Deventer is known for its festivals.
- Early July is the International Street Theatre Festival 'Deventer on Stilts'.
- On the first Sunday in August we have is the famous 'Deventer Book Fair', the largest annual book market in Europe.
- On the 5th of December Sinterklaas arrives by boat, a typical Dutch tradition.
- The last weekend before Christmas the Charles Dickens Festival takes place. More than 100.000 people visit the town than. I live in the middle of the Dickens area and if you will be here during that period, I'll make sure you'll have (free) tickets.