Events Dordrecht 2013
Dordrecht is one of the cities in the Netherlands that hosts the most events. Four highlights are given below. For up-to-date information of all events see in the left-hand column under 'Search'.
Dordrecht's book market: Sunday 7 July 2013
A large book fair will be held on the first Sunday of July. From 10:00 to 17:30, antiquarian and second hand books will be for sale on almost 600 stands. Antiquarian book traders from throughout the Netherlands will have their most attractive books on display during this enticing market in the historic inner city. For ardent readers, collectors and everyone who is looking for a good book! Musical performances and other activities can be enjoyed at various locations. The art and antique shops of the Kunstrondje Dordt (Dordrecht Art Walk) are also open.
Big Rivers Festival: 12-14 July 2013
This free music festival starts in the week of 4 to 14 July with a Blues Cruise, the sing along festival Operade, an open air film, a music and poetry evening and other activities. Watch and listen at the numerous stages in the inner city where bands will play to the public for free. Dance with us in a great atmosphere!
Open Monument Days Dordrecht : 14-15 September 2013
Dordrecht has around one thousand monuments. During the Open Monuments Days in the second weekend of September, almost 60 monuments and museums can be visited in the oldest city of Holland. Sneak a view of the oldest house in Dordrecht, visit the historic town hall or take a look at just one of the buildings that are specially opened for the occasion. Music ensembles will perform in many churches and buildings. On both days, there are also free city walks starting from 'Intree Dordrecht'. The Open Monumentendagen Dordrecht (Open Monuments Days Dordrecht) booklet is available from the start of September from the VVV (tourist office).
Saint Nicolas house:17 November-4 December 2013
From mid November, Saint Nicolas (a Dutch version of Father Christmas) takes up residence in the Saint Nicolas house in Dordrecht, which has been specially equipped for him and his retinue. The city puts a stylish home at his disposal. Enter the house and first visit Saint Nicolas himself. You can also take a look in the bathroom, the bedroom, the room where the presents are kept and the bakery where ginger nuts are made and where you can decorate a typically Dutch Taai-taai (a sort of rubbery biscuit) doll. The Saint Nicolas house is open from 17 November up to and including 4 December.
Christmas Market Dordrecht: 13-15 December 2013
During the Christmas market, the atmosphere in the historic inner city of Dordrecht is totally transformed into one of Christmas. The decorated stalls surround the medieval Grote Kerk, line the monumental Groenmarkt, bathe in the light of the illuminated Stadhuis and adorn the Voorstraat. Choirs and bands, hot snacks and a real Christmas skating rink on the Scheffersplein add to the atmosphere and pleasure. Enjoy the attractive Christmas trees and sing along with singers on the Stadhuisplein.