadh Boulevard City, Hittin, gamers8.gg/korean-district.

Spend an evening sampling Brute’s August menu

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Brute
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Brute

Craving meat and Latin-American flavours? The Argentinian steakhouse has got you covered with its August set menu. For SAR220, you can get a starter, salad, main course, dessert and drinks of your choice. The limited time offer is available for lunch and dinner all throughout August.
SAR220. Open Daily 12.30pm-1am. Ramla Terraza, As Sahafah, 

Discover at the National Museum

Things to do in Riyadh this week: National Museum of Saudi Arabia

If you’re after a feast of history without a price tag on it, the National Museum of Saudi Arabia has four halls for you to explore without spending a riyal. You could enjoy the whole day marveling at the themed halls. Later, stroll around the outdoor park. While you’re there, pop-by the Hijrah Exhibition for free on until November. 
Open Mon-Wed 9am-7pm, Thu 9am-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat 9am-7pm. Closed Sun. King Saud Rd, Historical Centre, @saudimuseum.

Head to Bujairi Terrace for free

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Bujairi Terrace
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Bujairi Terrace

Entrance to Bujairi Terrace is currently free as part of the new Diriyah Summer Access pass. You and the whole family can now explore the foodie destination and dine at eateries including Maiz, Hakkasan, Takya, and Long Chim without having to pay a ticket. Restaurant reservations are still recommended.
Free. Sat-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Fri 10am-1pm. Diriyah, tickets.diriyah.sa.

Listen to a live violinist at Beefbar with your dinner

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Beefbar
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Beefbar

Enjoy the melodies of a live violinist and DJ every with your dinner every Wednesday, including this Wednesday from 8.30pm, at Monte Carlo-born Beefbar. The fine-dining French steakhouse puts a luxury twist on street food classics and it was awarded Highly Commended for Best Steakhouses in Riyadh at the Time Out Riyadh Restaurant Awards 2022. Feast on thigns like mini wagyu beef sliders, miso black beef, and rock corn (aka popcorn tempura). 
Wed. 8.30pm. As Sulaimaniyah, @beefbar_riyadh. 

Cycle your way down the turns in Wadi Hanifa

Wadi Hanifa
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Cycling in Wadi Hanifa

What could be better than a cycle under the stars enjoying the cooler temperatures at Wadi Hanifa? Grab your bike and make your way through the many pathways in the area. Don’t have one? You could always rent a bike from the many bikes for hire spots in Riyadh. 
Open Sat-Wed 9am-11pm, Thu-Fri 9am-1am. Al Masani’a. 

Kick some ball at Goal Junior

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Goal Junior

Take your little ones to play at Goal Junior for some footie fun. These are outlets in Al Rabwa and Sahara Mall where kids can enjoy up to 15-minute games.
Various locations including Al Rabwa and Sahara Mall,goaljunior.com.

Start your engines at Doos Karting

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Doos Karting

Are you ready to hit the road – or should we say track? Feel the rush of adrenaline at Doos Karting’s indoor track. Take on the twists and turns in the road for SAR140 per person. 
SAR140. Boulevard Riyadh City, Hittin, dooskarting.com. 

Dine at ROKA’s Izakaya Nights

Things to do in Riyadh this week: ROKA
Things to do in Riyadh this week: ROKA

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6pm until midnight, ROKA welcomes you to enjoy Izakaya Nightsfeaturing a traditional Japanese dining experience known to bring family and friends together through the sharing of food. The nights also include a DJ and live percussionist. 
Open Tue-Wed 6pm-midnight (Izakaya Nights). As Sulaimaniyah, @rokarestaurant.ksa.

See if you can break out at Escape KSA

Escape the room at Escape KSA
Things to do in Riyadh this week: Escape KSA

See if you have the skills and smarts to get out of Escape KSA’s many themed rooms before you run out of time. Choose from four different VR escape room challenges or four live escape rooms. You’re on the clock. Tick tock, tick tock.
From SAR60 (per person). Open daily 3.30pm-2.30pm. The Zone, Takhassusi, @escapeksa.

Sightsee at Salwa Palace

Things to do in Riyadh this week: Salwa Palace

A visit to Salwa Palace is insightful, as you’ll be able to see incredible Saudi history IRL. The palace marks the establishment of the first Saudi state and showcases historical architecture. Take in the surrounding sights of Bait Al Mal and Al Turaif Mosque.
Turaif, Diriyah, diriyah.sa.

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