Top Choice Carnival in Maastricht


Everything stops for Carnaval. Since November, Maastricht has been preparing. The partying and carousing finally begins the Friday before Shrove Tuesday and lasts until the last person collapses sometime on Wednesda…
Carnival in Bergen op Zoom


One of the nation's most joyous carnivals, Krabbegat's three days of festivities feature a wide range of characters, most memorably De Peperbus – the bell tower of Sint-Gertrudiskerk anthropomorphically 'dressed up'…
Music in Breda

Breda Jazz Festival

For four days starting from Ascension Day, the Netherlands' best-established jazz-fest fills well over a dozen outdoor public spaces with over 100 free performances, plus there are many other payable but bargain-val…
Cultural in Eindhoven

Dutch Design Week

This massive global design event attracts over 300,000 visitors to Eindhoven for nine days in October.
Carnival in Den Bosch

Oeteldonk Carnaval

Den Bosch dresses in red, white and yellow and is 'renamed' Oeteldonk during carnival, which features big parades on the three days before Shrove Tuesday. The biggest is on Monday but things kick off on Sunday with …
Carnival in Tilburg

Kruikenstad Carnival

Parties and processions engulf the city for the three days before Ash Wednesday. During the carnival period, Tilburg renames itself the Kruikenstad 'city of jugs', a teasing nickname based on the possibly apocryphal…
Art in Maastricht

European Fine Art Fair

The world's largest annual art show brings together over 200 exhibitors offering masterpieces to those with a few million euros to spare. Open to the public, it's held at the MECC, Maastricht's big international tra…
Music in Maastricht

André Rieu Season

Local-born violinist André Rieu and his Straus Orchestra fill the Vrijthof with wildly popular concerts of light classical music for much of July. Love it or loathe it, the result is intense pressure on hotel beds i…
Food & Drink in Maastricht


Each year this foodie festival takes over the Vrijthof for four days culminating on the last weekend in August. It's touted as the 'largest open-air restaurant in the world', but there are DJ sets and live music too…
Music in Den Bosch

Jazz in Duketown

Duketown, a sly riff on the city's official title, turns its many bars and cafes into venues for jazz combos, especially those of the Dixieland variety, during this four-day bash held around the Whitsun weekend.