Festivals and Events in the Southeast Netherlands

Find out about festivals in the south-eastern region of the Netherlands and what to expect from each of the main events of the annual calendar in Eindhoven, Venlo, Breda, Heerlen and Maastricht...

There are festivals and events on all year round throughout the south-eastern area of Holland. The majority of big towns and cities have regular weekly markets and Christmas markets running between mid-November and mid-December. In summer, most of the larger towns and cities have music festivals - open air concerts and fireworks are common.

Dates for events vary from year to year. The Holland tourist website and local Tourist Information Points (TIP) have details.

Below is a selection of the main annual festivals in North Brabant and Limburg.

North Brabant

Breda

  • The Breda Jazz Festival: A music festival, including approximately 150 performers, presenting a mixture of classic jazz, ragtime, blues and early American folk from local and international acts and soloists. The festival takes place in May in the historic centre of the town

Eindhoven

  • Fiesta del Sol: A three-day music and art street festival including parade and children's entertainment. Held in the city centre in June
  • Extrema Outdoor: A one-day dance event held in July featuring markets, stage performances and world renowned artists
  • Dutch Design Week: A major festival of Dutch design with more than 300 events, including exhibitions, lectures, workshops, fashion shows and seminars. It takes place in 65 different locations throughout the city every October
  • Folkwoods Festival: A three-day folk music festival mostly featuring European music. Held in August in the middle of the woods, with a capacity of 4,000 campers. Folk artists from around the world entertain people of all ages
  • Park Hilaria: An amusement park set up in the city every August, with rides and entertainment for both adults and children
  • Lichtjesroute: Route of Lights, a festival to commemorate the liberation of Eindhoven during World War II. Held in September/October, volunteers illuminate (using light bulbs, LEDs and gas lamps) a 22 Km route through Eindhoven to entertain the 200,000 people every year that drive, walk or cycle the route
  • Glow – International Forum of Light in Art and Architecture: Various places in the city of Eindhoven are illuminated using artificial light, highlighting some of the urban areas in a different perspective. The event also features installations and performances. Held in November

Limburg Province

  • Limburg Salsa Festival: Annual festival which includes salsa performances, workshops, dance competitions, live music and DJ performances. Takes place in Valkenburg near Maastricht
  • Limburg Festival: Held in August throughout Limburg province, a festival of theatre, music, dinner plays, bicycle tours, children's theatre and performances

Maastricht

  • Preuvenemint: Annual four-day culinary event with food and wine stalls, free tastings, live entertainment and music. Held in August in Vrijthof Square in the centre of Maastricht
  • Charles Hennen Concours: An international chamber music competition for string and piano. The competition has developed into one of the most important musical events for fans of chamber music and young professional musicians. Held in April in Heerlen
  • Jumping Indoors Maastricht: International Horse Show featuring jumping and dressage. Held each November at the indoor arena