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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 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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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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Marrakech City Centre – Top 6 Things to Do

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

1. Jemaa el Fna – the focal point of Marrakech and Africa’s largest square, this UNESCO world heritage site is the vibrant heart of the city attracting street entertainers, hawkers and snake charmers, apothecaries, jugglers, musicians and orange sellers. There’s always something going on here, every day, but the place really comes alive at night when much of the square is transformed into a huge al fresco diner.

Marrakech City Centre

2. Souks – Marrakech is renowned for its souks and in the narrow alleyways of this extensive covered market you’ll find everything from herbs and spices to hand-carved wooden ornaments, from traditional Berber clothing to soaps and medicines, beautifully crafted traditional leather goods and jewellery. Each trade has its own area within the market, metalworking, weaving and fabrics, leather goods, carpets, jewellery and woodwork as well, of course, as open spaces selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Even if you’re not planning to buy you’ll find that exploring the souks is an unforgettable and tempting experience.

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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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Ouzoud Falls – a Must-See while on Holiday in Marrakech

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Considered one of North Africa’s most beautiful spectacles, the Ouzoud Falls, near the High Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, consist of a series of sharp drops (the highest being 110m) down the rocky faults of the El Abid river in its dramatic, red rock gorge culminating in a final impressive cascade into a sparkling mountain pool.

ouzoud falls

 

The summit of the falls is dotted with olive groves and ancient water mills, some still used for extracting oil from olives and other crops. (Ouzoud is the Berber word for the process of grinding grain). Some of the climbs around the gorge are quite arduous but one can swim in the pool beneath the falls, explore cave networks and even take a scenic trip on a river boat.

Flora of Ouzoud Falls

The area’s flora is predominantly made up of mossy plants and varieties of trees including olive, lime, oak and pomegranate. The lushness and greenery stands out in full bloom during the Spring and Summer months when visitors can capture some great photographs.

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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.

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Events and Things to Do in Marrakech in February 2017

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Climate: a little warmer than January, with temperatures ranging between 8 and 20 degrees, February promises visitors an average of around 7.5 hours sunshine per day. Rainfall, at just 28mm, is also lower than during the previous three months, so this is a great time to experience the city when prices are low.

Here is a short selection of popular events, festivals and things to do in Marrakech in February 2017.

  • Marrakech Golf Festival – played on several of Marrakech’s splendid courses, this event is open to both female and male amateur golfers of all levels. It is scheduled to take place from the 11th – 19th February 2017. More detailed information can be found on the Morocco4Golf Website.
  • Raid 4L Trophy – Marrakech will be hosting the final stage of the 6000 km ‘Raid 4L Trophy’ rally from France, via Spain, to southern Morocco. This formidable sporting adventure is being held from 6th to 26th February.

Festivals with Dates to be Confirmed

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Events and Things to do in Marrakech in January 2017

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Climate: Marrakech enjoys comparatively mild winters. Average midday temperatures are invariably in the high teens and seldom fall below 3 or 4 ͦ at night. Visitors can expect around 7 or 8 hours of sunshine per day while rainfall is limited to around 25 mm over the month.

So January is not a bad time to visit the Pink City, especially by comparison with much of the northern hemisphere, both for enjoying some sun whilst relaxing beside a pool and for taking in the sights.

Here are some of the festivals, events and things to do in Marrakech during January 2017:

Apart from New Year’s Day, celebrated throughout the city and beyond, January has just one public holiday, on the 11th, commemorating Morocco’s Proclamation of Independence. The anniversary is marked by various festivities in the colourfully decorated streets.

On 12th and 13th January, local Berbers will be celebrating the Amazigh New Year, known locally as Idd n Yennayer. The festival is marked throughout Morocco, principally by song and dance but also in the preparation of delicious couscous. For the best examples of these celebrations one should head for the villages of the Middle-Atlas.

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Christmas Shopping in Marrakech

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Fed up with doing your Christmas shopping while trudging through rain and a sludgy excuse for snow from one crowded shop to the next? The souks of Marrakech offer a delightful alternative to your usual Christmas-shopping experience while at the same time affording the opportunity to grab some warming winter sun and top-up on the fading summer tan while relaxing beside the pool of one of the finest riad-hotels Marrakech has to offer.

Christmas Shopping in Marrakech – the Medina

Hidden within towering terracotta walls, Marrakech’s ancient medina is home to some of the world’s most fascinating souks. The Djemaa el Fna, the medina’s beating heart, is packed with huge carts piled high with fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, nuts and exotic spices, pottery and metal goods, henna artists, snake-charmers, musicians much, much more. And at night, especially, food stalls tempt one with deliciously spicy smells, but the real. But for the hidden treasures and most memorable shopping experiences you must head for the Medina’s shadowy alleyways.

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