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Events 2019

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Holland Festival

The Holland Festival is a yearly trend-setting and innovative presentation of the dramatic arts, and the highlight of the country's cultural season. Dance, music, theatre and opera performances are all on offer, meaning it truly covers the full spectrum of the arts. The festival...  see full details

Oosterpark, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Roots Festival

Amsterdam's Roots festival started as a celebration of African music in 1983, and has become a major event on the global music calendar. Today, the annual programme draws top artists from the world over. Performances take place at different venues around the city, though...  see full details

Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade

Amsterdam Pride

Amsterdam's Pride is one of Europe's most popular and well-attended 'gay pride' festivals, and takes place annually between late July and early August. For many, its highlight is the Canal Parade, in which about 75 decorated craft carry revellers along the Amstel, Stopera and...  see full details

Uitmarkt, Amsterdam


Every year, Uitmarkt heralds the official beginning of the country's cultural season. Essentially, it introduces and celebrates to the upcoming activities. Visitors will encounter stages all over Amsterdam, and can enjoy a wide variety of free performances, which include dance, music, film and theatre....  see full details

Abel Kirui at the 2014 Amsterdam Marathon

ING Amsterdam Marathon

Runners from all over the world enjoy Amsterdam's flat terrain, sparse traffic and stunning architecture. The race dates back to 1975, and is widely recognised as one of the most professionally organised races on the international athletics calendar. Besides the main marathon, athletes can...  see full details

Arrival of Santa Claus

Arrival of St Nicholas

Travellers who visit Amsterdam with kids in November should catch the annual appearance of Santa Claus. He usually arrives on a ship three weeks before the celebration begins, and rides a white horse to Dam Square. His coming is a festive occasion, when...  see full details

Funfair on Dam Square, Amsterdam

New Years Eve in Amsterdam

Locals and tourists pack into central Amsterdam on New Year's Eve, then head to the city's many bars and clubs to continue celebrating. Dam Square and the Leidseplein draw most of the revelry and, as midnight approaches, fireworks light the sky. The Oosterdok area...  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. The city stages a street party that starts the night before and keeps going throughout the next day. Traditionally, attendees wear orange (the Dutch royal family...  see full details

Keukenhof flowers in bloom


Keukenhof is regarded as one of the world's largest and most beautiful spring gardens. Millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill the extensive grounds with colour and fragrance every year, attracting legions of tourists. The site is divided into themed gardens, sculpture routes, and...  see full details