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In the summer of 2019, theatre festival The Parade travels through the Netherlands for the 29th year. The festival kicks off in Rotterdam, and from there it will continue its journey with colorful tents, restaurants and terrace cafes to The Hague and Utrecht, before winding up in Amsterdam.
The Parade offers something for everyone, with over 80 different theatre, music, and dance performances for all ages. Café Correct and Katrina will host free music every night, and visitors are invited to enjoy cocktails, soul food, BBQs and much more at one of the many terrace cafes.
Performances that are suitable for non-Dutch-speakers are indicated with a LNP logo (Language No Problem).
Museum Park, Rotterdam June 21 – 30
Westbroek Park, The Hague July 5-14
Moreelse Park, Utrecht July 19 – Aug 4
Martin Luther King Park, Amsterdam, August 9 to 25. www.deparade.nl
Swan Market is a lifestyle market where a very diverse creative offerings can be found.Fashion, jewelry, vintage, accessories, affordable art, etc. are well represented at Swan Market. Besides all the shop-fun you will be spoiled with fair-trade and live musical performances.
The coziness at Swan Market is created by the variety of visitors; a good mix of young and old, couples and families with children, it runs together and make fun with each other.
Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 17 h Vredenburg in Utrecht
Sushi lovers, Asian Street Food, karaoke and relaxation massages can indulge in Asian delicacies in September, marvel at the richly decorated grounds and enjoy the accompanying entertainment and a DJ who entertains in the evenings. This year, dozens of food trucks serve a varied selection of the tastiest Asian Street Food dishes at Griftpark for three days. Sushi & Asian Street Food Festival JOY is free and suitable for all ages.
This spring, the JOY festival will transform Griftpark into a vibrant open-air restaurant with an Asian touch. At the kaitensushi – sushi on the assembly line – visitors can show their chopstick skills. The mobile food trucks also serve tasty Asian Street Food including Yakitori, Bao Buns, Poké Bowls and Japanese poffertjes. The dishes are served on colorful plates and in sizzling steam baskets. The beverage range consists of refreshing drinks, cold beers, a good glass of wine and exotic creations from the cocktail bar. The playful decor with a colorful collection of cheerful lanterns and Japanese umbrellas fits in with the bustling atmosphere.
Visitors can play their singing qualities during a karaoke session, challenge friends to nostalgic arcade games in the game room, relax at a wonderful yoga class or relaxation massage and learn the intricacies of Japanese cuisine at a sushi workshop. A DJ closes the evenings musically. A children’s program has been prepared for the youngest guests, with cooking workshops, craft activities, theater and games such as mikado and sumo wrestling.
Sushi & Asian Streetfood Festival JOY is free of charge. When ordering the first drink you pay a one-off fee of € 2.50 for your festival glass. This contribution saves tens of thousands of plastic cups & you contribute to a clean Griftpark. There is a “pin-only” policy in the field.
Elfia is an outdoor fantasy event where forest elves, muses, nymphs, druids and knights in shining armour convene twice a year. The philosophy is “you’ll never dream alone” and that’s why Elfia invites you to join the elfin clan to celebrate this fantastical event together.
End of summer 2019 in Haarzuliens
The spring edition of Elfia takes place over two days at Castle De Haar in Haarzuilens outside Utrecht, which transforms into a magical kingdom.
Make sure to browse the Elfia website for ticket rates for you and your clan! Entry is free for children under 2 years of age; for children age 3 to 11, there is a 35 percent discount. Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.