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25 Jan

TGIF: 17 ways to have a memorable weekend in Karachi and Lahore


Weekends are like winters in Karachi; they are short-lived and the time passes away like sand slips through your fingers. On Sunday, we have the sudden realization of ‘where did the weekend go?’ But the happening cities of Karachi and Lahore are always ready to entertain us over the weekend. We’ve compiled a list of events that will help you unwind over the weekend.


Friday, 25 January 2019 




1) Beyond Beautiful




This event is surely going to help resolve your skincare and makeup problems. From makeup products exhibition to beauty masterclasses by Nabila and Saba Ansari (from Sabs Salon), the three-day event is also bringing a panel discussion about social media and its impact on the perception of beauty with panelists Aamna Haider Isani (fashion journalist), Pakistani actress  Mawra Hocane, Dubai based beauty blogger Manal Muffin, Alia Fawad from ITP Dubai and General Paediatrician Kishwar Enam.

Entry is free (Saturday’s Gala Night is an invites-only event).

Location: Marriott Hotel

Timings: 10am-11pm

For details, click here.


2) Sufi Night 




Get ready to be swayed by the melodious voices of renowned qawwals as they bring you their best performances. Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammad are sure to set the mood for your evening.

Tickets: PKR 800

Location: PACC, Fatima Jinnah Road

Timings: 6:30pm-1opm

For further information, click here.


3) Khaana Khazana Food Tour 




Enjoy a trip around the city of lights as you munch on your favourite foods, while also trying out unique delicacies. From Dhoraji to Burns Road, this ride is going to be filled to food and fun.

Tickets: PKR 2750

Location: Departure location disclosed

Timings: 7:30pm onwards.

Get details here.




1) Trip to Shogran and Siri Paye 




A great way to bid farewell to the winter season is by enjoying it as much as you can and certainly a trip to the northern areas of Pakistan can serve as the much-needed retreat for you. Plan a weekend getaway to Shogran and Siri Paye and enjoy the scenic views and snowfall with friends and family.

Tickets: PKR 6500-7500

Location: Departure from Century Tower, Kalma Chowk, Ferozepur Road

Timings: 10pm-12am (January, 28)

For all queries, click here.


2) Village Heritage Festival 




From martial arts to kabaddi, this event is a celebration of Punjab’s heritage and culture. The family-only event aims to spread awareness about farmer goods and agriculture as well. Enjoy horse riding, food stalls and much more.

Registration is required for tickets.

Location: S.A Gardens Phase II, G.T Road

Timings: 4pm onwards.

For any information, visit their page.


3) Arts and Crafts Festival 




Celebrating the unique designs of arts and crafts in Pakistan, this festival will showcase handmade artworks created with love by artisans.

Entry is free.

Location: Fortress Square Mall, Fortress Stadium

Timings: 3pm-11pm

To find out more, click here.



Saturday, 26 January 2019 




1) Masala Family Festival 




From activities for kids to shopping exhibition and a variety of food stalls, this festival is the perfect event for the entire family to enjoy. Not only this, get a chance to visit renowned Pakistani chefs including Zarnak Sidhwa, Shireen Anwar and more. Pakistani musicians Fuzon The Band and Asim Azhar will also be performing live.

Tickets: PKR 80

Location: Expo Centre, main Karsaz Road

Timings: 10am-10pm

Got questions? Click here.


2) Hop on Hop Off Art Attack 




If you’re an art lover but your job and day to day tasks don’t allow you to appreciate it, this savari is your true calling. Visit galleries, monuments and learn about curators on this trip along with other art lovers. The trip ends with a tasty lunch so be sure to make some friends along the way.

Tickets: PKR 2750

Location: Pick-up from Xander’s E Street

Timings: 11:30am-3:30pm

For all details, click here.


3) The Beauty Showcase 




From Colourpop to Huda Beauty, this makeup exhibit is the go-to event this weekend for makeup junkies. Find all the brands you’ve been wanting to get your hands on under one roof.

Entry is free.

Location: Ocean Mall, Clifton

Timings: 11am-11pm

For details, click here.




1) Abrar-ul-Haq live in concert 




If you’ve grown up listening to popular tracks like Preeto, Aa Jaa Ni Baija Cycle Tey and Billo by Abrar-ul-Haq then be sure to attend this fun live performance. Forget your worries and woes and dance to the catchy and groovy music by Pakistan’s renowned bhangra musician.

Ticket details available upon calling.

Location: Lahore Leads University, Kamahaan Road

Timings: 5pm-10pm

For information visit their page or contact 0300- 2391521, 0423-5882015


2) Movie Club: Japanese movie screening 




From the Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away is a Japanese-animated film and the second-highest grossing anime film of all time. If you’re an anime lover or are interested in exploring this genre of films, be sure to attend this screening.

Registration required for entry.

Location: E-Library, Hafeez Kardar Road

Timings: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Get all the details here.


3) Vasakh Documentary Film Festival 




Showcasing documentary films from around the world including India, Allepo and Lebanon, this festival will inspire you as a viewer and a filmmaker. International and national documentaries will be screened so don’t miss it.

Entry is free.

Location: Maati TV, 102-B, Nawab Town

Timings: 5:30pm-8pm

For film schedule, click here.


Sunday, 27 January 2019 




1) Karachi Farmer’s Market 




If your goal this year is to opt for a healthy lifestyle, the best way to start is with your diet. From organic breads to fruits, vegetables and oils, the farmer’s market is the one-stop shopping experience that will help you take the first step in the right direction.

Entry is free.

Location: Veritas Learning Centre, PECHS

Timings: 2pm onwards.

Additional information is available here.



2) CAP Family Carnival 



To promote cultural and educational programs in Karachi and Lahore, The Citizens Archives of Pakistan is organizing a fundraising event which includes fun-filled interactive activities such as a haunted house, TDF maze, games, food stalls and more.

Tickets: PKR 300

Location: Beach Luxury Hotel

Timings: 11am-8pm

For all queries, click here.


3) Karachi in the 1950s and all that jazz 




Reminiscing the happening and flourishing life of Karachi back in the day, this event is celebrating the music, cinema and more of the golden era of the city.

Entry is free.

Location: TDF Ghar, M.A Jinnah Road

Timings: 10am-1opm

For details, click here.




1) Open Mic Night episode 2 




After the success of their first open mic night, the organizers are back to provide a platform to all aspiring poets, singers and more. They don’t have any prescribed topic so take advantage of the chance and let your imagination flow.

Entry is free.

Location: Coffee Planet, Gulberg II

Timings: 6:30pm-10pm

All queries are answered here.


2) Ghazal Night with Rooftop buffet




A perfect way to celebrate winter is by eating in the open air with live music playing in the background. This ghazal night will help you unwind as you munch on your favourite savouries and sweets.

Location: The Poet, Greater Iqbal Park Gate 03

Timings: 7pm-12am

For all information, visit their page.



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Ayesha Ghaffar

The author is a Sub-Editor at Something Haute and a fresh Journalism graduate from SZABIST. She is paving the way for her future in the field of media and reporting. When she is not working, she is busy watching Penguin videos and staying away from cats.