What's On in Amsterdam
There are many great festivals and celebrations that have put the Dutch capital on the map. Here are just a few of the most popular annual events in Amsterdam:
Keukenhof (March to May)
Each year during the spring months, the world's largest garden explodes with colour and attracts almost 1 million visitors. The themed gardens, sculptures and children’s exhibitions provide a great day out for the whole family.
King's Day (April)
Expats shouldn't be alarmed when they see people wearing orange crowns in the streets, it’s just the annual celebration of the King's birthday. Don a crown and enjoy the street party, jumble sales and festivities.
Holland Festival (June)
Each year the country’s hottest dancers, artists and shows can be found at the Holland Festival. Expats who book a ticket get to support local artists and take in some Dutch culture.
Amsterdam Gay Pride (July/August)
Amsterdam is known for hosting one of the best Pride parties in the world. Celebrations take place over two weeks, with street parties, concerts, the Drag Queen Olympics and the Canal Parade.
The Uitmarkt is the official opening of the cultural season in Amsterdam. With around 2,000 artists giving over 450 music, dance and theatre performances around Museumplein, Leidseplein and Vondelpark, the festival offers something for the whole family.
Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) is a classical music festival that takes place in numerous interesting venues around Amsterdam’s canals.
Amsterdam Marathon (October)
This annual running event is known for its scenic course along the Amstel River and passing famous Dutch landmarks before finishing at the Olympic Stadium.