The annual Vlaggetjesdag festival will take place in and around the Scheveningen Harbour on from 14 to 16 June. This festival is 1 of the biggest events of the year in The Hague and usually attracts some 200,000 visitors.
Vlaggetjesdag (“Flag Day”) has celebrated the arrival of the first herring (Hollandse Nieuwe) in the southern coastal towns of Vlaardingen and Scheveningen for years. Hundreds of thousands of people gather in Scheveningen for the festivities, and the fishing boats are decked out especially for the occasion.
In addition to the omnipresent herring, this day also features a number of activities unrelated to fish, for both young and old. In Scheveningen the first barrel of herring is traditionally sold at an auction on the Thursday preceding the official Vlaggetjesdag Scheveningen, and the proceeds go to charity.
A day full of fun
During Vlaggetjesdag Scheveningen visitors are invited to watch spectacular demonstrations by rescue teams, join in on old Dutch children’s games, admire famous artists, watch the Royal Navy, tour boats and old fire engines, enjoy demonstrations of old handicrafts, watch famous chefs perform their magic, taste Scheveningen’s liquorice, sing along with shanty choirs and enjoy the many colourful traditional costumes.
Orchestras, bands, artists, artisans and old sailing luggers all contribute to the fun, which also includes miniature ships, sailing tours and sampling of all kinds of fish. And if visitors want a break from the action, they can always make a pit stop at one of the many outdoor cafes or go exploring the historical Scheveningen village. This year there will also be a Sea Salt Market in the First Harbour with a food court and lots of nautical products.
The festivities in the harbours of Scheveningen start on the afternoon of Friday, 14 June. Board 2 boats and experience what fishing was like again back in the old days. Once the boats are back in the harbour enjoy raw herring at the largest Herring Party in the Netherlands followed by a pop music Sing Along with a live band.
On Sunday, 16 June the last event of the weekend takes place at the harbour around noon. Gospel and a moment of reflection are presented on the main stage on the Dr. Lelykade.
Use public transportation!
The roads around Scheveningen will be closed to traffic on Saturday, 15 June and parking will not be permitted around the 2 harbour areas. You are advised to use public transportation or take your bike.
The event takes place in and around the Scheveningen harbour from 10.00 to 19.00 hrs. on Saturday, 15 June. For more information about the event and the day’s festivities, visit the website of vlaggetjesdag.com