The Hague can rightly be called a festival city. But what are the typical Hague Festivals? Grab your agenda and get inspired!
This overview is constantly being supplemented and adapted.
Grauzone Festival | 10th - 12th February 2023
Grauzone Festival presents a diverse and innovative program in which music, film and art complement each other spread over 4 locations in the center of The Hague.
Winter Nights Festival | 12th February, 12th March 16th & 21st April 2023
Winternachten festival gives the floor to writers and poets about contemporary issues. Conversations, prose, poetry, spoken word and films are presented during the international literature festival. More than 80 national and international authors will come to The Hague.
Movies that Matter Festival | March 24th - April 1st 2023
Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague is the international film and debate festival in the Netherlands. Every year, the festival presents a varied program of about seventy feature films and documentaries on human rights in Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui. Many films can be seen in the Netherlands for the first time, and only at this festival.
Rewire Festival | 6th - 9th April 2023
Rewire is the annual international festival for progressive 'innovative' music. A program has been put together with a focus on the artistic vanguard in electronic music, new jazz, experimental pop, sound art and modern composed music.
The Life I Live | April 26th, 2023
The Life I Live in The Hague, the successor to the KoninginneNach in The Hague, will transform the city center into a free festival site on April 26, where quality music predominates.
Liberation Festival | May 5th 2023
Throughout the Netherlands, freedom is celebrated on May 5th during Liberation Day: the Liberation Festival takes place in fourteen cities. In The Hague, the Liberation Festival is celebrated on the Malieveld.
Holland Dance Festival and CaDance | May 18th - 29th 2023
The two major dance festivals are held every other year. One year is the leading Holland Dance Festival, the largest international dance festival in the Netherlands. The other year is CaDance, the premiere festival with work by young choreographers.
Sniester Festival | 26th & 27th May 2023
Sniester will be able to experience more than 70 bands in 2 days on & around the Grote Markt and Paard in the Hague's Pop district, the musical heart of the city. From emerging to established, local to international and from electronic indie to ripping guitars. No crush barriers, no big names for the sake of the big names - Sniester is real action and real love for real music.
North Sea Regatta | 16th & 19th May, 27th - 29th May 2023
The annual sailing event "North Sea Regatta" is all about the well-known Vuurschip race from Scheveningen to Harwich and the North Sea Race back. After the Vuurschiprace and North Sea Race, there is some time to catch your breath and to put the ship back in order so that you can then participate in the battlefield off the coast: North Sea Regatta inshore.
Haagse Wereldhapjes | 26th - 29th May 2023
From 26 to 29 May, Haagse Wereldhapjes will be ready to treat The Hague to a few festive and gastronomic days. The Pentecost weekend is all about good food, drinks, music, entertainment and above all fun!
Kaderock | June 3rd 2023
KadeRock is a pop festival that is celebrated every year on the first Saturday of June at Muziekcafé Musicon on Soestdijksekade in The Hague. KadeRock is known as small-scale but big.
The Crave Festival | 3rd June 2023
Fat dance event with various music styles in the Zuiderpark. The festival, aimed at electronic music, transforms the Zuiderpark into a dance mecca, where the best of the international and national scene visits The Hague.
Festival Classique | June 15th - 18th 2023
Festival Classique introduces people to classical music in a surprising and relaxed way. By offering unique performances for visitors from a few months old to well over 80 years old, Festival Classique shows that classical music is fun for everyone!
Hipfest | June 16th 2023
HipFest is a free pop festival in the heart of Scheveningen with upcoming bands and young talents that you must see!
Flag Day | June 17th 2023
Flag Day Scheveningen is an event that has been announcing the arrival of the Dutch Nieuwe herring year after year. On this day, this fish species is central. But there is also plenty to experience for non-fish lovers on Vlaggetjesdag in the harbor of Scheveningen with music, orchestras, bands, artists, old sail luggers, miniature ships, round trips and various demonstrations.
Dutch Veterans Day | June 24th 2023
As a tribute to all veterans, the National Veterans Day Committee organizes the Dutch Veterans Day in The Hague every last Saturday in June
Zeeheldenfestival | 28th June - 2nd July 2023
The annual Zeeheldenfestival once started as a small neighborhood party. This neighborhood party has now grown into a multi-day event on the Prins Hendrikplein with a variety of performances, street theater and activities
De Parade | 7th July - 23rd July 2023
Ok, not typically The Hague, but at the most beautiful location: the Westbroekpark. In The Hague, the Westbroekpark is transformed every summer into a temporary cultural street with theater tents, fountain tents and even a nostalgic merry-go-round.
Milan Summer Festival | 4th - 6th august 2023
Milan Summer Festival is a multicultural festival on the fields of the Zuiderpark. The cross-border festival bridges the atmospheric cultures that our country is rich in, from Dutch to Hindustani, from Caribbean to Indian.
Fireworks Festival | Cancelled
The intention is to set off fireworks on those four days at the harbour, the Keizerstraat, the Pier and the Zwarte Pad. In addition to fireworks, there will be spectacular light and drone shows and there will be music stages. This way everyone along the entire coastline can enjoy this spectacle and the various stage locations ensure a natural spread of the many tens of thousands of visitors who come to this free festival.
Jazz in the canal | 24th - 26th august 2023
Jazz in the canal is a super fun music festival in the city center of The Hague. On and around the water along the Bierkade, Dunne Bierkade, Groenewegje, Veenkade and Hooigracht, dozens of jazz artists give free concerts from boats and floating stages. During the music event you can enjoy a snack and a drink at the various cafes and restaurants on the quays.
Hague Art and Antique Days | 26th & 27th august 2023
Under the beautiful trees of the stately Lange Voorhout, the Hague Art and Antiek Days have been organized for 30 years, a concept for art and antique-loving Netherlands.
Live on the beach Anouk and BLØF | 31st August 2023
Live on the Beach is the annually well-attended beach event at one of the most beautiful spots along our coast: Scheveningen. Every day, different artists or bands give a grand beach concert with a performance by our Hague pride Anouk and the band BLØF on August 31st.
Tong Tong Fair | August 31st - September 10th 2023
The Tong Tong Fair consists of the famous Grand Pasar with the Indonesia Pavilion, the Dining District, with dozens of Asian restaurants and waroengs, and the international Tong Tong Festival, a cultural program around the mix of East and West in performing arts, exhibitions, spoken word and current affairs.
Prince's Day | September 19th 2023
Prinsjesdag is the traditional start of the parliamentary year for the Senate and House of Representatives in The Hague. On this third Tuesday in September, King Willem-Alexander will deliver a speech from the throne in which the government will announce its most important plans for the coming year. Prior to the reading of the speech from the throne, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will take a tour in the Glass Coach, followed by other important members, from Noordeinde Palace via Lange Voorhout to the Binnenhof. Due to the renovation of the Binnehof, the route is not yet known.Prior to this festive day, the Prinsjesfestival will be organized with, among other things, the PrinsjesHoedenwalk to the spectacular beach exercise of the Cavalry Honorary Escort in Scheveningen.
Food Truck Festival TREK | 8th - 10th september
Food Truck Festival TREK turns the Westbroekpark in The Hague into one large open-air restaurant every year. The free food event manages to tickle the taste buds for three days with all kinds of delicacies: from oysters to sausage and from organic fries to vegetarian food.
International Kite Festival | 23rd & 24th september
Kite Festival Scheveningen is the largest international kite event in the Netherlands. During the Scheveningen Kite Festival, to the south (left) of De Pier, the most special kites from all over the world can be admired. There are also various workshops for children during the kite festival.
ART THE HAGUE - 4th - 8th october 2023
An idiosyncratic fair for contemporary art in the Fokker Terminal.
Festival The Enchantment | 13th - 21st october 2023
De Betovering is the international art festival for young people with dazzling performances and workshops at more than 55 locations in and outside The Hague.
Crossing Border Festival | 1st - 4th November 2023
Crossing Border is the festival that focuses on the combination of literature, music, film and visual arts.
Royal Christmas Fair | 7th - 23rd December 2023
Christmas market in The Hague! The Royal Christmas Fair on the Lange Voorhout is one of the largest and nicest Christmas markets in the Netherlands.
Scheveningen Light Walk | 9th december 2023
The Scheveningen Light Walk is the best walking event in the dark and cozy winter month. Thousands of sporty walkers put on their walking shoes and walk 7, 12 or 18 km through magically lit Scheveningen.