- to 19 March, Shared Sacred Sites exhibition at the Musee des Confluences, Dar el Bacha

- 1 New Years day, banks and offices closed
- 11 Manifesto for Independence, banks and offices closed
- 28 January 2018 Marrakech International Marathon and Half-Marathon



- 24 to 25 1-54 International contemporary African art fair at La Mamounia hotel

- Almond Tree Blossom Festival in Tafraoute



- National Festval of Amazigh Culure - Fes



- Jazzablanca, Jazz Festival in Casablanca
- 22 Marrakech Atlas Etape, Marrakech to Oukaimeden charity bike ride
- Alizes chamber music festival Essaouira



- 1 Labour Day, banks and offices closed
- Rose Festival in El Kelaa M’Gouna
- Wax Lantern Festival in Sale

- Ramadan, month-long daytime fasting throughout Marrakech, food in abundance after sunset, starting about 15 May 2018, throughout the city. Take a traditional ftour at sundown to break the fast. The exact dates are not known until the new moon is sighted.



- around 15 June 2018 Eid al-Fitr, end of Ramadan, street celebrations, throughout the city, banks offices and most shops closed.

- mid-June Sefrou Cherry Festival

- 21 to 24 June 2018 Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira

-22 to 30 June 2018 World Sacred Music Festival in Fes, direct flights between Fes and Marrakech now available to make this a two centre holiday





- Asilah street art festival

- Marrakech National Festival of Popular Arts, two weeks in July, el Badi Palace and Marrakech
- Camel Festival in Guelmin
- Festival de Casablanca, musical festival
- 30 Festival of the Throne, banks and offices closed



- Setti Fatma, local moussem religious festival, Setti Fatma near Marrakech
- 14 Allegiance of Oued Edtahab, banks and offices closed
- 20 Revolution of the King and the People, banks and offices closed
- 21 Kings Birthday, Festival of Youth, banks and offices closed

- Around 22 August 2018, two days, exact date variable, Eid el Kebir, feast of Abraham's sacrifice. Banks offices and some shops closed. Please see the archives of the News from the Riad flash. If you are committed to being in Marrakech at this time we can help you make the most of your stay.

- Imilchil, colourful marriage festival of the Aït Haddidou tribe, August or September, Imilchil in the Atlas mountains east of Marrakech



- Marrakech Folk Music Festival, local folk music festival, mid-September, venues throughout the city
- Horse festival in Tissa (near Fes)

- 14 to 16 Oasis electronic music festival at The Source

- around 11 September 2018, Islamic New Year, banks and offices closed

- around 20 2018 Ashurra, celebrated in Marrakech as a Festival of Light and Music, drumming groups from each neighbourhood practice for up to 2 weeks before




- Dates Festival in Taragalte, M'Hamid



- 6 Green March Day, banks and offices closed
- 18 Independence Day, banks and offices closed



- Dates to be announced for 2018 Marrakech International Film Festival

Sustainable Tourism

We try to run our Riad in a sustainable manner, mindful of our environmental, economic and social responsibilities.


Read what Lonely Planet, Conde Nast, National Geographic and, most importantly, our own guests think of Riad al Massarah.

Marrakech | Excursions

Close enough for a long weekend, ideal for a few days before or after a trek in the Atlas or a trip to the desert.


Find out what is happening when and where in the City and surrounding area.