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During the Rotterdam Park month in September there are many green activities in the parks: walks, events, theater, workshops, music, excursions and nature work days. In Het Park (near the Euromast) on Sunday 1 September at 1 pm the (literal) kick-off of the Parkenmaand will follow a speech from a well-known Rotterdammer. For entertainment, there is ‘park theater’ and children can get started in the ‘colour gang’ with the design of their ideal park.
The Parkenmaand is from 1 to 29 September. View the program on www.parkenmaand.nl the program is regularly updated
The Hague Fun Fair on Malieveld from 14- 25 September.
Opening times every day from 13-23h
For more information go to www.kermisdenhaag.nl.
Olmenhorst is an apple farm located just 40 minutes from The Hague. For six weeks per year, they open their doors to the public to pick their own apples and pears (kilo price is 2,25 Euro). You can also enjoy lunch and fresh Dutch apple pie in their cafe while the kids play in the playground. It’s always a fun activity for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. For more information visit their website
Opening hours until 27th October:
Wednesday from 13.00-17.00
Saturday from 10.00-17.00 uur
Sunday from 10.00-17.00 uur
During the autumn holiday (21-25 October) it is open every day between 13-17.00 and in the weekends 10:00 – 17:00.
And for the other part of the country 14-18 October it is open everyday from 10-17.00
Just Peace festival
The Hague, the international the city of peace and justice, will be completely swept away by the Just Peace Festival during the weekend of 19 to 22 September. The city will celebrate the UN-declared International Day of Peace with a wealth of activities.
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You can take your pick from a number of festivities during the Just Peace Festival, such as a running event, debates, concerts, tours and photo exhibitions. Sneak a peek behind the scenes at a number of international organisations working towards a better world when they open their doors to the public for 1 day.
20 and 21 September
Peace Sessions Expert
One of the key goals of the International Peace Day Expert Session at De Staat Beach Pavilion is to gather expert knowledge on the impact of war on children. The days will consist of interactive group discussions, keynote addresses and presentations on the topic of acting early with psychosocial support in emergency response.
The Hague Peace Night Run
The city’s first-ever Peace Night Run of 8.5 kilometres, an deal mix of sport, fun and excitement. There will be a super fun after party on the Lange Voorhout with live music in partnership with Rrrollend food truck festivals.
Film in the Peace Palace Garden
Watch an impressive documentary shedding new light on the theme of Peace & Justice in the atmospheric garden of the Peace Palace. This year the impressive English-language film ‘ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul’ will be screened. It shows the consequences of war for children and women.
Peace in the Park in the Paleistuin
Bring your own peace to the Palace Garden and be inspired by free workshops, conversations with strangers, meditation, music and creativity.
The Hague International Open Day at various locations
For 1 day each year, you can pay a visit to the international organisations in The Hague. Take part in a tour and learn more about the many different types of justice, international security and human rights. Visit the extensive programme at Museon and attend a World Class lecture by Coalition for Children’s Rights chair Laurien Koster. This is a free event but you need to register for the tours in advance.
The ambition of Stichting The Hague UNited for Peace and Justice is to give peace and justice an important place in the hearts and activities of our residents, businesses and organisations. The foundation connects educational institutions, cultural institutions, international organisations and NGOs which are promoting and working on peace and justice in The Hague.
For the comprehensive programme and more information, see: www.justpeacethehague.com.
The cultural event: ‘Masterly The Hague’ will take place from 19 to 22 September at 4 locations around the Hofvijver. 17th century artworks appear alongside works specially made for the event by contemporary designers, artists and photographers.
Organisers have invited contemporary designers, photographers and artists to select an Old Master as their muse and to draw inspiration for new contemporary design. The works will be exhibited side-by-side in 25 stylised rooms decorated for the occasion. The designers themselves are present and available to the audience. They share their perspective on the historical paintings and invite the audience to see through their eyes. Visitors of Masterly The Hague experience a journey of discovery into beauty and craftsmanship.
Old Masters and new design
Last year Masterly The Hague was held in 3 historic buildings along the Lange Vijverberg. This year it is expanding with an additional location: the once famous former Restaurant Royal located on the stately Lange Voorhout.
Each and every room of the 4 magnificent buildings will be filled with an air of celebration as if we are awaiting a royal ball in another era. We see portraits of princes and princesses, stunningly styled ladies, extravagantly clad gentlemen and opulently laid out tables. Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita de Bourbon de Parme, Hester van Eeghen, Fransje Killaars and many other Dutch designers created sparkling jewels, luxury handbags, gilded leather room dividers and shiny ceramics. All their designs are shown alongside the historical paintings in a fairy tale setting, styled by Maarten Spruyt.
‘Masterly The Hague’ takes place from 11.00 to 18.00 hrs. from Thursday, 19 September to Sunday, 22 September on the Lange Vijverberg.
Tickets cost € 12.50 per day. Combination tickets are also available. Tickets can be ordered through the website of Masterly The Hague.
More information can be found at www.masterlythehague.com.
This year the TodaysArt festival take place from 19 to 22 September in The Hague’s city centre. The festival is renowned for its signature programme of electronic music, digital art, media performance and installations.
The 4-day TodaysArt festival takes place on numerous festival stages throughout the city. The full programme includes an extensive line-up of DJ and live sets, concerts, art installation and talks.
What is going to be humanity’s role and relevance in our digital future, and what role will philosophy, ethics, and creativity play? What is our relationship with artificial intelligence? Do we choose nature over technology? And how fine is the line between them, if there is a line at all? These are some of the questions the international festival for art, music and technology TodaysArt aims to answer this together with its artists, audience and speakers.
With this year’s festival theme ‘Consciousness’ TodaysArt leaves the dystopian scenarios on conflict, ‘black boxes’ and artificial intelligence from previous years behind. Instead, the festival focuses on the possibilities of digital technology, on topics like artificial emotions, digital consciousness, machine hallucinations and meditations, and especially humanity in the digital age.
The TodaysArt festival takes place from Thursday, 19 September to Sunday, 22 September at De Electriciteitsfabriek, Theater aan het Spui, Paard and Het Magazijn in The Hague.
An all-inclusive festival pass costs € 80 per person while a day ticket for Friday and Saturday costs € 40 per person. The Sunday pass costs € 30. Tickets can be purchased on the website of TodaysArt.
You can find more information at www.todaysart.nl.
In this open-air restaurant, a range of different culinary cultures meet and intermingle into a spicy global melange.
Just like its Moroccan version Djemaa el Fna Rotterdam is full of stories. You can see them in theatre and poetry, hear them in music and taste them in the food.
Party for your senses
The smell and smoke of the barbecues, the dishes simmering in the tajines. You can score the best deals on beautiful products in the North African Souk.
Within this lively market place, you’ll discover storytellers, musicians, cooks and comedians. They will share with you the stories and recipes of their culture.
Fri 20 sep: 18:00 – 23:00u
Sat 21 sep: 13:00 – 22:00u
Sun 22 sep: 13:00 – 22:00u
You can check out the programme here: https://djemaaelfnarotterdam.nl/
Unseen Amsterdam is back for its eighth edition from 20 – 22 September 2019. Join us to discover the latest and most cutting-edge ideas, exhibitions and projects in the world of contemporary photography.
What is Unseen?
Unseen is an annual international photography fair and festival based in Amsterdam, founded in 2012 by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, office for cultural business development Platform A, and creative agency Vandejong. Welcoming 53 galleries from across the globe, Unseen focuses on new photography, highlighting the most recent developments by presenting emerging talent and new work by established artists.
As a fair, Unseen brings together leading figures in the industry with artists, curators, collectors and photography enthusiasts, creating an exchange of dialogue, artistic expression and ideas. Complementing the fair, on-site at the historic Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, is a three-day speakers programme jam-packed with lectures and debates at the Unseen Living Room, as well as a celebration of the printed world of photobooks at the Unseen Book Market.
As a festival, Unseen invites visitors to be challenged, inspired and excited by a programme bringing together many of the city’s leading institutions, galleries, artists and initiatives using photography in unexpected and provocative ways. Every year Unseen Photo Festival takes place in a newly chosen neighbourhood of Amsterdam, in an effort to not only get visitors acquainted with the various areas of the city, but also to get locals – both individuals and businesses – acquainted with the world of contemporary photography.
YES! The best closing party of your summer – West TAPT Festival 2019 in Rembrandtpark, Amsterdam – is nearly ready to kick off. This year, the festival celebrates its fifth birthday, so even more reason for a great party!
“Book your tickets via IamExpat using the code wt19 to get 20% off.” Discount code: wt19
The concept is simple: lots of beer, tasty food, chilling on the grass, playing games, dancing, singing and enjoying the vibes with friends.
Festival-goers have the following beers to look forward to at TAPT:
>Brussels Beer Project
>Gebrouwen door Vrouwen
>Brother in Law brewing
Beer tastes even better with the right food! Enjoy bites from Hieper de Pieper, Meneer Smakers, Dos Chicas, Kaasfondue Eetfabriek and Old Scuola Pizza
Alamaison, Mambo Radio, Ekte, Jaxswing, Nico Nice and others. Keep an eye on the TAPT website for more information.
Activities include a pub quiz, a silent disco, beer pong, giant Jenga, tastings, beer routes and more.
Buy your tickets to TAPT
Buy your tickets to the festival online via the TAPT website. Here are the different kinds of tickets on offer:
>Regular tickets: 10 euros
>Regular group tickets: 5 for the price of 4
>Late tickets: 12,50 euros
>Late group tickets: 5 for the price of 4
The ticket price is excluding service costs, but it includes your own TAPT glass.
Good to know
>TAPT is an event for adults aged 18 or older.
>TAPT Festival is a PIN ONLY event.
>Babies and dogs are unfortunately not allowed at TAPT.
Source: Iam Expat
On Friday evening, 20th September InterNations organises an Oktoberfest Event at CitizenM Hotel in Rotterdam from 19.30-00.30 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:
A Day at the Park is a festival with good quality music by DJs and live acts, your favourite restaurants and popular hot spots.
Chris Liebing, De Sluwe Vos b2b Michel de Hey, Green Velvet, Todd Terry and more
A Day at the Park is back! After ten editions in the woods of Amsterdam the festival moves to Rotterdam. The concept of the festival will be inspired by the best hot spots of Rotterdam that gather together in the Kralingse Bos.
On the menu
Enjoy culinary delights at TheHughBrunch, provided by star chef Mario Ridder. Wine bar 1NUL8 serves the best quality wines and Ter Marsch provides the ultimate burger. The guys from Give Soul will be hosting their own area.
Techno and house DJs in the woods
The best techno and house DJs are present. Chris Liebing, De Sluwe Vos b2b Michel de Hey, Green Velvet and Todd Terry are the first names on the line-up.
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.
The Home Made Market on Weissenbruchstraat in Den Haag Benoordenhout from 10-17h
A wide variety of consumer goods is offered; food, fashion, art, interior design, jewelry and accessories, vintage and even entertainment like workshops, life music and theatre, all having one thing in common: everything the market offers is unique, produced in limited quantities or handmade.
For more information:
TIKTAK arrives with their own festival! Expect multiple stages where you can dance. From 12-23 h.
Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Lil Kleine, Bizzey, Frenna, Broederliefde, Kriss Kross Amsterdam, Boef, Jonna Fraser and more
After sold-out editions in Rotterdam during New Years Eve & Koningsnacht and a hosting at Kingsland Festival, it is time for a TIKTAK festival in Rotterdam.
The Lloyd Multiplein is the location for the first summer festival in the city. Expect multiple stages where you can dance to eclectic, hip hop and urban.
Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience (1 hour set) / Lil Kleine / Bizzey / Frenna / Broederliefde (laatste show in Rotterdam van 2019) / Kriss Kross Amsterdam / Boef / Josylvio / Sevn Alias / Jonna Fraser / Tabitha / Biggi / GirlsLoveDJs / Irwan / Johnny 500 / Sam Blans and more.
The Hague will again host the city’s Peace Night Run on Saturday, 21 September as part of the Just Peace Festival. The event is the ideal mix of sport, fun and excitement.
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Just as dusk begins to fall, The Hague Peace Night Run will start in the heart of The Hague on the Lange Voorhout. The route is a fairytale voyage filled with music, lights, fire and lasers. Run, walk or dance your way through this adventure with entertainment carrying you every step of the way.
This very special running experience of about 8.5 km takes you past the Peace Palace through the forest of the Scheveningse Bosjes and back to the finish through the Zeeheldenkwartier. Every runner will get a headlight. The event is not about running your fastest time but challenges you to realise that peace cannot be taken for granted.
The Night Run gives you the chance to experience special places in an entirely different way. Night Run events are about having fun, being social and exploring the outdoors.
Participants will start in 5 waves between 20.30 and 21.50 with a break after every wave. Participants will be assigned to a start wave based on their bib number. You can always start in a later wave but it is not allowed to start in an earlier wave.
After you cross the finish line you can join live music and drinks. Dance the night away and enjoy the good vibes!
The Hague Peace Night Run takes place on Saturday, 21 September with the start and finish line on the Lange Voorhout.
Runners will get a big number (with their first name) and a free running lamp, which they can pick up on the day of the event. Registration costs € 25.75 per runner.
You can register and find more information on the website www.thehaguepeacenightrun.nl.
On Saturday, September 21, you can enjoy Lichtjesavond at Slot Zuylen! When the sun is down the castle will be illuminated by hundreds of lights. Inside you can explore the rooms on their own and outside you can enjoy various activities. Visiting the castle Slot Zuylen is extra special during Lichtjesavond!
Entrance 8,50 Euro, free with museum card
The Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen feature several original German bunkers from the Second World War. The figurehead of the Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen is the command bunker in the complex Widerstandsnest 318 (Verteidigungsstab Badhuisweg). A man-bunker has also been set up in this complex and a toilet bunker has been made accessible. On regular open days it is possible to visit the command bunker, and there are volunteers ready to provide information and answer questions.
Widerstandsnest 318 Scheveningen
The primary museum location of the foundation is an authentically furnished command bunker of the type 608 (Bataillons-, Abteilungs- oder Regiments-Gefechtsstand). From this bunker and nearby villas in the Second World War the military command of Stützpunkgruppe Scheveningen was conducted by the occupying forces. The bunker is largely original and gives you the unique experience of a tangible past. There are also original historical objects of German, British, Canadian and American forces on display.
In the adjacent man-bunker bunker of the type 622 (Doppelgruppenunterstand) on the Badhuisweg there is a ‘time capsule’: one of the two lounges is furnished with exclusively unrestored objects. You get the impression that the bunker has remained untouched since the end of the Second World War. In reality, most bunkers in the Netherlands were looted after the war and stripped of all valuable parts. The other room is an exhibition space for photographs, art and historical objects.
The bunkers on the Badhuisweg are located at numbers 119-133, next to De Boshut coffee house. The museum is accessible by tram line 9. Get off at the Cremerweg stop, from there it is a two minute walk to the bunker. Car is free to park within walking distance of the museum
Entrance is 4 Euro (cash) and 2 Euro for children until 12 years.
The Bubble Run in the Netherlands will be held in The Hague’s Zuiderpark on Sunday, 22 September. Imagine a running event but then with a lot of foam!
This family running event is a parcours with 2 distances: 2.5 km and 5 km. Participants run the distances and on the way pass through 3 to 6 foam baths depending upon the distance. When you pass the finish line, you will be bathed in music and even more bubbles.
Suds and fun are the main ingredients of this event. It’s not about finishing with your best personal time but about having good, clean fun together. A true spectacle and an unforgettable party, for the spectators as well.
The Bubble Run will be held from 14.00 to 16.00 hrs. in Zuiderpark. Both races will be preceded by a warming-up by Interstate Dans Studio. Races will be run in different starting groups.
There are 1500 tickets available. Registration fees vary from € 10.00 to € 16.50 depending on your age and the number of tickets you take. Proceeds will go to the charity Get Connect.
For more information go to www.bubbelrun.nl.
The Hague International Open Day
During The Hague International Open Day on Sunday, 22 September 17 international organisations will open their doors to the public. With tours, presentations and exhibitions the public will learn about the daily work of these organisations.
Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see how the international organisations are working around the clock to secure a safer and better world. Once a year, you can pay a visit to remarkable institutes like the International Criminal Court, Europol, the OPCW and the courts in the Peace Palace.
Join a tour and learn more about justice, international security and human rights found. Visit the extensive programme in Museon and attend a World Class lecture by the chair of the Coalition for Children’s Rights Laurien Koster.
After a visit to the International Open Day, you’ll know why The Hague bears its title with pride!
Participating international organisations
The international organisations which will open their doors on 22 September are:
Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (KSC and SPO)
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT)
International Criminal Court (ICC)
Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH)
International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
The Hague Academy of International Law
International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE HCNM)
The Hague Humanity Hub
Het Nutshuis: Justice and Peace, European Center for Not-for-Profit Law Stichting (ECNL), Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Human Security Collective
The Hague International Open Day will take place from 9.30 to 17.00 hrs. on Sunday, 22 September but please check the individual organisations for the times of the scheduled tours.
There is no entrance fee. For security reasons, we ask you to sign up for tours in and around the international organisations in advance and to take a valid ID. The deadline to register is Friday, 20 September.
You can register for a maximum of 3 organisations. Please do not register for a tour directly after another tour. Most of the tours will be provided only in English. Free shuttle buses will be available to take you to the various organisations.
More information and registration can be found on the website of The Hague International Open Day.
The Hague International Open Day is part of the Just Peace Festival.
Pure Markt features 80+ vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. Sunday from 11 to 18 hours
At the market you’ll find plenty of delicious food as well as everything from toys and furniture to candles and cosmetics.
The variety of stands and special activities make Pure Markt a great outing for the entire family.
Rotterdam Pride started in 2014. The festival’s objective is to have a party for sexual diversity for everyone. The organisation wishes to bridge between the LGBT group and the heterosexual society. To this aim it offers an event of festivities and cultural expressions during the last week-end in September. The most important eye catcher of the Rotterdam Pride is the Pride Walk on Saturday from 11-13.00 that will start at Leuvehoofdpark and arrive at the Pride Festival on Schouwburgplein. There are lots of parties taking place, a pride brunch but also 75 year history of Gay Rotterdam and so much more.
Check out the entire agenda here: https://rotterdam-pride.com/en/program/
Rotterdam Pride 6 parties
Rainbow: Opening Special Pride
festival officially kicks off with a bang house party. Line-up with Jeroenski, Quinten De Rozario and Cliffie Square combined with the vocals Auxs Music and a live saxophonist and more
Super Disco, Sunday, September 22, 21:00 to 03:00 pm
The FERRY Pride House
Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with pleasant music and exhibitions. On Fridays and Saturdays you can party until late at night.
FERRY, Thursday 26 t / m Sunday, September 29th, several times
Citcat X Dumbo
With a choice of two areas and a box full of music. Scream along with hits from the eighties and nineties, dance on Hot R & B or pop, disco, house and old-school hip hop.
DUMBO bar / restaurant, Friday, September 27, 19:00 to 3:00 pm
Time Capsule in Annabel
Step into the time capsule and travel through pop history of the last seventy years. Before you know it you dance to hits like “I’m Coming Out” (1980), “Born This Way” (2011) or “I Will Survive’ (1978)!
Annabel, vrijdag 27 september, 23.59-05.00 uur
Milkshake Indoor Rotterdam
The popular dance festival comes with an indoor afterparty to Rotterdam! With three areas and big names on the line-up.
Now & Wow Club, Saturday, September 28, 22:00 to 06:00 pm
Rose Celebration: House of Colors
In Arminius church you can celebrate during the Rose Celebration. Music and dance come together during this afternoon and everyone is welcome.
Arminius Rotterdam, zondag 29 september, 15.00-16.00 uur
Fantastic 3-course dinner at top restaurants for 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.
Rotterdams Praatcafe is a social group for anyone interested in practising Dutch in a cozy environment. Any Dutch language learners can enjoy practising Dutch at ease and with fun. In order to do that, we bring into the group enthusiastic Dutch language learners, professional Dutch teachers, professional language coaches and other social Dutch native speakers. Together we will create creative and social events to make friends, have a lot of fun and practise speaking Dutch. Events will be held in Rotterdam.
They will host a language exchange Rotterdam event on every last Wednesday of the month, where everyone can speak the language(s) he or she wants to socialize in. Wednesday from 19.30-22h.
Camera Japan is the Benelux’s largest festival for Japanese film and culture. With movies, shows, workshops, Japanese products, and music.
Camera Japan offers over 40 movies in a variety of genres. Besides, there’s a broad programme with theater, a market and workshops.
The festival presents a lot of Dutch and European premieres. With arthouse, drama, comedy, horror, anime and anything in between.
Before and after the film screenings you can visit exhibitions, sencha- en miso workshops, a pop-up market for Japanse products and much more.
26 – 29 September LantarenVenster, Rotterdam
3 – 6 October Kriterion, Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Wine Festival takes place at the Westergasfabriek twice a year. During the harvest festivals in March, where the southern hemisphere stands central and during the harvest festivals in September we celebrate the harvests of the northern hemisphere. During those periodes the wine farmers celebrate that the grapes have been safely collected and the wine making process can begin. We celebrate that with them!
Date & Times
Friday, Sep 27 | 15:00 – 01:00
Saturday, Sep 28| 13:00 – 01:00
Sunday, Sep 29 | 13:00 – 22:00
Location: Westergasfabriek – Gashouder, Transformatorhuis en Leidinghuis
Parking by car: Q-Park, Van Bleiswijkstraat 8, 1051 DG Amsterdam
More than 300 different wines
Starting from €3,- a glass
Workshops & masterclasses
Join our large wine quiz or the grape pitch contest
Bands & live DJ
A culinary journey around the world with top chefs and restaurants
The Hague will hold its own version of Oktoberfest on 27 and 28 September at De Boterwaag on the Grote Markt. What they can do in Munich, we can do, too!
For the last years The Hague has organised a large-scale beer, sausage and schlager festival. Many people attend the festivities in a Dirndl or Lederhosen.
De Boterwaag, the Schnitzel Paradis and the Bierstube, different performances, activities and the big Schwenker grill with traditional sausages make the Oktoberfest a complete and unforgettable party for young and old. There will also be a covered Biergarten.
Live performances include Falco Fabelhaft, Strasse Gebläse, and Die Buterweger. As special guest you can see Ruud Appelhof.
Entrance is 5 Euro. But free for those coming in Dirndl or Lederhose
Oktoberfest 2018 in The Hague will be held from 21.00 to 2.00 hrs. on Friday, 27 and Saturday 28 September at Café Restaurant de Boterwaag (Grote Markt 8A).
More information can be found at www.oktoberfest-denhaag.nl.