Weekend Guide 23, 24 & 25 October
Lots of activities on schedule for this weekend again! What to think of Surfing at the end of October?! Otherwise you can enjoy your weekend at the park and make sure you visit the Japanese garden during the last weekend that it’s open. Let me know where you are up to on Facebook. Have fun!
Things to do in Rotterdam and The Hague
It’s Autumn school holiday for your mini’s which means a lot of great cultural activities this weekend during the international art festival The Betovering (enchantment) for 2 to 12 year olds. Laugh and be surprised during a theatre or dance production, challenge yourself and take part in fun workshops and much, much more! The festival program boasts some 400 items of both national and international origin, taking place in the larger theaters, smaller local theaters, museums and libraries.
This weekend will be your last opportunity of the year to visit the Japanese Garden in The Hague. It’s opened daily from 10:00 to 16:00 hours. You can read more about the Japanese Garden in this blogpost and I suggest a visit with the nice weather and don’t forget to bring your camera for some fairytale pictures.
This weekend Surf’s Up again! In Scheveningen you’re able to check out the finals of the Fruit to Go Funsporttour. There’s the Dutch Championships for Wind Surfing as well as Kite Surfing and the races are still very tight so that should make the competition even more exciting.
This weekend there will be a Home Made Market at the recently renovated Pier. The concept already proofed to be very popular and at this new booming hotspot, it won’t be different. The focus will be on creative, unique and off course home made products. But there will also live music and children activities! So let’s go and enjoy!
Make sure you are Out Of Office this Friday and be ready for this cool festival at The Grote Markt. The square will be transformed into a festival spot with bars, picnic tables, food trucks and music. And on top of that there will be all kind of activities like: a pub quiz, a dinner with granny’s, silent disco, beer tasting and more. The Out of Office Festival already kicks off during the afternoon and last until the wee hours of the night with an after party.
Who could ever imagine throwing a party at a government building in The Hague?! Well, this Friday it is going to happen! Meet new people that love to party from all over the globe. Everyone is welcome: from Ibiza hippies, to diplomats and corporate employees. After Supper starts early & easy with evening drink followed by a fabulous club night where you will celebrate life.
Saturday you will rock and party with friends! For all of you that like a good party but are not a big fan of all the youngsters around. 35 & Still Alive is especially organized by Rotown for 30+ and everyone that feels like it. Don’t expect an evening with a playlist full of Spice Girls, 3T or T-Spoon, they will play a mix contemporary hits and those of the last decennia. Leave the mini’s at home and move your hips.
This Sunday it’s the first indoor Swan Market of this season at the UNESCO world heritage Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam. The Swan Market is a creative lifestyle market with many pretty little things. You can think of hand made jewelry, home accessories, kids items, cloths, bags a lot of very nice vintage stuff. This market gives (web)shop owners an opportunity to present their original, fancy and sometimes self made products to a broad public. Besides the market there is a food truck area with live music, a bouncing castle and a lot of very nice food that’s cooked with love! Entrance €2,- and free for children and elderly.
Museum tips for Rotterdam and The Hague
Do you like street art as well? The major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam is a must see. Keith Haring, a protégé of Andy Warhol, was inspired by graffiti, comic strips, music, dance, fine art and popular culture. However Haring was criticized for the commercialization of his own work on T-shirts, badges or stickers it was an integral part of his philosophy that ‘Art is for Everyone’ and makes his work very well-known.
Go and visit the Ode to Dutch fashion exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Famous names like Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Jan Taminiau have placed the Netherlands firmly on the map as a country of idiosyncratic fashion talent. This fashion exhibition will feature over a hundred creations from the history of fashion in the Netherlands from 1900 onward. Don’t miss the famous dazzling blue dress – a Jan Taminiau design – Queen Maxima wore at King Willem-Alexander’s coronatio.
The Temporary Fashion Museum opened an exhibition inside the Nieuwe Instituut focused on the structures and strategies of fashion. Including a selection of temporary fashion and the history of Dutch fashion. What are designers working on nowadays? What issues influence temporary fashion? And above all, what is the roll of consumers within the global fashion system. This exhibition is showing fashion from an extraordinary perspective.
Only 10 weeks until Christmas and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague presents the best exhibition to find some inspiration for your dinner table! Fine dining is not only operating via the taste buds, the visual appeal of the food presented on the plates and table settings are very important too. This exhibition provides an insight in four centuries of formal dining table settings among the Dutch wealthy elite. Think of beautiful crystal, silverwork, table linen and porcelain. Are you ready for cosy winter evenings with nice table settings?!
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!