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Pentagon Huiskamerfestival

The Vijfhoek Huiskamerfestival Haarlem What has Pieter Derks, Van der Laan & amp; Woe, Erik van Muiswinkel, Hanneke Drenth and Jacqueline Govaert in common? They have all played at the Vijfhoek Huiskamerfestival, the coziest festival in…
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Superhero Kids run Haarlem

Unleash your superpowers this September! If you are between 5 and 15 and have a particular interest in superheroes then this event is definitely for you! This is the very first Superhero Kids Run to take place in Haarlem but we do not think…
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Heritage Days

Experience history on your doorstep during Heritage Days I don't know about you, but so often I say 'oh I must visit that building' or 'I must find out what that statue is all about' and very often, I forget all about it! We tend to leave…
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PolderGoud Festival

PolderGoud Festival 2019   PolderGoud Festival is a blazing music festival in an industrial setting! Surprising elements are presented to you and ensure a constant shift of your attention. For anyone looking for a great festival…
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Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival

Schalkwijk aan Zee Festival   Today, Sunday 1st of September, the summer festival Schalkwijk aan Zee takes place in the Molenplas recreation park for the 9th time. Like every year, visitors can enjoy art, theater, dance, delicious food…
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Marnetta's Soul Food

Food for the soul! From Jamaica to Haarlem, Fiona McGeever talks all things Caribbean with Marnetta Anderson the owner of Haarlem's spicy lunch spot Marnetta's Soul Food If Marnetta’s welcoming smile doesn’t warm your heart, then…
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Taalthuis open day September

Are you interested in following a Dutch course? Do you want to learn Dutch in a structured but fun way? On September 4 Taalthuis organizes an open day so you can come and see why learning Dutch at Taalthuis is a good choice. ExpatsHaarlem readers…
Picture of De Adriaan windmill, HaarlemBy Fiona McGeever
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My first realisations of Dutch life

Life in the Netherlands: Week One My first realizations of Dutch life Recently, my family decided to take a leap of faith and move from the states to Haarlem, Netherlands.  We had a very comfortable life in America; good jobs, a nice home,…
Haarlem Summer Comedy
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Haarlem Summer Comedy

The Haarlem Comedy Factory & City Beach Bar Oerkap present the HAARLEM SUMMER COMEDY!  Join our OPEN AIR COMEDY with excellent INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS and a FANTASTIC VIEW on the RIVER SPAARNE and the city of HAARLEM.   Program -…
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS AUGUST

August is here and with it comes an array of fantastic events! From the much-loved foodie festivals Haarlem Culinair and ProefPark Haarlem to Haarlem Jazz & More, there is something for everyone! Make sure to check out our open-air Haarlem…
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Haarlem Culinair silver jubilee

This August will mark the 25th edition of Haarlem's favourite foodie festival, Haarlem Culinair. Over four days the Grote Markt will be transformed into a culinary spectacle that will showcase the best of Haarlem's food scene. Haarlem Culinair…
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Haarlem Jazz & More 2019

Haarlem Jazz & More 2019, from Wednesday 14th of August until Sunday the 18th, promises five days of magical musical festivities! Jazz fans it's almost that time of the year again! Get ready to kick back and enjoy the smooth sounds of Haarlem…
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Haarlem TAPT Festival

Beer lovers rejoice! Haarlem TAPT Festival is on its way to Haarlem! The concept of Haarlem TAPT Festival is simple; expect lots of beer, good food, chilling in the grass, playing games, dancing and singing with lots of nice people! If…
ProefPark Haarlem Foodtruck Festival
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ProefPark Haarlem Food Truck Festival

The 2019 summer edition of ProefPark Haarlem Food Truck Festival will kick off this Friday, August 23rd to the 25th in the Kenaupark.  Kenaupark offers the perfect location for the 7th edition of ProefPark Haarlem Food Truck Festival.…
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LGBTQI+ books to read during Amsterdam Pride

Pride Amsterdam 2019 is just around the corner and many people are looking forward to celebrating diversity and equality during the canal parade. Parties and activities will take place all over the city between July 27th and August 04th. Pride…
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Best Age to Travel with Kids

The smaller the better It doesn't seem so when you have a tiny baby and are overwhelmed with the big change in your life. But, having a toddler and having travelled with her a lot, we can assure you that the easiest…
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Danger poisonous caterpillars in the Netherlands

A plague of poisonous caterpillars explodes throughout the country. It is an annual summer problem in the Netherlands, but the number of complaints about the Oak Processionary moth caterpillars have soared this year, according to the…
September Events Haarlem
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THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM THIS JULY

Summer has finally arrived to Haarlem! July in Haarlem is full of events for the whole family to enjoy, from the International Choral Biennale to a British Festival and a concert on the river and in the park,  from our Monthly Drink and Dutch…
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Parksessies

Park Sessions is a multidisciplinary art festival that takes place four days in a row in the Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem every summer. This monumental park is the background for an easily accessible place, where various arts, from museums,…
Spaarnestad Concert
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Spaarnestad Concert

For the fourth time a wonderful open-air concert on the water that you should not miss! The Nieuwe Gracht forms the impressive backdrop for beautiful sounds and offers space for thousands of listeners. When Saturday the 6th of July…
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Climbing to the light

The extensive restoration of the cathedral is almost complete and it is more beautiful than ever! To celebrate this until July 31st you can climb to almost 60 meters height and enjoy great views on a spectacular bridge from tower to tower. Making…
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British Festival Zandvoort aan Zee

Great Britain in the Netherlands for a weekend, that's the British Festival in Zandvoort. Take the well-known double-decker bus to the various locations, eat Fish 'n Chips with a sea view, marvel at the beautiful British cars, be amazed…
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10th International Choral Biennale Haarlem and Amsterdam

Adventurous vocal festival at the highest level. From 28 June through 7 July 2019 During its 10-day run the Choral Biennale presents some of the best international vocal ensembles of today, at the same time exploring the boundaries of choral…
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Houtfestival: open-air music and dance festival

One of Haarlem’s biggest outdoor fests offers an exotic blend of music. It takes place at the Stadspark de Haarlemmerhout in Haarlem. Houtfestival is a relaxed event where people of all ages and backgrounds come. You can listen to the…
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Pentecost 2019 in Holland

Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar.  It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the…
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Luilak 2019: all-night market for plant lovers

The famous Luilakmarkt (Luilak market) from June 7th, 2019 until June 8th, 2019 is a pot and plant market which starts at 16:00 in the afternoon and goes on throughout the night until around 11:00 in the morning, Luilakochtend (Luilak morning). Besides…
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Dutch Summer Crash Courses

This Summer Taalthuis Haarlem offers 2 Summer Crash Courses. With expatsHaarlem discount! Summer Crash Course Join the Intensive Dutch Summer Crash Course for Beginners in Haarlem the first week of the summer holidays. Immerse yourself…
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Hot dogs: a guide to summer with your four-legged friend.

As a dog trainer who often works outside, I feel it’s essential that all my fellow dog lovers and owners are aware of certain dangers. Whilst the Summer months are indeed delightful, they are accompanied with seasonal…
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Review Haarlem & Haarlemmermeer Housing & Education Event 2019

The ‘Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer Housing and Education Event’ on Saturday may 18th was an excellent way to find out why Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer are great places to live and to learn all about finding a home and education in these areas.…
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DUTCH RAILWAY: FEW OR NO TRAINS ON TUESDAY

Dutch railway company NS warns travellers about next Tuesday’s public transport strike and serious bother for passengers.   Dutch railway company NS is recommending travellers avoid the train on Tuesday. They expect little…