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Visiting Marrakech in December

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Although visiting Marrakech in December may involve packing a few items of warmer clothing for the evenings, the climate is by no means cold, in the European sense, despite the presence of the snow-capped Atlas, as temperatures range from a minimum 6 degrees at night to 19 during the afternoon and sunshine hours average a perfectly respectable 7 hours per day.

Visiting Marrakech in December – Events and Festivals

The month begins with Mawlid un Nabi, a festival marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. This is a day of prayer for Muslims combined with performances of the Prophet’s story through related poems and odes.

Visiting Marrakech in DecemberThis month also sees the staging of the renowned Marrakech International Film Festival, a long established event (scheduled to take place between the 2nd and 10th December) attended by national and international film makers including famous producers, directors and actors. (N. B. These dates could not be precisely confirmed at time of writing). Screens are set up in several places for free public viewings of films including the central ‘Place Jemaa el Fna’.

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Visiting Marrakech in November

Although, statistically, November is the year’s wettest month in Morocco, those visiting Marrakech in November will find that it’s still significantly milder and much less wet than in most of Europe. What’s more, visiting the Ochre City at this time of year makes for an appreciably less busy and less expensive break than at the height of the tourist season (October and April). Here are some interesting events to schedule into your trip.

Visiting Marrakech in NovemberVisiting Marrakech in November – Events and Festivals

On 6th November, Marrakech – and indeed all of Morocco – celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the “Green March”. On this day in November 1975 Morocco’s people took to the streets to demonstrate against Spanish colonial influence to the south of the country and demand the return of Morocco’s southernmost province to Moroccan rule. Marked by colourful parades, a palace reception and celebrations involving traditional music and food, the 18th November is Independence Day in Morocco commemorating the declaration of Morocco’s independence from Spanish and French colonial powers.

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Visiting Marrakech in October

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Despite a marked decline compared with September, average daily temperatures in Marrakech during October are very pleasant, ranging between 14° and 28°, a welcome contrast with the oppressive heat of summer. With monthly rainfall increasing only slightly to some 23 mm and sunshine hours of around nine hours per day, October is one of the best months for visiting the ‘Pink City’. And, of course, there is plenty to see and do in terms of events and festivals if you’ll be visiting Marrakech and the western region of Morocco in October 2017.

marrakech-sunset

Visiting Marrakech in October – Events and Festivals

Starting on 11th October, the Trophée Rose des Sables, is a high octane, women-only motor race involving 4x4s, SSVs, ATVs and motorcycles. The event runs until October 22nd.

Starting on the 17th and ending on the 22nd of October 2017, the El Jadida Horse Show is a 7-day spectacle in and around the west coast town designed to highlight Morocco’s equestrian tradition. The event is expected to attract over 100 exhibitors from 35 countries.

For music lovers, the Festival Andalous in Essaouira, also on the Atlantic, is a must. Scheduled to take place from the 26th to the 28th of October 2017, this international festival consists of a series of dynamic international events comprising the ‘Musical Spring of Alizés’ and ‘Gnaoua & Musiques du Monde’ concerts.

From 26th to 29th October there is the colourful, long established Erfoud Date Festival beyond the Atlas, on the northern edge of the Sahara (learn more).

October also sees a variety of trade shows and conferences (learn more), including TEDx Marrakech. Taking place on the 21st October 2017, on the theme of “Tribes and Trolls”, the event is focused on the digital world and its influence on our lives in the 21st Century.

Visiting Marrakech in October – Things to Do

October is a good time to enjoy a little ‘shopping therapy’. A good place to visit is 33 Rue Majorelle, a store comprising a large number of boutiques and shops, perfect for souvenir hunting.

For families at half term, the extensive pools, water rides and affordable restaurants of the Oasiria Water Park offers a fun day out – and welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Looking for somewhere to stay while visiting Marrakech in October? Look no further – Les Borjs de la Kasbah, highly rated on review sites, offers peace, tranquility and every comfort within close proximity of some of the city’s finest attractions, not least the Tombeaux Saadiens on the edge of the Kasbah.

Marrakech Events September 2017

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Temperatures in September dip slightly from those of August to a more tolerable 27 ͦ but the Ochre City remains hot and busy. Despite this, there are many exciting festivals to look out for.

The month starts with the Aid el-Kebir, the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, commemorating the biblical story of Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son. This important religious-come-social event, involving the dispatch of innumerable sheep, is a time for family reunions and feasting. Many businesses will be closed during the festival, between 1st/2nd September.

marrakech september

Other Marrakech events in September 2017 include:

International Salsa Festival – running from 6th to 12th September, this event comprises theatre performances, workshops, parties, Latin dance classes and more.

Oasis Festival – scheduled for 15th-18th September, the Oasis Festival is an annual event featuring the finest underground electronic music talents as well as other activities including yoga sessions, surf trips and more.

Achoura – this eagerly anticipated festival on 30th September and 1st October involves feasting, music, song and dance and lots of other fun activities for old and young alike.

More Marrakech September 2017 Events

6th Edition – Pure Life Experiences, 10th-14th of September 2017

AYLS (African Youth Leadership Summit), 21st-25th of September 2017

DIPEWC (2nd International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Electronics, and Wireless Communications), 28th-30th of September 2017

Things to Do

Although Marrakech is best known for its historic and architectural treasures it is also home to a fine selection of galleries allowing one to appreciate contemporary and modern Moroccan and African art. Galleries to look out for include the:

Dar Cherifa, Mouassine. Opening times: Daily 10 AM -7 PM

Riad Yima, Derb Aarjane. Opening times: Daily 9 AM – 6 PM

Galerie 127, Guéliz. Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 3 PM – 7 PM or by appointment)

David Bloch Gallery, Guéliz. Opening times: Monday 3.30 – 7.30 PM; Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 AM -1.30 PM and 3.30 – 7.30 PM

Galerie Rê, the ‘Résidence Al Andalous III’. Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM and 3 – 8 PM

Marrakech August 2017 Events

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Scorching hot and dusty, August in Marrakech is for sun lovers. Average temperatures range between 20 and 38 degrees and there is little, if any, rain. Thus, locating a place to stay with a proper swimming pool (many riads have little more than ornamental or ‘plunge’ pools) becomes an essential requirement.

les borjs pool

Tempting as it is to stay put in these conditions, enjoying the comforts and facilities of one’s hotel, venturing out to explore the ‘ochre city’ and its attractions is well worth the effort as there’s plenty to see and do.

Marrakech August 2017 Events

Oued Ed-Dahab Day – The 14th August is a national holiday commemorating the day on which the southern province of Oued Ed-Dahab was recovered from Mauritania.

Revolution of the King & the People – Celebrated on the 20th, this national holiday marks the end of French colonial power in Morocco in 1953.

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Marrakech July 2017 Events

Friday, July 7th, 2017

July, like August, is the height of European and American tourist season although, in Morocco, it is actually Low Season on account of the scorching temperatures. Rainfall is negligible, apart from the occasional thunderstorm, and temperatures range from night-time lows of 21 degrees to highs of 37 degrees during the day. It is therefore imperative to take all necessary precautions to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Marrakech weather

Despite the heat, Marrakech in July sees a number of exciting festivals well worth including into your programme.

Marrakech July 2017 Events

The three most notable Marrakech July 2017 events are the:

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June 2017 Events in Marrakech

Monday, May 1st, 2017

This month’s events start with ‘Marrakech du Rire’, the 7th annual International Festival of Humour being held between 28 June and 02 July.  Aimed at a francophone audience but featuring nationally and internationally renowned comedians, the festival is compered by the events’ founder, Franco-Moroccan actor and comedian Jamel Debbouze (one of the stars of the film ‘Amélie’). The Marrakech Festival du Rire is held in the El Badi Palace, other events taking place at the Theatre Royal and French Institute.

marrakech du rire 2017

In mid-June (date still to be confirmed) a 3-day Cherry Festival is held in Sefrou (a village closer to Fes than Marrakech) to celebrate the region’s farming and cultural heritage. The event includes a ‘Cherry Queen’ pageant consisting of a parade, with bands, street performers and colourful floats, as well as a market selling not only cherries but an array of other local products. An efficient, affordable rail service links Marrakech with Fes, the journey alone, through the Moroccan countryside and desert landscapes, making this an event well worth undertaking.

Other June 2017 Events

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Marrakech Events in May 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017

May in Marrakech is a lovely month, akin to high summer in Europe. With idyllic average temperatures ranging between 12 and 28 degrees, some 10 hours of daily sunshine and less than 24mm rainfall, the climate is clement enough to relax by a pool while not too hot, or tiring, to enjoy a walking tour of the city. In addition to sightseeing, there is an interesting calendar of events with something to suit everyone.

marrakech may

May 2017 Events

Festivities start with Kelaa-des-Mgouna, the Rose Festival, which takes place in early May in the fertile Dades Valley, south of the Atlas, an event guaranteed to tempt visitors with traditional food, music and dancing, a dedicated market and, not least, a ‘Rose Queen’ competition. There is also a street procession of decorated floats during this first weekend of the month.

International celebrities, local artists and street performers gather to entertain visitors with a variety of concerts at the Desert Music Festival in mid-May, although the exact date has yet to be confirmed at time of writing. The long established and excellent World Sacred Music Festival in Fez and the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, featuring local and top class international artists, are scheduled to run from 12th to 20th May.

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April 2017 Events in Marrakech and beyond

Monday, February 27th, 2017

One of the best months of the year with temperatures into the high twenties and an average 9 hours of daily sunshine, April is a lovely time to be in Marrakech both for the ideal climate and range of special visitor attractions and events.

marrakech markets

April 2017 Events

Events kick off with the two final days of the Marrakech Dance Festival which starts on the 27th March. In addition to intensive dance sessions, including mock battles, there are workshops, classes, conferences and shows.

The legendary Marathon des Sables desert footrace takes place from 7th to 15th April while, for those looking for something a little less gruelling, the Grand Prix Hassan II tennis tournament takes place between 10th and 16th  April.

Golf enthusiasts may wish to fit the Trophée Hassan II tournament (part of the European Tour) into their schedule; the event takes place in the capital, Rabat, a long but interesting train ride from Marrakech, between 13th and 16th April.

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Events and Things to do in Marrakech in March 2017

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

March is one of the most popular times of the year in Marrakech and it’s not surprising. With average daily sunshine of 8 hours, temperatures between 11 and 23 degrees and much less rainfall than is normal in northern Europe, Spring is very much in the air, indeed, towards the end of the month it feels more like Summer!

Warm enough for sunbathing but not too hot for sightseeing March is an ideal time of year to visit Marrakech. 

Events and Things to do in Marrakech in March 2017

March in Marrakech sees a number of festivals and other events.

Other Events

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