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.
Annual events in Amsterdam
Keukenhof (March to May)
Each year during the spring months, the world's largest garden and tulip flower park explodes with colour and its beautiful tulips attract more than a 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, dress in orange and enjoy the street party, jumble sales and festivities.
Holland Festival (June)
Each year the country’s most exciting dancers, artists and shows can be found at the Holland Festival. Expats who book a ticket will be supporting local artists while taking in some Dutch culture and artistic innovation.
Amsterdam Gay Pride (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.
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.
►See Lifestyle in Amsterdam for more on entertainment options in the city
►Check out our list of recommended attractions by reading See and Do in Amsterdam
"I enjoy that there is always something happening in my area. Amsterdam never sleeps. I think compared to home people are very outspoken and make it their business to be well informed." Read more on Amsterdam life in our interview with Monique.
"I love the fact that, even though it's a very cosmopolitan city, Amsterdam manages to keep its Dutch charm... I love how the locals know how to celebrate their holidays or to enjoy each ray of sun by sitting outside with a glass of good wine and surrounded by friends." Romanian expat Dana shares some thoughts on the lifestyle, holidays and popular activities in this expat interview.
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