Welcome to the very first edition of Things to do in Haarlem this week where I will give you a weekly overview of fun things to do in Haarlem.
Let’s get started!
The Filmschuur is Haarlem’s independent cinema and their monthly program Cracking the Frame shows films that focus on people who have changed or contributed to the international cultural landscape. Think writers, movie makers and contemporary artists. Tonight, you can go and watch ‘Because I Was a Painter’, a documentary by French director Christophe Cognet that investigates the art secretly made in Nazi concentration camps. After the liberation from the Nazis, over 1000 works of art were found in these camps.
The documentary is French spoken, with English subtitles.
This week is your last chance to go and see Flower Mania in the Frans Hals Museum. Flower what? Flower Mania. Every spring the museum is completely decorated with fresh flowers like tulips, narcissi and hyacinths. It may sound a bit dull, but the way the art collection combines with the impressive bouquets and other floral art is really beautiful.
I guess this tip serves more as an explanation. This Wednesday night it is very possible you will encounter small groups of friends in the city center, running frantically from one bar to the next. It is not because this is some sort of typical Haarlem tradition, it is because of the Haarlem Quiz Tour. The HQT is a variation on a traditional pub quiz, but this one is held in not one but several pubs spread across town. All pubs are open for everyone, so you are more than welcome to have a drink with the participants, as long as you don’t start whispering the right answers to all the questions!
Garage rock legend The Gories from Detroit are playing in Haarlem tonight. Together with Shake Before Us they will host a full on garage rock party in Haarlem’s best music venue the Patronaat. If that isn’t enough for you, there is also an afterparty in the Patronaat Café with Dutch garage rockers Low Point Drain and our local pride The Pignose Willy’s.
It is spring again, which means several things. Better weather of course, longer days and more ice cream (I’ll dedicate a post soon on where to get the best ice cream in Haarlem!). It also means the antiques market on the Dreef is back. With over a 100 stalls this antiques market is really worth a visit if you like hunting for design treasures.
The antiques market is held every first and third Saturday from April until September.
If I hear of more things to do in Haarlem this week, I’ll add them to the list!
Have a good week!