August happenings around Haarlem

For anyone staying around Haarlem this August, we picked out a few events and happenings that caught our eye. Don’t forget to follow the guidance and make your reservations (where required) early.

As the long summer days and nights continue, it is good to get some activities planned outdoors – and indoors as well (because, of course, we cannot trust the Dutch weather). One such outdoors venue is Caprera Openluchttheater – it is great that this special venue has been able to open and welcome guests this summer, though one of the downsides to the COVID-19 restrictions is the reduced capacity – so you see the ‘Uitverkocht’ sign a lot. We found one event for kids that still has tickets, listed below. In fact, at the time of writing this, there are tickets available for the highlighted events (be quick though!). The forecast looks good at least for the start of August, so it might be a good time to get out and have some socially-distanced fun in the sun.



Yoga on the roofDeDAKKAS

What: Yoga on the Roof
When: Wednesday 5 August (10:30 to 11:30)

What could be a better way to start your morning than rooftop yoga? Lucky enough for those of us who do not have a rooftop terrace, you can join the yoga session courtesy of The Human Fabrique and grab a zen moment on the roof of DeDAKKAS. During the yoga class, the restaurant is still closed so that everyone joining for yoga has peace and space. Book now if you want to join (very limited places!) and don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat. More details and ticlets


greenjoy boathireHaarlem’s Waterways

What: Greenjoy Boat Hire
When: All of August

Now is a great time to take to the waters and float serenely around the waterways of Haarlem. Why not hire one from Greenjoy? Anyone signed up for expatsHaarlem’s newsletter is eligible for a discount all of this month (read more here). That’s not all, if you fancy heading further afield then the discount also applies to Greenjoy boat hire in Alkmaar, Loosdrecth and Utrecht. Click here to read about Greenjoy boat life is in Alkmaar! Book your boat


Tim Knol at PatronaatPatronaat

What: Stage 1.5 Concert Series with Tim Knol
When: Saturday 15 August

Patronaat’s summer Stage 1.5 Concert Series continues. If you grab your ticket for this special Tim Knol gig, you will be entertained by a musician with a passion for rock and roll. The singer songwriter offers sweet melodies and songs that capture life’s observations. He is currently on a short tour and you can see all the dates on his website here.
More details and tickets


openluchtheaterCaprera Openluchtheater

What: Kuizelaar
When: Sunday 16 August (for kids)

Kluizelaar is a visual performance about a mini-house. The resident is not at home, but we do hear him… The one-man-show is suitable for children from 2 to 6 years old. Taking place at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 at Caprera Openluchtheater, this performance is presented in collaboration with the Toneelschuur and afterwards there is a free workshop in the forest with theatre teacher Simone de Charlene. Details and tickets


Ruïne van BrederodeRuïne van Brederode

What: Playmobil Exhibition
When: Until 30 August (for kids)

At the historic Brederode Castle in Santpoort-Zuid, the ‘Brederode in Playmobil’ exhibition runs this summer thanks to a great private collection. The highlight is the largest Playmobil army depicting the Battle of Azincourt, where Knight Jan van Brederode was killed. There is also a viewing treasure hunt for children. It is mandatory to book in advance. More details and tickets


Jopen BreweryJopen Tap Room

What: Brewery Tour
When: Every Thursday, Friday Saturday in August

Did you know that Haarlem has a history of brewing? (You can find out more about this historical fact in this great article). Maybe you already tried one of Haarlem’s Jopen beers and might like to join a brewery tour? The guides are present on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for tours in Dutch and there are also possibilities to provide an English tour. Note: The brewery tour is held in the Jopen Brewery’s second location in the industrial area of Haarlem (Emrikweg 21). Book your ticket


Do you have tips for upcoming events? Please let us know in the comments or by email!

Carmel McNamara