An illustrative sign outside the Old City currently reads, "The Royal Family invites you to join the Knights and Princesses, the Buffoons and Witches in this colorful celebration within the Old City walls." That odd sentence definitely piqued my interest. The Old City is home to several entertaining festivals throughout the year, but this was one that I had not yet heard of. If you haven't yet been, there's still a chance for you to go visit the Jerusalem Knights Festival, open in the Christian Quarter of the Old City on Thursday nights throughout all of November beginning at 7:30 pm and ending around 10:30 pm.
Okay, so you might be thinking this is sort of an activity for little kids. But, regardless, if you live here it's still kind of exciting when a new festival makes its way to town. Plus, there's still a chance it could provide entertainment for the adults, between the magic tricks, knight fights and fire shows.
Seems kind of like Halloween to me, as you are walking through a scary haunted house, where costumed beings jump out at you and blend into character for stop-worthy re-enactments.
You can visit the Jerusalem Knights festival on any of the remaining Thursday nights this month, so we still have three of those left to go (I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving the last Thursday of the month, so if you're an American-Israeli, you likely have just two more opportunities including tomorrow night).
As you can see in the map below, you can begin your festival fun at the Jaffa Gate, the main entrance to the Old City at the top of Mamilla Mall. The fun and games will begin from there, extending into the Christian Quarter and beyond. See the map below for details or view it at the festival's website (click here).
If you'd like to see a video of what this festival is all about, feel free to check out this You Tube promotional video below: