From big events to small, there’s something on in Gorinchem practically every weekend. Every second Sunday of the month is ‘Cultural Sunday’ in Gorinchem, with a variety of changing activities. The shops are open every last Sunday of the month. Every year, the city hosts an Open Harbour Day, Boat Show, Summer Festival, Vestingjazz Jazz Festival, Gorcums Winterfestijn (with skating rink), and much more. See what’s coming up.
You can also check the Dutch calendar for more events.
Shopping SundayShopping Sunday
11 December, 18 December and 2 more days, Gorinchem
Every last Sunday of the month between 12 noon and 5 PM is Shopping Sunday in Gorinchem. The fortress city’s supermarkets are open every Sunday from 12 noon to 5 PM. Not all the shops take part; you can see which shops are participating on the poster. Almost all parking in Gorinchem is free of charge on Sundays!
Cultural Sunday (Culturele Zondag)Cultural Sunday (Culturele Zondag)
Sunday 11 December, Gorinchem
Every second Sunday of the month is Cultural Sunday, with a varying programme of galleries, churches and museums, but also activities like music, theatre, dance, film and workshops at varying or pop-up venues. There is no fixed route, so check out the website to plan your own.
Gorinchem Winter Festival (Gorcums Winterfestijn)Gorinchem Winter Festival (Gorcums Winterfestijn)
17 December 2022 until 8 January 2023, GorinchemGo get your skates on!
International Film Festival Gorinchem (IFFG)International Film Festival Gorinchem (IFFG)
13 April 2023 until 16 April 2023, Gorinchem
The International Film Festival Gorinchem is a multiday festival that takes place in April. Enjoy five days of exceptional films from all over the world. Enjoy the unexpectedwith stunning images, extraordinary stories and interesting people. The film programme includes additional activities such as Q&A sessions, panel discussions and much more. In the summer, you can enjoy outdoor cinema at special locations.
King’s Day (Koningsdag)King’s Day (Koningsdag)
Thursday 27 April 2023, Gorinchem
On 7 April, the Netherlands celebrates their king’s birthday, and the entire country turns orange; including Gorinchem! The celebrations always include a children’s street market and performances by DJs and musicians.
Open Harbour Day (Open Havendag)Open Harbour Day (Open Havendag)
Saturday 13 May 2023, Gorinchem
In 1987, the opening of the modernised Linge Harbour (Lingehaven) was celebrated in style with an open day. Since then, the Open Harbour Day has become a recurring event that takes place at the start of the sailing season in May. Saunter along colourful stalls selling second-hand goods, clothing and curios, find out about various local companies and tourist attractions, take part in demonstrations, and enjoy delicious food and drinks from the food trucks.
Gorinchem Jazz Festival (Vestingjazz)Gorinchem Jazz Festival (Vestingjazz)
16 June 2023 until 18 June 2023, Gorinchem
At Gorinchem’s Jazz Festival, you can be sure of a great weekend with jazz music that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Every year sees a varied programme of top performers and upcoming talent. A great opportunity to revel in the many styles and influences of jazz music.
Hippie FestivalHippie Festival
7 July 2023 until 9 July 2023, Gorinchem
At the Hippie Festival, you can simply be yourself and celebrate life. Enjoy the bands, the hippie bazaar, the vintage VW vans, and each other. Meet new people, catch up with friends, and dance! Or sit and relax on the grass and enjoy the music.
Saturday 12 August 2023, Gorinchem
Gorinchem’s culture festival along the city walls is the place to be for music, theatre, film & food. On the squares and plazas are various food trucks with cuisines from all around the world. Take a pleasant stroll along the walls and discover all the festival has to offer. Most of the activities are free of charge, but some require you to purchase a ticket or pass.
Summer Festival (Zomerfeesten)Summer Festival (Zomerfeesten)
15 August 2023 until 20 August 2023, Gorinchem
The last week of the summer holidays is party week in Gorinchem! Every year we round off the holiday season on the town squares with six music-filled days for young and old. There are genres to suit every taste, from Dutch hits to modern beats. A musical festival that’s well worth the visit!
Heritage Day (Open Monumentendag)Heritage Day (Open Monumentendag)
Saturday 9 September 2023, GORINCHEM
Gorinchem has over 300 listed monuments and historic buildings. On Heritage Day, held in September, several spectacular buildings and museums can be visited free of charge. This is a unique opportunity to take a look inside monuments that are usually closed to the public. You can also participate in fun activities for free.
Boat Show (Botenbeurs)Boat Show (Botenbeurs)
29 September 2023 and 30 September 2023, Gorinchem
The Boat Show is held every year on the last Friday and Saturday of September. This show at the end of the sailing season has become a household name in Gorinchem. Here you will find new and pre-owned vessels ranging from luxury yachts to floating tents. On the Saturday of the Boat Show, there is a nautical market around the harbour; admission is free. From second-hand boating items, batteries, engines and on-board communication, to upholstery and boat covers: you will find it all at the Botenbeurs! And, of course, there are plenty of snacks and drinks. It is precisely this mix that makes Gorinchem’s Botenbeurs a unique event.