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Here you find an overview of festivals, sports events, exhibitions, shows and trendy events, everything I think is worthwhile to visit.  If you are planning a trip to Holland it can be smart to plan it around one of these happenings. Some events are simply great fun, as all over the country concerts and parties are going on.


October 2015

October 23th till 28th, October festival Sittard
The biggest autumn event of the south.
 Beer, beer and beer, its all about beer. Four giant party pavilions, a mega carnival, parades, extracurricular activities for young and old make for a great event in which the community is passionately involved. A substantional part of the population of Sittard dresses in German Dirndl and Lederhosen and entrepreneurs do their shop in October style.
Address: Sittard, Zuid Limburg

Oktober till January 2016, Azie exposition, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The exhibition Asia > Amsterdam . Luxury in the Golden Age ” shows the most beautiful objects from Asia that adorned the interiors of the increasingly rich elite Dutch and forever changed the European taste of Paris to St. Petersburg.
Address: Museumplein, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Till november 15, Dick Bruna, Nijntje-Miffy, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of Miffy the Rijksmuseum presents the artist Dick Bruna. An exhibition in which the work of graphic designer and artist Dick Bruna ( 1927 ) is exposed for the first time in an international art historical context.
Address: Museumplein, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Till january 17, 2016 – Michelangelo Antonioni – Il maestro del cinema moderno, EYE moviemuseum Amsterdam
EYE presents a major exhibition of Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni . With its famous trilogy L’ Avventura , La Notte and L’Eclisse Antonioni became one of the most innovative filmmakers of the 20th century.
EYE organizes unique film screenings, major exhibitions, andeducational activities, and also manages a prominent international collection. EYE supports film and is about film, for everyone and with everyone.
Address: IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam


 November 2015

November 7th, GLOW festival Eindhoven
GLOW festival Eindhoven

November 28th 2015 till January 17st 2016, Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival   

November 25 till november 29th, Country & Christmas fair, Castle De Haar, Haarzuilen
More than two hundred and twenty exhibitors greet visitors welcome to atmospheric heating stands. The fair is good to stay for lovers of exclusive Christmas gifts, lifestyle articles, fire pits and smell of Christmas and winter create an unforgettable atmosphere with the fairytale castle de Haar as a backdrop. During the Country & Christmas Fair, you can visit the castle at a discounted rate.
Address:  Kasteel de Haar Utrecht, Kasteellaan 1, 3455 RR Haarzuilens

November 28th till May 19th, 2016, Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The World of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya, Hermitage, Amsterdam.
The exhibition includes more than sixty superior paintings and a rich collection of graphic works and applied arts masterpieces. Never before has the Netherlands hosted such a comprehensive survey of Spanish art, with work that is hardly represented in Dutch museum collections. The exhibition features masterpieces such as The Apostles Peter and Paul (1587–92) by El Greco, Velázquez’s Portrait of the Count Duke of Olivares (c. 1638), Murillo’sImmaculate Conception (c. 1680) and Goya’s Portrait of the Actress Antonia Zárate (1810–11), in addition to paintings by their pupils and later painters, up and including Picasso. Together they tell the story of the rise and glory of Spanish art in the Golden Age, which would continue to influence art into modern times.
Address: Hermitage, Amstel 51, Amsterdam


December 2015

December 5th, Sinterklaas, National feast.

Sinterklaas and his helpers arrive each year in november on a steam boat filled with gifts. Sinterklaas also called Saint Nicolas and his helpers all called “Piet” are loved by children. Children can put their shoe next to the chimney. At night, Sinterklaas rides across the rooftops on his white horse Amerigo and places traditional sweets and gifts in the children’s shoes. Traditional sweets are Pepernoten, marzipan and chocolate letters, you can buy them at bakery’s and supermarkets. On December 5 , the birthday of Sinterklaas is celebrated and gifts are exchanged, Sinterklaas and his helpers are nog real, its a made up story. At the age of 6 or 7 years children are told the real story.  Sinterklaas arrives in nearly all Dutch cities and villages, for exact date check a tourist office.

Till January 31st 2016, Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival   


January 2016

January 1st, New Years dive at 60 locations in the Netherland, dive into the sea or lake’s
Celebrate the new year with a typical Dutch tradition: a new year’s dive. There are over 60 locations in the Netherlands where you can jump into the sea or a lake.

January 16th, National Tulipday – Free picking tulips, De Dam, Amsterdam.  Every year provide approximately 1.7 billion Dutch tulips for a spring feeling at home . Dutch tulip growers on Dam create a huge garden with some 200,000 tulips. More than 10,000 people come on down to pick free tulips – make sure you also pick your own tulips at the Dam this year!

Till January 31st 2016, Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival    


February 2016

Februari 7 till Februari 9th, Carnival, mostly celebrated in the south part of the Netherland
“Alaaf” is the greeting you say during Carnival. Carnival is a traditional feast, is celebrated mainly in the south of the Netherlands in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg but also celebrated in smaller villages in the rest of Holland. The carnival lasts three days and is started by handing over the citykey by the mayor to Prince Carnival. Prins Carnaval rules the city during Carnival. Its a feast were people wear colorful clothing and drink, sing and dance from pub to pub and in the streets. So put on some colorful crazy clothing and celebrate Carnaval with the locals.
During Carnival , many towns and cities have an alternative name. For example ’s Hertogenbosch is called during carnival Oeteldonk.


March 2016

The Hague Half Marathon also known as City-Pier-City. There are different categories, varying from a childrens run to the half marathon, almost 30.0000 participants including with world class athletes will run. The course leads from the historical center to the beach of Scheveningen and back. If you feel for a sporty challenge during your stay in Holland sign up for this marathon. Registration is possible from 11 november


April 2016

April till May, Keukenhof Lisse
This is a unique and unforgettable flowering park with a varieties of 800 tulips, there are more the 7 million bulbs in bloom.
Opening hours: daily from 8.00 till 19.30
Address: Stationsweg 166A, Lisse

April till beginning of September, Cheese market Alkmaar
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Friday morning between 10 and 12.30 hours.
Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar

April till end of August, Cheese market Gouda
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Thursday morning between 10.00 and 13.00 hours.
Address: Markt, Gouda

From mid-April to mid-May blooming tulip fields in the province North and South Holland   

April, High Heels Race, Nederhorst ten Berg 
This race is only for woman, minimum age 18 years
Shoes with high heels minimal hight 7 cm, sock or boots with stiletto heels are not allowed.
Address: Voorstraat, Nederhorst ten Berg, start 13.30 hours.

April 27, Kings Day
Holland’s biggest party of the year, don’t miss it: Kings Day
Address: Throughout the Netherland


 

May 2016

From mid-April to mid-May blooming tulip fields in the province North and South Holland

May 4, Commemoration Day
During Commemoration Day on the 4th of May, Holland grieves for the people killed in wars.

May 5, Liberation Festivals
On May 5th we celebrated 70th years of liberation and the 25th year of liberation festivals
http://www.bevrijdingsfestivals.nl/festivals
You find the free Liberation Festivals, no admission fee is requested, in the city’s: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Wageningen, Den Bosch, Roermond, Vlissingen, Almere, Assen and Zwoll

Till May, Keukenhof Lisse
This is a unique and unforgettable flowering park with a varieties of 800 tulips, there are more the 7 million bulbs in bloom.
Opening hours: daily from 8.00 till 19.30
Address: Stationsweg 166A, Lisse

Till the beginnen of September, Cheese market Alkmaar
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Friday morning between 10 and 12.30 hours.
Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar

Till end of August, Cheese market Gouda
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Thursday morning between 10.00 and 13.00 hours.
Address: markt, Gouda


June 2016

June, Indian Summer festival   
Address: evenemententerrein Geestmerambacht in Langedijk

June, Pinkpop festival, Landgraaf
The oldest and most famous music festival in the Netherlands. PINKPOP actually means “Pop Pentecost” and is usually held in the Whitsun weekend. Make sure you get your ticket on time.

Till september 4, Cheese market Alkmaar
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Friday morning between 10 and 12.30 hours.
Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar

Till august 27, Cheese market Gouda
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Thursday morning between 10.00 and 13.00 hours.
Address: markt, Gouda

June, Parkpop, Zuiderpark, Den Haag
One of the largest free popfestivals in Europe is Parkpop in the Hague. Come along and join in the fun at Parkpop! Whoever says pop music, says The Hague.
Address: Zuiderpark, Den Haag


 July 2016

July, North Sea Jazz festival, Rotterdam
Three days of international and national jazz. More than a thousand musicians, spread out over 150 performances and thirteen different stages.
Address: Rotterdam Ahoy.

July, Vierdaagse Nijmegen
The 100th International Four Days Marches of Nijmegen.
 42.000 national and international walkers walk a daily tour of 40 km. The Four Days Marches have a different route each day; through the landscapes of Dutch provinces of Gelderland, Brabant and Limburg, through the city of Nijmegen and its outskirts. After the four days of walking the participants receive a Four Days Metal.
Start and finish: Wedren/Julianaplein, Nijmegen

Till september 4th, 2015, Cheese market Alkmaar
Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Friday morning between 10 and 12.30 hours.

Till august 27th, 2015, Cheese market Gouda
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Thursday morning between 10.00 and 13.00 hours.
Address: Markt, Gouda


August 2016

August, Gay Parade Amsterdam
The famous Canal Parade starts on Saturday first of August from 14.00 till 18.00 hours. 75 spectacular decorated boats with beautiful girls and boys will sail through the Prinsengracht and Amstel river. You don’t want to miss this spectacular event.

August, Lowland festival
Kiss another sky.  Three days and three nights festival, a place on the campsite and with shuttle buses to and from the train station: it’s all in your festival ticket. Lowland

Till the beginnen of September, Cheese market Alkmaar
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Friday morning between 10 and 12.30 hours.
Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar

Till the end of August, Cheese market Gouda
A traditional and historical cheese market held every Thursday morning between 10.00 and 13.00 hours.
Address: Markt, Gouda

August /  September, Festival oude muziek, Utrecht
The Utrecht Early Music Festival in the historic centre of Utrecht. The programme is filled with over 150 concerts and other activities like Summerschool Lectures, an Early Music Exhibition and a STIMU-Symposium.
Address: centre Utrecht


 September 2016

Till the beginnen of September, Cheese market Alkmaar
A traditional cheese market held every Friday morning between 10 and 12.30
Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar.

Lieffestival, Strijkviertel, Utrecht
Techno, deep-house and tech-house, new talent, emerging greats and household favourites on 5 stages, a colourfully playful festival.
Address: Strijkviertel, De Meern, Utrecht

September, Uitfeest Utrecht
The Uitfeest marks the beginning of a new cultural season. Cultural institutions open their doors and performers give a preview of their new show. The city of Utrecht will be one big stage with music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and film.

September, Damloop by night 5 English miles . At this event maximum 15.000 runners starts on Saturday evening the Damloop through the lit streets of Zaandam.

September, van Dam tot Damloop 10 English mile
31st edition of the Dam tot Damloop with a passage through the IJtunnel. The start and finish are in two different cities. At the start are some top athletes.
September, the “Van Dam tot Dam Wandeltocht” is a walking event
For a maximum  number of 17.000 walkers this event is organized
September, the “Van Dam tot Dam FietsClassic” is a cycling event
For a maximum number 6000 cyclists the cycling event is organized.

The Dam tot Damloop is the largest sporting weekend in the Netherlands.
Starting point: Prins Hendrikkade, Amsterdam
Finish: Peperstraat, Zaandam

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Hello, my name is Hennie and I am the creator/designer of this website. Always looking for new adventures, travelled the World and I like to travel some more. That's who I am in a nutshell. Together with some friend and family I like to show the Netherlands to the World. I hope you will enjoy our blog and hope to persuade you to visit our lovely country. Love to see you soon in Holland.

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