Aal around Aalborg: Julemand arrives, tree gets lit, and lots of Christmas markets, music performances, art exhibits plus an international start up cafe
The big event this weekend is Santa Claus’s (Julemand) arrival to Aalborg by ship. I can’t believe we have reached that time of year already – but here we are. (Looking back at years past, this event happened on 29 November in 2013 – so they’re definitely moving it up in the calendar!) For those of you interested in witnessing this annual spectacle, please come to the harbour by 10:45 on Saturday. Santa Claus will sail in at 11:00 from Greenland. He will then take a ride around the city and eventually (at 15:15 to be more precise) turn on the lights adorning the giant Christmas tree at Nytorv. Children love this event, and it is crowded – so be prepared!
Due to a work-related trip all week – not to mention the shock served up by Trump’s win on Tuesday (yes – I’m from the US) – I am unable to give sufficient time and attention to the blog this week. I apologise. On a related note and as a point of interest for some of you, however, the number of people hitting my post about dual citizenship shot up on Wednesday…
Aal around Aalborg: markets, wine and beer tastings, children’s treasure hunt, Nerfkraft, vinyl sale, Asian Business Fair, Toastmasters, and Latin dance
So…the October ‘monthly Aal around Aalborg post’ experiment was a spectacular failure. I did not update it much after the first or second week, and I missed informing you about several important activities happening around the city, including the Christmas lighting ceremony for Salling and a number of Halloween-related parties last weekend (mostly for adults). Not good. As a result, I am returning to the once-a-week format for the time being. And I’m ahead of schedule this week, posting on Tuesday rather than the normal Thursday or Friday. But who’s complaining? I will try to add to this as events are advertised…
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I couldn’t write my weekly Aal around Aalborg post last week, and it got me thinking about the future of the blog – again. I have mentioned this several times in the not-too-distant past, but as my time availability has shrunk I find myself hard-pressed to attend to the blog as often as I would like. Then I came up with an idea – at least for Aal around Aalborg: how about writing a monthly post about events and activities in Aalborg, to which I can add new entries any time, rather than a weekly synopsis? My ideal is still a calendar format that allows ‘pop-out’ windows with descriptions of individual entries, but I have been unable to find anything like that and don’t have the time to investigate. So I’m going to try this in the month of October, starting with more entries clustered at the beginning of the month as those are the ones that are advertised now but with constant additions as the month goes on. Let me know what you think!
Aal around Aalborg: volleyball, art, music, vinyl, events for children, multicultural buffet, the man of 10,000 sounds, photo- and videography meet-up, the Pitching Game, How NOT to get cheated in Denmark, Blackfish and ASO concert
When I first checked my events saved in FB for the weekend, I felt slightly panicked and then disappointed. Where are all the activities going on in Aalborg, I thought? But there are quite a few – I just had to check several sources. FB is not always the best place – VisitAalborg is also good, as is Flowland.dk. Anyway, the bottom line is that there is plenty to do this weekend – you just have to pick what interests you!
Aal around Aalborg: mirror smashing, organic market, waffles, Latin and go-go dancing, chocolate, aquavit, entrepreneurs, volunteering at 1000Fryd, and COWS!
Well there is not a whole lot happening this weekend – or maybe I have just not looked hard enough. However, as I always say, ‘quality, not quantity.’ Ok. Bad cliché. Anyway, there are some gems even if they are few and far between. Or maybe you should just get out and enjoy the nice weather (but beware the cooler temps)…
The main attraction this coming weekend (and through next week) is the Aalborg Sustainability Festival (Bæredygtighedsfestival), which is made up of many events throughout the city and runs until (and including) 17 September. Aalborg Kommune has a whole website set up with details about it, which you can find here. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is really impressive how much is being offered during the week to heighten people’s awareness of the importance of recycling, reusing, and reorganising our lives to help the Earth. The list of events/participants on the festival program webpage is LONG and it is only in Danish; however, I encourage you to use Google Translate to find the gems that interest you. One tip: show up at Gabels Torv, Gammeltorv or Toldbold Plads between 10:00 and 16:00 Saturday and you are sure to find lots to learn and keep you busy. And then sample the other events throughout the week!