It’s going to be a rainy week, but don’t let that dampen your weekend spirit! Here are some of the cool events happening around the country:

The Great Outdoors

Bikfaya Flower Market - Saturday 7 and Sunday 8, 10 AM

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Stop and sniff the flowers at the third annual flower market in Bikfaya, where you will find all sorts of gardening material: flowers, bulbs, tools, accessories, and even handmade local crafts.

Guided Tour: Tyre’s Ruins – Saturday 7, 9 AM

Mira’s Guided Tours take you on a trip through Tyre’s Roman and Byzantine periods. Discover the Al Bass Site and the Maritime Site, and stop for lunch by the seaside. Details here.

Baskinta Literary Trail – Sunday 8, 8 AM

Hike through Baskinta and discover a series of landmarks dedicated to Lebanese literary figures such as Mikhail Naimy, Amin Maalouf, Abdallah Ghanem, and more. Don’t forget your jacket and make sure your shoes are super comfortable ‘cause it’s a medium-level, 4 hour trek!

The Art Scene

Good and Evil, Yes and No, Wrong and Right – starting Wednesday May 4

Image via Galerie Tanit

Finland-based artist George Sandison debuts his exhibit subtitled “Digital allegories for the soul of tomorrow” at Galerie Tanit, where he explores the relationships between man and machine, and language’s strengths and weaknesses as a mediator between them, his pieces, and the space they occupy. The exhibition runs until May 21.

Rached Bohsali, Beyond Realism – starting Wednesday May 4

Beyond Realism is a collection of paintings by former chair of the Fine Arts and Foundation Studies Department at LAU, by Rached Bohsali. The exhibition is open till May 26 at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.

Liaisons Dangereuses – Friday 6, 8:30 PM

Based on the book of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and directed by Joe Kodeih, the play returns for one last show this Friday at Theatre Gemmayze. Book your seat through Librairie Antoine.

The Cultural Front

Beirut International Tango Festival – Thursday 5 through Sunday 8

The 8th edition of the Tango festival returns with a spicy line-up, including performers from Lebanon and Argentina. Find the schedule here.

The Beirut Spring Festival Continues – Thursday 5 through Sunday 8, 8:30 PM

A puppet show for adults, a Palestinian-Portugese music collaboration, the regional premiere of an intuitive take on changes in the Arab World, and an Indian dance theater performance take over the Sunflower Theater stage all weekend.

Beirut Municipal Elections Day! – Sunday, May 8

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If you vote in Beirut, make a conscious, well-informed choice, and know that whatever it is, it will affect all those who work, visit, or live in the capital for the next six years (FYI, that’s more than half a decade). If you decided not to attend, do consider going back on it; your absence is a sign of submission and surrender to the current situation in Beirut.

Here’s a short infographic video about the voting process for municipal elections.

The Intellectual Agenda

Monot Street Book Market

It’s the first Saturday of May, which means it’s time for the monthly Book Market! Dig up books of any genre – old and new – sell your own, or chat up a bookworm around the yellow kiosks across from Recto Verso, Monot.

The Seventh Art

Venezia Cinema Beirut, Empire Sofil – starting Thursday 5, 8 PM

Five Italian films – four recent films and an Italian classic – screened at the 72nd Venice Biennale will be shown at Metropolis Empire Sofil over the weekend.

Screening of HUMAN – Thursday 5, 8 PM

What makes us human? The documentary, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, seeks to answer that very question with several accounts of both ordinary and extraordinary nature from people all over the world. Everyone you know has their own exceptional story; as you watch this, reflect on your own.

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