Summer is here again and plans are on top gear all around the world for a memorable summer. Planning to visit Morocco? Great choice! Morocco is a beautiful African country with so much to offer – beaches, sand dunes, desert, cuisine, music and so much more –your holiday activities including Morocco tours will be amazing!
Moreover, summer is a time for many beautiful and mind-blowing festivals and events that attract tourists from all over the world. Hence, I have compiled the top events in Morocco during summer and tours from Marrakesh.
Mawazine is held in June for about 9 days in Rabat every year. After Donauinselfest (Vienna), Mawazine is the second biggest festival in the world. This music festival features a lot of local and international music artists.
The aim of the festival that attracts a large audience from all corners of the world is to promote the image of Morocco, by showcasing Rabat as an open city to the world. When you are on Morocco tours and tours from Marrakesh, this is one of the festivals that you wouldn’t want to miss.
To have an idea on how big this festival is, artists like Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Ennio Morricone, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Shakira, and Rod Stewart have all sung on its stage.
Festival of Roses
The Moroccan rose festival is a magical event that takes place annually in May, in El Kelaa M’Gouna village, deep in the Dades Valley. It is a magical event that takes place in the beginning of May each year. It is where fragrant rose oil and rose-water gets produced for the country. During this festival, various fascinating items get sold. Musicians and dancers enliven up the festival with songs and dances. A Miss Rose pageant is held, after which a new Rose Queen gets crowned.
The experience at the Festival of roses is quite amazing and is different from any other experience you will get on your tours from Marrakech and Morocco tours.
Essaouira Gnawa Music Festival
The Essaouira Gnawa, which is based on the customs of Gnawa music, has been evolved year after year. It includes great artists from every nation. This festival lasts for four days in May and it embodies a combination of music and acrobatic dancing. The music is inspired by sounds from Berber, African and Arabic origins. It attracts over half a million audience annually; do not miss this on your tours from Marrakech and Morocco tours.
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival
If you plan to see art in its diverse forms on your tours from Marrakech or Morocco tours, then don’t miss this festival. Acting troupes, fire swallowers, Folk singers, dancers, snake charmers, fortune-tellers, and more from Europe, Asia and all over Morocco perform at this festival. It is held annually (since 2000) in summer, this event takes place in the ruins of the sixteenth century Badii Palace and the Djemma el Fna (main town center).
At night, the Fantasies, outside the city walls is held, an event you mustn’t miss.
Feast of the Throne
This feast celebrated in July, commemorates the day of the crowning of His Majesty King Mohammed VI with a public holiday. Most Moroccans go out to the streets to celebrate with fireworks, parties, and parades, something tourists as well can enjoy.
With these events and many more local events that take place in summer, make sure that you are going to have a wonderful tour in Morocco!