Is there a better way to battle a case of the winter blues than by listening to the blues? The De Koninck Bluesfestival in Delft, Netherlands, lets visitors do exactly that Friday and Saturday, when nearly 50 artists and bands take to the stages of various pubs and locales scattered throughout the city.

Concerts take place Friday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. at nearly 20 participating venues. Entry to all shows is free, so guests can easily skip from one bar to the next in search of the band that hits just the right note. A handful of the city’s hotels offer accommodation packages, and restaurants will offer blues-inspired menus. See the schedule of performances at (in Dutch only).

First-time visitors to the city can enjoy checking out the Delft blue ceramic wares, visiting sites associated with Holland’s royal family, learning about the city’s native son, painter Johannes Vermeer, or just soaking up the atmosphere of one of Holland’s best-preserved cities. Plan a visit at

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