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Free & budget-friendly live music in Utrecht

Love music but on a bit of a budget? Or just looking to expand your horizons? Good news! There’s lots of free and budget-friendly live music to be heard in the city this winter.

Free Music in Utrecht 

Tivoli’s Free Lunch Break Concerts

Tivoli hosts pretty regular free lunch concerts (at 12:30) featuring all sorts of musical artists. All you have to do is indicate that you’ll be attending before 10 AM the day of the show, as the venue can otherwise get too full. Make sure to check out the program to see all free concert options!

Vredenburgkade 11 | website

Saturday Concerts at the Dom

The Dom hosts free concerts (with voluntary contribution) most Saturdays at 15:30. What a perfect way to enjoy this beautiful setting while also listening to live classical music! Concerts include performances by the Dom’s own choir, but also guest performers. Check out the full program here.

Achter de Dom 1 | website

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Jazz Podium at De Kargadoor

Located in the heart of the city centre, De Kargadoor is fully run by volunteers and offers a stage for readings, debates, workshops, theater, stand-up comedy, and – of course – music. They host a jazz podium every first Wednesday of the month for amateur musicians, and you’re welcome to bring your own instrument to join! Check out their full agenda here.

Oudegracht 36 | website

The Court Sessions at De Rechtbank

Every last Sunday of the month at 15.00, De Rechtbank partners with Sublime FM to put on free live concerts. Their house band plays soul, funk, and jazz, and everyone is welcome! Check out their agenda here, or follow them on Facebook to get updates about the next event.

Korte Nieuwstraat 14 | website

Sofar Sounds Utrecht

If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, sign up for Sofar Sounds. It’s an initiative that puts on secret, small, intimate performances in everyday locations (like someone’s living room or a café). Keep an out for shows coming up in Utrecht here, and find out how to get tickets here.

website | Instagram


Classical Music at the Nicolaïkerk

The Nicolaï church puts on concerts for tickets that usually range between 5 (students) and 10 euros. They’re planning a performance of compositions by HKU students on the 25th at 20:30. Get more information here as it becomes available.

Nicolaaskerkhof 8 | website

Food & Music at the Muzieklokaal

Every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon, the Muzieklokaal serves up affordable, local Utrecht produce with live classical music, featuring a different choir or musician weekly. The Muzieklokaal focuses on pairing what you taste and what you hear. Definitely a cool way to enjoy live music! Check out their menu here and their agenda here.

Bemuurde Weerd OZ 13 | website

Know of anything else going on? Let us know in the comments!

Picture’s: Susanne Sterkenburg

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About Sophie Boisvert-Hearn

Sophie is a freelance editor with a master's in Media Studies. She hails from Toronto but has lived in Groningen, Leiden, and The Hague, and now happily calls Utrecht home. Besides eating, thinking about eating, and buying & making food, her hobbies include travel and writing. Her idea of the perfect day in Utrecht includes a lot of coffee, a friend or four, copious amounts of pastries, and a stroll around the city's gorgeous streets and canals – all topped off, naturally, with drinks on a terrace. Surprisingly knowledgeable about kaasstengels.

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