Cultural in Dadès Gorge

Marriage Moussem

Just another striking Middle Atlas Amazigh (Berber) village most of the year, Imilchil is flooded with visitors during its three-day marriage moussem (festival) in September. At this huge festival, local...

Cultural in Kalaat M'Gouna

Festival of the Roses

Villagers flock to the town to celebrate the rose harvest at this three-day festival. Expect much singing, dancing and feasting, along with a beauty pageant culminating in the crowning of the Queen of the Roses,...

Religious in Setti Fatma

Setti Fatma Moussem

Locals call the four-day festival of Setti Fatma one of the most important in all of Morocco. Though the central shrine itself is off-limits to non-Muslims, the whole event is just as much county fair as...

Sports in Ouarzazate

Marathon des Sables

This gruelling seven-day, 250km desert ultramarathon changes course each year, and is revealed when runners converge in Ouarzazate. It is considered to be among the world's most difficult ultras.

Music in M’Hamid

Sahara Music Festival

This is a new electronic music festival mixing up DJs and dunes, international stars and local Gnaoua musicians, and camel rides with pool parties. Check Facebook for details.

Religious in Demnate

Hamdouchi Moussem

Demnate has two zawiyas (Islamic religious shrines), making the annual Hamdouchi Moussem in September twice as raucous. Pilgrims visiting each zawiya dance to a different rhythm in an all-day music festival in...

Religious in Zagora

Moussem of Sufi Moulay Abdelkader Jilali

This moussem (festival in honour of a saint), which takes place at the same time as Mawlid An Nabi (the Prophet Muhammad's birthday), is the Draa's biggest shindig. Members of the Sufi Jilala brotherhood make a...

Sports in Toubkal National Park

Toubkal Marathon

Runners scamper 42km up and down Jebel Toubkal. For extreme ultramarathoners, the organisers tacked a 106km High Atlas trail onto the marathon, called the Toubkal Trail. If you'd like to truly test yourself...

Religious in Demnate

Jewish Moussem

Hundreds of Jewish families from Morocco, France, Israel, Canada and the US arrive each July for the Jewish moussem (festival), a week-long mystical event said to offer miracle cures.

Cultural in Ouarzazate

Moussem of Sidi Daoud

The moussem (festival) honouring Sidi Daoud is held in Ouarzazate each August, with the usual religious processions and singing plus a small souq for craftsmen from the region.