Several international festivals are held in Lebanon, featuring world-renowned artists and drawing crowds from Lebanon and abroad. Among the most famous are the summer festivals at Baalbek, Beiteddine, and Byblos.
Beirut in particular has a very vibrant arts scene, with numerous performances, exhibits, fashion shows, and concerts held throughout the year in its galleries, museums, theaters, and public spaces.
The Beiteddine Festival takes place each year at the splendid Beiteddine Palace, a short drive from Beirut city centre, with a good range of performances, particularly new Lebanese plays.
The Baalbeck International Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals in the Middle East. Taking place in July and August, every year at the Roman Acropolis. Performances include theatre, dance and music from across the globe. The Byblos International Festival, located just along the coast from Beirut, is another music festival of a high standard, attracting many well-known international acts.