Events in Alkmaar

An overview of all big events in Alkmaar. This page changes regularly to keep you updated!


March - September every Friday morning & July - August every Tuesday evening

You can enjoy this traditional event from the 29th of March until the 27th of September, every Friday from 10:00h to 13:00h, on the Waagplein in the centre of Alkmaar.

Experience the Cheese Market in the evening, which is held every Tuesday night in July and August from 19:00h – 21:00h.

Victory Celebrations

the 28th of September until the 8th of October

The most important date in Alkmaar's history is the 8th of October, 1573. This is the day when the courageous people of Alkmaar defeated the Spanish army in the Eighty Years' War.

Every year around this special date, Alkmaar's Victory gets celebrated with several festivals and open-air theater performances. The celebrations around the 8th of October are called the Victory celebrations.

'Warm Winter months':

the 1st of December until the 1st of March

Alkmaar has a bustling city center all year round, where it is always fun to shop, eat, drink and experience. 

During the Warm Winter months it is even more fun! For both residents and visitors of the city, you'll find all kinds of extra festivities in the city centre that you do not want to miss.

Alkmaar Shopping Nights

25th of May, 28th of September and 21st of December

Every year, there are a few cozy nights on which shops in the city centre are open until 23h. In 2019, you'll find 3 of these Shopping Nights in the city centre of Alkmaar. 

  • Saturday the 25th of May: together with Alkmaar Pride
  • Saturday the 28th of September: Together with Alkmaar Blues
  • Saturday the 21st of December



1st & 2nd of June

On Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of June 2019, the spectacular event called 'Kaeskoppenstad' will take place in Alkmaar again. During this weekend, hundreds of actors will show you how daily life in Alkmaar was, 445 years ago. 

Against the historic backdrop of Alkmaar's Old Town, travel back to the year 1573 during Kaeskoppenstad.

Live concerts on the Lindegracht

the 16th and the 30th of July and the 13th of August

For a few year now, there are 3 nights on which you can enjoy live concerts on a canal in the city centre of Alkmaar.

You can choose to rent (or bring your own) boat or to take a seat at the side of the canal.

Victorie Sail Alkmaar

the 25th until the 29th of July

At the end of July 2019, Alkmaar is welcoming an unique collection of 200 historic inland vessels, which will provide a magnificent show on the canals of Alkmaar. 

On Thursday the 25th of July, the ships will arrive. On Monday the 29th of July, the ships will leave the canals of Alkmaar again. From the 25th until the 29th of July, you can expercience and enjoy this event around the 'Noordhollandsch Kanaal' and the city centre of Alkmaar.

UEC Road European Championships 2019

The 7th till the 11th of August

This summer the UEC Road European Championships will be held in Alkmaar. The European Cycling Association  has officially assigned the tournament to the Cheese City.

An exciting, multi-day program where elite men and women, and juniors are taking on both road race and time trial. Follow #ALKMAARCYCLING

Fair Alkmaar

the 23rd of August until the 1st of September

At the funfair of Alkmaar, you can enjoy all sorts of amusement rides as a visitor. There are rides for children but there are also exciting rides for real daredevils.  

There are various nostalgic amusement rides that evoke the fairground atmosphere of the past. A big fireworks show takes place on the last day of the funfair.


Lichtjesavond (evening of lights) 2019

the 31st of August

Lionsclub Alkmaar organizes an enchanting evening boattour on the canals of Alkmaar. This year will be the 6th edition of this event!

During this boattour you will see the historical citycentre, the beautiful canals, monumental buildings and nostalgic bridges. An amazing way to enjoy this annual event with family, friends, business relations or colleagues! All the profit will go to charity.

Open Monumental Day

the 14th of september

On Saturday the 14th of September, 82 monumental doors in the municipality of Alkmaar are open for visitors. The theme of Open Monumental Day of 2019 is Places of Pleasure! 

Everyone can enjoy the beautiful homes, town halls, mills, churches and more on this day. In and around the monuments are fun activities for all ages.

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