5 must-do things happening in Dubai...that you may not know about

Free festivals, secret pop-ups and restaurant takeovers


There's so much going on in Dubai, that even we miss things sometimes (although very rarely). And we've noticed a few things going on this week that may just have slipped under the radar. Let us fill you in...

The Black Lion Takeover at Reform Social and Grill (25 October, 7pm)

For one night only, the executive chef from The Black Lion (The H Hotel) will be bringing signature American dishes to sister English pub, the Reform Social and Grill (The Lakes). There will be a five-course tasting menu, showcasing US inspired classic dishes to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving. You can expect to see crab cakes, short-rib hash and baked vanilla cheesecake amongst other tasty numbers on the menu. If you want to attend, it will set you back AED 395 (includes a glass of grape with each course) and you'll need to make a reservation pronto.


Executive Chef Ryan Waddell

Corona SunSets Music Festival at Barasti Beach Bar (26 to 28 November)

Starting at sunset (5.30pm) until late, Barasti is transforming into the Corona Sunsets Music Festival for three nights of fun, dancing and Mexican food. Look out for retail stalls and henna stations amongst other festival-style stands. Thursday night sees house duo the Freemasons take to the stage, with more acts on Friday and Saturday. The best thing about it? It's FREE.

Corona Sunsets

With less than a month to go before the Corona SunSets Music Festival we're starting to get a little bit excited! For 3 days you will find Barasti transformed into a unique and free live music experience celebrating the magic of Dubai's beach culture with bespoke food concepts, alternative popup retailers and a host of other performers - make sure you don't miss this one! Corona Arabia

Posted by Barasti Beach Bar - Dubai on Monday, November 2, 2015

Music on The Avenue (27 November from 4.30pm – 9pm)

This is a one-day FREE music fest at Alserkal Avenue is to celebrate the "alt" (alternative) music scene in Doobs. Expect live music from local hip-hop Dj Mr Fresh and funk tunes from Shadi Megalla. Tuck into grub from pop-up food stalls and wash it down with an array of delicious non-alcoholic drinks.


Shadi Megalla

There's a secret pop-up restaurant doing a treasure hunt across Dubai

Not heard of By Parkers "Golden Key"? That's because it's very secretive. The brains behind the brilliant SALT burger truck have a brand new concept and have set up a pop-up restaurant in Dubai. The only way to access the delicious food inside it, is by finding a golden key using the clues on the Instagram or snapchat feed @ByParkers. The Insta page also gives a hint about what the 'secret' food might be. Get hunting – the keys are hidden all over Dubai.

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Red Bull Flugtag is back (27 November, Dubai Creek Park)

Red Bull gives you wings... well, if you're willing to build your own that is. Head to the Red Bull Flugtag to watch brave competitors attempt to jump off a 30-foot high fight deck, in the hope that their homemade flying contraptions will take off. If they're successful, entrants will soar into the skies above. More likely, though, they'll plummet into the water below. Check out their site for more details.

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