Things to do on Ascension Day

Wat te doen met Hemelvaart

Ascension Day (also known as Ascension Thursday) and the following weekend belong to the more popular holidays in the Netherlands (as does Pentecost).

This becomes even more clear from the almost endless list of festivals and events being organized. On Ascension Day, the 30th of May, itself but also throughout the Ascension Weekend that follows. Curious about the origin of Ascension Day? You can read about it here.

Activities on Ascension Day include the various bike- and walking tours being organized in different regions, plus the annual fairs with hundreds of stands that attract thousands of visitors. All of this you find below in this Ascension Day special.

Festivals Events and activities Fairs and markets 4-day cycling tours

Things to do on Ascension Day - Ascension Festivals

From Breda to Hellendoorn, all of the Netherlands seems filled with festivals on Ascension Day and the following weekend. The most well-known is probably Dauwpop, but there’s so much more going on!

Things to do in May - Castle Festival Wijchen

Castle Festival Wijchen on Ascension Day
Wijchen Castle, Wijchen - In Wijchen it's time for the Castle Festival during Ascension with a variety of live performances by Dutch artists. The exact line up for this year will be made known as soon as possible. For the occasion the castle garden of Wijchen Castle are turned [...]

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Things to do in May - Jannarok Festival

Jannarok Festival on Ascension Day
Diepenheim, Diepenheim - Jannarok is a free music festival on Ascension Day, organized for the first time 21 years ago and offers the opportunity to go out for something different than fairs and local festivities without having to spend too much. The performances ensure a great atmosphere every [...]

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Things to do in May - Breda Jazz Festival

Breda Jazz Festival
Breda City Center, Breda - Ever since 1971 Breda is home to the Breda Jazz Festival, a tradition that last for 4 days starting on Ascension Day with amazing jazz on both indoor and outdoor stages. The audience is really diverse and both young and old are found at the [...]

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Things to do in May - Green Vibrations Festival

Green Vibrations Festival on Ascension Day
University of Twente, Enschede - At the Carillonveld of the University of Twente you can enjoy the Green Vibrations Festival on Ascension Day again. Completely organized by volunteers! With live music, festive bands and various DJs you're guaranteed to have a good time on the dance floor. Thanks to the [...]

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Things to do in May - Oerrock Festival

Ascension Festival Oerrock
Ureterp, Ureterp - The Oerrock Festival takes place at the Skieppeleane in Ureterp (Friesland) with every year a variety of famous artists. Earlier editions saw, among others, Van Velzen, Miss Montreal and Kensington performing live on stage. Next to that, a host of tribute bands know how to [...]

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Things to do on Ascension Day - Events and activities

Besides the many festivals, there’s also an abundance of fun events, activities and things to do scheduled during Ascension 2019.

From street theater to old timers, there are plenty of fun things to discover during a day out with kids or friends!

Things to do in May - Keidagen

Keidagen on Ascension Day
Lochem, Lochem - Street theater, a fun fair and live music are only some of the events that make the Keidagen (which translates to both Boulder Days as Awesome Days) a fun event to visit on Ascension Day. Obviously the performing artists bring the energy to the party [...]

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Things to do in May - Festival Weekend Woudrichem

Festival Weekend Woudrichem
Woudrichem, Woudrichem - Already the 49th edition of the Festival Weekend Woudrichem will be taking place this year over Ascension Day and the following weekend. An event with lots of fun things to do. From an annual fair to the kids jumble sale and an actual championship fish [...]

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Things to do in May - Hoogte 80 Theater Festival

Hoogte 80 Theater Festival on Ascension Day and weekend
City Park Hoogte 80, Arnhem - Loads of theater is what the organisation calls it, that's the ambition of the Hoogte 80 Theater Festival in Arnhem ever since the first edition in 2008. With various tents and an impressive line up of artists, the program is filled with theater, live music [...]

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Things to do in May - Oldtimer Festival Axel

Oldtimer Festival Axel on Ascension Day
Axel, Axel - If you enjoy oldtimers and classic cars, you're sure to have a fun day out at the Oldtimer Festival Axel this Ascension Day. The tour, puzzle ride and the car exhibition promise to be a spectacle to behold for car enthusiasts. With the oldest vehicle [...]

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Things to do in May - Oompah Band Day

Oompah Band Day in Groenlo on Ascension Day
Groenlo, Groenlo - In Groenlo in the east of the country is where you can enjoy the Open Oompah Band Tournament on Ascension Day. It hardly gets any cozier than that! With various bands coming to Groenlo from all over the country, the day becomes a fun and [...]

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Things to do in May - Lake of Galilee

Lake of Galilee on Ascension Day
Recreational Terrain Schoonhoven, Hollandscheveld - Take a step back in time at the Recreational Terrain Schoonhoven where the story of Jesus in the context of the Lake of Galilee is depicted on Ascension Day. Imagine walking through a surrounding where mules and wagons, autentically replicated housing, shooting bow and arrow [...]

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Things to do on Ascension Day - Fairs and markets

A common theme during many of the Dutch holidays are the various fairs and markets organized in both big cities and small towns.

The most popular ones you can find below. Whether it’s flowers, ceramics or just a nice afternoon of strolling you’re looking for, you’ll find it on the Ascension Day fairs!

Things to do in May - Annual Fair Boekel Rond Uit

Annual Fair Boekel Rond Uit on Ascension Day
Boekel, Boekel - Fairs, performances, markets, Boekel has so many fun things to do on Ascension Day! And rather than taking our word for it, simply look at the thousands of visitors that head over to the small town in North Brabant each year. Just like the previous [...]

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Things to do in May - Annual Fair Den Hout

Annual Fair Den Hout on Ascension Day
Houtse Heuvel, Den Hout - The Annual Fair Den Hout is really quite a bit more than just a fair as it also includes fun performances and shows to entertain you while strolling past the hundreds of market stalls. To kick off the festivities, there's a performance run with various [...]

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Things to do in May - Gouda Ceramics Days

Gouda Ceramics Days
Gouda, Gouda - The Gouda Cermics Days take place on Ascension Day and the day that follows. As the name says, the market is where you find various beautiful and creative ceramic goods while also offering various DIY activities for visitors. Like contests for who can spin the [...]

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Things to do in May - Flower Market Leeuwarden

Flower Market Leeuwarden
Leeuwarden City Center, Leeuwarden - Whether you like flowers or not, the Flower Market in the city center of Leewarden is a sight for sore eyes and a fun day out on Ascension Day! It shouldn't come as a surprise than that this annual tradition, combined with the year market [...]

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Things to do in May - Annual Fair Vaasaqua

Annual Fair Vaasaqua on Ascension Day
Vaassen, Vaassen - Also this edition of this book fair with 175 stalls and a regular fair with another 150 stalls promises to be a fun day out on Ascension Day. Not to mention the fun music and performances. Walking through the town of Vaassen you won't be [...]

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Things to do in May - Dwingeloo Ceramics Market

Dwingeloo Ceramics Market on Ascension Day
De Brink, Dwingeloo, Dwingeloo - With demonstrations, workshops and more, you're sure to have a creative day out at the Dwingeloo Ceramics Market this Ascension Day. Obviously there will be plenty of ceramics on sale, but how about learning about the trade yourself by participating in one of many demonstrations [...]

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Things to do on Ascension Day - Cycling four-days and walking tours

The Dutch are furthermore big fans of nature and in general enjoy doing things that are good for their health. No wonder then that the cycling four-days and walking tours are increasingly popular activities on Ascension Day and weekend that follows.

Things to do in May - 11 Cities Hiking Tour

11 Cities Hiking Tour on Ascension Day
Enjoy the Frisian landscape during the week of Ascension Day. That's what the 11 Cities Hiking Tour is designed for, whether you go for the five-day route or stick to a single day of walking. The concept of the eleven cities comes from a historical [...]

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Things to do in May - 4-day cycling and 3-day hiking tours Alblasserwaard

4-day cycling and 3-day hiking tours Alblasserwaard
Green Heart, Randstad - You're sure to pass by beautiful polders and pittoresque villages during the 4-day cycling and 3-day hiking tours that start in Hoornaar. Cycling starts the day before Ascension Day, hiking on Ascension Day itself. Among the available routes you find, among others, the Family Proof [...]

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Things to do in May - 4-day cycling tour Betuwe

4-day cycling tour Betuwe
Green Heart, Randstad - There are really only few things more relaxing than to enjoy cycling through the Betuwe landscape over Ascension Day. While it's already good to be outdoors, enjoying the various unique locations and the wide open country makes it all the better. The routes include recreational [...]

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Things to do in May - 4-day cycling tour Delden

4-day cycling tour Delden on Ascension Day
Delden, Delden - In Delden it's an Ascension tradition by now, the 4-day cycling tour. With routes that vary in distances, you can either enjoy 30 or 50 kilometers of the green surroundings. Whether you want to join four or just one day, you're welcome to join the [...]

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Things to do in May - 4-day cycling tour Hoeven

4-day cycling tour Hoeven
Conference Center Bovendonk, Hoeven - Ascension weekend in North Brabant? How about enjoying the wonderful nature rich areas combined with the typical hospitality of the region by bike? The daily cycling tours start in Hoeven and run past, among others, the Mark area (surrounding the Mark river) and are sure [...]

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