Two people dressed in traditional Dutch clothing walk in the Oak Harbor Holland Happening parade.
 

Holland Happening 2017
April 27 – 30

 

A Dutch Springtime Celebration American-Style

Crowds walk Pioneer Way at Holland Happening.

2017 Events

  • 11:00 am – 7:00 pm | SKULPT sculpture Gallery
  • 4:00 pm | Davis Amusement Carnival
  • 11:00 am – 7:00 pm | SKULPT sculpture Gallery
  • 4:00 | Davis Amusement Carnival
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Dutch Dinner | First Reformed Church
  • 8:30 am | OHCS Eagle Run | Bayshore Drive/Highway 20
  • 10:00 am – 7:00 pm | Street Fair | Pioneer Way
  • 11:00 am – 7:00 pm | SKULPT sculpture Gallery
  • 11:00 am | Grand Parade | Bayshore Drive – Grand Marshal Jo Balda
  • 11:00 am | Davis Amusement Carnival
  • Noon- 7:00 pm | Entertainment Stage Opens | East Pioneer Way
  • 1:00 pm | Walk of Honor Car Show
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Street Fair | Pioneer Way
  • 11:00 am – 7:00 pm | SKULPT sculpture Gallery
  • 12:00 pm | Davis Amusement Carnival
  • Noon | Entertainment Stage Opens | East Pioneer Way
  • 2:00 pm | Klompen Canal Races | Pioneer Way

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.

Stalls line Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor.

The hand-painted wooden shoes are ready to race.

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.