October till December


Leiden ontzet, October 3rd 2019

The October 3rd party (Leiden ontzet) is a festival that is held in Leiden. Since 1886 annually on October 3, this day is the anniversary of the Siege of Leiden in 1573-74 celebrated and of course especially the subsequent liberation of the Spaniards.

The exhibition, Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer October 11th 2019 - 16th of february 2020

The first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the famous 17th-century painter Pieter de Hooch (1629 - after 1684) will be presented at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft from 11 October 2019 to 16 February 2020.  

The exhibition, Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer is the first retrospective of the artist’s work in his own country. After Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch is widely considered to be the most celebrated Delft master of the 17th century. The paintings De Hooch produced in Delft (ca. 1652-1660) will be at the heart of the exhibition: his most beautiful courtyards and interiors will return to the city where they were painted almost 400 years ago.        

Approximately 30 works will be coming to Delft on loan from leading museums in Europe and the United States. These include many famous paintings never before exhibited in the Netherlands such as Woman and a Maid with a Pail of Fish in a Courtyard from the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Another painting on loan is the well-knownCourtyard of a House in Delft from the National Gallery, London. Other Pieter de Hooch masterpieces will come from Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, the Kunsthaus Zürich and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. An extraordinary work on loan from the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the masterpiece Cardplayers in a Sunlit Room. In addition, the exhibition will comprise works on loan from the Mauritshuis, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, the Amsterdam Museum and of course the Rijksmuseum, which holds one of the largest collections of De Hoochs in the world.   



The annual Delft Blue Days on 12 and 13 November 2018

As is now tradition, Royal Delft opens her doors for the annual Delft Blue Days on 11 and 12 November. During the whole weekend you can do special painting workshops at a reduced price and the entrance is free. Discover everything about the tableware made for the Dutch royal family during the special guided tours (in Dutch!)


Lichtjesavond 10 December 2019

Come and enjoy all the lights in Delft. Every year Lichtjesavond has about 50,000 visitors. The opening will take place on the market square where they will light the Christmas tree. Singing choirs, big bands, fairy tales, theater, Christmas and warm winters food make this evening complete. 

2nd week December - 1st week January:  Ice skating on the ice rink at the Cattle Market in the heart of Delft.


General Market:
Every Thursday on the Markt with more than 150 stalls and every Saturday on the Brabantse Turfmarkt and the Burgwal (50 stalls).

Flower Market:
On Thursdays the flower market can be found at the Brabantse Turfmarkt in the inner city of Delft.