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De Parade – Moving Open Air Theatre @ Museum Park
Jun 21 – Aug 25 all-day

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

Utrecht International Sunday Market @ Nieuw Rotsoord
Jun 30 all-day

Join fellow expats for a lazy Sunday afternoon under the orchards at Nieuw Rotsoord in Utrecht. Utrecht International Sunday Market is an event for locals and internationals to mix and mingle! No matter what happens in terms of the Dutch weather, it will be a Sunday to remember.

Fun for expats of all ages in Utrecht from 14-17 h

Here’s what to expect at the Utrecht International Sunday Market:

Free entry  – BBQ Sausage Sizzle – Tropical mocktail bar  – Mini flea market
Plant stall  – Homemade cakes – International bookstall –  Raffle
Face painting Kids’  – lemonade stand – Local entertainment  – International business stalls
Kids crafts  – Animals – Fun and games and more!

Don’t miss the Utrecht International Sunday Market

The Utrecht International Sunday Market is a fundraising event for charity, organised by the International Women’s Contact Utrecht. If you would like to contribute or if you are a small local business who would like a stall at the event, please contact Vanessa from the IWCU by email.

See you there! Bring your friends. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re an international or a local!


Source: IAmExpat

Home Made Market – Summer Market @ Oude Dorp
Jul 12 @ 03:00 – 09:00

The Home Made – Summer Market in the old center of Nieuwerkerk a/d Ijssel on Friday 12th July 15-21h

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:

http://homemademarket.co.nl/  or https://www.facebook.com/events/306614143374282/


Home Made Market – on tour @ Mariaplaats
Jul 14 all-day

The Home Made on the Market in Utrecht on Sunday 14th July, 11-17h

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:



Joy Asian Streetfood Festival @ Griftpark
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day

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.

Mother’s Finest Craft Beer Festival @ Janskerkhof
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
Mother's Finest Craft Beer Festival @ Janskerkhof | Utrecht | Utrecht | Netherlands

Mother’s Finest is an international Craft Beer Festival with over 25 different breweries that will present their favorite beer on tap. All weekend long, Janskerkhof will be full of live music, BBQ food and on Sunday a special program for your kids!

Friday the 13th of September 2019from 16:00 to 01:00
Saturday the 14th of September 2019from 14:00 to 01:00
Sunday the 15th of September 2019from 13:00 to 21:00

Elfia – Fantasy Fair @ Castle Haarzuilens
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day

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.


Lichtjesavond – Illuminated Castle Slot Zuylen @ Slot Zuylen
Sep 21 @ 19:30 – 22:00
Lichtjesavond - Illuminated Castle Slot Zuylen @ Slot Zuylen | Oud Zuilen | Utrecht | Netherlands

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 

Afrovibes Festival @ Maaspodium and Kunsthal
Oct 3 – Oct 13 all-day

 From 3 until 13 October the 16th edition of the Afro_Vibes Festival brings contemporary theater, dance, performances, music, film and design from urban cultural hotspots in Africa on 12 stages in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
The festival looks at the entire African continent. In this 16th edition Afro_Vibes brings contemporary makers and artists from South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Uganda, Congo-Kinshasa and from The Netherlands. They show that we look at the world from different perspectives but that, despite the distance between Europe and Africa, we often have the same questions about who we are, who or what we want to be, what our identity is and why we act as we act.

Speak Truth to Power
With the theme Speak Truth to Power the focus of this year’s festival is on truth and power. The world is overflowing with data and information and with the rise of unfiltered (online) sources the question arises: what is real and what is fake? Has truth become an illusion in a world in which social media reinforces existing stereotypes by showing people (fake) news, images and stories with which they already agree? Afro_Vibes has chosen this theme as an artistic response to current times in which various power struggles are featured in the news every day. From authoritarian regimes to students who make their voices heard for climate change and affordable education. Where women unite for equality and against sexual violence, where refugees and migrants have to defend their position and where online media and news channels are used as a window to look at the world, but also for propaganda and fake news.

Data en theaters/steden
Amsterdam 3 t/m 5 oktober Compagnietheater; 5 oktober Bijlmer Parktheater; 9 & 10 oktober De Balie; 9 & 11 oktober Podium Mozaiek; 12 oktober Pleintheater; 13 oktober Bimhuis
Den Haag 5 & 6 oktober Het Nationale Theater (locatie Spui); 11 oktober Paard.
Rotterdam 12 & 13 oktober Maaspodium; 6 oktober Kunsthal.
Utrecht 11 oktober Stadsschouwburg Utrecht; 12 oktober TivoliVredenburg.

Popronde Utrecht – Travelling music festival @ Varios locations
Oct 10 @ 18:30 – Oct 11 @ 05:00
Popronde Utrecht - Travelling music festival @ Varios locations | Utrecht | Utrecht | Netherlands

Popronde is a travelling music festival. In Utrecht more than 35 upcoming bands present themselves at various locations in the citycentre. Popronde hosts a variety of musical genres, discover a selection of the new generation Dutch musicians in one evening! All concerts are free.

Internations Oktoberfest Network Party @ Kartoffel
Oct 11 @ 21:00 – Oct 12 @ 23:30

On Friday evening, 11th October InterNations organises an Oktoberfest Networking Event @Kartoffel in Utrecht from 21.00-23.30 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:


Popronde Rotterdam – Travelling music festival @ Varios locations
Nov 2 @ 01:30 – 12:00
Popronde Rotterdam - Travelling music festival @ Varios locations | Rotterdam | South Holland | Netherlands

Popronde is a travelling music festival. In Rotterdam more than 35 upcoming bands present themselves at various locations in the citycentre. Popronde hosts a variety of musical genres, discover a selection of the new generation Dutch musicians in one evening! All concerts are free.



Arrival of Sinterklaas in Utrecht @ Weerdsluis
Nov 17 all-day


Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sinterklaas utrechtSinterklaas arrives by boat via Ledig Erf and Oudegracht and will moor his boat at Weerdsluis. From here he will mount his hours Amerigo and ride in to the center to the Domplein. 

There will be lots of acts and performances along the route. The theme this year is Circus. 


Check out the program here: http://www.intochtutrecht.nl/programma/

Country and Christmas Fair @ Kasteel de Haar
Nov 19 – Nov 24 all-day

On the last weekend of November the well-known Country Christmas Fair take place at & Kasteel de Haar near Utrecht. Once you go through the entrance gate you can imagine yourself in a fairytale land full of lights, Christmas trees and beautiful decorations. There are more than 220 heated stands were you can find exclusive Christmas gifts, decorations, treats and clothes. By visiting the stands, enjoying the music, relax on the lounge terrace with delicious snacks and drinks and a fantastic light and water show, you will fully get into the Christmas mood.

Open from 10 – 22 h on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 10-18 h.

Comic Con Event @ Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day

Dutch Comic Con is back! On the November 23 & 24, the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht transforms into the Winter Edition of the biggest pop-culture event of the Netherlands.

Do you like comics, manga, cosplay, gaming & e-sports? Are you a fan of movies and series, or perhaps an avid boardgame fanatic? Dutch Comic Con has it all and much, much more!

Be prepared for an amazing weekend filled with entertainment, special guests, workshops, great experiences and meet up with new friends who share your passion!

Swan Market Utrecht @ Neude
Dec 21 – Dec 22 all-day

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 on Neude in Utrecht

Opera at Pathe Cinema: Wozzeck by Berg @ Pathe Cinemas
Jan 11 @ 19:00 – 23:00

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor wozzeckPathe Cinema’s bring Life and in HD opera’s from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. So you don’t have to be in New York to be part of it. 🙂

On Saturday 11th Januaryr the opera is Wozzek by Berg: https://www.metopera.org/season/2019-20-season/wozzeck/

 The plot depicts the everyday life of soldiers and the townspeople of a rural German-speaking town. Prominent themes of militarism, callousness, social exploitation, and a casual sadism are brutally and uncompromisingly presented.

Broadcasted at 19h at Pathe Cinemas:

Amsterdam: Tuchinsky

Rotterdam: Schouwburgplein

Den Haag: Buitenhof

Utrecht: Leidche Rhijn

Pathe Nijmegen

Pathe Ede 

Vakantiebeurs – Holiday Fair 2020 @ Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Jan 16 – Jan 19 all-day

With a visit to the Vakantiebeurs, you are guaranteed to be in the holiday mood. At this event, you can orient yourself to the most diverse destinations in more than 150 countries. Whether you are always dreaming of an adventurous round trip, want to relax on a subtropical island or want to get to know the Netherlands even better: at the Vakantiebeurs you are at the right place!

The Vakantiebeurs is also a complete day out! You will not only find your dream vacation, thanks to surprising activities, performances and delicacies but, you will also get to know different cultures and destinations in a fun and interactive way.

At the Vakantiebeurs you will not only find everything about the preparations to travel but also to come home healthy again! Get inspired by an unforgettable holiday and come in the ultimate holiday atmosphere.


Internations Utrecht Welcome 2020 @ The U food & drinks (Inntel Hotels Utrecht Centre)
Jan 31 @ 20:30 – 23:30

On Friday evening, 31 January InterNations hosts Social Friday at The U food & drinks (Inntel Hotels Utrecht Centre)in Utrecht from 20.00-23.00 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member: