Schagen has a pretty authentic centre with a beautiful church surrounded by a market place with a lot of terraces. Furthermore there are nice shops, a covered shopping centre and more than 20 restaurants. In the cinema you can amuse yourself at night very well. There is a museum in a farm, an auto museum and a tractor museum.
In summer time there is a Westfrisian market during 10 Thursdays. This is a folkloristic market with a procession of horses with authentic coaches and people walking in traditional costumes. Every week there is a special theme like old handicrafts, the day of the theatre and tilt at the ring.