King’s Day is officially the national celebration of the King’s birthday. In reality, for lots of Dutchies, it is simply a good excuse to party and have a good time all day long. 

Wear something orange, have an orange ‘tompouce’, and go out to see what King’s Day has in store for you! 

I’ll share a selection of the King’s Day program in the Haarlem area.

Free markets

On King’s Day, people can sell things on free markets without needing a permit. From clothes to books and lp’s, homemade muffins and other stuff, you can find it on these markets.

You’ll find the designated areas below.


Where to find Free Markets in Haarlem?

Haarlem Noord


Zaanenelaan ( between Rijksstraatweg and Orionweg)

Middle way between Van Nesstraat en Zaanenlaan

Orionweg, between Mercuriusstraat and Zaanenlaan, on the road and sidewalk on the side of the houses


NOTE: Free market on Rijksstraatweg is not allowed

Haarlem City Center

Free market allowed between Leidsevaart, Singels, Spaarne and the Vesten.

Apart from:

Stationsplein, Kruisstraat , Kruisweg, Jansstraat, Jansweg, Smedestraat, Riviervismarkt, Klokhuisplein, Frankestraat, Schagchelstraat, Grote Houtstraat east side between Peuzelaarssteeg and Gedempte Oude Gracht, Grote Houtstraat, between Grote Markt and Spekstraat, Gedempte Oude Gracht between Spaarne and Verwulft, Gasthuisvest, Kampervest and Grote Houtbrug, Houtplein, Raamsingel, Gasthuissingel, Kampersingel, Van Eedenstraat, Raambrug, Westzijde Wilsonsplein at the height of Wilhelminastraat and Wilhelminastraat , Verwulft, Barrevoetestraat en Keizerstraat.



Californiëplein, Shopping Centre Schalkwijk

New this year is the street party in the new neighborhood Vijverpark


NOTE:  No free market is allowed on Frankrijklaan ( not even on the lawn) and Italiëlaan


Haarlem West

Bosch and Vaart, Oranjeplein


Everywhere in the city DJs and artists will perform. So time to get your feet off the floor!


King’s Day activities in the surrounding municipalities



Kid’s Free Market on the Bloemendaalseweg in Overveen starting at 10 a.m.

No market is allowed near the railway till the bar in front of ETOS.

From 4 p.m.- 7.30 p.m., there will be performances from DJ Patrick Jorna and the band Quilty Jackets.



On the Donkerelaan there will be a funfair for children, from 10.30 a.m to 6 p.m.

As of 12.30 p.m., several artists will perform on stage.



There will be a free market on Sportparklaan and Jan van Goyenstraat, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get your feet off the floor with DJ Highland and the band What The Funk in the Jan van Goyenstraat.



In the center of Hoofddorp, there will be a free market from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dutch artists will perform at restaurant Nozem and restaurant De Polderboom.