Sports and quizzes or jamming, markets, music and art: these are the ten tips for activities in the Alkmaar region

Alkjes072 Party

The ‘pop-up festival’ Alkjes072 came this summer with acoustic performances, art and poetry in various places in Alkmaar. The festival is back on 27 November with Alkjes072 Fest at 7pm in Podium Victorie. A large edition to finish with many artists from the region. Program including: Erik Reino, GALM, Anneleen, Roxmana ft. Pazoda, Sterre Weldring, Johnny, Panda Noir and The Stream. Tickets and info: alkjes072.nl.

Van Heels are going to blow

The midwinter horn guild ‘Van Hakken Comes Blazen’ has existed for ten years and gives a number of performances. During the Fjoertour Egmond on November 26, two midwinter horn players play their 3.60 meter long alpine horn in the church. On November 27, the winter horn will be blown in Schoorl. At 14.00 there is a walk (for adults and children) through the dune area, supported by midwinter horn blowers. You can also try it yourself. At 15.30 the blowers play at the Schoorlse Duinen visitor center and the blower season opens. More info and performance dates: midwinterhoorngilde-vhkb.mozello.com

The city’s factory makers

Which creative creators have now found their place in the creative incubator de Stadsfabriek (Marconistraat 5)? Find out on November 26 from 13.00 to 17.00. They open the gates wide and show what they have. All kinds of producers have open studios, there are products for sale, workshops, traditional snacks, live music and various demonstrations.

Musical before after

Decide for yourself what you pay for the musical ‘Before After’, 25 November in Cool Heerhugowaard. Order your ticket at www.coolkunstencultuur.nl and pay afterwards. It is a new experiment by the theater to keep a night out available to everyone in expensive times.

The (relatively unknown) musical ‘Before After’ by the British duo Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman is performed by the new Dutch musical company Oatmilk with a Dutch version. The story: two former lovers meet again, but one cannot remember anything due to amnesia. Can they start again? More info: www.coolkunstencultuur.nl/theater.

Ice skating and jamming

In the indoor skatepark ‘Street!’ (Marconistraat 5) is the ‘Plankenkoorts’ on Friday 25 November at 20-22. For five euros you have entrance and you can skate to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, musical talents can go crazy with jamming. There is a drum set and microphone, you can also bring your own instrument. At Skatepark ‘Street!’ Everyone is welcome regardless of level. For more information, visit: www.skateparkstraat.nl.

From market to market

You can stroll through the market in Heerhugowaard in two places: on the 26th and 27th of November the ‘Wonderful Winter Fair’ is held from 10am to 5pm in De Noord Heerhugowaard. There is something for everyone, the route mainly passes the houses of De Noord residents (known by the red Christmas tree). Info: www.heerhugowaarddenooord.nl.

In addition, there is a market on 27 November from 10:30 to 15:00 in Het Voorhuis (Reigersdaal square, Krusemanlaan 88) with more than sixty stalls. The profit from the maternity rental and catering goes to leisure activities for people with disabilities.

Bouldering and quizzes

At the bouldering hall Sendmast (Koelmalaan 354) there is a Pub Quiz on 25 November from 22.00 to 00.00. Extra tip: First, do a bouldering session where you climb up to a height of four meters over thick mats without ropes. There are routes at different levels and meanwhile you train your whole body and coordination. On November 25, passholders can take someone bouldering for free. More info: boulderhalsendmast.nl.

Valve overlock

It’s Hoeve Overslot’s last music weekend: on 26 November hikers from (sold out) Fjoertoer can listen to the jazz formation One More (photo) from There is also mulled wine. On November 27, the singer/songwriter Arjan Terpstra closes the season from Also on display are portraits of well-known rock and jazz artists painted by Paul de Vries and Jurriaan Leyen. Reservations: €10 (payable on site), email museumhoeveoverslot@gmail.com.

The plan is to reopen in mid-March 2023 after the renovation and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hoeve Overslot.

Crystal in Obdam

The singer Krystl plays on 26 Nov. in ‘t Brakenkerkje Obdam. After the single ‘Golden Days’ she won the Edison for Best Newcomer, a 3FM Award and a Buma Award. She toured with The BlueBirds and in August Krystl released ‘Good For You, Good For Me’. With these new songs and music from the past twelve years, Krystl is on tour this weekend in Obdam. Visit: brakenkerkje.nl.

Exhibition library Heiloo

Artist Tineke Leering and ‘Eerlijk & Werelds’ exhibit in Heiloo Library until 3 December. Leering has been a member of the Heilooër photo club HAF since 2010. Later she followed various courses and developed her own style. The exhibition includes ‘The third image’, where she superimposes two photos that together form a new image. Fair & World exhibits varied handicrafts from different (developing) countries in the world. These can also be bought as gifts. With the sale, Fair & World helps countries that have a more difficult time.

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