Summer may be coming to an end, but there is plenty going on in the north this weekend, including the annual hot air balloon event, Balloon Fiesta, a biergarten in Leeuwarden and the Flower Parade in Eelde.
The Noorderzon performing arts festival is winding down this weekend in the Noorderplantsoen. Even if you don’t have tickets to any of the performances, a stroll through the park to take in the ambience is always a great way to spend an evening, and there is a free performance at Het Dok on the pond at 10:30 p.m. every night. On Friday, French duo Agar Agar will take to the stage, followed by Amsterdam-based band EUT on Saturday. Meindert Talma and Omar Souleyman will round off the Nooderzondag programme on Sunday night.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The skies above the Groningen neighbourhood of Meerstad will be filled with dozens of hot air balloons this weekend during the annual Balloon Fiesta. This year’s edition will feature a number of balloons based on comic strip character and the largest hot air balloon in Europe: The Motorcycle is 38 meters tall and 44 meters wide.
When: Friday and Saturday
This is the fourth weekend that the biergarten at the Stadsoase in Leeuwarden has welcomed visitors to sip a tasty beverage and musical performances. On Friday afternoon, a drum and bass programme will drop the beat inside the former Aegon building right across from the Leeuwarden train station.
When: 2 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday
Where: Stadsoase (corner of Zuidersingel and Sophialaan)
As part of the weeklong introduction festivities for new students in Leeuwarden, a number of outdoor film screenings are being held throughout the city. This weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the Bilgaard at the Leeuwarder Bos will respectively screen the Dutch documentary about wildlife in the urban landscape, “De Wilde Stad”, and the Best picture Oscar winner “Moonlight.”
When: Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
At the Baggelhuizerplas in Assen, a new family-friendly festival will make its debut in Drenthe this weekend. The festival is organised in conjunction with the annual beach volleyball tournament held at the lake and will feature music, activities and rides.
When: Friday, Satuday and Sunday
Price: Free general admission, but tickets for musical acts in the evenings will charge an entry fee
Elaborate flower arrangements and decorated floats will take to the streets of Eelde this weekend during the Flower Parade. Marching bands and street theatre acts will perform along the parade route, and a special dahlia fair will be held on Saturday.
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Eelde city centre
Price: 3.50 per person per day