October has arrived and with it comes a host of Autumnal events and activities. Sustainability is the theme of this month, you can learn more about it during Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week and Mugfest 2019. You can also soak up the arts at Popronde Mobile Music festival and Haarlem History Festival. Children can look forward to Museum Night Haarlem and the Halloween procession!  Or visit the ‘I am not a tourist’ expat event in Amsterdam. As always you can join us at the Dutch Language Café, our monthly drink and don’t forget the fifth installment of  The Haarlem Comedy Factory at DeDakkas!


Until Sunday, October 27th: Climb to the light

The extensive restoration of the cathedral is almost complete and it is more beautiful than ever! Until the end of October, you can ‘climb to the light’ and experience the stunning views of Haarlem, at almost 60 meters height via a spectacular bridge from tower to tower.

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Friday, October 4th-Sunday, 13th: Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week

Dutch sustainable fashion week offers a one-off fashion event which presents sustainable innovation, collections from both young & established designers. You can also look forward to catwalk shows, festivities, lectures, shopping routes, workshops, exhibitions, award ceremonies, and debates. This festival is completely focused on sustainability and innovative design, a must for the environmentally aware and those who would like to learn a little more about ethical fashion.

Location: Haarlem

Time: All-day

Admission: Free


Saturday, October 5th: Haarlem History Festival 2019

What can you expect from the Haarlem history festival 2019? Razor-sharp debates, lectures, interviews, and meetings with the best storytellers and historians from at home and abroad.

Historisch Nieuwsblad presents the fifth (lustrum!) Edition of the History Festival: a versatile event for history lovers. Whether you like to listen to prominent speakers, watch historical films or follow a master class in family history writing, the festival has something for everyone. On Saturday, October 5, every room of the Philharmonie is dedicated to history all day long.

Location: Philharmonie Haarlem

Time: 9 am-10 pm

Admission: Admission: Regular ticket €64.95, student ticket €29.95 and an evening ticket €17.50

Saturday, October 5th: Popronde Haarlem

Popronde is a travelling music festival that goes through 41 cities. A total of 50 acts will play at 21 participating locations in the city center. And on Saturday, October 5th it is Haarlem’s turn! At different locations in the city center, you can visit concerts for free from all kinds of artists. Acts such as Ao. Foxlane, Lorrèn, Eva van Manen and LO-FI LE-VI are just some of the acts you can look forward to. This year the restaurant ‘Popocatepetl’ is also participating and will host the reggae/indie band The Koalaz from 22:45.

Location: The city center

Time: 3 pm-midnight

Admission: Free


Sunday, October 6th: ‘I am not a tourist’ annual Expat Fair for Internationals

On Sunday, October 6th you can find out everything you need to know about expat life in the Netherlands under one roof. The 17th edition of Amsterdam’s renowned ‘I am not a tourist’ Expat Fair will take place at the stunning Beurs van Berlage in the heart of Amsterdam.

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Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Time: 10am- 5pm

Admission: Free.


Sunday, October 6th: Mugfest

Mugfest is all about sustainable doing. Again this year the Grote Markt will be transformed into a festival site. This is a great opportunity to discover what you can do contribute to a sustainable Haarlem.

The event includes workshops, food & drinks, music, theater, information, and market stalls.

Location: Grote Markt

Time: 12pm-5pm

Admission: Free

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Tuesday, October, 8th 7.30 pm-9.30 pm:  Dutch language café

Come and practice speaking Dutch in a relaxed environment, enjoy a drink and make friends!

Free entrance.

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Friday, 11th October 8:30 pm: COMEDY ON TOP OF HAARLEM 5

The Haarlem Comedy Factory and DeDakkas present their fifth Comedy on Top of Haarlem, with a new excellent line-up of comedians from all over the Netherlands and abroad set against the Haarlem skyline.

Online tickets with discount (€ 10 p.p. instead of € 15 p.p. at the door): http://bit.ly/ComedyTopHaarlem5


Sunday, October 13th: Autumn market in the Haarlemmer Kweektuin

A stroll around the beautiful De Kweetuin Autumn Market, shopping in the various stalls will certainly get you into the Autumnal spirit!

Location: De Kweektuin

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Admission: Free


Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th October: In De Wolken Festival

The In De Wolken Festival caters for all parents and parents-to-be! Over 100 shops and brands will present the best products and services for your baby. The festival will also host singer-songwriters and delicious food trucks so there is also time to relax!  Workshops and masterclasses are also given and there is an information area where you can ask everything and anything parenthood related!

Location: Expo Haarlemmermeer


Thursday 17 October: 10 am to 6 pm
Friday 18 October: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday 19 October: 10 am to 6 pm


Adults €15.95

Children up to 3 years have free admission

Children from 4 years € 7.50

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Saturday, October 19th: Museum Night Kids

After three very successful editions in The Hague, Museum Night Kids comes to Haarlem for the first time on Saturday 19 October.

Eleven Haarlem museums and cultural institutions will open their doors between 5 and 10 pm for a program full of exciting treasure hunts, workshops, and exhibitions with the overarching theme of ‘Fantasy’.

Location: St Bavokerk Church and 11 other locations in Haarlem

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

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Friday, October 25th: Monthly drink

This October our Monthly Drink will be in the extremely central and trendy Vooges Centraal. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: Vooges Central

Time: 8 pm

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Friday, October 25th Haarlem Halloween Procession

Why not follow on from our monthly drink and make your way to the Grote Markt for the Haarlem Halloween Procession. Don your goriest ghoulish attire and join in the procession of zombies, fire breathers and torchbearers!

Location: Grote Markt

Time: 8:30 pm

Admission: Free

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