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What's On This Month in Tel Aviv | May 2016
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What's On This Month in Tel Aviv | May 2016

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Updated: 26 May 2016
The weather outside is getting (even) hotter and Tel Aviv is gearing up for the highlights in May to match! Tel Aviv’s Municipality will be throwing some major events which usually signifies the arrival of full-blown summer in the city, from the Tel Aviv Pride Week celebrating the LGBT community to the annual Independence Day festivities and the official opening of Beach Season! Whether it’s theatre, dance, music or design you’re after, we’ve selected some of our favorite events, shows and exhibitions for all interests, and we assure you, there won’t be one dull moment this May!


© Moses Sea Band | Tel Aviv Municipality | Bass Jackers | English On Stage

CONCERT| Elvis Revival Concert
Sunday 1st May

Sunday nights spent singing along and rocking out to Elvis music? What could be better! This spectacular musical depicts 25 years of Elvis on one stage.

THEATRE | Little Black Dress Show At Habima
Sunday 1st May

Ideal for English-speakers, this show focuses on all things women. It has the best of fashion fused with comedy, while also celebrating top ladies in music like Aretha, Whitney and Beyoncé.

MUSIC | BassJackers Perform in Tel Aviv
Thursday 5th May

The Dutch Duo DJ’s ‘BassJackers’ will be spinning in Tel Aviv at the much anticipated seven hour rave.

FILM | The Days of Ukrainian Cinema
Thursday 5th-19th May

If you love Ukrainian film or are simply open to discovering a new cinema, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque will be hosting a festival of the best Ukranian films.

CULTURE | Hungarian Festival at the Tachana
Friday 6-7th May

For all things Hungarian, the Ambassador to Israel and the Tel Aviv Municipality is throwing the Hungarian Festival, a cultural explosion of food, music, games and more.

DESIGN | Made in Israel Fair
Friday 6th May

With everything from jewellery, wallets and bags to home products and fresh local produce, this fair will showcase the best of all things made ‘Blue and White’.

SUNDAY 8th – SUNDAY 15th May

© Suzanne Dellal Center | BuXa | Victory Day | Independence Day Celebrations

CULTURE | Celebrating Victory Day
Sunday 8th May

The Russians and their heritage make up a large portion of the population and on this day, the Tel Aviv celebrates Victory Day with them at a unique cultural event.

LEISURE | Official Opening of Tel Aviv’s Beach Season
Monday 9th May- 20th October

There’s nothing that quite characterizes Tel Aviv as much as its energetic sandy beaches that line the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. On May 9th, Tel Aviv’s beach will be officially opened, with lifeguards returning to their posts and a slew of summer activities taking place.

CULTURE | Independence Day Celebrations at Rabin Square
Wednesday 11th May

The annual festivities marking the eve of Independence Day include live music, food stands, Israeli artists and a grand finale of fireworks, seen from the square.

DANCE | Itzik Galili: Man of the Hour
Friday 13-14th May

Dance lover’s rejoice as Itzik Galili returns to the coveted Suzanne Dellal Center Stage for two spectacular nights of dance and opera fusion.

NIGHTLIFE | BuXa’s Toys Come to Life
Saturday 14th May

A nightlife activity combined with Tel Aviv’s art scene, BuXa brings together the sounds of top local and international DJs with an unusual art exhibit.

MONDAY 16th – SUNDAY 22nd May

© Israeli Opera © Spring Market TLV © Docaviv ©  Thriller Live
© Israeli Opera | Spring Market TLV | Docaviv |  Thriller Live

MUSIC | Macbeth at the Israeli Opera
Tuesday 17th-29th May

For theatre and music fans, the timeless story of revenge, death, guilt and honor wrapped in the distinct vocals of the Israeli Opera is highly anticipated in Tel Aviv.

MUSIC | Thriller Live
Thursday 19-24th May

This worldwide performance is coming to Israel to pay tribute to the story and career of the King of Pop and musical genius that was Michael Jackson.

FILM | Docaviv: International Documentary Film Festival
Thursday 19th- 28th May

Docaviv returns to Tel Aviv. The largest of its kind, this International Film Festival boasts a selection of over 100 of the best documentaries showing at the Cinematheque, as well as free screening all over the city.

FASHION | Spring Market TLV
Saturday 21st May

Every season, TLV Spring Market brings together all of the city’s creatives under one roof, for an inspiring showcase of local florists, photographers, designer and more.

MONDAY 23rd – TUESDAY 31st May

© TLVFest  © Miss Trans Israel Pageant   © Tourist Israel   © Shuki Weiss
© TLVFest  | Miss Trans Israel Pageant   | Tourist Israel   | Shuki Weiss

CULTURE | Tel Aviv Pride Festivities
Wednesday 25th May- 5th June

As Tel Aviv gears up for the famous annual Pride Parade, the Pride Festival will combine a range of events with the LGBT community.

MUSIC | Elton John: Live in Tel Aviv
Thursday 26th May

Beloved music legend and British songwriter Elton John is taking the stage, igniting the love of thousands of fans who will undoubtedly be singing along in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon park.

DESIGN | Houses From Within Tour
Thursday 26th-28th

As part of the international Open House Project, Open House Tel Aviv will be participating in opening some of the most important architectural and historical buildings to the public.

FASHION | Miss Trans Israel Pageant
Saturday 28th May

In the spirit of celebrating the local and international LGBT communities, the municipality will be holding the ‘Miss Israel’ Trans Pageant during Pride Week.

FILM | TLV Fest: International LGBT Film Festival
Sunday 29th May – 7th June

Every year this powerful LGBT Film Festival, TLV Fest, brings together and shines a light on the raw talents of the community, as well as reflecting LGBT issues in cinema.