There are various kinds of festivals on Beirut. They vary in time; many of them are in summer time, especially in the area of al-Hamra Street, a well-known shopping and nightlife area. The capital of Lebanon is a busy city with events and festivals, among them:

Beirut International Film Festival

Held annually in October, this festival showcases films from all over the Middle East.

Lebanese Rock Festival

Held in October, it provides a great occasion to meet and discover Lebanese rock bands.


Held in October, this is a fair where both Lebanese and international wines are displayed.

Beirut International Jazz Festival

Held annually in July, it showcases some of the greatest international jazz artists as well as Lebanese musicians.

Festival du Cinéma Francophone

It is held yearly between March and April over a period of two weeks.

Beirut Spring Festival

Organized in May, it showcases artistic initiatives revolving around the theme of tolerance and cultural diversity.

Beirut Cooking Festival

Held in November, one can meet celebrity chefs, take culinary workshops, learn all about olive oil, about how to set up a fancy table, buy culinary books and enjoy Lebanese and international food.

Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran

This is a free street festival held in Mar Mikhael in September, where theatre, dances, puppetry, music and storytelling take place.


Beirut International Documentary Festival

Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth

This is a major fair in Lebanon where one can meet francophone and international authors; discover Lebanese libraries and publishing houses.

Beirut Design Week

Held annually in June, it features exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studios showcasing the work of local and international designers.


This annual exhibition highlights Lebanese artistic talent, where one can find unique gifts.

Beirut Art Fair

This is a significant platform for the promotion of contemporary art and design such as sculptures, paintings, designs, installation art, video, photography, etc.


Souk al Tayeb

Souk al Tayeb is held every Saturday near BIEL downtown between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. It is Beirut's first farmer's market. This is where you can buy local food and larder products, plus artisans' crafts.

L’Artisan du Liban

A shop where the visitor can buy handmade Lebanese crafts and arts.