Seeing Red in Israel

Let the countdown begin! Israel with Love is thrilled to announce that in just 10 days, Israel’s famous Darom Adom (the Red South) Festival opens for the season. The annual event boasts hikes, bicycle rides, children’s shows and, of course, the blooming red anemones and poppies that give this eagerly-awaited festival its name. We’re so excited to share highlights of the festival with you!


Northern Negev communities including Kibbutz Be’eri, Ofakim, Talmei Yosef , Shokeda Forest, Moshav Netiv HaAsara, Sderot, Kibbutz Ruchama

Dates include the following weekends:

  • January 30 – February 1.
  • February 6-8.
  • February 13-15.
  • February 20-22.
  • February 27-29.

And, the Darom Adom Festival grows each year. So, even if you’ve visited before, it’s worth a second, third or 17th visit! Of course you can walk in the flower-carpeted fields in places like Kibbutz Ruchama or the Besor Springs in Park Eshkol. But that’s just the beginning!

For a small fee, you can bring your children to visit the rabbits, turtles and more at the petting zoo in Kibbutz Gvaram. There’s even a coffee corner for parents.

Or, sign up for a guided tour of Kibbutz HaNer, home to eight enormous murals painted by Argentine artists Jose Kura and Daniela Almeida. Your children can run freely as you listed to the guide explain the inspiration for the 8 murals that decorate the kibbutz paths.

For cyclists, you can bring your bike (or rent one) to ride on the single track in Be’eri Forest. The track is challenging and offers a great way to see the beauty of the Northern Negev while pedaling through the curvy terrain.

Teenagers will be challenged with archery workshops in Moshav Kochav Michael and everyone will enjoy a pottery workshop at Beresheet Tools in Moshav Ta’ashur.

And, the energy doesn’t end at sunset. Daniela Spector, Balkan Beat Box, Idan Riechal and Evyatar Banai are just some of the artists performing in the area this winter.

Israelis love to visit the south during the Darom Adom Festival so it’s best to pack a picnic lunch and get on the road early in the morning. That way, you can experience all of the beauty the south has to offer this time of year without the hassle of traffic jams.

Concerts, workshops and guided tours need prior registration. For more information, visit The Darom Adom Festival also has an English-language site

Israel with Love hopes to see you there!

Until next time, l’hitraot (see you soon)!

Israel with Love enjoying the beautiful anemones and poppies in Kibbutz Be’eri
Biking in Be’eri

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