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Enjoy the bulb growing area’s unique flower parade! Colourful floats covered in bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils will parade past you. The theme for the 2019 flower parade is: ”Changing World”.
On Saturday 13 April, the 72nd edition of the Bollenstreek [bulb growing area] Bloemencorso will follow a 40 km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Around 15:30 the flower parade will pass Keukenhof along the road on the main car park side which will have been rechristened the Keukenhofboulevard. You can view the bloemencorso along the road that passes Keukenhof’s main entrance. After which you can continue your visit to Keukenhof.
Please note it will be very busy in and around Keukenhof and roads will be closed from approximately 13h00 to 17h30. You will not be able to access or leave Keukenhof’s parking during this time. We recommend that you arrive at Keukenhof before 11h00.
More information on the Bloemencorso at www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl.
Paaspop is a three-day music festival that takes place every year during the Easter weekend in the Dutch Schijndel (North Brabant). In 1974 it was organized for the first time.
You can buy tickets for one day but also for the entire weekend and stay there on the campsite.
ART Breda is the prime fair for art, antiques and design in the south of the Netherlands.
This event, taking place at Breepark in Breda, is the foremost event in the south of the country for anyone who admires intriguing and unusual works of art and design, and one-of-a-kind antiques.
Famous art dealers and collectors from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will exhibit their collections, inviting visitors to journey through European paintings from the 17th century right up to the 21st century, as well as exotic Asiatic art, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, jewellery, clocks and prints.
Special activities at ART Breda
A number of special exhibitions and activities are going on for the duration of ART Breda.
The Royal VHOK Pavillion
There will be daily art sessions run by the Royal VHOK, inviting you to experience art and antiques in-depth. The Royal VHOK is the Dutch society of antique dealers and is the oldest and most renowned organisation of antiques dealers in the Netherlands. The society aims to bring the highest standards, practical knowledge and discerning taste in exploring the field of art.
Twice daily, you can take a free tour of the fair, guided by art historian Marius van Dam. These tours take place at 12.30pm and 4pm each day and you can take part by signing up at the information desk.
Featuring over 110 vehicles, presented by 58 teams from 12 countries, this year’s Militracks will be the greatest event for everybody who is interested in German car technology of World War II. At Militracks, mainly German Sd.Kfz. vehicles are in the spotlights during two great days (9AM-5PM). Even better, they drive around on our the 1-mile forest circuit. And you can drive along! Furthermore, the War Museum Overloon itself is open (entrance included in Militracks entrance fee).
Read more about the program on their website
Please join us (with your partner and/or family) for a fun Day Out at the nature reserve Het Biesbosch on Saturday 18 May.
We will meet at 13h at the Visitor Centre and then take a boat trip on the “whispering boat” Sterling for 1,5 hours.
Afterwards we will gather for a picnic at the recreation area. For this we would like you to bring some food to share.
Boat trip with the Sterling for 1,5 hours
Saturday 18 May at 13.00 h
(please be on time as we will go aboard the Sterling at 13.15)
Biesboschcentrum Dordrecht, Baanhoekweg 53, 3313 LP Dordrecht,
Please note that the Sterling has 40 spaces, a child also counts for a space. The Day Out is not limited to a number of persons however the boat trip is. So first comes first serves!
We have already reserved the boat and can only cancel against costs. Please let us know as soon as possible if you like to join. RSVP
It you are coming by car, there are plenty of parking places. If you are coming by Public Transport, you will have to take the train to Dordrecht Central Station, from there you have a direct bus connection.
The eleventh edition of the Museum Night Leiden takes place on Saturday 18th of May 2019: the night with a touch of gold. During the Museum Night Leiden ten museums will offer programs through which the visitors can experience all the museums fantastic collections in an exciting new manner. The Museum Night shows you the museums in Leiden illuminated by a glowing night light. Organised by students, for everyone.
The kick-off for this year’s edition will take place on the Beestenmarkt. Come collect your Museum Night wristband, after which it will be possible to visit all the participating museums. The Night Trail connects the museums. Forming a route between the exhibitions, performances, workshops and interesting lectures. To end with a bang, there will be an after party at the end of the Night. Tickets can be purchased via the website.
During the Museum Night the programs of the museums offer the visitors a different way of experiencing the collections. Visitors can enjoy among other things an explosive performance by the band Starfish, higher consciousness with beeryoga and the magical world of Alex Blackwood. You can find the entire program online.
The Museum Night Leiden is organised by the Museum Night Leiden foundation in cooperation with multiple museums 14 students of the student association A.L.S.V. Quintus will be responsible for all programming, publicity and acquisition. Together with the museums they will ensure a well-filled program. On the night of the 18th of May, the following museums will open their doors for visitors: Hortus botanicus Leiden, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Oude Sterrewacht, Museum Volkenkunde, Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Molenmuseum de Valk, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Taalmuseum and Museum Het Leids Wevershuis. In 2018 the Museum Night Leiden attracted 5000 visitors.
See full programme here
Dozens of mobile kitchens will roll up on Leiden’s Pieterkerkplein. For 3 days you can enjoy trying exotic wraps, unusual grilled sandwiches, exclusive burgers, Dutch delicacies and much more.
In addition to the enormous open-air restaurant the event will be made even more colourful by an extensive musical line-up and extra entertainment for the kids. Rrrollend Food Truck Festivals are known for having no stages or sound amplification as well as for featuring one-of-a-kind musicians and acts.
Come and enjoy a drink, listen to the best singer-songwriters and try some of the newest culinary concoctions at one of the many hip kitchens.
Friday, 24 May from 17.00 to 23.00 hrs.
Saturday, 25 May 12.00 to 23.00 hrs.
Sunday, 26 May 14.00 to 21.00 hrs.
Entrance is free of charge. The food trucks and bars work with PIN payments (no cash).
More information can be found on the Facebook page
The Hague is organising an open day for the city’s bunkers on Saturday, 25 May. Come and discover these fascinating concrete giants which are normally closed to the public. With 14 locations in The Hague.
The Hague and Scheveningen were literally turned into a fortress during the German occupation. The bunkers remain silent witnesses of this period. The construction of the Atlantic Wall coastal defence and fortification had other radical repercussions. Entire neighborhoods had to make way for an anti-tank ditch 8 km long and 300 meters wide. In addition 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes and find refuge elsewhere.
A day of activities
During the Bunker Open Day you will discover the stories of the German occupation and the destruction of The Hague and what it meant to live in a city at war.
Watch a re-enactment of the Able Compagnie or Company West, take a guided walking tour along the bunkers of the ‘Hauptkampflinie’ in Benoordenhout or visit Commandobunker V149 in the Belvédèrepark which will be excavated especially for this day.
Bunker Day in The Hague is from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Saturday, 25 May. An all-inclusive ticket costs € 6.00 for adults and € 3.00 for children 4 to 12 years old. Tickets can be purchased online until Monday, 20 May or at nearly every bunker on Bunker Open Day.
You are then entitled to the entrance to all the bunkers, guided tours and museums in the participating towns and cities along the North Sea coast.
More information is available at www.bunkerdag.nl.
Zoetermeer Blues Festival
This year there are a total of 25 bands taking part.
They will be performing at various locations in and around the village centre of Zoetermeer.
Friday 31 May starts in the evening with a Pubtour https://zoetermeer-blues.nl/pub-tour-2/
On Saturday 1 June there will be live music on two stages in the centre from 12:00 to 23:30 on.
In addition, there are after-parties with live music.
Sunday, there will be a full program on Nicolaasplein from 13 – 20 h.
Apart from music there will be a cozy food market with stalls and rolling kitchens on Saturday and Sunday.
Jazz in Duketown in Den Bosch
A real tip, see another town, namely Den Bosch and enjoy a free Jazz festival at the same time. From Friday to Monday throughout the picturesque center of Den Bosch.
There is something for all: saxophones, jazz orchestra, Cuban rhythms and so much more…. you can walk from one stage to the other.
Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music.
Terschellings Oerol festival has a reputation as one of the most fun, most exceptional theatre festivals in Europe. From its roots as a small festival in 1982, Oerol has grown to become a true phenomenon. Every June, the island of Terschelling in the Wadden Sea is transformed for ten days into a unique natural stage for theatre, dance, street theatre, art and music. The shows are created or adapted specially for the exceptional locations where there are performed. From theatre spectacle to mime, from intimate musical theatre to hilarious circus shows, from Westerns to interactive installations: you will find all of this and more in the dunes, on the beaches, in the woods, on the dikes, in sheds and barns and simply on the streets.
With 130.000 tickets sold each year Oerol is a big theatrefestival that bridges the gap between emerging artists and a large audience. Hundreds of (inter)national programmers scout new work here. Besides this significant contribution to promoting mobility, Oerol also creates a temporary society in which artists and audience meet for several, consecutive days over which relationships deepen. With 75% of revenues coming from non-governmental bodies Oerol is a true cultural entrepreneur.
We are delighted to be your guide to the next edition of the Oerol festival – a fascination born from the passion of one man, and since then transmitted to tens of thousands. It is a great privilege to be able to share this fascination with so many others. Each year, the energy the festival generates attracts hundreds of artists to the island, and thanks to the endless curiosity of all the visitors, they feel the freedom to create new works, to experiment, investigate and present these.
Leiden Culinair, which takes place the same week as Lakenfeesten, is one of the great food events of the summer.
For four days in June, the Lammermarkt in downtown Leiden and its surroundings become the focal point where restaurants present their best dishes. Expect food encounters, both familiar and surprising, culinary discoveries and top-notch entertainment.
Food celebrations in the streets of Leiden
Inspiration, accessibility and quality are the defining features of the festival. The historic city of Leiden becomes a meeting point for everybody, from residents to visitors, from private local businesses to municipalities and social organisations. Each participating restaurant has its own stand in the street, therefore the square is one large terrace serving scrumptious food.
Visitors can enjoy Leiden Culinair at the following times:
.>Thursday, June 27 from 5pm-11 pm
>Friday, June 28 from 4pm-12am
>Saturday, June 29 from 2pm-1am
>Sunday, June 30 from 1pm-9.30pm
A programme full of food and entertainment
Have a look at the participating restaurants on the Leiden Culinair website and feast your eyes on what is sure to be a gastronomic celebration to remember. There will also be an exciting programme full of live bands.
From 27-30 June you will be able to enjoy the Leiden Lakenfeesten once again! During the Lakenfeesten there will be a host of activities to choose from. What about the Rabobank Peurbakkentocht (crazy decorated boat race), dragonboat races, Leiden Culinary, the Summer funfair, the Leiden Beer Festival, the children’s village and lots of live music. On 29 June, many residents of Leiden will climb into a “peurbak”. This parade of extravagantly decorated boats through the Leiden canals traditionally draws a huge crowd. The 2019 edition of the Lakenfeesten will, as always, equal a four days’ straight party!
Friday, June 228
› The Peurbakkentocht, city centre (starts at the Beestenmarkt), 7pm – 9pm
Saturday, June 29
› Dragon boat races, Apothekersdijk and Boommarkt, 11am – 5pm
› Leiden Beer Festival, Hooglandse Kerkplein, 2pm – 10pm
Sunday, June 30
› Leiden Golden Age Fair, van der Werfpark, 11am – 5pm
› De Gouden Pet, street musicians’ concours, Hooglandse Kerkgracht, 1pm – 7pm
Please find entire progamme here
The first Gin Festival Eindhoven will take place on Saturday 29 June! Let the real Brabant word jokes come, we make sure that you can taste hundreds of gins, tonics, genevers and much more that day. There are seminars, speakers from home and abroad, various tastings, good food, but especially the tastiest gin and tonics to enjoy with your friends!
The annual Gorcums Hippie Festival is back in Gorinchem for another edition of 1960s music, market fun and ambience!
About Gorcums Hippie Festival
Now in its 13th edition, the Gorcums Hippie Festival welcomes visitors from all over the Netherlands looking for a taste of the 1960s.
A feature of the festival is always the list of tribute and cover bands that play quality versions of anything from Joe Cocker to Jimmi Hendrix.
During the day programme, visitors can relax on the wide grassy lawns, enjoy some food served in quintessentially ’60s Volkswagen vans, listen to music or take a swim in the relaxing waters of the Merwede River.
Always a favourite, the Hippie Bazaar will be back selling clothes, headbands, jewellery and enough peace signs and tie-dye to hold you over until next year!
Gorcums Hippie Festival Music Acts 2019
Tribute bands and other performers in the 2019 edition include:
› Woodstock Tribute Band
› Farstreet and many more
Three days of Big Rivers Music in Dordrecht. There will be 10 stages (indoor and outdoor) in the city centre of Dordrecht. Have a beer and something to eat and enjoy the music of Big Rivers.
Please find the programme for the three days here
During Stompwijkse Horse Days the equestrian sport is the central focal point, but there is more entertainment for all. For the kids there will be a fun fair for four days, with a wide number of attractions. On Saturday afternoon, there is the Stompwijkse country living FAIR and Saturday night there will be WhipeOut competition.
On Sunday the popular pony racing will take place. The little ones can already prepare for a career in pony racing, because during the break they can practice on donkeys.
The absolute highlight of the Stompwijkse Horse Days is the Harness Racing (horses race at a specific gait and they usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky), loved by owners, pikeurs and spectators.
There will be fireworks at the end of the 4 days!
Kannen and Kruiken translates into Jugs an Jars
Bon vivants gather from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 August in the Burgemeester Brouwerplantsoen for a relaxing weekend in the sun. Taste stout, ale and more from the best craft beer brewers. Top it off with exciting Merlots and sizzling Sauvignons from the vinologists who can tell you everything about their nectars. Tasty dishes complement the liquid selection and live music makes your weekend complete. As always, Kannen & Kruiken admission is free, you only pay for your first glass. Cheers!
Strandwal Festival in Rijswijk from 13 to 15 September. A weekend filled with the sound of musicians and joy. Art, culture and sports come together in a great three day programme. This is a chance for local musicians, dancers and theatre groups to meet and perform on several stages in Rijswijk.
The 11th edition of annual Strandwal Festival will be held on 13,14,and 15 September. The festival aims to showcase Rijswijk at its best. During the Strandwal Festival you can be acquainted with the many activities that many Rijswijkse organizations offer in the field of (international) culture, art, sport and social support.
On Saturday, the Van Vredenburchweg converts into Strandwalboulevard with a festival market. On Friday and Saturday evening there will be a big party in the Rijswijkse bos and the festival concludes on Sunday with a family sport day in the Bos and at the children’s farm Het Akkertje.
All free of charge!
For more information and timings of the events please visit: www.strandwalfestival.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
Furieade is a harbour festival that features historical boats in the harbour of Maassluis and takes place for the 40th time from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 of October.
Lansingerland, comprising of Bergschenhoek, Berkel en Rodenrijs and Bleiswijk, is hosting the kunsttoer (art tour) for the 25th time. The idea is to bring interested art lovers into contact with art made by local artist all living in either of the three villages.
The opening with exhibition of a selection of art works takes place on Friday 4th evening at 20.00h in the new gemeentehuis of Lansingerland, Tobias Asserlaan 1, 2662 SB Bergschenhoek.
The ateliers are open from 11-17 h on both Saturday and Sunday, for more information and addresses
The Fantasy Fest is a two-day event for all those who are interested in the world of fantasy. This successful indoor event features gothic, fantasy and medieval specials, all presented in the Broodfabriek in Rijswijk.
What you will find
More than 120 merchants present all kinds of wares, like masks, clothing, accessories, jewellery, statues, incense, shoes, make up and much more.
You will find stands that offer piercings, tattoos or dreads on the spot, and you are sure to be able to stock up on your collections of corsets, crazy lenses, Victorian outfits, swords and crystal skulls.
Gothic and Irish musicians will be performing live on stage throughout the fair. There will also be various interesting workshops, and visitors tend to show up in impressive costumes.
11 days filled with premieres, special film events, parties, and more: that’s the Leiden International Film Festival. Founded in 2006 and currently one of the Netherlands’ most important film festivals. The 2019 edition will take place from October 31 to November 10, and will feature over 100 films from all over the globe, ranging from arthouse to mainstream, and everything in between.
From 9 until 16 November 2019, Eindhoven will be all about Light Festival GLOW.
Saturday : 18:30 – 24:00 hrs
Sunday – Thursday : 18:30 – 23:00 hrs
Friday and Saturday : 18:30 – 24:00 hrs
GLOW is a light art exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 35 famous national and international light artists. The light artworks are connected by a walking route. Besides the light artworks and numerous side events created by international light artists, there are also innovative, unique works of art that are created by (young) Eindhoven talent.
Theme 2019: Living Colors
Tickets are available for guided tours and Specials.
For a whopping month and a half Valkenburg, a small city in the hilly south, hosts multiple grand Christmas activities.
The multiple underground Christmas markets in the gorgeous caves of the Cauberg are without a doubt the main attraction of the Christmas City. The merchandise is not the most diverse, but their setting is unique in the Netherlands.
The most popular ones are the the Municipal and Velvet Cave. The newest addition to the Christmas market caves is Mergelrijk, where you can find brittle marlstone all around you.
Other activities include Santa’s Village, which is the main market above ground, the Christmas Parade, the delicious Route d’Amuse and Magic Sand, a collection of breath-taking sand sculptures.
The Christmas market in the Velvet Cave is more than just a Christmas market. A visit here immerses you in a wonderful Christmas atmosphere you can find nowhere else: iconic underground ambiance, a fairy-tale decor, and, of course, stall after stall of Christmas and gift items, from rustic to luxurious. In short, a great experience, with something for everyone. And all the while, the cave’s atmosphere, with its striking wall paintings and sculptures, brings the Christmas spirit and the old, nigh-forgotten Valkenburg legends to life.
For opening hours and entrance fees have a look here
The postcard-perfect city of Haarlem hosts a traditional Christmas market at the central Grote Markt (big market), a picturesque square overlooked by the impressive Grote Kerk.
You’ll find lots of shopping opportunities for Christmas art, fashion & design, festive food and decorations – plus live choirs providing a festive soundtrack. It all takes place over the weekend of 7-8 December.
Opening hours Christmas Market
Saturday the 7th of December from 10:00 to 21:00
Sunday the 8th of December from 11:00 to 19:00
Archeon Midwinter Fair, 7 & 8 December
For those who’d like to do something special this winter, which doesn’t necessarily follow the classic Christmas aesthetic, there is the Midwinter Fair, a charming fantasy event at Archeon.
The indoor market is filled with interesting stalls, and the outdoor terrain contains all kinds of tents with traditional tradesmen selling their unique items. Warm yourself by one of the fires, check out one of the interesting bands and grab a bite after shopping. There will also be various fun shows to admire, as well as trade demonstrations and medieval fights.
Entrance is a 24,90 Euro, however, if you have a museum card it is only 6 Euro.
Christmas at Keukenhof Castle
When the weather gets cold and you’re looking for that holiday cheer, search no further than Christmas at Keukenhof Castle!
Each year Keukenhof Castle puts on a magnificent Christmas display that is reason enough to pay a visit during the tulip low season.
Lined with ornaments, magnificent lights and beautiful holiday decorations, the Keukenhof Castle becomes something of a fantasy land.
It only happens once a year, so make the most of the holidays at Christmas at Keukenhof!
The castle will be open from 11 Dec until 5 Jan. Entrance and parking is free.
In Dordrecht, a small town near Rotterdam, you can find one of the biggest Christmas markets of Holland! Under a sky of bright stars and sky high Christmas trees, you can wander around more than 300 stalls in the many shopping streets and squares in the historical part of Dordrecht.
For more information have a look on www.kerstmarktdordrecht.nl
From Friday 13 until Sunday 15! Friday and Saturday from 10 – 21h and Sunday from 11-18h.