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The best events in Zeeland

Film festivals, sporting events, fishery days, street theatre and food festivals. Whatever takes your fancy, Zeeland organises it! Just think of a theme and Zeeland will have an event for it. In fact, there’s so much to see and experience, you won’t have time enough. All the more reason to come back again!

Sporting events

With so many beaches, Zeeland is the ideal place for great sporting events. From Zeeland’s coastal marathon (42km), described as the best and the most gruelling in the Netherlands, to DAM-X, the biggest watersports event in the country. Racing cyclists can get their kicks on the ZLM Tour, whilst cyclo-cross riders can indulge their passions in the Vestingcross in Hulst. Looking for something more raucous? If so, visit the Strandcross in Vlissingen and enjoy the roar of motocross dirt bikes on its Badstrand beach.

Music festivals

In addition to the most well-known of these, Concert at Sea, Zeeland organises a whole host of other music festivals. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste. From classical music at the Festival van Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, to spectacular street theatre and music at the four-day Onderstroom festival in Vlissingen. Middelburg plays host to the Zeeland Nazomerfestival and City of Danceevent every year. Do you prefer a more intimate music festival? Try VESTROCK, a 3-day festival in Hulst. Suitable for young and old, with pop, dance, rock and other musical genres. 

Fishery festivals

Once a year, the fishing ports of Bruinisse, Yerseke and Breskens paint their towns red with their fishery days. With bustling street fairs, live music, delicious food and drink and other great activities, you won’t go home disappointed. For example, you can take a trip out to sea on a mussel dredger. Learn how fish and shellfish are prepared and sample the surprisingly salty flavours!

Zeeland events’ calendar

As we’ve already said, you’re spoilt for choice. So if you want to find out what’s on offer when you’re in Zeeland, check out our events’ calendar. This lists all the activities, from markets to theatre performances and festivals. You can filter by date and region, which makes your search a little bit easier.

For a complete listing of all cultural events, please refer to the Zeeland Cultural Agenda.

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Other great things to do

As well as the larger events in Zeeland, there are of course, other great things to do here. Visit a busy market, a film or a theatre performance. Go on a seal safari. Or wow yourself with the scrumptious flavours at Sjakie's Chocolate Museum. Find more inspiration in our event calendar!

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