Living the Dutch life - October

Autumn is here!

National Restaurant Week

For the second time this year The National Restaurant Week offers the opportunity to sample some of the finest dining establishments around. From 26 September until 15 October all kinds of popular eateries and Michelin-starred restaurants in many big cities have discounted menu offers. Reservations can still be made, but be quick as the event sells out fast!


Children’s Book Week

Each year The Dutch Children’s Book Week is made into a huge event that promotes reading for children up to 12 years of age. From 4 until 15 October many fun activities are organized by town libraries and primary schools offer special lessons within the theme of the event. This year’s theme is ‘Scary’, to help children discover the limits between fiction and reality.

As a nice addition you will receive the book ‘Kattensoep’ (Cat Soup) as a gift when spending more than 10 euros on children’s books at participating book stores. There you can also find a special free guide, the ‘Voorleesgids’ (0-6 years) and ‘Kinderboekenkrant’ (8-12 years), with an overview of the best books matching the Children’s Book Week theme.

Flower Bulb Market Keukenhof

Outside of spring Keukenhof is generally closed, but at the start of the bulb-growing season the park opens up once again. On 6 and 7 October a Flower Bulb Market will be held for home gardeners to stock up and gain expert tips for growing the most successful flower crop. At this market a large selection of rare  bulbs can be bought straight from the cultivator. Also, a large flower bulb mosaic will be presented for Keukenhof’s new theme of 2018: Romance. Kindly note that you will only be able to pay cash.

Museum Night The Hague

During the Museum Night The Hague many museums and cultural institutions in the city centre, Scheveningen and Voorburg will open their doors to art loving night owls. With the theme ‘Freak Like Me’ there will be all kinds of special activities, such as a roller skating disco in the Atrium, a freaky photoshoot at Museum Swaensteyn or a surprise tattoo designed by Dennis Tyfus at 1646. A ticket will give you access to all participating museums and institutions (with a one-time free entry until 31 December). Transportation is arranged in the form of a historical shuttle bus with on-board entertainment.

Dutch Design Week Eindhoven

Discover the work of the young talented designers of the future during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the city that is home to the world famous Dutch Design. The event takes place from 21 until 29 October and it is the biggest design event in Northern Europe, visited by more than 295,000 people from home and abroad. Exhibits, workshops and lectures exploring design are organized at many beautiful locations in the city with the emphasis on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. During the Dutch Design Awards, one of the most exciting parts of the event, the best designers will receive an award.

Time Change

 In the early hours of Sunday 29 October the clocks go backwards for Winter Time, the end of Daylight Savings Time. This means that sunrise and sunset will be one hour earlier than the day before and you will have one hour of extra sleep! So don’t forget to put your clocks backwards one hour before going to bed on the night of the 28th.



 Although it is not a traditional Dutch celebration, Halloween has been gaining more and more devotees in the recent years. As the event nears you will start seeing decorations like grinning pumpkins and most cities will organize an event within this theme. Think of local Halloween markets, forest walks, haunted castles or themed parties. The most popular event is probably the Amsterdam Halloween Festival with several costume parties and kids activities taking place from 25 until 31 October. Theme parks will also turn into spooky territories for real dare devils. The Fright Nights in the amusement park Walibi for example, is a well known Halloween event for those who are not faint of heart.

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