November happenings for Haarlem’s 775 years

This month our November events are fully focused on the fantastic occasion of Haarlem celebrating being a city for 775 years!

Haarlem 775 logoHaarlem’s calendar for November has at its heart the fact that the city has a big birthday happening this month! Read all about it in our recent article here. Admittedly, it will not be quite the celebration we would have hoped for – which isn’t cancelled, just postponed until next year – though there are a number of events on the agenda, all of which are in compliance with RIVM guidance. For the exhibitions (which at the time of writing, are still welcoming guests), make sure to make reservations early.



De Haarlem Toost

CheersWhat: Raise your glasses in unison!
When: Monday 23 November at 19:00

To commemorate the anniversary of the city of Haarlem, the municipality is inviting all Haarlemmers to raise their glasses together on Monday 23 November at 19:00 – from their own home, garden or balcony.Take part via a livestream at and via Facebook. This toast will be preceded by a speech by mayor Jos Wienen and the children’s mayor will announce winners of kinderlinjtjes. Details


We Got Your Bag

We Got Your BagWhat: Make sure you are covered for the borreltje!
When: 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22 November

To mark this historic occasion, We Got Your Bag offers various bags from various Haarlem entrepreneurs for this special occasion. This year, the celebration of this wonderful anniversary is all about togetherness. Order now a bag full of delicious products at one of the participating stores. The bag includes treats for 2–3 people. You can pick up our drink bag at the location of your choice on the following weekend dates: 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22 November. Details


Flags Photo Competition

Haarlem 775What: Raise your flags and submit your photo!
When: Until 23 November

You are invited to hang your Haarlem flag in a prominent place inside or outside your home. Take a picture of it and send it to: The best entries are awarded with a prize. There are various prizes to be won, including a book, t-shirt or poster. Details


Haarlem en Ik

Haarlem 775 eventWhat: Share a snapshot of your life!
When: Until 23 November

You are invited to take part in ‘Haarlem en ik’ – just pick up a booklet for free (at: Library, Art Center, Hart) and fill it with your own story. Anything is allowed (cutting, pasting, drawing, painting, writing, poetry, pasting photos or other things, embroidering, knitting, crocheting, etc.) and it is hoped all submissions will give an impression of what occupies the residents of Haarlem in the modern city in 2020. Eventually all the booklets will end up in Museum Haarlem and an exhibition is planned. Details


Teylers Museum

Teylers exhibitionWhat: Exhibition!
When: Until 14 February 2021

The current exhibition at Teylers Museum depicts the history of Haarlem with displays of special and everyday events, some from historically famous residents. The exhibition shows the changing cityscape over the years, with some of oldest objects from the year 1572. All coins, medals, drawings and prints come from the extensive collection of Teylers Museum. The visual shown herer is a painting by Kasparus Karsen entitled The Grote Markt in Haarlem (1845, brush and watercolour, pencil on paper). Details


Sint Bavo Church

Haarlem churchWhat: Exhibition!
When: From 19 November

This exhibition is about the history of the ‘county’ of Holland, organised by the Archeologisch Museum Haarlem and can be seen in the Sint Bavo church from 19 November. Did you know: Noord Holland and Zuid Holland did not always exist separately from each other. About 1000 years ago there was simply Holland, a powerful county. Discover all about the origin and history of the county of Holland, which led to the provinces we know today. Details


Do you have stories to share for the upcoming birthday celebrations for our city? Please let us know in the comments!


  There are more events happening too! Discover all you need to know about the city’s celebrations at:
Carmel McNamara