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Events 2019

Uitmarkt, Amsterdam


Every year Uitmarkt heralds the official beginning of the cultural season in Holland and is a celebration and introduction to the forthcoming cultural activities in the city. Stages are erected all over Amsterdam and offer a wide variety of free performances, including theatre, music,...  see full details

Oosterpark, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Roots Festival

Now a major event on the global music calendar, Amsterdam's Roots Festival started in 1983 as a celebration of African music. Today the annual programme draws top artists from everywhere around the world, and hordes of concertgoers who come to enjoy their talents. The...  see full details

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Holland Festival

The Holland Festival is a yearly trend-setting and innovative presentation of the dramatic arts, and the highlight of the cultural season in the Netherlands. During the month of June each year about 30 productions take to the boards across the full spectrum of the...  see full details

Queen's Day

King's Day

The king's birthday is a very festive occasion in the Netherlands, and Amsterdam goes all out to celebrate staging a street party which starts the night before and keeps going throughout the next day. Traditionally, people attending wear orange (the Dutch Royal family is...  see full details

Keukenhof flowers in bloom


Keukenhof is regarded as one of the world's largest gardens (32-hectares) and often said to be the most beautiful spring garden in the world. Also known as the Garden of Europe, it bursts with colour during the eight week spring season. More than...  see full details

Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade

Amsterdam Pride

One of Europe's most popular and well-attended 'gay pride' festivals, Amsterdam's Pride takes place annually in late July and/or early August. The highlight for many is the Canal Parade on the Saturday in which about 75 decorated craft carry revellers along the Prinsengracht, Amstel...  see full details

Abel Kirui at the 2014 Amsterdam Marathon

ING Amsterdam Marathon

This popular marathon is one of the top twelve in the world and part of the IAAF Golden League. Runners from all over the world enjoy the flat terrain, stunning architecture and sparse traffic that characterises the Amsterdam Marathon. The race dates back...  see full details

Arrival of Santa Claus

Arrival of St Nicholas

If you are travelling to Amsterdam with kids in November, witnessing the arrival of Santa Claus in the city is a must. The true story of Santa Claus began in the 3rd century when St Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, dedicated his life...  see full details

Funfair on Dam Square, Amsterdam

New Years Eve in Amsterdam

On New Year's Eve, locals and tourists pack into central Amsterdam to celebrate before heading to one of the city's many bars and clubs. Dam Square and the Leidseplein become the centre of most of the revelry and as midnight approaches, the sky...  see full details