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Sep
10
Sat
OPEN Monumentendag @ all over the country
Sep 10 – Sep 11 all-day

During Open Monumentendag – every second weekend of September – thousands of historical buildings and sites (about 4.000) are open to the public free of charge. Besides opening their doors, many locations also organize on-site activities like exhibitions, musical performances and guided tours. Each year around 80 to 85 percent of Dutch municipalities participate in the Open Monumentendag, organized by local committees. In recent years around 900,000 visitors have participated annually, making the Open Monumentendag one of the Netherlands’ premier cultural events..

If you click here you can enter the city/place where you would like to visit the monument and the participating ones are coming up.

OPEN Monumentendag @ all over the country
Sep 10 – Sep 11 all-day
OPEN Monumentendag @ all over the country | Netherlands

During Open Monumentendag – every second weekend of September – thousands of historical buildings and sites (about 4.000) are open to the public free of charge. Besides opening their doors, many locations also organize on-site activities like exhibitions, musical performances and guided tours. Each year around 80 to 85 percent of Dutch municipalities participate in the Open Monumentendag, organized by local committees. In recent years around 900,000 visitors have participated annually, making the Open Monumentendag one of the Netherlands’ premier cultural events..

If you click here you can enter the city/place where you would like to visit the monument and the participating ones are coming up.

Sep
17
Sat
Open Golf Days @ various golf courses
Sep 17 – Sep 25 all-day

During the National Open Golf days you will have the chance to get to know the golf sport. You can visit more than 140 golf courses and clubs  without obligation and free of charge.

Are you wondering what golf you has to offer? Find out in the week from 17 to 25 September! The Open Golf Days are not only for the inexperienced golfers but also for the golfers who haven’t been on the golf course for quite a while.

On the website of the National Golf Days you can find more information and all the golf courses that take part and when.

Open Golf Days @ various golf courses
Sep 17 – Sep 25 all-day
Open Golf Days @ various golf courses | Netherlands

During the National Open Golf days you will have the chance to get to know the golf sport. You can visit more than 140 golf courses and clubs  without obligation and free of charge.

Are you wondering what golf you has to offer? Find out in the week from 17 to 25 September! The Open Golf Days are not only for the inexperienced golfers but also for the golfers who haven’t been on the golf course for quite a while.

On the website of the National Golf Days you can find more information and all the golf courses that take part and when.

Sep
29
Thu
Restaurant Week @ all over the country
Sep 29 – Oct 9 all-day

Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants for only € 27.50 and 3-course lunches for € 22.50.

 

Just go the website of the Restaurantweek and choose the city where you would like to eat, then you can choose and book the restaurant. Please note that often you have to pay a supplement for better or Michelin Star restaurants.

Restaurant Week @ all over the country
Sep 29 – Oct 9 all-day
Restaurant Week @ all over the country | Netherlands

Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants for only € 27.50 and 3-course lunches for € 22.50.

 

Just go the website of the Restaurantweek and choose the city where you would like to eat, then you can choose and book the restaurant. Please note that often you have to pay a supplement for better or Michelin Star restaurants.

Oct
15
Sat
Cinekid Festival for Children @ Lantaren Venster Rotterdam and Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
Oct 15 – Oct 21 all-day
Cinekid Festival for Children @ Lantaren Venster Rotterdam and Westergasfabriek Amsterdam | Rotterdam | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

Every autumn, Cinekid organises the Cinekid Film, Television and New Media Festival for children during the school holidays. Some films have English subtitles or are English spoken.

 

In Rotterdam it takes place in Lantaren Venster and in Amsterdam in Westergasfabriek.

Here is the link for for the programme in Amsterdam

https://www.cinekid.nl/festival/programma/dag/2016-10-15?language=nl

May
13
Sat
National Mill Day @ All over the country
May 13 @ 09:13 – May 14 @ 10:13

Mill Day is inviting visitors to come and take a closer look at the inner workings of the Dutch windmills on a day out full of activities!

During National Mill Day, almost all of the windmills (and other mills) in the Netherlands will be turning, and more than 950 of them will open up to the public.

The event is accompanied by various activities, many organised by millers all around the country. There will be pancake baking, children’s games, cycling routes, mill-themed fairs and parties.

Annually more than 100.000 people come out to enjoy National Mill Day, and every year the number rises. The event is organised by the De Hollandsche Molen association, an initiative that was started in 1923 to secure the upkeep of wind and water mills in the Netherlands.

 

Mills in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is famous for its mills, not only due to the large numbers, but also because they symbolise the Dutch battle with the water level. The country currently counts 1.048 windmills and 108 water mills. The oldest mill in the Netherlands dates back to before 1450.

The position of the sails when they’re not turning can indicate messages, such as a local celebration or mourning. They all turn against the clock. There are multiple theories for why this is.

Good to know
Pending weather and other conditions, National Mill Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13 and/or Sunday, May 14. Check the website for the correct date before you head out!

National Mill Day @ All over the country
May 13 @ 09:13 – May 14 @ 10:13
National Mill Day @ All over the country | Netherlands

Mill Day is inviting visitors to come and take a closer look at the inner workings of the Dutch windmills on a day out full of activities!

During National Mill Day, almost all of the windmills (and other mills) in the Netherlands will be turning, and more than 950 of them will open up to the public.

The event is accompanied by various activities, many organised by millers all around the country. There will be pancake baking, children’s games, cycling routes, mill-themed fairs and parties.

Annually more than 100.000 people come out to enjoy National Mill Day, and every year the number rises. The event is organised by the De Hollandsche Molen association, an initiative that was started in 1923 to secure the upkeep of wind and water mills in the Netherlands.

 

Mills in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is famous for its mills, not only due to the large numbers, but also because they symbolise the Dutch battle with the water level. The country currently counts 1.048 windmills and 108 water mills. The oldest mill in the Netherlands dates back to before 1450.

The position of the sails when they’re not turning can indicate messages, such as a local celebration or mourning. They all turn against the clock. There are multiple theories for why this is.

Good to know
Pending weather and other conditions, National Mill Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13 and/or Sunday, May 14. Check the website for the correct date before you head out!

Sep
26
Tue
Restaurant Week @ all over the country
Sep 26 – Oct 15 all-day

Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants for only € 27.50 and 3-course lunches for € 22.50.

 

Just go the website of the Restaurantweek and choose the city where you would like to eat, then you can choose and book the restaurant. Please note that often you have to pay a supplement for better or Michelin Star restaurants.

Restaurant Week @ all over the country
Sep 26 – Oct 15 all-day
Restaurant Week @ all over the country | Netherlands

Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants for only € 27.50 and 3-course lunches for € 22.50.

 

Just go the website of the Restaurantweek and choose the city where you would like to eat, then you can choose and book the restaurant. Please note that often you have to pay a supplement for better or Michelin Star restaurants.

Mar
9
Fri
NL Doet – Volunteering Weekend @ all over the Netherlands
Mar 9 – Mar 10 all-day
NL Doet - Volunteering Weekend @ all over the Netherlands

Try your hand at working as a volunteer for a day on 9 and 10 March and see how much fun and worthwhile volunteer work can be.

Play football with mentally handicapped children, prepare a lunch for residents of a nursing home, put together birthday packages for children who rely on the Food Bank, explore the city with newly-arrived immigrants. There are more than 200 chores in The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, whereever you live ….  listed on the website www.nldoet.nl, so take a look and sign up.

NLdoet is the biggest volunteering event in the Netherlands.  You can experience a day as a volunteer before perhaps making a longer-term commitment to a project.

Come along with your co-workers, classmates, family and friends because volunteering together is more fun than working alone.

Many organisations will be opening their doors during the NLdoet days and will offer a number of activities where volunteers are welcome and truly needed.

Last year there were 310,000 volunteers working during NLdoet, actively involved in more than 8,400 activities.

 

Apr
9
Mon
National Museum Week @ 400 Museums
Apr 9 – Apr 15 all-day
National Museum Week @ 400 Museums | Netherlands

About National Museum Week 2018

During National Museum Week 2018 over 400 museums throughout the Netherlands participate in a celebration of the country’s rich cultural capital by offering special entry fees and organising various activities.

During this week, many museums choose to grant access at a discount or even for free.

This year’s theme

This year’s theme is “Our real gold”, inspiring museums to show off their true treasures and showpieces. Museums revive the past by storing and exhibiting the world’s treasures, offering us an escape from our daily fast-paced routines.

Throughout the museums, seven real golden treasures are flaunted as this year’s grand attraction.

Museum card

If this week leaves you hungry for more, you may be interested in purchasing one of the many useful cultural cards and passes the Netherlands has to offer; the museum card. This card costs 54,95 euros per year for adults, and allows you free access at a large number of museums in the Netherlands.

 

 

May
4
Fri
Herdenkingsdag – Remembrance Day – General Information @ all over the country
May 4 all-day
Herdenkingsdag – Remembrance Day - General Information @ all over the country | Netherlands

Herdenkingsdag – Remembrance Day, May 4

Since the end of the Second World War, the Dutch have observed 4 May as a day of reflection, a day to honour the victims of war. At eight o’clock in the evening the country unites in commemorating the civilians and members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the Second World War. Unlike most countries, the Netherlands does not mark the occasion with large military parades. People all over the country gather at war memorials in their own communities, and at the stroke of eight the entire country observes a two-minute silence. All these events are broadcast live on television and radio.

A national ceremony is held in Amsterdam, with a memorial service in the historic Nieuwe Kerk in Dam Square, followed by the laying of wreaths at the foot of the national war memorial. The ceremony is attended by Her Majesty the Queen, members of parliament and people from more than 100 organisations representing the different groups in society who were affected by the war. After the two-minute silence wreaths are laid at the foot of the national monument in Dam Square.

Remembrance Day is a tribute to all Dutch victims of war. Special honour is paid to civilians and to members of the armed forces who fell in the Second World War, and to all Dutch nationals who have lost their lives since, in other wars or in peacekeeping operations. Three special wreaths are placed for civilians who died in Europe in 1940-1945: one for members of the Resistance, one for victims of persecution, and one for civilian casualties. A separate wreath is laid for those who fell in Asia, and another for the servicemen and merchant marine crews who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Herdenkingsdag – Remembrance Day – General Information @ all over the country
May 4 all-day

Herdenkingsdag – Remembrance Day, May 4

Since the end of the Second World War, the Dutch have observed 4 May as a day of reflection, a day to honour the victims of war. At eight o’clock in the evening the country unites in commemorating the civilians and members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the Second World War. Unlike most countries, the Netherlands does not mark the occasion with large military parades. People all over the country gather at war memorials in their own communities, and at the stroke of eight the entire country observes a two-minute silence. All these events are broadcast live on television and radio.

A national ceremony is held in Amsterdam, with a memorial service in the historic Nieuwe Kerk in Dam Square, followed by the laying of wreaths at the foot of the national war memorial. The ceremony is attended by Her Majesty the Queen, members of parliament and people from more than 100 organisations representing the different groups in society who were affected by the war. After the two-minute silence wreaths are laid at the foot of the national monument in Dam Square.

Remembrance Day is a tribute to all Dutch victims of war. Special honour is paid to civilians and to members of the armed forces who fell in the Second World War, and to all Dutch nationals who have lost their lives since, in other wars or in peacekeeping operations. Three special wreaths are placed for civilians who died in Europe in 1940-1945: one for members of the Resistance, one for victims of persecution, and one for civilian casualties. A separate wreath is laid for those who fell in Asia, and another for the servicemen and merchant marine crews who gave their lives in the line of duty.

May
5
Sat
Bevrijdingsdag – Liberation Day – General Information @ All over the country
May 5 all-day
Bevrijdingsdag - Liberation Day - General Information @ All over the country | Netherlands

Bevrijdingsdag – Liberation Day, May 5

The close of the Remembrance Day ceremony signals the start of Liberation Day festivities commemorating Germany’s capitulation on 5 May 1945. War veterans gather in Wageningen, where the historic documents were signed, and parade through the city in celebration of the anniversary of liberty regained. 5 May is a national holiday. The solemnity of Remembrance Day gives way to joyful celebration. The only other national holiday in the Netherlands is the queen’s official birthday, celebrated on 30 April.

Special Liberation Day events are organised all over the country. Two highlights of the day are the official launch of the celebrations – held in a different part of the country each year – and the open-air concert to mark their conclusion. Traditionally held on the Amstel River in Amsterdam and broadcast live on television, the concert takes place in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the government.

Many local authorities organise special events for their own communities, and thirteen liberation festivals are held in different regions of the country. These liberation festivals feature both Dutch and international artists, and are especially popular with the young. The Liberation Day events centre on a different theme each year. Civil rights was an important theme at the beginning of the 1990s. In the second half of the decade, emphasis was placed on the precept that freedom cannot be taken for granted: it must be cherished and guarded with vigilance. All those involved in the festivals – organisers and performers alike – highlight these themes, while Amnesty International, War Child and similar organisations carry out special projects for the public.

Bevrijdingsdag – Liberation Day – General Information @ All over the country
May 5 all-day

Bevrijdingsdag – Liberation Day, May 5

The close of the Remembrance Day ceremony signals the start of Liberation Day festivities commemorating Germany’s capitulation on 5 May 1945. War veterans gather in Wageningen, where the historic documents were signed, and parade through the city in celebration of the anniversary of liberty regained. 5 May is a national holiday. The solemnity of Remembrance Day gives way to joyful celebration. The only other national holiday in the Netherlands is the queen’s official birthday, celebrated on 30 April.

Special Liberation Day events are organised all over the country. Two highlights of the day are the official launch of the celebrations – held in a different part of the country each year – and the open-air concert to mark their conclusion. Traditionally held on the Amstel River in Amsterdam and broadcast live on television, the concert takes place in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the government.

Many local authorities organise special events for their own communities, and thirteen liberation festivals are held in different regions of the country. These liberation festivals feature both Dutch and international artists, and are especially popular with the young. The Liberation Day events centre on a different theme each year. Civil rights was an important theme at the beginning of the 1990s. In the second half of the decade, emphasis was placed on the precept that freedom cannot be taken for granted: it must be cherished and guarded with vigilance. All those involved in the festivals – organisers and performers alike – highlight these themes, while Amnesty International, War Child and similar organisations carry out special projects for the public.

May
18
Fri
Heerlijk 10 Daagse – 10 days of fabulous dining @ various restaurants
May 18 – May 27 all-day

Reserve a fabulous 3-course meal at one of The Netherlands top restaurants during the Heerlijk10 Daagse from 18 May until 27 June 2018.

During these 10 days you can dine at some of the finest restaurants and dining cafes in the Netherlands for lunch or dinner. You can order a 3-course lunch for € 22.50 and € 35 for a 4-course dinner. Why not use the opportunity to try out a new eating establishment?

Michelin star restaurants may add a € 10 surcharge per star.

Reservations

In order to make use of the special Heerlijk10Daagse deal, you will need to make an online reservation in advance. You can do this through the website of the Heerlijk10Daagse. Just type in the city where you would like to find a restaurant.

Heerlijk 10 Daagse – 10 days of fabulous dining @ various restaurants
May 18 – May 27 all-day

Reserve a fabulous 3-course meal at one of The Netherlands top restaurants during the Heerlijk10 Daagse from 18 May until 27 June 2018.

During these 10 days you can dine at some of the finest restaurants and dining cafes in the Netherlands for lunch or dinner. You can order a 3-course lunch for € 22.50 and € 35 for a 4-course dinner. Why not use the opportunity to try out a new eating establishment?

Michelin star restaurants may add a € 10 surcharge per star.

Reservations

In order to make use of the special Heerlijk10Daagse deal, you will need to make an online reservation in advance. You can do this through the website of the Heerlijk10Daagse. Just type in the city where you would like to find a restaurant.

May
24
Thu
Fete de la Nature @ various locations
May 24 – May 26 all-day

Fête de la Nature from 24 to 26 May is the largest grassroots nature festival in the Netherlands celebrating all the different ways we can enjoy our nature.

The great thing about Fête de la Nature is that you can celebrate nature in your own way. Everyone can organise something outdoors and in nature – go on a picnic, make a nettle soup, attend a concert in nature, recite poetry about nature, dig around with the children in the garden. As long as it is festive and has to do with nature.

Weekend highlights
For this 6th national Fête de la Nature, The Hague is one of the cities where the celebrations of nature will be most visible. More than a dozen activities have been organised for The Hague such as:

Taste The Hague’s Nature in Edible Park
DISCxTALK in a beautiful community garden (in English)
Visit to Urban Farmers
Fairtrade picnic in Laak
Intuition walk in the Hyacinth woods in Ockenburgh
Culture and Nature in the Kloostertuin
Picnique Royale in the Paleistuin
Different Blue Zone walks
Beach clean-up with TrashUre Hunt
Special walk on the Sand Motor
Late night Iftar potluck
If you’d like to organise your own activity, you can add it to the list on the website www.fetedelanature.nl. No initiative is too small: serve tea in your vegetable patch or go on a nature run with your running buddies.

More info
Dozens of free (or inexpensive) activities are already listed (in Dutch) on the website www.fetedelanature.nl. The activities are divided into the categories: culture, food and drink, sport and movement, nature experience and other.

May
25
Fri
Fete de la Nature @ various locations
May 25 – May 27 all-day
Fete de la Nature @ various locations  | The Hague | South Holland | Netherlands

Fête de la Nature from 25 to 27 May is the largest grassroots nature festival in the Netherlands celebrating all the different ways we can enjoy our nature.

The great thing about Fête de la Nature is that you can celebrate nature in your own way. Everyone can organise something outdoors and in nature – go on a picnic, make a nettle soup, attend a concert in nature, recite poetry about nature, dig around with the children in the garden. As long as it is festive and has to do with nature.

Weekend highlights
For this 5th national Fête de la Nature, The Hague is one of the cities where the celebrations of nature will be most visible. More than a dozen activities have been organised for The Hague such as:

Taste The Hague’s Nature in Edible Park
DISCxTALK in a beautiful community garden (in English)
Visit to Urban Farmers
Fairtrade picnic in Laak
Intuition walk in the Hyacinth woods in Ockenburgh
Culture and Nature in the Kloostertuin
Picnique Royale in the Paleistuin
Different Blue Zone walks
Beach clean-up with TrashUre Hunt
Special walk on the Sand Motor
Late night Iftar potluck
If you’d like to organise your own activity, you can add it to the list on the website www.fetedelanature.nl. No initiative is too small: serve tea in your vegetable patch or go on a nature run with your running buddies.

More info
Dozens of free (or inexpensive) activities are already listed (in Dutch) on the website www.fetedelanature.nl. The activities are divided into the categories: culture, food and drink, sport and movement, nature experience and other.

Sep
24
Mon
Restaurant Week @ all over the country
Sep 24 – Oct 10 all-day

Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants for only € 28.50 and 3-course lunches for € 22.50.

 

Just go the website of the Restaurantweek and choose the city where you would like to eat, then you can choose and book the restaurant. Please note that often you have to pay a supplement for better or Michelin Star restaurants.

Oct
13
Sat
Cinekid Festival for Children @ Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
Oct 13 – Oct 28 all-day
Cinekid Festival for Children @ Westergasfabriek Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Noord-Holland | Netherlands

Cinekid Festival
Cinekid Festival is the largest children’s media festival in the world. At the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and around 40 locations across the country, children aged between 3 and 14 years can watch new, unusual and striking films and television productions and meet their creators. They also get a chance to explore the MediaLab: a playful exhibition extending across 1200 square meters, filled with interactive art installations, workshops, games and apps. Cinekid for Professionals, an international multi-day event for the children’s media industry, also runs during the Cinekid Festival.

Check out where cinekid is taking place here: https://www.cinekid.nl/en/festival

Apr
8
Mon
National Museum Week @ 400 Museums
Apr 8 – Apr 14 all-day

About National Museum Week 2019

During National Museum Week 2019 over 400 museums throughout the Netherlands participate in a celebration of the country’s rich cultural capital by offering special entry fees and organising various activities.

During this week, many museums choose to grant access at a discount or even for free.

This year’s theme

This year’s theme is “Our real gold”, inspiring museums to show off their true treasures and showpieces. Museums revive the past by storing and exhibiting the world’s treasures, offering us an escape from our daily fast-paced routines.

Throughout the museums, seven real golden treasures are flaunted as this year’s grand attraction.

Museum card

If this week leaves you hungry for more, you may be interested in purchasing one of the many useful cultural cards and passes the Netherlands has to offer; the museum card. This card costs 64,90 Euros per year for adults, and allows you free access at a large number of museums in the Netherlands.

 

 

May
24
Fri
Dutch Brewery Days @ Various places
May 24 – May 26 all-day

Dutch Brewery Days – 24, 25 & 26 May 2019
On 24, 25 and 26 of May hundreds of Dutch breweries open their doors for public. During these days brewers organize brewing demonstrations, beer tastings and presentations about their beers and the great variety of flavors that are brewed throughout the Netherlands. For more information and addresses click here.

54 breweries all over the country are taking part. On Friday 25 breweries are open, Saturday 45 and on Sunday 35. You can check it out here:

https://www.weekvanhetnederlandsebier.nl/nederlandse_brouwerijdagen

Jun
10
Mon
Campina Open Farm Day @ Various farms
Jun 10 all-day

On Monday 10 June from 10 – 16h  69 cow farmers will open their barn doors  for the public! There will be lots to see and experience for young and old. The farmer will show you how the milk from grazing cows ends up in the glass on the table at home and there will be many other fun activities. A great day outdoors! Admission is free.

For farmers, it is helpful to know how many visitors they can expect approximately. Let them know which farm you like to visit here

You can find all participating farms on: https://www.campina.nl/nl/l/boerderijdagen/#section-8

Oct
12
Sat
Cinekid Festival for Children @ Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
Oct 12 – Oct 27 all-day

Cinekid Festival
Cinekid Festival is the largest children’s media festival in the world. At the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and around 40 locations across the country, children aged between 3 and 14 years can watch new, unusual and striking films and television productions and meet their creators. They also get a chance to explore the MediaLab: a playful exhibition extending across 1200 square meters, filled with interactive art installations, workshops, games and apps. Cinekid for Professionals, an international multi-day event for the children’s media industry, also runs during the Cinekid Festival.

Check out where cinekid is taking place here: https://www.cinekid.nl/en/festival

19-25 October in Amsterdam 

12-27 October on tour

Mar
13
Fri
NL Doet – Volunteering Weekend @ all over the Netherlands
Mar 13 – Mar 14 all-day

Try your hand at working as a volunteer for a day on 13 and 14 March and see how much fun and worthwhile volunteer work can be.

Play football with mentally handicapped children, prepare a lunch for residents of a nursing home, put together birthday packages for children who rely on the Food Bank, explore the city with newly-arrived immigrants. There are more than 200 chores in The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Wageningen, Arnhem whereever you live ….  listed on the website www.nldoet.nl, so take a look and sign up.

NLdoet is the biggest volunteering event in the Netherlands.  You can experience a day as a volunteer before perhaps making a longer-term commitment to a project.

Come along with your co-workers, classmates, family and friends because volunteering together is more fun than working alone.

Many organisations will be opening their doors during the NLdoet days and will offer a number of activities where volunteers are welcome and truly needed.

Last year there were 310,000 volunteers working during NLdoet, actively involved in more than 8,400 activities.

 

Mar
16
Mon
Restaurant Week @ all over the country
Mar 16 – Mar 23 all-day
Restaurant Week @ all over the country | Netherlands

Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants starting from only € 28.50.

Just go the website of the Restaurantweek and choose the city where you would like to eat, then you can choose and book the restaurant. Please note that often you have to pay a supplement for better or Michelin Star restaurants.

Mar
24
Tue
All Events Cancelled @ all over the country
Mar 24 – Jun 1 all-day

All events have been cancelled until 1 June.