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October festivals in Marrakech & elsewhere

Monday, September 7th, 2015

As late summer moves towards autumn October in Marrakech is arguably the best time of year, although with temperatures still in the high twenties it is hardly cool. One can expect around nine hours of sunshine per day. Rainfall, after the drought of summer, begins to be a feature of the weather once again but, at 23mm, there’s not much of it. If there are fewer festivals in Marrakech now than at other times in the season there are still a number of noteworthy events to draw the crowds.

Fatih Muharram

Fatih Muharram is celebrated by Muslims all over the world on the first day of the Islamic Calendar’s new year which, this year, falls on the 14th October. On this day, Muslims reflect on the journey made by the prophet Mohamed and his followers to Medina in 622 of the Muslim Current Era.

Erfoud Date Festival

This famous festival, celebrated in Erfoud, a small Saharan oasis some six hours to the east of the former garrison town of Ouarzazate, is set to commence at the end of the harvest, usually at the beginning of October. The festival involves traditional dance and music with processions, dromedary races, feasting and the crowning of this year’s ‘Date Queen’.

Tissa Horse Festival

The quiet country town of Tissa, some 30 miles north east of Fes, holds its Horse Festival at the beginning of October (exact date still to be confirmed). At this popular, unique festival hundreds of horsemen and their mounts, decked out in elaborate, colourful, traditional costumes, show off their skills. In addition to equestrian events and competitions, the festival involves a good deal of energetic music, dancing and singing, traditional food and plenty of mint tea.

Tip of the Month

If you’re looking for one of the lesser known places of interest in Marrakech look no further than the Mellah, the historic Jewish neighbourhood. Still in comparatively excellent shape (unlike many Jewish Quarters in Europe), this area offers a one-of-a-kind experience and notable synagogue.

September Events in Marrakech and elsewhere in Morocco

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Morocco hosts a variety of events in September, including:

Marrakech Art Fair - designed specifically for those interested in contemporary art, this event sees collectors and galleries showing off some of their most original modern creations. Most of the best galleries are to be found in Guéliz, the post war commercial quarter of the city.

Latin Dance Festival – open to all, this exciting event, taking place at the Palmaraie Palace resort between 2nd and 8th September, is an exuberant tribute to latin dance and salsa. Pool partys will be held at the Hotel du Golf.

Moonfest Takerkoust – this three-day festival takes place beside the lake of Lalla Takerkoust, in a beautiful part of the Atlas just 35 km (22 miles) from Marrakech. The festival comprises musical gigs (including local and international rock bands) as well as cultural and tourist themed attractions, many of the attendees being housed in a tented village by the lakeside.


Notable Occasions in August in Marrakech

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Marrakech, like all other cities and regions in Morocco, celebrates three major public holidays during August. The first of these events, Allegiance Day, takes place on Friday, the 14th.

Allegiance Day

Zikra Oued Ed-Dahab, as this national holiday is locally known, is celebrated to mark the return, by Mauritania to Morocco, of the disputed region of Oued Eddahab.

Thaourat al-malik wa shâab

On August 20th the country celebrates ‘Thaourat al-Malik wa Shâab’, or ‘The King & the People’s Revolution’, an event commemorating King Mohammed V’s return to Morocco after exile in Madagascar. Mohammed V’s return set in motion the negotiations which eventually led to Morocco becoming an independent nation.

Eid Al Milad

Introduced mainly for the youth of Morocco (Eid Al Milad is often referred to as ‘Youth Day’), this public holiday, on 21st August, marks the official birthday of Mohammed VI. Ascending to Morocco’s throne following the death of his father, King Hassan II, in July 1999, King Mohammed is the Alaouite dynasty’s 18th monarch. Intended to reflect the harmonious relationship between the king and his citizens, Eid Al Milad sets the tone for a joyful, festive atmosphere throughout the country.


What’s Happening in Marrakech in July 2015

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

July 17th this year marks Eid ul-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, a month of daytime fasting for all devout Muslims. Eid is celebrated by a day of feasting on a scale similar to the Christian Christmas although, unlike Christmas, the date of the festival of Eid changes every year.

Popular Arts Festival

This is also the first day of one of the major cultural events in the Marrakech calendar – the Popular Arts Festival. Scheduled to take place from 17th to 21st of July, this popular event is one of the city’s biggest and most colourful festivals. Performers, including seductive belly dancers, Berber musicians and international artists, magicians, snake-charmers and others will transform the city (and, in particular, the Djemma el Fna square and El Badi Palace) into a riot of colour and sounds. If you were able to experience only one Moroccan festival in your life this would be the one to go for.


Marrakech Events to look out for in June 2015

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

As temperatures continue to soar, the month of June sees fewer events than in May but there are still a couple worthy of mention.

Mawzine Festival

The month starts with the Mawzine Festival in Rabat. Running from 29th May till 6th June, it comprises a starry line up of international acts, exhibitions and street performances.

Mort de Rire

The International Comedy Festival (also commonly known as the MDR – ‘mort de rire’, French for ‘to die laughing’) is scheduled to take place from 10th to 14th June. Inspired by Moroccan/ French comedian, actor and producer Jamel Debbouze, the event showcases a stellar line up of francophone comedy talent. The main venue is the Badi Palace while others include the French Institute, the Theatre Royal and Palais des Congrés.

Other Things to do in June


Marrakech in May – upcoming events

Friday, May 15th, 2015

From festivals taking place in Marrakech itself to those in the surrounding area and slightly further afield, every one of the popular events listed below is well worth adding to your schedule of things to see and do when planning your holiday in Marrakech.

Babyboomer’s Adventure Rally, 05/05/2015 – This light-hearted sightseeing rally takes in some of Morocco’s most scenic landscapes and routes. Winners are not determined by who reaches the final destination first but by whose car (and driver) are considered to be the ‘best turned out’ for the occasion.

Gnaoua & World Music Festival, 14/05 to 17/05/2015 – Taking place in coastal Essaouira, this annual event celebrates local gnaoua music but also features regional and international acts. The free public concerts regularly attract thousands of visitors from around the world.

World Sacred Music Festival, Fez, 22/05 to 30/05/2015 – Aiming to ‘highlight the spirituality and musical traditions which have served human and social development through the ages’, this wonderful festival, featuring some of the world’s best exponents of a diverse range of musical traditions, explores a vast repertoire of rhythms and musical genres.


Marrakech in May – roses, music and local cuisine!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Long sunny days and rapidly rising temperatures make May another good month to visit Marrakech. One can expect around 10 hours of daily sunshine and temperatures well up into the high twenties, even low thirties. As always, there is lots to see and do in Marrakech, from delightful gardens and historic sites to museums, leisure parks, festivals and more.

Events in May

Events this month begin with Yaûm Al-Âmal, Morocco’s version of Labour Day, on the 1st of the month. This is swiftly followed by the Festival of the Roses on the 2nd. Taking place at El-Kelaa M’Gouna, the latter celebrates the sea of roses that has earned the Dadès Valley, south of the Atlas, its name ‘Valley of the Roses’.

Gnaoua & World Music Festival

From the 12th to 15th May, Essouira, a coastal town around two hours from Marrakech, hosts the Gnaoua & World Music Festival. Attracting thousands of visitors, the festival includes free public concerts featuring some ofMorocco’s finest Gnaoua music and many international acts. More information concerning this event can be found here.


Marrakech – Events and Things To Do in April

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

As temperatures rise and tourists flock to Marrakech to enjoy what are, by European standards, summer temperatures, the city organises a packed events calendar with something for just about everyone. Those so far confirmed for April 2015 include:

Marathon Des Sables – Ouarzazate; 3rd April 2015; the Sand Marathon is a challenging 240 km endurance race across the rugged desert terrain south of Ouarzazate; more info here.

Marrakech Express Rally – Tangier to Atlas Mountains; 4th to 18th April 2015; a 2CV adventure rally running through stunning landscapes from the Mediterranean to the edge of the Sahara and back. More info here.

International Magic Festival – Marrakech; 5th April 2015; main festival venues include the central square, Djemaa el Fna, and the city’s Royal Theatre; enjoy magic performed by international artists all over the city

Morocco Tour/Harley-Davidson – Casablanca to Marrakech via Fez/Meknes in the north and Merzouga/Ouarzazate in the south; 20th to 29th April 2015. For more information click here.


Visiting Marrakech in March

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

With lots of sunshine (8 hours per day, on average), temperatures ranging from 11 to 25 degrees and gardens bursting out with the spectacle of spring flowers, March is a wonderful month to visit Marrakech.

Events in March

Festival International des Nomades - M’Hamid (south of Marrakech); 14th – 15th March 2015. Celebrations include heritage-related exhibitions, concerts, conferences, and workshops

Transmarocaine - Marrakech; 14th – 22nd March 2015. The 10th edition of this endurance event for cyclists, canoeists and athletes in and beyond the Atlas Mountains. Registration/ detailed information can be found here.

Rallye Maroc Classic – Casablanca to Marrakech, 14th – 21st March 2015. Perfect event for all classic car enthusiasts, the rally course consists of seven x 300 km sections. More information.

Rallye des Gazelles – Moroccan desert, 20th March to 4th April 2015. An all-women sporting rallye. More info available here.

Elsewhere in Marrakech, for the non sports enthusiast, there is plenty to do during March.


Marrakech – cultural events in February

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Dakka Marrakchia Festival

Part of Moroccan tradition and heritage, the lively, uplifting Dakka Marrakchia Festival has been passed down from generation to generation for more than a thousand years. Offering visitors a rare glimpse into the city’s historic traditions, it’s a must-see event for anyone visiting Marrakech in February.

Paying Tribute to Saints

Celebrated in Marrakech in February (2015′s celebration is scheduled for the 1st February, although this date has yet to be confirmed), this delightful festival is staged to pay tribute to the region’s saints, or spiritual patrons. Collectively referred to as the Sabaatou Rijal, they are represented by musicians from a selection of different districts of Marrakech.