Summer may be coming to an end but there are plenty of reasons to be happy that September has arrived in Haarlem! As always we have the Dutch Language Café, our monthly drink and to celebrate the start of the cultural season, we have 3 comedy nights! September also offers a host of music festivals, fun runs, and cultural events including Heritage Days and Korenlint. There is something for everyone this month!


Until the end of September: ‘Climb to the light’

The extensive restoration of the cathedral is almost complete and it is more beautiful than ever! Until the end of September, 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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Wednesday September 4th: Taalthuis open day

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 get 5% discount! Read more.

Friday, September 6th: expatsHaarlem Summer Comedy (in English)

Enjoy late summer with a laugh, a chat and a good time on Friday, 6 September 8:30 PM!

You can look forward to a fantastic international line-up, a private bar and a big terrace with a view of the park! expatsHaarlem members can also enjoy a 10% discount on food.

Starring known names in the comedy world like Sergej Lopouchanski, Connor McDonough-Flynn, Zoe Brownstone, Jeroen Bloemhoff, and newcomer Ákos Erdősi.

Join us for the first time in a new Haarlem venue that offers us Special Pancakes and a Comedy deal. Show your comedy ticket and get 10% discount on food (the best pancakes in town!) Parking is also free!

Online tickets with a discount (€ 10 p.p. instead of € 15 p.p. at the door)

Haarlem Late Summer Comedy

September 6th-8th: Circuit Zandvoort

Once a year you can take a trip down memory lane at Circuit Zandvoort. You can enjoy imaginative racing classes with well-filled starting fields. As part of the Historic Grand Prix Parade on Saturday evening, more than 100 historic cars will drive from Circuit Park Zandvoort to the center of Zandvoort aan Zee. After 3 entertaining laps, the cars are parked, so that visitors can admire the cars up close!

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Saturday, September 7th: PolderGoud Festival

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.

PolderGoud offers a great day festival experience through the right combination of crackling guitars, boombastic hip hop, eclectic EDM, energetic culture & creativity, good food, and home-brewed PolderGoud Pilsener.

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Tuesday, September 10th: expatsHaarlem Dutch Language Café

Come and practice speaking Dutch in a relaxed environment. Free entrance. Sign up here

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Lokaal.

Friday, September 13th: Comedy on Top of Haarlem 4 (in English)

The Haarlem Comedy Factory and DeDakkas present their fourth Comedy on Top of Haarlem, with a new excellent lineup of INTERNATIONAL COMEDIANS, a FANTASTIC VIEW ON HAARLEM and a PRIVATE TERRACE!
Time: 8:30 PM
Don’t miss it!


September 14th-15th: Heritage days

During these dates, more than four thousand beautiful monuments throughout the Netherlands are free for everyone to enjoy. In Haarlem, more than 60 monuments open their doors to the public.

Every year the Heritage Days offer the chance to visit a place that you may not ordinarily experience. This year the national theme of the Heritage Days is ‘Places of Pleasure’.

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September 14th-15th: Korenlint

During the Heritage Days, the Haarlem Koren Federation organizes its annual Korenlint in the center of Haarlem.

You simply can’t miss this musical spectacle where up to 100 choirs provide performances at various locations around the city. From classical to pop, from Bach to Beatles Korenlint has got your musical tastes covered!

Sunday, September 15th: Superhero Kidsrun Haarlem

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.  It will be held in the Reinaldapark and participation is completely free!

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Sunday, September 22nd: Pentagon Huiskamerfestival

On Sunday 22 September, the 9th edition of Pentagon Huiskamerfestival will take place in Haarlem. The festival offers a mix of cabaret, music, and theater with room for around 30 people per show. The shows last a maximum of 30 minutes, so ideal if you have a short attention span!

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Friday, September 27th: Monthly Drink at 8:00- 10:00 PM

Toneelschur Theatre Haarlem

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Saturday, September 28th: Haarlem Comedy Café (in Dutch)

Beleef comedy op zijn best: met goede nederlandstalige comedians, in een gezellig café met privébar, uitzicht op de singel en in Haarlem! Voor maar € 10 p.p. Comedy zoals je het nergens anders kunt beleven.

Time: 8:30 PM. Online Tickets € 10 p.p.:

expatsHaarlem Dutch comedy

Sunday, September 29th: Teva Half from Haarlem

On Sunday, September 29th the starting signal will be given for the 35th edition of the Teva Half of Haarlem. De Halve van Haarlem is a running event in Haarlem and surrounding areas. It is organized by Stichting SportSupport Kennemerland.

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