Lakenfeesten Leiden 2014

Festivals / Leiden
June 26-29 2014, Various times, see programme

Locations around the inner-city
€: Free

The Lakenfeesten in Leiden is a yearly festival that sees a spirited celebration of creative expression and entertainment both on the water and in the inner-city. 

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!

lakenfeesten 2014

2014 Programme Highlights

Dragon boat races
Nostalgic carnival
A small beer festival
Theatre and music acts during De Gouden Pet
Sportcity Peurbakkentocht
Tours of classic tug-boats


Find the full programme here.

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