Cairo Festivals and Events

From: Egypt Travel GuideCairo Travel Guide

See also: Cairo Opera House Cairo Tower


Cairo Festivals and Events 2016-2017
There is always plenty going on in Cairo throughout the year, here are some of the most popular;

Cairo International Film Festival
The Cairo International Film Festival was founded in 1976 and was the first of its kind to ever take place in the middle east. The Film Festival takes place in December and has many different categories and awards such as for Best Arab Film and Best Actor and previews many local, regional and international films... more about Cairo International Film Festival

Cairo Book Festival
The Cairo Book Festival is held at the beginning of January and is the biggest and oldest book fair in Egypt and promotes many International and Nationally acclaimed books as well as promoting local and up and coming authors. There are simply thousands of books available at the event which takes place at the Cairo Fair Ground and features lectures, discussions and readings by popular guest speakers and lasts for three weeks and attracts thousands of visitors... more about Cairo Book Festival

Pharaohs Rally
The Pharaohs Rally is a 3000 kilometer car race that lasts for 1 week and takes place across the Sahara Desert. This popular event which attracts many competitors from around the world begins close to the impressive Sphinx in Giza and finishes in Cairo. This incredibly tough rally takes place around October time and is free to watch... more about Pharaohs Rally

Cairo National Public Holidays

  • January 1st - New Year's Day
  • January 7th - Coptic Christmas
  • March and April - Coptic Easter (Sham an-Nessim)
  • April 25th - Sinai Liberation Day
  • May - Labour Day
  • June 18th - Evacuation or Liberation Day
  • July 23rd - Revolution Day
  • September - Coptic New Year
  • October 6th - Armed Forces Day
  • December 23rd - Victory Day
  • Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar and is considered a holy month where Muslims must refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset.