Events

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North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's most-respected jazz events sees hundreds of musicians perform. A free 'North Sea Round Town' festival in the weeks preceding the festival proper sees a variety of jazz acts performing in public sp…
Cultural in Leiden

Leidens Ontzet

Leiden grinds to a halt for Leidens Ontzet, commemorating the day the Spanish-caused starvation ended in 1574. The revelry is undiminished more than four centuries later, and there is much eating of the ceremonial h…
Cultural in Leiden

Leidse Lakenfeesten

Held around the last weekend in June, this four-day festival includes street performances, dragon-boat races and an art exhibition. It incorporates the 'Leiden Culinair' and 'Leiden Bierfest' festivals. The event ce…
Cultural in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Unlimited

Rotterdam's multicultural make-up is a vital part of its lifeblood, with some 170 nationalities calling it home. A cacophonous 'battle of drums' and colourful street parade are highlights of this vibrant annual cele…
Music in Rotterdam

Metropolis Festival

One of the largest events held in the city, this one-day festival held in the Zuiderpark features up-and-coming bands from around the world. Crowds can number more than 35,000.
Design in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Architecture Month

Established in 2018, this annual festival offers guided architecture walking and cycling tours (some in English), site visits, exhibitions and workshops.
Music in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival

High-profile musicians from the Netherlands and overseas entertain an enthusiastic crowd at Pijnackerplein Park in the city's hip Noord neighbourhood.
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Dordtse Boekenmarkt

A massive book market takes over every street in the historic town centre, and there are plenty of associated cultural events to enjoy.
Cultural in Rotterdam

Duizel in Het Park

Held in the Vroesenpark, this three-day festival includes literary events, exhibitions, theater and plenty of live music.
Gay in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Pride

This three-day festival includes a Pride walk, parties, seminars and other events.