Warming the chill of February or early March, carnivals in this area are the Netherlands' most uninhibited, celebrated with special gusto in Bergen op Zoom and Maastricht.
The wonderful cafe-terrace scene comes alive from late spring to early autumn, especially in Breda and Maastricht.
Late spring to early autumn is also ideal for cycling the Noord Brabant riverbanks or walking in the verdant hills around Valkenburg, though avoid July and August when tourism overload can reduce the latter's charm.
May sees major jazz festivals in Breda and Den Bosch.
Mid-July brings Tilburg's boisterous if downmarket Kermis.