As we move into the long, glorious Easter/Sham El Nessim weekend, those of us left in Cairo may be dreading the inevitable beach-withdrawal symptoms. Fear not, though; the city hasn't slowed down – not even a little bit.
Thursday sees Bikya make a welcome return to the events calendar; the Maadi branch of the popular bookshop welcomes music lovers for Acoustic Night, featuring the considerable talents of Kamal Tabikha and Ryan Klawitte, as well as Wild Card.
Meanwhile, Cairo's authority on urban music, DJ Feedo, is at Otium in Zamalek for R&B Night, DJ Junior returns to Y Lounge on the Giza Corniche, while DJ Wahba and DJ Amr Mohey are this week's guest at O Bar's House Arrest.
There's more live music with El Sawy Culturewheel hosting the third edition of Walls of Death – a veritable carnival of live metal rock. Elsewhere, Ahmed Harfoush performs live at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge at the Fairmont Nile City, jazz legend, Yehia Khalil, is at Cairo Opera House and the feisty Maii Waleed opens at El Genaina Theatre for Jordanian band, Akher Zapheer.
Start your Friday with a feast at Graffiti, as the Four Seasons Nile Plaza's newest addition hosts another Rock 'n' Roll Brunch, before DJ Roro and a special tabla performance provide the evening's entertainment.
Saturday afternoon begins in Zamelek, where Nūn Center opens its doors for another Farmers Market. The luxury of the Easter holidays means you should definitely go mental at Almaz's Sizzling Saturdays, Lebanese Love at Bamboo or Karaoke Night at Deals 2.
Though many of your friends and colleagues may have deserted you, this weekend is your chance to really enjoy the city – it's easy.
Have a great weekend!