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until 27 July

The Peter the Great festival is the main chamber music festival in the north of The Netherlands, which annually features 50 concerts at characteristic locations. A summer academy is part of the festival, intended for young musical talents who perform daily.

Muziekfestival

3 and 4 August

Go back to the days of exuberant feasts: the honest and rough era from the Middle Ages until the 18th century, during which even the expectations of true bon vivants are exceeded.

Excursie

9 until 11 August

Dance to the beat while surrounded by the industrial backdrop of a former sugar refinery. Paradigm is one of the most versatile and innovative electronic music festivals in the Netherlands, and will make fans feel right at home.
Muziekfestival

10 and 11 August

The daily life of former days takes centre stage during this event, with mowing, hay-making, threshing and ploughing demonstrations using horses, historic tractors, etc.

Cultureel festival

12 until 16 August

The KEI is the general introduction for all new first-year students in Groningen, and the perfect opportunity for them to become familiar with the city and its various options and learn about the fun aspects of college life. Groningen residents and others are also more than welcome at various events, so refer to www.keiweek.nl for more information. 

Open Dag

15 until 25 August

For eleven days, the Noorderzon festival is considered the highlight of the cultural summer in Groningen. Every year, in August a colourful collection of artists and performers invades the attractive Noorderplantsoen park.
Cultureel festival

Saturday 24 August

Various ancient handicrafts, an Old Timer show, a fair with flea market, equestrian sports, various children’s activities and a Boeren Boeldag (farmer item day).

Cultureel festival

Wednesday 28 August

Every year, on and around 28 August, various festivities are held in honour of Groningen’s Relief, also referred to as ‘Bommen Berend’, after the bishop of Munster who besieged the city in 1672.

Cultureel festival

Saturday 31 August

Free open-air concert by the water. Simmer down by the Oldambtmeer in Blauwestad and be entranced and moved by one of the best concerts of the year.
Cultureel festival

Saturday 31 August

In the stunning backdrop of the Reitdiepdal, participants of the ZomerJazzFietsTour cycle from churches to barns. After 32 years, the magnificent programme of international impro-jazz and world music combined with the special concert locations still ensures wonderful surprises.

Jazz

31 August and 1 September

The Eelde flower parade is known as the most colourful event in Drenthe. It is a spectacle of magnificent floats filled with flowers, drum bands, and other artists. Come to see for yourself in Eelde!

Corso of Optocht

7 and 8 September

The largest and most authentic 15th-century mediaeval event in The Netherlands, with the magnificent Crozier Monastery as the backdrop against which you go back in time.

Cultureel festival

7 and 8 September

During the museum night, each and every museum in the city stays open until after midnight.
Tentoonstellingen

Saturday 14 September

This festival is all about house, deep house, techno and cross-over. Be sure to celebrate the summer before it’s too late!
Muziekfestival

14 and 15 September

Over four thousand magnificent monuments throughout The Netherlands are open to the public admission-free. This is the ultimate opportunity to go to places you don’t normally visit or to participate in an activity. Theme: experience.

Open Dag

Saturday 21 September

If you bought a ticket to Kadepop, you are sure to be surprised by emerging national and international talents! The festival is a blend of creativity, culture, entertainment and food in a cool look. The festival grounds – the Suikerunie grounds – contributes to the special atmosphere of Kadepop. In short: unrefined sugar. 

Muziekfestival

Saturday 28 September

The basis of the annual fair is formed by about 150 market vendors from the acknowledged street trade with special offers, thus ensuring considerable benefit for consumers. A varied selection of consumer goods and food will be provided for city and country people of all ages.

Markt

Saturday 28 September

The market includes about 25 stands with regional products, such as cheese, meats, vegetables, honey, herbs, bread, chutneys, plants and much more. Food and plant producers will tell you everything you want to know about their products. There will also be live music, a children’s activity and usually other secondary activities.

Markt

Sunday 29 September

This market features all kinds of special, original and hand-made products, in addition to other curiosities, such as creative reuse/recycling, vintage and retro items.

Markt

1 until 31 October

In October, various fun children’s activities will be held throughout the province of Groningen.

Find the activities on the official website. 

Jeugdfestival

4 until 6 October

From Friday 4 through 6 October, the Wijnfestival Groningen 2019 wine festival will be held in the Der Aa-kerk. Experience another wine weekend and enjoy the very best wines and delicious snacks in the company of hundreds of wine enthusiasts. Will you clink glasses with us?

Culinair

Sunday 13 October

This will be the 33nd time for the 4 Miles of Groningen to take place. In recent years, this main running event in the north of The Netherlands has developed into a national festival for the city of Groningen and the entire region.

Sportevenement

Friday 18 October

The best harvest-home festival in The Netherlands! Everybody eats potatoes. After all, we love potatoes and potatoes love us. This is why in Hornhuizen the potato harvest will be celebrated in the area where the best potatoes in the world are grown.

Culinair

21 until 25 October

Groningen version of the famous children’s film and media festival with workshops, media installations and the latest children’s films.

Jeugdfestival