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Tel Aviv in Israel always has a lot going on, but to make things easier for you on your travels, here’s a breakdown of some of the best events each season you should look to experience.
Autumn (from the end of September to November-ish) in Tel Aviv is one of the nicest times of year. With the high heat of the summer having dissipated, outdoor activities are now blanketed with gentle fall breezes. Literally meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah, otherwise known as the Jewish New Year, occurs in the fall. This means apples and honey (and other fruits), abound. This time of year is also known as the chagim (holidays), and it means a lot of days off for Israeli kids from school, and Israelis from their offices. A highlight of the season? Pomegranates. Find deep, ruby red pomegranates just about everywhere throughout the city. Autumn is also one of the most relaxing times of year and the weather is conducive for biking around the city or hitting the beaches at all points during the day, so grab your poms and get going!
With the winter months in Tel Aviv (December – February), comes the Israeli rains. Rain in Israel is always a positive occurrence, as the country always needs more liquid nourishment, but outdoor activities can be a bit of a bust. So, what should you do instead? Try a scavenger hunt around the city to find the best cafés. We recommend Cafe XoHo for veggie-friendly cuisine and great coffee! Also, don’t forget to scope out sufganiyot (donuts) special just for Chanukkah and the winter season.
Spring in Tel Aviv is a time for warmer weather, the wisps of summer breezes, and lots of colors around the city. The spring months (generally considered April – May), also bring the big holidays – Passover (Pesach) and Easter. Israelis are generally on break during the Passover holidays and most take the long time off to leave the country and fly chul (abroad). Come to Israel in the spring and experience the traditional matzah (unleavened bread) and Passover foods featured around the city.
Summertime and the living is … hot. Summer months can be extremely hot and humid in Tel Aviv (June – August). Coinciding with the heat, is one of the hottest events of the year; the Gay Pride Parade! Every year, the Tel Aviv pride parade draws tens of thousands of people to the city, from around the world. This year alone there were 200,000. Hit the streets in June and you will see tons of people from all walks of life, celebrating love. The parade meanders through the city and ends at the beach with a big party. Don’t miss it!