Festivals, Carnivals & Cultural Events

National Windmill Day from Sat 13th May to Sun 14th May
National Windmill Day (Nationale Molendag) in Holland is an annual event which showcases Dutch windmills and the importantant role these iconic structures have played throughout the Netherlands history. The goal of the event is to build a better understanding not just of how the windmills work, but...
BLACKADDER GOES FORTH Badhuistheater Amsterdam from Thu 15th Jun to Sun 2nd Jul
Blackadder Goes ForthA Badhuistheater stage adaptation of the BBC series   Written by                       Directed byCurtis and Elton           Michael ManicardiThursday to Saturday, June 15-17 at 8:15 pmFrid...
STET: My Father Held A Gun from Sat 13th May to Sun 14th May
In this production, storytellers Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani (close friends from enemy countries, Iran and Israel) decide to confront their past, as the sons of men who lived through wars and revolutions. Do they measure up to the examples that were set by those who came before them? They r...
Int'l Chamber Music Festival from Wed 10th May to Sun 14th May
Each year, artistic leader Eva Stegeman invites a group of internationally renowned musicians to The Hague to rehearse, perform and inspire an audience of music fans during the International Chamber Music Festival Den Haag. The event takes place from Wednesday to Sunday 10-14 May. This year's festiv...
De Betovering Festival from Fri 13th Oct to Sun 22nd Oct
De Betovering (The Enchantment) Festival takes place each year during the Herfstvakantie (autumn) school break and offers more than 400 performances and 50 workshops over 10 days. It is for children ages 2-14. Although most of the programmed activities are conducted in Dutch, a smaller selection are...
ParkPop Sun 25th Jun
The 36th edition of the biggest free pop music festival in the Netherlands, ParkPop, takes place on Sunday 25th June at Zuiderpark in The Hague. Multiple stages and a full program of performers (details available closer to event date). A festival market takes place on the concert grounds. 
King's Fun Fair Rotterdam from Sat 15th Apr to Sun 7th May
The annual Koningskermis (King's Fun Fair) in Rotterdam takes place at Lloyd's Multiplein on the Schiehaven overlooking the Maas river in Delfshaven. The fair runs from Saturday 15th April to Sunday 7th May. It is an event for all ages, from toddlers to seniors and includes over 60 rides, attraction...
The Liberation Festival in The Hague celebrates the day in 1945 when the Netherlands was liberated from German occupation at the end of World War II. The event is held annually on May 5 on the Malieveld near Central Station. The program includes open air stages, debates, street theatre, childre...
Gouda Ceramic Days Festival from Thu 25th May to Fri 26th May
One of the most popular festivals/markets in Gouda is the Keramiekdagen (Ceramic Days). This year the event takes place on Sunday and Monday, 25-26 May 10:00-17:00 and will feature over 100 Dutch and international pottery artisans and sculptures who will be displaying their works for sale. Other act...
The 6th edition of Aircooled Scheveningen, the festival celebrating all the old-time vehicles with aircooled radiators such as the Volkswagen beetles and vans. These will be on display all day along the boulevard, while on the beach, there will be a surfing workshop led by surf school Surfles. The c...
Waterpop Music Festival from Fri 11th Aug to Sat 12th Aug
The 40th edition of the Waterpop music festival in Wateringen takes place on Friday and Saturday 11-12 August. In addition to a wide range of artists covering everything from heavy metal and rock to pop, blues and jazz, there will be a festival market, street performers and various activities for ch...
The annual Summer Carnaval Street Parade in the Rotterdam city center brings together over 2,500 dancers, 25 Carnaval groups and 30 floats in one colourful, over-the-top Caribbean and Brazilian celebration. The 2.5 km parade route will be filled with musicians and performers mixing culture and enter...
Opera Dagen 2017 from Fri 12th May to Sun 21st May
The 12th edition of the Opera Days festival in Rotterdam takes place from Friday to Sunday, 12-21 May at various locations throughout the city, including several 'unexpected' venues when it comes to live opera performances. On the 2017 Opera Days program you'll find diverse performances ranging...
Rooftop Festival 2017 from Fri 9th Jun to Sun 11th Jun
The 2017 Rooftop Festival in Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Daken Dagen) takes place from Friday to Sunday, 11-13 June on various roof tops throughout the city center. The festival invites people to experience a new perspective from above the city, to see how sound, light and other sensations differ from th...
Gouda Cheese Market Every Thu from Mon 10th Aug to Thu 31st Aug
The traditional Gouda Cheese Market takes place every Thursday morning from 10:00-12:30 on the main square in between the Gothic-styled city hall (stadhuis) and the Goudse Waag (weighing house). Watch the shop owner negotiate with the cheese farmer, and seal the deal with a traditional handshake, th...
Springkussen Festival Zoetermeer from Mon 1st May to Sat 6th May
The Springkussen (Inflatables) Festival Zoetermeer tales place Monday to Saturday, 1-6 May from 10:00-17:00 at SilverDome. Kids (up to age 12 yrs) can have fun on a record number of bouncy castles and inflatable slides, as well as dance, take part in a treasure hunt, face painting and other games.Ad...
Museum Night Leiden 2017 takes place on Friday 19th May 20:00-01:00 at various museums in Leiden including Naturalis, Bortus Botanicus, Leiden University Observatory, Japan Museum Sieboldhuis, Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden, Museum Volkenkunde and Molenmuseum De Valk. A full program is planned at each loc...
Keukenhof Gardens from Thu 23rd Mar to Sun 21st May
The Keukenhof flower garden in Lisse, South Holland will be open for the 2017 season from Thursday 23rd March to Sunday 21st May. Keukenhof is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands, with nearly one million visitors during the 8 weeks it is open. In addition to the 7 million tulip bu...
Dutch Beer Tasting Festival from Thu 11th May to Sat 13th May
The Dutch Beer Tasting Festival takes place from Thursday to Saturday, 11-13 May at the Grote Kerk, in The Hague city center. Sample over 130 beers from 40 different Dutch breweries. Rond de Grote Kerk 12, 2513 AM The Hague
North Sea Jazz Festival from Fri 7th Jul to Sun 9th Jul
The 2017 edition of North Sea Jazz takes place from Friday to Sunday, 7-9 July at Ahoy arena in Rotterdam. The event is one of the largest jazz festivals in the world and attracts top performers in jazz and related genres. Confirmed performers so far this year include Steve Winwood (Fri), Norah Jone...
Night at the Park Sat 24th Jun
Night at the Park is a music festival for lovers of music from the 70's, 80's and 90's. It takes place at Zuiderpark in The Hague the night before ParkPop. This year a second stage is being added to Night at the Park featuring tribute bands. In addition to the live performances, there will also be a...
Festival Weekend at SilverDome from Sat 3rd Jun to Mon 5th Jun
Get ready for 3 colourful festivals taking place Festival Weekend at SilverDome in Zoetermeer.Saturday 3rd June - VIVA LATIN FESTIVAL featuring all aspects of Latin dancing with a sepcial emphasis on Kizomba, Moombathon, Zouk, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Latin House.Sunday 4th June - FUWAKA SU FEST...
Westland Floating Flower Parade from Fri 4th Aug to Sun 6th Aug
The theme for this year's Varend Corso Westland Floating Parade is 'Be Happy!' and you certainly will be when you see the colourful floats sail by. The floats are decorated with flowers and vegetables grown in the Westland region. The 2017 parade happens on Friday to Sunday, 4-6 August. Each day the...
The regional Rijnlandse Molendag (Rijnland Windmill Day) takes place on Saturday 6th May from 10:00-16:00. On this day, most of the mills managed by the Rijnlandse Molen Foundation will be open to the public and related special events planned. The 40+ windmills participating in this regional Molens...
The 72nd edition of the Flower Parade Rijnsburg takes place on Saturday 12th August starting at 13:00 from the Laan van Verhof in Rijnsburg. It will follow a route through Katwijk (Sandtlaan 14:00, Secretaris Varkevisserstraat 15:00) and then Noordwijk (Boekerslootlaan 18:30). The parade featur...
Fri 30th June. The 11th edition of ShoppingNight Den Haag takes place on Friday 30th June in the city center. It's The Hague's biggest retail fashion event of the year with special activities such as the popular fashion show which takes place several times during the evening on a raised runway set u...
Tong Tong Festival from Thu 25th May to Mon 5th Jun
The 59th edition of the Tong Tong Festival in The Hague, the largest Eurasian festival in Europe with east-west exhibits, cultural entertainment and most of all an enormous selection of southeast Asian cuisine, takes place in tents set up on the Malieveld. Runs from Thursday 25th May through Monday...
Festival Classique from Thu 15th Jun to Sun 25th Jun
The 11th edition of Festival Classique music festival in The Hague runs from Thursday to Sunday, 15th-25th June with performances at various locations in Scheveningen including the historic Kurhaus Hotel and iconic De Pier. The festival's mission is to bring classical music to new fans, young and ol...
Circusstad Festival from Wed 3rd May to Sun 7th May
The Circusstad Festival is a celebration of all things cirque-like and is organized by the Codarts Circus Arts Department, Circus Rotjeknor, the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and the Luxor Theater. It takes place in and around the Schouwburgplein in the Rotterdam city center. Aside from wholly enterta...
Bonfire BeachFest Sat 1st Jul
The 'Bonfire BeachFest', the biggest night time beach party in the Netherlands will take place in Scheveningen on Saturday 1st July and include a broad range of activities including music, dance, food and sports. This will be the first year the event is being held and The Hague is investing €200,000...
Air-Cushion Festival from Thu 25th May to Sat 27th May
Luchtfestival Den Haag is the biggest air-cushion festival in the Netherlands and will take place Friday to Sunday, 25-27 May from 11:00-22:00 at Huijgenspark in The Hague. The day is for kids jumping, but from 18:00 adults can jump too. There is a separate area for toddlers up to age 3 years. The e...
Flag Day Festival 2017 Sat 17th Jun
The annual Vlaggetjesdag (Flag Day) festival is a celebration of the first catch of herring of the new season. But in reality, the event also pays tribute to the broader picture of the seaside town... the long history of maritime industry and fishing activities in Scheveningen. This year's edition t...
Mooiweer Festival Delft from Fri 23rd Jun to Sun 25th Jun
The 2017 Mooiweer Festival in Delft takes place from Friday to Sunday, 23rd-25th June. This celebration of the artistry of street performers offers entertainment for all ages. Events are primarily in the city center on Markt square. The full program of activities will be available closer to the fest...
ACCESS Spring 2017 Magazine from Tue 21st Mar to Thu 1st Jun
The Spring 2017 edition of the ACCESS quarterly magazine for the international community in Holland is now out! The theme for this edition is 'New beginnings for migrants' a look at diversity through people, stories and hope.You'll also find articles about trim hockey, the Dutch street organ, D...
Zoetermeer Blues Festival 2017 from Thu 1st Jun to Sat 3rd Jun
The 25th anniversary edition of the Zoetermeer Blues Festival takes place from Thursday to Saturday 1-3 June 2017 at various locations including Nicolaasplein, Hovestein, Dobbe-eiland, Marseillepad, CKC & Partners and JJ Music House. Live performances encompassing a range of musical genres inclu...
Leiden Laken Festival from Thu 22nd Jun to Sun 25th Jun
The Leidse Lakenfeesten (Leiden Cloth Festival) is one of the biggest events to take place in the city each year. The festival is a celebration of its history as a major textile producer and takes place over four days at the end of June (for 2017, it runs from Thursday to Sunday 23-26 June).Highligh...
International Kite Festival Scheveningen from Sat 23rd Sep to Sun 24th Sep
The 39th edition of the International Kite Festival on the beach in Scheveningen will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 September from 12:00-17:00. The event showcases some of the largest and most colourful kites in the world such as 'Megabyte', the monster kite measures 66 meters long and 25...
De Parade Rotterdam from Fri 23rd Jun to Sun 2nd Jul
The 27th edition of 'De Parade' theater festival in Rotterdam will take place from Friday 23rd June to Sunday 2nd July at Museumpark in the city center. The event offers fun for visitors of all ages with 80 live performances everyday, including music, performance art, comedy and circus acts. Plus ri...
De Parade The Hague from Fri 7th Jul to Sun 16th Jul
The 27th edition of the theater festival 'De Parade' takes place in The Hague from Friday to Sunday 7th-16th July at Westbroekpark. The festival offers entertainment to visitors of all ages with over 80 live performances each day along with rides for children and numerous food stalls selling a varie...
Delft Fringe Festival from Mon 1st May to Sun 11th Jun
The 7th edition of the Delft Fringe Festival takes place from Thursday to Sunday, 1st-11th June in and around the city center. The theater festival features an array of performances in cabaret, stand up, circus acts, music and dance. Artists come from all over the Netherlands as well as abroad. ...
King's Fun Fair The Hague from Wed 19th Apr to Sun 30th Apr
The annual King's Fun Fair ('koningskermis') runs for 12 days from Wednesday to Sunday, 19-30 April at multiple locations including the Malieveld, the Buitenhof, the Lange Vijverberg and the Frederik Hendrikplein. With over 60 rides, games, activities and food stalls, there is something for everyone...
The Hague Rainbow Festival 2017 from Fri 9th Jun to Sun 11th Jun
The second edition of The Hague Rainbow Festival, for gays, lesbians and friends of the community takes place on Friday and Saturday 9-10 June 2017 on the Grote Markt and various venues in the city center. The outdoor events on the program are free of charge which include live music performances, a...

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