WHAt's On in haarlem and surroundings

What's on in December

Advent Bavokerk

December 16 and 23 Christmas Spirit in Grote or St.-Bavo

Van Roon Living Open House

December 17 Interior sale at wholesale company Hillegom




Vitra Sample Sale Zaandam

December 9th Vitra Sale Zaandam




What's on in november

Sinterklaas op het dak in Heemstede

November 25 - 26 Sinterklaas again in the haarlem Area

On November 25th and 26th, Sinterklaas will be in the neighborhood again. A wonderful opportunity for children to shake hands, and showing their drawings or wishlists.

Read more about visits in Cronjéstraat and Centrum Schalkwijk on Saturday, November 25th and the spectacular view of Sinterklaas and his Pieten on a roof in Heemstede on Sunday, November 26th, in this updated blogpost!

Photo credit: De Heemsteder


Teylers museum Haarlem

November 26th Verhalen (Stories) Festival

If you are interested in the history of the city, there is an event for all ages, you won’t want to miss. Four different locations in the city will host storytelling sessions recounting four historical tales, each lasting approximately 10 minutes. These stories will be told at the following places:

Archeological Museum Haarlem – “Don’t go through that gate” by Monique Veelenturf.

What is the story behind the mysterious gate at the back of the museum?

Times : 1:20 pm – 2 pm and 3 pm – 3.40 pm

Frans Hals Museum – “Back To The Future” by Frans van der Meij

Two 13-year-old friends from Schalkwijk encounter a man from the past.

Times: 1 pm – 1:40 pm and 3 pm – 3:40 pm

Teylers Museum – “Napoleon was here” by Martin van Tulder

On October 24th, 1811, Emperor Napoleon visited Teylers museum. Someone wants to share his story with you.

Hoofdwacht – Historische Vereniging Haerlem – “How Saint Bavo helped the Haarlemmers by Maggie Ram ( Gilde Haarlem).

Fact of fiction? Listen to the story of the holy Saint Bavo.

No registration is required, but be sure to arrive on time to secure a spot to listen.

PS Its all in Dutch.



Maker Market November Haarlem

November 11 Sinterklaas and Xmas shopping at Maker Market

Are you celebrating Sinterklaas or already on the hunt for Christmas gifts? You may succeed at the Maker Market. From handmade jewelry and clothing to exquisite prints and organic delights, there;s always something new to discover.

Enjoy live music and workshops. and artisans in action.

November 11th 

Koepel, Haarlem

Open noon – 5 pm, free admission


What's On In October

Appels plukken De Olmenhorst

Till October 29 Harvest Apples and Pears at De Olmenhorst in Lissebroek

Are you ready for a delightful day of apple or pear picking? Visitors of all ages can indulge in this activity, merely a 30-minute drive from Haarlem.

The self-picking is available every Wednesday from 1 pm – 5pm, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm.

For those planning a weekend visit, do keep in mind that booking a specific timeslot and reserving a parking spot is mandatory. This can easily be done online.

Self-picking comes at a reasonable price of 2,75 Euro per kilogram of apples or pears.

It’s good to know that pear-picking is exclusively available during the weekends. As the “Herfstvakantie” approaches between October 14th – October 29th, the orchards will welcome visitors daily.

Share your self-picking experience on Instagram and tag HelloHaarlem in your posts or stories so fellow followers can witness the joy of handpicking apples and pears.

De Olmenhorst, Lisserweg 481, 2165 AS, Lisserbroek.


Clothing Swap Badhuis Haarlem

October 28 Join The Clothing Fair at Badhuis, Leidsebuurt

Are your ready for an eco-friendly fashion make-over? As part of the Ecotrip Festival taking place from October 28th to November 5th, a clothing fair will be held at the Badhuis in Haarlem.

Declutter your wardrobe and find yourself a fabulous new outfit, all contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle.

You can drop off your clothing items on October 26th and 27th between 10 am and 11 am.

Ladies take note, this clothing fair is specially curated just for you.

October 28th, the Badhuis, Leidseplein 49, Haarlem

2 pm – 4 pm

Afterward, at 4 pm, you can unwind with a drink in hand while enjoying the tunes of the Climate Choir.


Haarlem Halloween Parade

October 28 The Haarlem Halloween Parade Is Back!

On October 28th, people off all ages can gather at 8:30 pm at Nieuwe Kerksplein in Haarlem. From there, the parade will commence at 9 pm, taking about 45 minutes towards the Jopenkerk. If you wish to particpate in the Halloween parade, keep in mind that wearing a Halloween costume is mandatory. 

Parents/caregivers, please be aware that the halloween parade can be quite thrilling for the youngest children. Additionally, there is a Halloween paety at Patronaat, which is open to those aged 18 year and older. Tickets can be bought at this website

Halloween Talentenshow Badhuis Haarlem

October 20 Start The Autumn School Break With Halloween Talent Show

What a fantastic way to kick off the Autumn School Break! On October 20th, people of all ages are invited to the Halloween Talent Show. Share your talent on stage once youre all dressed up and ready to shine in the spotlight. Don;t have time to practice? Nio worries, you can also sign uo for a karaoke performance. And, of course, the audience is more than welcome!

October 20, 7 p, – 8.30 pm

Admission 2 Euro per person

Badhuis Leidsebuurt

Leidseplein 49

2013 pW Haarlem



Biomarkt Haarlemmer Kweektuin

October 7 Haarlemmer Kweektuin's monthly market

On the Saturday of every month an organic market awaits you from 10 am – 3 pm. You can buy a delightful array of organic delights: from bread to pastries to cheese, eggs, fresh vegetables, and even fine wines.

This Saturday you can also delve into the fascinating world of “boomspiegelen”- a Dutch term describing the practce of adorning the space around the tree trunk, known as the tree basin.

During this special event, various engaging and educational activities await you.

Explore the informative stand at the market, follow workshops and gain advice on selecting the perfect plants for your tree basins, enhancing the beauty of your green spaces.

Haarlemmer Kweektuin

Kleverlaan 9

2023 JC Haarlem

what's on in september

Dahlia pluktuin Hillegom

September 30th and October 1st Vintage Sale in Koepel, Haarlem

This weekend, KiloKilo vintage will be back at the Koepel in Haarlem.

If you’re a fan of vintage clothing, this event is tailor-made for you.. Discover one-of-a-kind, high quality pieces while making a positive impact on reducing waste.

How does it work? Simply buy a 2 Euro ticket online or at the door. For just 25 Euro per kilo, you can fill your bags with vintage treasures. Plus, there is a creative market to explore.

September 3oth and October 1st

De Koepel, Harmenjansweg 4, Haarlem

Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Entrance ticket 2 Euro per person


Haarlem Spaarne River

September 9 - 10 Exploring Dutch Heritage

Every year, in the second week of September, The Netherlands comes alive with Open Monumentendag or Open Monuments Day. More than 5,000 monuments historical sites and monuments across the country open their doors to the public.

This year’s theme. ‘Living Heritage’, or Intangible Heritage, sheds light on the cultural customs, traditions, and artisanal skills.

Haarlem and its neighboring communities also participate in Open Monumentendag.

For expats seeking to dive deeper into the culture and history of their host country, Open Monumentendag offers a perfect opportunity.

The event’s official website provides a guide to the monuments that are open for free visits, as well as the activities that are being organized.

Note: some monuments require you to register online in advance.

jaarmarkt bloemendaal

September 10 Strolling and Shopping at the yearly fair in Bloemendaal

Every second Sunday of September, many people find their way to the yearly fair in Bloemendaal. Over the course of fifty years, the fair has grown into an event that people eagerly attend. Last year, there were more than 12,000 visitors. This year also promises to be bustling with activity. 

In addition to the fair, there is also a children’s flea market where kids can replenish their piggy banks by selling their toys, books and other items at attractive prices. This flea market can be found at the intersection Bloemendaalseweg/Genestetweg and Verlengde Koepellaan.

Bloemendaal Fair, from 10 am – 5 pm

Bloemendaalseweg, Bloemdaal

Please try to come by bike. Bloemdaalseweg in Bloemendaal will be closed to car traffic.


Dahlia pluktuin Hillegom

August - September Months of Dahlia's. Pick Dahlias in Hillegom

It’s Dahlia time again! Did you know that you can admire and pick Dahlias too? In the colorful Dahlia garden, owned of this family-owned business, you can find 783 (!) varieties of them.

From Monday – Friday, between 9 am – 4 pm, the show garden is open for people who want to take photos or videos.

Dahlia picking is available on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm – 9 pm and on Saturdays between 10 am – 3 pm.

A bucket with 25 to 30 stems costs 15 Euro. You can fill two big vases with these beautiful flowers.

Address: Pastoorslaan 30A, 2182 BX Hillegom


Proefpark Festival Haarlem

September 1st - 3rd Festival for Foodies in Kenaupark Haarlem

The ninth edition of the Proefpark Festival, a delicious food truck festival, will take place in the historic Kenaupark from Friday, September 1st to September 3rd.

Foodtrucks will be offering delightful tasting, allowing you to savor dishes from different parts of the world. Furthermore there are options for vegetarians, vegan, those with gluten or lactose sensititvities, and even those seeking low-carb treats – you name it. There is something for everyone.

More info in the latest blog post.

What's on in August

Dahlia pluktuin Hillegom

August Month of Dahlia's. Pick Dahlias in Hillegom

It’s Dahlia time again! Did you know that you can admire and pick Dahlias too? In the colorful Dahlia garden, owned of this family-owned business, you can find 783 (!) varieties of them.

From Monday – Friday, between 9 am – 4 pm, the show garden is open for people who want to take photos or videos.

Dahlia picking is available on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm – 9 pm and on Saturdays between 10 am – 3 pm.

A bucket with 25 to 30 stems costs 15 Euro. You can fill two big vases with these beautiful flowers.

Address: Pastoorslaan 30A, 2182 BX Hillegom


Haarlem Jazz And More 2023

August 17 - 19 Haarlem Jazz And More in the heart of Haarlem

No Summer in Haarlem without the annual Haarlem Jazz and More Festival.

This year marks the 42nd edition, taking place from August 17th to August 19th.

You can enjoy fantastic performances at three outdoor stages in the heart of Haarlem.

The main stage can be found at Grote Markt, Satellite stages at Klokhuisplein and Oude Groenmarkt also offer an amazing lineup.

The Jazz event concludes on Sunday morning, August 2oth, wit a unique concert at the Grote Kerk.

More info with regard to lineup and other festivall info can be found on this website.

Grand Prix Zandvoort

August 12th Kick off Zandvoort Racing Festival

Zandvoort is counting down to the Zandvoort Grand Prix on August 27th,  Throughout the period until Augiust 27th, various activities are set to take place beyond the circuit grounds, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the activities.

City Dressing. Zandvoort will immerse itself in the racing atmosphere, with flags and art objects  adorning the village. Moreover the village will feature instagram-worthy racing objects.

From August 18th until race day on Augyst 27th, Badhuisplein will transform into a square where you can experience the speed of a racing car in a race simulator amongst others.

For more activities and dates check out this website.



Haarlem Culinair

August 3 - 6 Visit the yearly culinary event Haarlem Culinair

The Grote Markt in the heart of Haarlem has been transformed into a grand culinary festival this weekend. Various Haarlem restaurants are offering a delightful culinary selection at friendly prices. This event is free to enter, and payment can be made by card (pin) or cash.

The list of participating restaurants can be found on the website of Haarlem Culinair.

Opening hours : 1 pm – 11 pm.

What's on in july

Museum ABC Haarlem

ABC Center of Architecture Promo 8th July - September 3rd

Under the motto 2 see more than 1, ABC, the center for architecture and urban planning of Haarlem and the Kennemerland region, offers a special promotion from July 8 to Sepetember 3. During this period, all paying visitors are allowed to bring an accompanying guest for free.

The promotion does not apply to the LEGO Summer Mornings on July 26,28, August 30, and September 1.

ABC Architectuurcentrum

Groot Heiligland 47

2011 EP Haarlem


Ruine van Kasteel Brederode

July 16 Join a guided Bike Tour And Visit Ruins Of Brederode

Explore the area and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Haarlem area as you pedak through the picturesque countryside.

Highlight of the tour will be a visit to the ruins of Brederode Caste where we have a guided tour in English. Learn more about valiant knights, feudal lords and their daring escapades.

The tour is an enriching and enjoyable way to make the most of your time in Haarlem while creating lasting memories.

Bookingsform and more deatiled info can be found on this page.



Wereldse Smaken Zandvoort

July 14, 15, 16 Wereldse Smaken Festival in Zandvoort

Don’t miss the Wereldse Smaken Festival in Zandvoort from July 14th to July 16th, a culinary journey that embraces global flavors and cultural experiences.

Come and savor the tastes of the world at this delighful event.


Gasthuisplein, Zandvoort

July 14th, 4 pm – midnight

July 15th, 2 pm – midnight

July 16th, 2 pm – 10 pm



Parkssessies Haarlem

July 14th, 15th, 16th Parksessie in Haarlemmerhout City Park

On July 14th, 15th, and 16th, Parksessies will take place, a multidisciplinary festival held in the Haarlemmerhout city park.

It’s an open-air exhibition featuring art, music, theatre, dance, spoken word, and everything in between and around.

This year, the theme of Artificial Intelligence takes center stage.

More info about Parksessies can be found on this page.

Antiekmarkt Haarlems Dreef

July 15 Wandering on the Antique Market on the Dreef in Haarlem

Get the ‘je ne sais quoi’ feeling when you wander at tej antique and flea market on the old stately Dreef in Haarlem.

Looking for ‘old masters’ or rare antiques? 

Avisit to this market on the Dreef in Haarlem is worthwhile!

The nearest parking garages are Parkeergarage De Dreef or Parkeergarage Houtplein.  




Muziekles Express Open Dag 2023

June 25th - Open Day Muziekles Express

Explore your musical potential at the open day organized by Muziekles Express.

Muziekles Express

At Muziekles Express, they believe in providing tailored lessons. What sets them apart is the convenience of having the teacher come to your home for the lessons. You can learn in the comfort of your own surroundings.

Discover and grow

The open day is the perfect opportunity to meet the dedicated teachers. They will be available to answer any questions you may have and provide valuable insights into their teaching methods.

The open day program

Doors are open 11.30 a.m – 13,30 p.m at Theater De Liefde, Begijnhof 10 in Haarlem.

Following the open day, students will showcase their talent in a concert.

To secure your spot at this concert, visit the website for concert tickets and more info.




haarlem Houtfestival 2023

June 18th - The Hout Festival

On Sunday, June 18th, the annual Hout Festival takes place in De Hout in Haarlem.

What can one expect?

During this festival, visitors embark on a cultural and culinary journey, enjoying a variety of music, (children’s) theater, and visual art.

Houtnacht prior to Hout Festival

Prior to Hout Festival on Sunday, you can already get in the mood during the Houtnacht. You can enjoy from a range of local acts representing diverse musical subcultures.

The festival program

Saturday Houtnacht from 6 p.m. – 11.59 p.m.

Sunday Hout Festival noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday Children’s Festival from noon – 6 p.m.




Antiekmarkt Haarlems Dreef

June 10th - Antique and flea market on Dreef in Haarlem

On Saturday, June 10th, there will be another antique and flea market on the Dreef in Haarlem. Throughout the summer season, this market takes place on a regularly basis.

While strolling through the market, you can find beautiful antiques, from furniture to silverware, jewelry, and tableware. The approximately 100 stalls offer a variety of items that will make any collector’s heart beat faster.

The market has been a well-known event in Haaarlem and the surrounding area for many years.

Time and location

Throughout the summer sesason, this market takes place regularly. Always on a Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m., on Dreef in Haarlem.

Do you come by car?

You can park your car in the nearest parking garages De Dreef or Houtplein.

Dates Antique and Flea market

June 10th, and 17th

July 1st, and 15th

August 5th, and 19th

September 2nd, and 16th





Luilak Markt Haarlem

May 26 - 27 Visit the yearly Luilak market in Haarlem City Center

The annual Haarlem flower and plant market, also known as the “potjes market” or “Luilak market,” is just around the corner.

Are you looking for plants for your garden or balcony? Or do you want to start an herb garden? On this market, which has been held since 1890, there is something to be found for every garden or balcony.

From Friday 4 PM until Saturday morning 2 AM, you will find a continuous display of flowers and plants on the Raamvest and Raamsingel.


Where does Luilak originate from? It is said to have started when the French army marched into Amsterdam in 1672. Piet Lak, the night watchman on duty, had fallen asleep and, as a result, couldn’t warn the troops in time about the arrival of the French army.

The tradition dictates that on Saturday morning, children go door-to-door very early in the morning ringing doorbells or making noise with pots, pans, and tin cans in the streets to wake up people who are still asleep.


Pop Up Bookshop Haarlem

May 28 Attention Book Lovers! Pop-Up Book Shop in Het Badhuis

Book lovers, mark your agenda. Mona Cottage Publishing opens a Pop-Up Book Shop on May 28 at the Badhuis at Leidseplein 49 in Haarlem.

Doors will be open from 2 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Adults as well as kids can buy used books in English and a few other languages.


2 p.m. Doors will be open

2 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Shop for books all ages

2.10 p.m. Story time with Monika

3 – 4 p.m. Art workshop with illustrator Monika

4,30 p.m. Doors will close




vintage kilo shopping haarlem

May 28 Vintage Kilo Pop-Up for Fashion and Vintage Enthusiasts

 Square Eight hosts Vintage Kilo Pop-Up events.

Coming Sunday the event will be held in Haarlem.

Are you looking for a blouse with unique print, a leather or woolen jacket, sweaters or vintage accessories?

There is a good chance you’ll find it.

The collection of on-trend and high-quality clothing and accessories has been carefully currated according to Square Eight.

There are still some tickets available. Book your ticket online.



Skatepark Haarlem

Minckelersweg 30

2031 EM Haarlem