Lakenfeesten Leiden 2014Festivals / Leiden
June 26-29 2014, Various times, see programme
Started in 1986, the Lakenfeesten refers to a time when Leiden was home to a booming textile industry (laken meaning cloth or textile).
Having little to do with the festival itself, the name reflects the essence of the long weekend; one that seeks to integrate the beautiful back-drop that is Leiden's historical inner-city with various activities that place an emphasis on fun.
Within the Netherlands, the festival is well known for its famed dragon boat races and Sportcity Peurbakkentocht, a parade of crazily decorated boats and costumed participants along the canals.
The gastronomic Leiden Culinair also takes place alongside the Lakenfeesten. Finding place on the Garenmarkt, the two events together certainly make Leiden the place to be for the weekend!