Mysteryland, the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands is also held in Haarlemmermeer. It has gained quite a reputation. This conclusion to the festival season combines atmosphere, intimacy and quality. Festival visitors experience, as it were, twenty small parties in a single day. The music genres represented at Mysteryland include techno, house, trance, dance, hard-style, urban, hip-hop and electro. Mysteryland takes you on a mystical journey across a woodland site, with little surprises in every corner, behind every bush, tree, or flower garden. The festival slogan is ‘Yesterday is history. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is a Mystery!’ For more information and ticket sale...
There is a lot to discover in Haarlemmermeer. From a local book market to a big outgoing dance event. Approximately eighty events of various sizes are organised every year. We, for example, house traditionally the oldest outdoor dance festival in the Netherlands: Mysteryland. But that’s not all. Haarlemmermeer hosts plenty of other (international) events as well like the famous mud obstacle run Mud Masters, and the yearly jazz event the TAKE OFF Music event. Every year at the end of summer you will find the music pop festival MeerLive in the centre of Hoofddorp. It is the biggest free music pop festival in the area of Noord-Holland. For our famous 'King's Day' at the 27th of April you have to be in Amsterdam. Just aroud the corner of Haarlemmermeer.
King’s Day is the biggest national event in Holland. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates on King’s Day. You will find music shows, fairs, flea markets and parties throughout the country. Even the Dutch royal family goes on tour to be received by one or more Dutch towns for en entertainment-filled day. Amsterdam is transformed into the nation’s biggest orange party town. The Hague has Koningsnach or King’s Night with dozens of music performances in the city centre, and Utrecht boasts the biggest flea market in Holland. So mark 27 April in your agenda since we are sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on the biggest Orange fest of the year. For more information...
PS: dresscode is orange!
TAKE OFF Music Event
The TAKE OFF Music Event is an annual three-day jazz festival organised at the end of May and the beginning of June in the Cultuurgebouw in Hoofddorp. The festival is free and plays host to a variety of jazz and jazz-related styles, ranging from traditional New Orleans Jazz to bebop and nu-jazz, blues, gospel, funk, Latin and soul.
The National Big Band Competition is held every year on the Saturday of the TAKE OFF Music Event. In 2012, this competition was elevated to become the International Big Band Competition. It involves twelve big bands, categorised into two classes, competing on three stages. The top class is made up of four semi-professional big bands. The first class features a selection of the best amateur big bands. A first and second prize is on offer in both classes. For more information...
MeerLive is Haarlemmermeer’s very own four-day musical event. Since 2000 MeerLive has grown into a regional event attended by a numerous national and international acts. It offers a grand spectacle each and every year. The festival is free thanks to the generosity of its loyal sponsors. It is a fantastic achievement by the business community in Haarlemmermeer. For more information...
Mud Masters Obstacle Run
The Mud Masters Obstacle Run challenges participants to get through an off-road assault course throughout the mud. Besides perseverance and camaraderie, you have to have a good sense of humour to reach the finish line. The course is designed by marines and draws its inspiration from the most challenging of military assault courses around the world. MudMasters is held every year in March in the parks and woods of the Groene Weelde and the Haarlemmermeerse Bos. For more information and ticket sale...
Haarlemmermeer Culinary is a three-day culinary festival that takes place during the summer at the heart of Haarlemmermeer. Entry is free and for very affordable prices you can enjoy delicious morsels served by a wide range of restaurants. You will be surprised by the variety of courses on offer by the unique and exceptional restaurants in the region, accompanied by a delicious glass of wine.
Haarlemmermeer has 26 villages of various sizes. They all take part in an annual tradition known as the local ‘party weeks’. The activities organised include car boot sales and live music featuring local and national artists, as well as plenty of traditional village activities. The great thing about the party weeks is that there are activities for young and old alike. All party weeks are held during summer time between July – September.