Living the Dutch life - February

Enjoy February’s celebrations

Feel at home in The Hague

Meet other expats and enjoy a fun day out during the biggest international community event in the Netherlands on 4 February. The Feel at Home in The Hague fair takes place at the City Hall, where knowledge and secrets are shared about how to make the most of your time in The Hague. There will be many exhibitors providing a mix of information, entertainment and an International Food Court. Entry is free for pre-registered visitors and on the day visitors will pay a small charge.

Art Rotterdam

Enjoy the latest developments in visual arts during the international art fair, taking place from 7 until 11 February. Find a mixture of video art, paintings, performances, sculptures and design with the focus on young and varied creations. At the heart of the fair, located in the iconic Van Nellefabriek, the work of the most talented artists will be displayed by around 75 international galleries. This spectacular location has been a World Heritage since 2014 and used to be a coffee and tabacco factory. In other parts of the city you will find interesting exhibitions as well.  


Get dressed up in your most colourful outfit and enjoy the carnival parades in various cities across the Netherlands from 10 until 13 February. For a true Dutch carnival experience you should visit the popular cities Maastricht or Enschede as they have a wide range of child-friendly festivities featuring huge floats, costumed troupes, dancers and music. Carnival has been a Dutch tradition since the 14th century and is mainly celebrated in the southern part of the Netherlands. It developed its own vocabulary derived from local dialects, so don’t be surprised when the Dutch start using even stranger words than usual during the carnival celebrations!

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the start of the new year once again with the Chinese New Year celebrations across the Netherlands. Officially the Chinese New Year starts on 16 February, when we will head into the year of the Dog. The traditional Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar and each year is related to an animal sign. During the celebrations there will be traditional dragon dances as well as lion dances, fireworks, performances and an Asian market. On 16 February you can take part in the celebrations in Amsterdam and the Hague’s celebrations will be on 17 February. In Rotterdam there will be an extended celebration with special activities throughout the city for a whole week, from 12 until 18 February.

Homemakers' Fair Amsterdam

Visit this household and shopping feast from 17 until 25 February and find out all about the latest products on the market! When founded in 1950 the Homemakers’ Fair was a retail event meant for Dutch housewives. Now it has grown into a huge annual event about beauty, fashion, health and interior design. A ticket to the Homemakers’ Fair also gives access to the Nine Months Fair, happening from 21 until 25 February. This fair is all about everything related to babies and pregnancies. Both fairs take place at the event location RAI Amsterdam.

Chocoa Chocolate Festival Amsterdam

Enter the sweet world of chocolate and learn all about the origin, production and taste of chocolate at Chocoa Festival on 24 and 25 February. At the Beurs van Berlage, a beautiful location in Amsterdam and monument of trade, more than 75 stands with patissiers and chocolate manufacturers will be present. Expect a full day programme of tastings and presentations given by experts and more important documentaries and films about sustainability. The event is fully dedicated to making chocolate sustainable and includes an open debate on this subject on 23 February. For anyone who is interested in the chocolate trade and would like to meet cocoa producers or chocolate makers there is the Chocoa Trade Fair on 22 and 23 February.

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