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April 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Holland Happening Runs Friday Through Sunday
- 11:00 am– 7:00 pm | SKULPT Sculpture Gallery
- 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Dutch Dinner | First Reformed Church
- 4:00 pm | Davis Amusement Carnival
Holland Happening is a celebration of Oak Harbor’s Dutch heritage. Held each spring usually on the same weekend as 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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