Aal around Aalborg: Tall Ships Races, Egholm Festival, and fun for children at Nordkraft in week 32

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I’ve been away for five weeks. It’s been a nice five weeks, a fun five weeks, but not really a relaxing five weeks (well, except the first one.) It’s nice to be back. When I don’t post to my blog, I lose touch with what is happening in Aalborg – I’m sure I’ve missed some stuff in the two weeks since we returned from Germany because I wasn’t paying attention. I decided to come back this week due to the BIG EVENT in Aalborg: the Tall Ships Races. (Read more below.) In keeping with my change to the format of this series, I’m highlighting three events and listing others with links. Everything probably pales in comparison to the activities at the harbor, but in case you are one of those who wants to avoid the crowds there are a few things on offer. Have a good weekend! The Events Calendar has been updated.


Upcoming highlights

Guayas – a class A ship from Ecuador

Tall Ships Races take off this Saturday (though the fun begins tomorrow)

The advertising and publicity for this event began last year. In 2010, the last time it was held in Aalborg, 700,000 people visited the city to see the ships, the fireworks, the musical acts, and the other attractions offered as part of the event. This year between 750,00 and one million visitors are expected to come and view the 79 participating ships from as far away as Brazil and Australia, enjoy over 100 concerts, witness Denmark’s biggest fireworks display this year, and take part in the plethora of other offerings along the waterfront in Aalborg Center and Nørresundby. Here are a few of the activities you can enjoy between Friday and Tuesday, 31 July – 4 August:

– Open ships – board some of the ships that will be docked (click here for the schedule)
– Parade of Ships – 13:00 to 15:00, Tuesday, 4 August
– Denmark’s largest fireworks show, Monday, 3 August at 23:00
– 100 concerts in six locations (click here for the program, individual days are listed on the left and a click on any of these will reveal the concerts held that day according to their location)
– Tour of Musikkens Hus in English (50 kr/adult; 35 kr/child – no info on what age that begins) on Sunday, 2 August at 17:00. Order tickets here (in Danish – go figure).
– Ship ride around the harbor sponsored by Thorkild Kristensen. Hours and price here.
Pirate Land – tons of activities for children sponsored and organized by different organizations, including Aalborg Libraries, Limfjord Museum, Viking Market, HopHans, and more (11:00 – 19:00 Saturday – Monday and 10:00 – 15:00 Tuesday) – on the Nørresundby side of the fjord
European Food Market – stands from various European countries and food traditions selling their wares (15:00 – 23:00 Friday, 10:00 – 23:00 Saturday-Monday, and 10:00 – 16:00 Tuesday)

There is more, including, but not limited to, a ‘beach club’, food court, ‘rhythm club.’ To find out where activities are taking place and which ship is docked where, click here. There will be two boats shuttling people from one side of the fjord to the other for 20 kr/adult and 10 kr/child under 12 (family ticket for 2 adults/3 children costs 50kr.) The Limfjords Bridge will be blocked to various types of traffic (foot, cycle, car) much of the time on 3 and 4 August, so pay attention to this if you need to get across. Evidently Ericsson is offering free wi-fi to visitors – you can get a code on the Tall Ships Races’ mobile-optimized home page.

If I could offer the organizers/marketers/publicists one piece of advice, it would be this: more (and better) info in English, please! Because I’m guessing that a large percentage of those anticipated one million visitors are not going to be Danes…

And I would also love it if someone could answer this one last question I have…when does the racing take place?

Answer: Scott Chase sent me this link. It appears that the actual racing is happening now, before the boats arrive in Aalborg. Sailing from Kristiansand, the boats are making their way to Aalborg, which is the finish line, evidently. Also, a local ship is doing relatively well in the race, according to the Nordjyske.dk. Thank you for the info, Scott!


egholmEgholm Festival – “Denmark’s hyggeligste festival”

For a quieter, more laid-back experience, Egholm is offering from today, 30 July, to Saturday, 1 August, a music festival for the whole family featuring up-and-coming acts from North Jutland. Genres include rock and pop, country, blues, synth-pop, folk, rockabilly, Danish hip hop, and the like. The festival organizers have the whole family in mind so come with your children and parents to hear the cream of Nordjysk music (before they became so well known that the ticket costs ten times as much!) Tickets are 50 kr plus fee if bought online; 75 kr at the entrance. Children under 12 are free. Here is the website, where you can find out the hours, musical groups, info on transport (remember – Egholm is only reachable by boat or ferry), food and drink, etc.


costaFun for children at Nordkraft this coming week (32) – the last hurrah before summer holiday ends

Many of you probably know about this already, but there is a beach in the main hall of Nordkraft during the summer (‘Costa del Nordkraft’). Tons of sand was unloaded on the floor at the beginning of July and sand toys and beach chairs litter the place – the perfect place, honestly, to enjoy what is supposed to be summer when in reality it’s between 13 and 15 degrees out. Take a drink with you, your iPad if you want (free wi-fi is available), and relax while the children play to their hearts’ content. (Open until 9 August.)

During week 32, the ‘spring hall’ is open upstairs in the Nordkraft DGI gym. Trampolines and other fun gym equipment will be set up the whole week for children to use and enjoy. Admission: 50.00 kr./person or bring your coupon from the active summer coupon booklet (distributed by Aalborg Municipality to school children in primary school classes 4-10) and pay kr. 20/person. Children under 2 years FREE. Admission wrist bands can be purchased at the reception, located at the entrance to the playground. Open from 10:00 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday, 3-7 August.


Other events

Friday Night Skate – Friday, 31 July from 19:00 at the waterfront. Free to join. See the FB page here.

Flea market (loppemarked) at Louise Plads – Sunday, 2 August from 10:00 to 17:00. See the FB page here.

Youth Games 2015 Aalborg – Friday, 31 July to Monday, 3 August. See more here. (Where are all these visitors to Aalborg staying this weekend?)

Friis Open Sundays – Sunday, 2 August from 11:00 to 16:00. Free parking on site, too!


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