Overcrowded Jerusalem

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Judy Lash Balint on October 27, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Machane Yehuda Market

It’s great living in a city that’s thriving and bustling with visitors from all over the world and so many events going on that it’s hard to choose what to do on any given night BUT when that city gets overrun and traffic grinds to a halt, tourist sites are overflowing, and hotels are turning people away–something has to give.

If you’re coming to Jerusalem, be prepared for crowds, even in the off-season.  Right now, when it’s after the Jewish high holydays; before the Thanksgiving break and nowhere near Chanukah or Christmas, Jerusalem is still packed.

Last Thursday night, the Old City was almost impassable as the Knight Festival drew tens of thousands into the alleyways of the Christian, Armenian and Jewish Quarters for an evening of re-enactments, music and entertainment.  Tomorrow night is the last of the Knights Festival evenings–come early!

Another sure-to-be-packed event this Thursday night is the re-opening of Mike’s Place, one of the city’s premier watering holes .

Be prepared for a few traffic detours on Thursday due to two big charity sports events–the 650 bike riders who have been spending this week on a sponsored ride around the south of the country to raise money for Jerusalem’s Alyn Children’s Home will be riding into town mid-afternoon for their closing event at Alyn in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood.

A few hours earlier, a number of downtown streets (Agron, Bezalel, King George) will be closed off to accommodate a few thousand people taking part in the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to be held in Israel.

Oh–and in case you haven’t noticed, Thursday is the last day of the work week here, so Thursday is the big night out–the beginning of the weekend.  Sunday is a work day…

Tags: "Old City", Alyn, Israeli weekend, Jerusalem overcroding, Jerusalem traffic, Knights Festival, Susan Komen Race for the Cure