Looking for fun activities in Dubai this weekend? From movie nights to mountain hikes, there’s so much going on in this city! So whether you’re patiently waiting for payday or you just want to have a budget-friendly weekend, here are 10 totally free things to do in Dubai this weekend!
1. Brew Fest
Human foosball, giant jenga, drinking games and happy hours – don’t miss Brew Fest at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club this weekend! There will be free drinks for ladies on Thursday, family fun and games on Friday and street food, live music, games and a flea market on Saturday.
When: All weekend. Thursday, from 6pm-11pm; Friday, from 12pm-11pm; Saturday, from 12pm-9pm
Where: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira
2. Movie Night
This Thursday night, round up your movie-loving friends and head to West 14th for a super chilled out movie night! This weekend, they’ll be screening the classic Jim Carrey comedy film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Or if you fancy a Disney classic instead, head there early to catch the screening of Little Mermaid 2.
When: Thursday 22nd March, at 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Where: West 14th, at Palm Jumeirah
Calling all comic geeks, gamers and role-players! Get ready to unleash your inner superhero because Geekfest is here! Don’t miss this huge celebration of all things sci-fi, fantasy, games and tech this weekend. There are loads of prizes up for grabs too, including a trip to Tokyo!
When: Until 4th April, from 10am-12am
Where: Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
4. Yoga on the beach
XYoga may be over, but you can still enjoy free yoga classes at the beach! Dubai-based yoga instructor Devyn invites everyone (including the beginner yogis) for a fun Vinyasa yoga class on the beach this weekend! Better yet, if you’ve never tried paddle boarding, stay back after for a stand up paddle boarding lesson at the beach!
Price: AED 80 for the paddle boarding
When: Friday 23rd March, from 10am-11am
Where: SUP Corner, Jumeirah Beach
5. Swizz Beats
Want to party it up this weekend instead? Base Dubai is the place to be this Saturday, because one of the greatest hip-hop producers is performing live! Yep, we’re talking about DJ, rapper and producer Swizz Beatz! Sorry boys, but this party is only free for the ladies.
Price: AED 200 for gents
When: Saturday 24th March, from 10pm-4am
Where: Base Dubai, Dubai Design District
6. Earth Hour
It’s that time of the year again, when Dubai switches off for an hour to show its support towards saving the planet. Want to be a part of it? Head to Sheraton Hotel on Saturday to join in. Once the lights go off, there will be electricity generating bikes to help power up a chandelier, or you can join in on a candle lit rooftop yoga session.
When: Saturday 24th March, at 8.30pm
Where: Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates
7. Dubai Marina Street Fest
Ready for a weekend filled with fun street-side activities in Dubai? Don’t miss the Dubai Marina Street Festival this weekend, with street performers, fire shows, magicians, insane gravity-defying acts, comedians and of course, food trucks! Find all the details here.
When: Until 24th March. Thursday, from 4.45pm-10.30pm; Friday, from 4pm-10.30pm; Saturday, from 3.15pm-9.45pm
Where: Dubai Marina Promenade & Dubai Marina Mall
8. ALT Creative Fair
This Friday, the students from Heriot Watt University are hosting a free creative exhibition to celebrate all things art, design, fashion, music and make-up! Head there to support local artists and designers, and soak in all the creativity that these talented individuals have to offer. From street fashion to makeup masterclasses and talks, you won’t want to miss it!
When: Friday 23rd March, from 2pm-5pm
Where: thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue
9. Zumba Class
Looking for a cardio fitness class that’s super fun too? Zumba is totally for you! Sign up for a free session with GFX this weekend! Headed by Lorenzo, you’ll be dancing along to the hottest Latin, Bollywood and Hip-Hop tunes while burning loads of calories. Sign up here.
When: Saturday 24th March, at 5.30pm
Where: GFX, Business Bay
10. Sikka Art Fair
If you haven’t checked out Sikka Art Fair yet, what are you waiting for?! One of the highlights of Dubai Art Season, this weekend is your last chance to check it out! From live music gigs and film screenings to exhibitions and art installations, trust us, there’s just so much going on.
When: Until 26th March, from 5pm-11pm
Where: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai
Cover image credit: via Instagram @sweet_rust
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