The culture and festivals in Amman are engaging, to say the least, and the traveller shall definitely not run out of interesting events and places to go to in appreciation of them. Culture museums like the Hussein Culture Museum and the one near the ancient roman theatre (which in itself is next to a museum covering local folklore) can be found all over the city, and there is no dearth either of festivals each year that celebrate various points of the city’s culture. Indeed, there is no dearth of festivals too that celebrate points of other cultures as well.
This is probably due to the nature of Amman as a fairly open city, one that has seen and continues to see people from other places enrich its melting pot of characteristics. This city has seen Assyrians in it in the past, Persians, Macedonians, Nabateans, Byzantine Romans, and even more peoples later on. Even now, its status as the Jordanian capital renders it especially welcoming when it comes to things that are technically foreign, and its reputation too as the hub of Jordanian media only enhances this. Such can be seen in the rather inclusive nature of many of its festivals, most travellers shall find.
Just as an example, in March you get the Amman International Theatre Festival, where you can expect to see performances from troupes of all kinds, from ones from Egypt to ones from Italy, and performers’ workshops as well for attendees. This festival actually has a pretty good history to it already, having begun in the 1980’s, and a lot of people attend it in order to savour the various flavours of the shows. After that you get one of the most exhilarating events in the country in April, where participants actually run towards the lowest point on Earth (actually, on dry land, since Challenger Deep of the Marianas Trench shall still trump it more than thirty times over): the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Ultra Marathon (commonly referred to as DSUM) is in fact a fund-raising event, intended to support Jordan’s Neurological Society. This organisation funds treatment and surgeries for those afflicted with neurological ailments.
In summer there have other similar events, such as the annual Global Village event and the Amman Summer Festival, both of which are very popular with the locals. The former is basically another great series of performances, exhibitions and displays from various cultures and nations, while the latter is an absolute extravaganza of entertainment of the best kind-the free kind, that is. Popular artists in and sometimes out of the country are invited to play at the venue, and attendees need not pay. Summer also holds the Jordan Short Film Festival in August, where the best artistic pieces are viewed and promoted to the general public.
In short, the culture and festivals in Amman should not be feared by the tourist, as they are not just exotic but also increasingly celebratory of the originally-foreign-and-now-familiar. That is the wonderful thing about the city, in general: Amman embraces people from all places, making few if any distinctions between races and nationalities.