Seaside entertainment

The Harbour Festival IJmond traditionally invites several local and national bands to take to the stage. Alongside the music, there's a host of nautical activities in store including demonstrations by divers, the fire department, rescue teams and navigation displays. There's also the chance to explore ships and take boating trips. Each year sees a new theme, reflected in the programming.

A stunning setting

The festival is set directly in the middle of the harbour in IJmuiden: all the activities take place at the Trawlerkade, right up to the lighthouse and fishing harbour. On weekdays, the harbour is filled with the hustle and bustle of the fishing and shipping industry but during the weekend, pedestrians and cyclists are drawn to the harbour to marvel at all the boats and ships. You wouldn’t normally associate the harbour and its users with the world of the performing arts!