Weekend Guide 12, 13 & 14 June
Friday we will all be sweating behind our desk… and when the weekend starts we enjoy the sun and our lovely cities! Tropical weather on Friday and great weather on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. That makes me happy! Make the most of your precious time with the Weekend Guide for perfect days in Rotterdam and The Hague. You’ll be struggling for an free hour once you have checked the selection. Ready? Let’s go!
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Things to do in Rotterdam and The Hague
- This weekend the food festival Rrrollend Rotterdam is coming to the characteristic Noordplein. The greatest food trucks that provide delicious food combined with theater, entertainment, children activities and the Dutch gezelligheid. Think of the famous coco balls, super fresh fries, grilled meat, healthy smoothies and more!
- This weekend over 40 buildings open their roofs during The Rotterdamse Dakendagen. Various activities are organized and it’s a great opportunity to see our city from another perspective. Highlight for this event: go to the rooftop dance party! More information about time, locations and tickets can be found here.
- On Friday you can have a drink and delicious food at Kanen bij de Hofbogen in Rotterdam. An open-air restaurant with a variety of food trucks, table rows and a great atmosphere! Although the food trucks change from week to week, there will always be vegetarian, fish, meat and deserts on the menu. Good spot to go after work and have a great start of the weekend! The location is Heer Bokelweg at the former station Hofplein. Fridays from 17:00 to 22:00 hours.
- Scheveningen and fish are inextricably entwined and Vlaggetjesdag is (unfortunately not this year) the start of a new cured herring season. On Saturday there are a lot of activities planned in the different harbors. The history of this traditional day goes back to 1400 and puts Scheveningen upside down.
- On Saturday Boothstock Festival goes back to it’s holy grounds of the ’70ties at the Kralingse Bos in Rotterdam with a great line-up! Today’s best hits will be played by local and (inter)national producers.
- Saturday and Sunday the shop Elle Aime in Rotterdam is organizing a wee Mini Market. This lovely shop is one of those where you want to buy it all! And for the mini market six designers are invited to present their stuff. Think of a very small, personal and unique event with passionate people that are deservedly proud of their product. When there, Rrrollend Rotterdam is just around the corner.
- 2015 is the year we are looking at our food waste and great initiatives like Kromkommer and Rotterzwam support us. After Londen, Nairobi, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and others it is time for Damn Food Waste Rotterdam! Damn Food Waste organizes a free lunch on Sunday in Rotterdam prepared by different top chefs and made of food waste.
- Sunday there will be another popular Sunday Market in The Hague. There will be workshops, live music and stands with all kind of creative pretty little things. If you love markets and products created with love and care, this is the place to be! When you’re there please say hi to my friend Jinske from Imakin, who is selling fancy DIY stuff. From 12:00-18:00 hours at Het Plein, The Hague.
- Sunday you can plop down on a plaid and have a picknick in the green oasis of the park next to the Euromast in Rotterdam during the ZomerZondagen. A small scale festival with summer music, surprising acts and creative workshops for children makes for plenty of stuff to enjoy.
Museum tips for Rotterdam and The Hague
Did you see the exhibitions of Anton Corbijn already at the Gemeentemuseum and Photo Museum in The Hague? Anton Corbijn became world famous with his legendary pictures of pop stars. Black and white portraits of colourful personalities like Herman Brood, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay. I visited these exhibitions a few weeks ago and was impressed by beautiful simplicity of the pictures, read more about the exhibitions on my post.
I visited the extraordinary exposition The Attack – May 1940, Five Days Of Battle For Rotterdam of Museum Rotterdam. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany. From the 10th to the 14th May 1940, Rotterdam was the scene of an on-going struggle for control of the city and its bridges. An incredible story that ultimately led to the devastating aerial bombardments of the city centre by the Luftwaffe. These momentous days are brought to life again in the former RDM Submarine Wharf ´Onderzeebootloods´ near Heijplaat. The blogpost with more information is online and I can really recommend a visit!