A wooden cart full of miniature decorated wooden shoes.

Holland Happening – April 28 – May 1

A Dutch Celebration American-Style

A couple in traditional Dutch clothing walk in the Oak Harbor Holland Happenings Parade.

The official proclamation of Holland Happening leads off the Saturday parade.

Holland Happening is a celebration of Oak Harbor’s Dutch heritage.  Held each spring usually on the same weekend that the Dutch “King’s Day.”  While there’s no king to celebrate, the weekend is more about fun and celebrating that spring is going to show itself soon.

A carnival downtown will keep kids of all ages happily terrified with thrill rides Thursday through Sunday.  The uniquely Dutch part of the celebration begins on Friday with a traditional Dutch dinner.  But things really get going on the weekend.  Saturday morning begins with an official town crier proclaiming the start of the holiday and leading a parade through Oak Harbor.  Sunday features wooden shoe races in a man-made canal down Pioneer way.

People walk by open air merchants in downtown Oak Harbor

Open air merchants along Pioneer way in historic downtown Oak Harbor.

Pioneer way is closed Saturday and Sunday to make room for the music, food, and a beer garden in the historic downtown area.  Restaurants and other downtown merchants are there to welcome visitors with Oak Harbor-style warmth.  Local and regional artisans offer finely crafted wares.

All together, it makes for a spring celebration even if spring-like weather doesn’t always show up.

 

 

 

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2016 Schedule

Thursday, April 28

  • Evening | Davis Amusement Carnival

Friday, April 29

  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Dutch Dinner | First Reformed Church
  • Evening | Davis Amusement Carnival

Saturday, April 30

  • 8:30 am | OHCS Eagle Run | Bayshore Drive/Highway 20
  • All Day | Davis Amusement Carnival
  • 10:00 am – 7:00 pm | Street Fair | Pioneer Way
  • 11:00 am | Grand Parade | Bayshore Drive
  • Noon | Entertainment Stage Opens | East Pioneer Way

Sunday, May 1

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Street Fair | Pioneer Way
  • All Day | Davis Amusement Carnival
  • Noon | Entertainment Stage Opens | East Pioneer Way
  • 2:00 pm | Klompen Canal Races | Pioneer Way