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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

At the city's biggest festival, rub shoulders with gospel choirs, Tibetan monks, Latin American shamans and plain old rock stars, all in town for a week to contribute to an uncommonly positive and inspirational...

Top ChoiceMusic in Rabat

Festival Mawazine

Showcasing eclectic musical genres, this long-standing festival mixes up the biggest names from the international pop music scene with established and emerging local artists. The nine-day festival is spread over...

Top ChoiceMusic in Essaouira

Gnaoua World Music Festival

Essaouira overflows every year for this celebrated four-day festival. Gnaoua is a musical and spiritual tradition brought north by sub-Saharan slaves and here their ancient musical traditions are mixed with...

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...

Religious in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun

Moussem of Moulay Idriss

Morocco's greatest annual moussem is held every August in the pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, which holds the tomb of Morocco's first Islamic ruler. The pilgrimage is accompanied by fantasias, markets...

Music in Marrakesh

Atlas Electronic

Atlas Electronic celebrates world music, arts and culture in a four-day electro festival set amid the shaded palm groves and luxury nomadic desert camping of a Palmeraie ecolodge. Groove your way through daytime...

Art in Rabat

Jidar Street Art Festival

Rabat is turning into an open-air art gallery, with local and international street artists leaving their monumental artworks behind, all thanks to the annual Jidar Street Art Festival, which brings 12 artists to...

Music in Tangier


This ever-popular festival with a good reputation for attracting leading names has been running for more than two decades and hosts concerts by local and international jazz musicians.

Art in Casablanca

Casamémoire Heritage Days

If you’re in the city during this nonprofit's annual heritage days, you can take free guided architecture tours around downtown, Quartier Habous and the medina.

Religious in Meknes

Moussem of Sidi Ben Aïssa

The Aïssawa Sufi brotherhood leads this week-long festival at the Mausoleum of Sidi Ben Aïssa, when tens of thousands attend for fantasias (musket-firing cavalry charges), singing, and dancing to the Aïssawas'...

Fair in Sefrou

Cherry Festival

This annual four-day festival celebrates the local cherry harvest. There’s plenty of folk music, along with displays by local artists, parades, fantasias (musket-firing cavalry charges) and the crowning of the...

Cultural in Oujda

Sidi Yahia Moussem

Patron saint of the city and venerated by Moroccans, Sidi Yahia is also thought to be John the Baptist or perhaps a Castilian rabbi. Thousands of pilgrims flock to the celebrations 6km south of Oujda, which...

Cultural in Middle Atlas

Tissa Horse Festival

Each year in September or early October, the prosperous farming town of Tissa is charged by farmers who come from all around to trade their animals and celebrate with exciting fantasias (cavalry charges). Dates...

Cultural in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun

Donkey Day

Here's a fascinating insight into the importance of donkeys in medina life. A monthly Donkey Day is organised by Kiwi Rose Button in collaboration with the American Fondouk in Fez, when local owners bring their...

Music in Marrakesh

Oasis Festival

Oasis brings together Morocco's best electronica talent and DJs from Europe for a three-day music festival with a distinctly Moroccan twist. In the afternoon there's swimming, a souq, yoga and henna art; once...

Religious in Fez

Moussem of Moulay Idriss II

Fez’s biggest religious festival honours the city’s founder, Moulay Idriss Al Azhar. It kicks off with the delivery of a freshly embroidered cover for the saint's tomb and then artisan guilds make nightly...

Cultural in Tafraoute

Almond Blossom Festival

The Tafraoute area celebrates its almond harvest, the largest in Morocco, at the Almond Blossom Festival. The festival features traditional song, dance, food stalls and folklore (but you'll have to brush up your...

Music in Casablanca


This longstanding festival mixes up famous and up-and-coming jazz – along with pop, rock, blues and funk – artists from Morocco and around the globe. More than 40 concerts are spread over nine days and two venues...

Music in Oujda

Oujda International Raï Festival

Oujda is the Moroccan capital for raï, a music genre developed in Algeria in the 1920s as a form of protest folk. Since 2006 Oujda has organised an eight-day annual festival for raï featuring both classic...

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,...