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Start of the SKS Skûtsjesilen sailing race

This 10-day water sports event takes place in a village called Grou, situated near to Leeuwarden. The highlight of this SKS Skûtsjesilen event is the opening race on the 5 August.

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  • 04 - 17 Aug 2017
  • Sint-Pieterkerk Grou
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Leip! Weeks

Celebrate the beginning of the new academic year with Leip! Intro, Leip! Cinema and Leip! Festival that takes place at the foot of the Oldehove.


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  • 27 Aug - 08 Sep 2017
  • Oldehove
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Heritage Day

The theme of this year’s Heritage Day (Open Monumentendag) is the architect ‘Piet de Vries’. Have a look at several (monumental) buildings designed by this exceptional architect.

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  • 08 - 09 Sep 2017
  • Wilhelminaplein
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Annual Fair

On this particular Sunday, the centre of town is turned into one big market. Join the activities, dance to the music and enjoy the street theatre.

  • Sun 24 Sep 2017
  • Waagplein
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Autumn Funfair

Take a ride on the carousel, experience the thrill of the booster or try your luck at winning a cuddly toy during the Autumn Funfair on the Wilhelminaplein.

  • 27 Oct - 03 Nov 2017
  • Wilhelminaplein
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Northern Film Festival

Enjoy public films, special premieres, musical movies and much more. Discover the most talked about cinema during the biggest film festival in the northern Netherlands.

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  • 08 - 12 Nov 2017
  • Harmonie
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Welcoming Sinterklaas

Welcome Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) and his helpers! Sing to St. Nicholas as he docks in the Prinsentuin or as he rides his horse Amerigo through the atmospheric city centre.

  • Sat 18 Nov 2017
  • Prinsentuin
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Christmas Market at the Blokhuispoort

The former medieval prison is transformed into a delightful Christmas market. Wander around, enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and enjoy delicious snacks and mulled wine.

  • 16 - 17 Dec 2017
  • Blokhuispoort