Five things to do for free this weekend

Stroll through a market, watch a live stage show or cheer for Doha’s first all-female marathon

Five things to do for free this weekend

We’re all about bringing the best of the city to you and this weekend, you don’t have to shell out a dime to have a fantastic time out. Whether you have a big family, a fun group of friends or you’re just riding solo this weekend, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are our picks of the top five free things to do.

Duhail Night Market
The Night Market has been open for a while now and we absolutely love everything about this place, including the fact that it’s super Instagrammable. From the beautiful strings of lights at the entrance to the cute little coffee shops peppered around the lanes of the market, there’s so much to see, do, eat and shop. In true Doha style, there may be far too many coffee shops and burger joints, but we’re not complaining because the every coffee shop and burger joint actually has something really unique to offer. You don’t have to pay any sort of entrance fees to get inside and you can even take your dog along. The weather is wonderful for a nice stroll under the beautifully lit streets of this market and if there’s one thing we highly recommend doing this weekend, it is this.
Free. Until April 30. Daily 4pm-1am. Duhail Stadium parking lot, www.facebook.com/nightmarketqatar.

Katara Mahaseel Festival

The third edition of Katara’s exclusive Mahaseel Festival is back and it’s as bright, fresh and colourful as ever. This fruits and flowers market has plenty to offer – around 22 local farms, flowers nursery and six other national companies which specialise in sheep meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products and natural juices are present at this weekend festival. You’ll also find fresh fruits and vegetables being sold by Qatari vendors. Entrance is free and there’s plenty to do even if you’re not particularly interesting in buying anything. There are several entertainment and awareness activities for children and adults including plantation and flower arrangement workshops. You’ll easily spend at least four hours here without even realising.
Free. Until March 31. Thu-Sat, 9am-9pm. Southern Area, Katara Cultural Village, www.katara.net.

Mall of Qatar

Mall of Qatar is staging a live Argentinian show all this month and if you’re around shopping, it’s a must-see. The Go Gaucho performance takes place live at the Ooredoo Stage every day at 7pm and 8.30pm until Saturday February 2. Explore this exciting world of Argentinian culture and find out more about gauchos, who played a major role in the country’s independence from Spain. Celebrating the showmanship of Argentina’s horsemen, this exclusive production features seven international artists and combines dynamic music, traditional dance and authentic costumes showcasing the story of these skilled riders, reputed to be brave and unruly. The show is ideal for the entire family and we’re almost sure you will enjoy it even more than your kids will.
Free. Until Feb 2. Daily 7pm and 8.30pm. Ooredoo Stage, Mall of Qatar, Ar-Rayyan (4034 6000).

Q90 All-Female Marathon

More than 40 females will attempt an exciting feat this weekend and even if you’re a tiny bit of a sporting enthusiast, this is something to witness. A 90km race will take place and records will be broken as Qatar’s first-ever all-female crossing on foot takes place in January 2019. Stephanie Innes Smith, a faculty member from Doha British School, decided to organise this extraordinary exploit in the hopes of encouraging women of all backgrounds, ages, shapes, nationalities, religions and abilities to embrace either running or any other arduous outdoor activity for their own benefit and to make friends, become healthier and inspire other young people along the way. The majority of the run will take place on the old road which runs parallel to the Doha-Dukhan road and it is free for everyone to come and cheer. The event starts at Costa Coffee on the Corniche. We’ll see you at the front lines with coffee.
Free. Jan 25, 6am-onwards. Costa Coffee, Al Corniche.

Torba Farmer’s Market

Have you visited one of Qatar’s only farmer’s markets known for its organically grown produce and food and beverages from local businesses and small vendors? If not, the slight rise in temperatures make this weekend absolutely perfect for an afternoon out in the fresh air of Education City’s ceremonial court, where Torba Farmer’s Market is happening. The market is eco-friendly and encourages consumers to bring their own bags and water bottles to refill to limit plastic waste. This year, apart from the regular vendors selling fresh, local-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, a new array of vendors and small businesses have been introduced including coffee shops. Crowd favourites like The Pie Lady and December Café are present, too. Everything is fresh and organic and even if you don’t buy, it’s still got a great vibe and a fun option to spend the entire afternoon.
Free. Until April. Open Fri 7.30am-11.30am, 12.30pm-5pm; Sat 8am-6pm. Ceremonial Court, Education City, www.farmersmarket.qa.

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