2024-04-12

8 fantastic free things to do in Riyadh at night

Where to go when the sun goes down

Riyadh is a city of night owls. What’s even better is there are many free things to do in Riyadh at night. After the sun sets, some enjoy putting on a pair of trainers and counting their steps, while others might enjoy a bit of art at one of the art galleries.

We don’t always want to spend a our hard-earned riyals when going out. Sometimes, we want to enjoy the city without breaking the bank, especially when there are plenty of brilliant options. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, here are some of the best free things to do in Riyadh at night with family, friends or solo.

Admire art at Naila Art Gallery

Naila Art Gallery is among the top free things to do in Riyadh at night
Naila Art Gallery

Naila Art Gallery is one of the first art galleries to open in Riyadh. It’s at the top of our free things to do in Riyadh at night for culture vultures. Get immersed in the talents of local and international artists from the various exhibitions. The gallery also has a private area where some of the best kept masterpieces can be found. If you’re lucky, you might even catch one of the many workshops or talks held at Naila Art Gallery. 
Free. Open Sat-Thu 2pm-10pm, Fri closed.

Check out Deera Souq

Deer Souq is among the top free things to do in Riyadh at night
Deera Souq

When out on the hunt for some of the best markets in the city to enjoy, nothing quite hits the mark like this old city market. Deera Souq (also known as Al Thumairi Market) is located in the city’s oldest area, close to the Masmak Fort. It is s a perfect pick for free things to do in Riyadh at night when you’re looking to discover in a historical part of the city. The market has a plethora of stores to window shop at and to admire the architecture. Of course, you might just be temped to buy something… 
Ad Dirah.

Explore at the National Museum

National Museum is among the top free things to do in Riyadh at night
National Museum of Saudi Arabia

Situated in close proximity to the Masmak Fort, the National Museum of Saudi Arabia has is filled with arts and culture across four exhibition halls. Each hall will transport you to various historic eras through ock carvings, prehistoric animals and even previously owned vintage cars of His Highness King Abdulaziz Al Saud. Other halls will give you a peek into ancient Arab civilisations as well as jewellery, murals, and portraits. That’s not all. Enjoy the outdoor walk areas and lakes while lounging on one of the many benches. It’s all free.
Open Mon-Wed 9am-7pm. Thu 9am-10pm. Fri 2pm-10pm. Sat 9am-7pm.

Get active in Wadi Hanifa

Wadi Hanifa
Wadi Hanifa

After active free things to do in Riyadh at night? Embrace the surroundings of Wadi Hanifa by taking a quick jog across the beautiful area. When looking for scenic views to enjoy, this outdoor space is usually in the mix. Check out new areas within the wadi, including the picturesque spot overlooking the lake.
Open Sat-Wed 9am-11pm, Thu-Fri 9am-1am. Al Masani’a.

Go to Boulevard Riyadh City

Boulevard Riyadh Cit is among the top free things to do in Riyadh at night
Boulevard Riyadh City

Boulevard Riyadh City has the capital’s own version of Times Square. For free things to do in Riyadh at night, this should be one to rank highly for the whole fam. Vibrant, lively and filled with heaps of enjoyment all around, entering Boulevard Riyadh City is free.
Free.

Play football in the DQ courts

Footie at the DQ is among the top free things to do in Riyadh at night
King Abdullah Walkway

Another freebie you don’t want to miss when it comes to free things to do in Riyadh at night, are the many football courts located throughout the Diplomatic Quarter. All you need to do is bring your own footie from home, put on those footie kicks, and dress the part. No riyal spent here. 
Free. Diplomatic Quarter, Al Safarat. 

Take a walk around the flower path at King Abdullah Park

King Abdullah Walkway

The King Abdullah Walkway, also known as the Flower Path, is one of free things to do in Riyadh at night when you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable way to get your steps in after the sun goes down. The area also has a lush flower path and parks as well as an additional walkaway surrounding the first private university in the city, Prince Sultan University.
Open daily 4.30pm-12.30am. Al Malaz.

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