Cultural Weekend in Haarlem

Autumn is getting closer and it is more tempting to plop, with legs up on the bench this weekend but that would be a shame. Indeed, it is the weekend of culture, this 13th and 14th September in Haarlem. There are lots of activities to do in the city. Here the highlights in a row.

Cultural Monuments Weekend 

Haarlem has plenty of beautiful monuments. And this weekend 70 Haarlem monuments open their doors. Courtyards, churches and museums are open and free. A few highlights include the Counts Room of the Town Hall or the Vishal (Fish Room) on the Grote Markt (Market Square), De Waag, the Frans Hals Museum, the County Hall and the Mill Adriaan. An absolute must-see: the Bavo on the Grote Markt. Don’t forget to climb the 200 steps of the tower climb ;-). Because how often do you look at that church from outside missing the inside and the view from above the tower on the square and the Haarlem roofs? The entrance is on the Old Groenmarkt 9, Saturday 10-15 h. and Sunday from 12-15 h.

Click here for an overview of all the monuments in Haarlem.

023 hours Haarlem Culture

The traditional start of the cultural season of Haarlem with music, theater, film, dance and more. Saturday 10h to Sunday 18h.. The doors of the theathres Patronaat, Toneelschuur, Philharmonie and more are open. The program of performances, workshops, exhibitions, choirs and other cultural entertainment is very broad: look here for the full program.

Jopen festival

Sunday from 11- 18 h. the Jopen Festival will be held around the Nieuwe Kerk/New Church in the Vijfhoek. An historical event enriched by the famous Haarlem beer, with this year a heavenly theme. Full of music, theater and tasty snacks. Also very nice for kids. View the full program of Haarlem culture here.

Haarlem Photo Club’s (powered by expatsHaarlem) Vijfhoek Jopen Festival Photo Walk

The Haarlem Photo will also organise a cool event: the ‘Vijfhoek Jopen Festival Photo Walk on September 14th at 14:00!

We will walk through interesting spots in the popular quarter De Vijfhoek in Haarlem, finishing at the Jopen Festival: Medieval setting and costumes, music, theatre and ancient craftsmanships performances! i.e. tons of occasion to take interesting shots!

Between two snaps, we will have the occasion to taste the Haarlem’s Jopen Beer, brewed firstly in the Middle Ages and in the last years winner of many European Beer Awards. Hungry? Plenty of food tastings, always after the ancient Medieval recipes and tradition.

This year’s Jopen Festival’s theme is: “Heavenly food and drinks“.

Pretty promising theme, don’t you think?

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See you there!


Vijfhoek Jopen Festival Photo Walk

Arianna Ardia-Wenink
Arianna studied Literature and Arts at the University of Amsterdam, where she specialised a.o. in "museology" and "organisation & marketing of blockbuster exhibitions". After working for 6 years as market researcher & marketing analyst at, now she focuses her photography love and enthusiasm on the Haarlem Photo Club.

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