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Dutch Festivals and Events

Festivals in Holland (January - June)

 

International Film Festival

Rotterdam, Holland
January
www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com

This annual Dutch festival is one of the best film festivals in Europe as it has more than 450 films from around the world.

 

 

Jumping Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Holland
January
www.jumpingamsterdam.nl

This annual Dutch festival is Amsterdam's horse show and the highlight of the Dutch equestrian calendar. A varied programme features high-level show jumping and dressage competitions at the Amsterdam RAI. The jumping sections features over all four days, with sunstantial prize money for the international event.



The Maastricht Carnival

Maastricht, Holland
End of February

With a fancy dress party and international DJs this party goes on for three days and the party just doesn’t stop.



Chill Out Sundays

Skatepark Westblaak, Rotterdam
April – October

Break dancers, DJs, rappers and skaters are all part of Skatepark Westblaak's annual Chill Out Sundays, held, weather permitting, every Sunday from April till October.



Flower Parade

Bollenstreek, Holland
April

 

 

Motel Mozaique

Nighttown, Rotterdam
April
www.motelmozaique.nl

The Motel Mozaïque festival presents music, art and performance at venues throughout Rotterdam.

 

 

Queen’s Night Festival

The Hague
April

Such is their love for Queen Beatrix that the people of The Hague go to town on this day, with a mammoth free music festival and parties everywhere. Around 250,000 people enjoy the live music.

 

 

Flower Parade of the Bulb Region

Lisse, Holland
April

This Dutch festival a huge parade in the Netherlands - known as the 'face of spring' and its a floral procession that features 20 floats completely covered with tulips.

 

 

Orange Festival [Queens Day]

Amsterdam, Holland
April
www.octulipfestival.com

This Dutch festival is for people who like the color orange, beer and lots of drugs. They celebrate the queen’s birthday and the parting lasts all night.


 

Trad It!

Groningen, Netherlands
April
www.de-oosterpoort.nl


 

European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival & Trade Show

Voorthuizen, Holland
May
www.ewob.eu


 

World Children’s Festival

Holland
May
www.wereldkinderfestival.nl


 

Music Meeting Nijmegen

Nijmegen, Netherlands
May
www.musicmeeting.nl


 

Western Union Dunya Festival

Rotterdam, Holland
May
www.dunya.nl


 

Big Bear Festival

Zuidlaren, Holland
May
www.strictlycountry.nl


 

International Gipsy Festival

Tilburg, Holland
May
www.gipsyfestival.nl


 

Breda Jazz Festival

Breda, Holland
May
www.bredajazzfestival.nl

One of the top jazz events in the Netherlands, the Breda Festival presents a mixture of traditional jazz, blues and early American folk from local and international acts.


 

Pinkpop

Megaland, Landgraaf
May
www.pinkpop.nl

Europe's oldest pop festival is still one of the best. Pinkpop annually attracts around 80,000 people to Megaland in Landgraaf. Past headliners have been Muse, and The Smashing Pumpkins.

 

 

National Windmill Day

Throuhgout the Netherlands
May
www.nationalemolendag.nl

The windmill is one of the most iconic symbols of the Netherlands, so its fitting there is a national holiday devoted to them. On this day more then 700 windmills that date back to the 17th centuries will open its doors to visitors.

 

 

Holland Festival

Amsterdam
May –June
www.hollandfestival.nl

The Holland Festival is the biggest arts event in the Dutch calendar and fills Amsterdam with culture for more than three weeks.

 



Festival Mundal

Tilburg, Holland
June
www.mundialproductions.nl


 

Amsterdam Roots Festival

Amsterdam
June
www.amsterdamroots.nl

The Amsterdam Roots Festival brings top international acts to the city's key cultural venues and open spaces, including Oosterpark and the Concertgebouw.


 

The Music in my Head

The Hague
June


 

Fiesta del Sol

Eindhoven, Holland
June


 

Holland Festival

Amsterdam, Holland
June

 

Pasar Malam

Den Haag, Holland
June

This Dutch festival is the largest Eurasian festival in the world

 

Parkpop

The Hague, Holland
June
www.parkpop.nl

Parkpop began in 1981 with an audience of 15,000. Now around 500,000 people every year head for the Zuider Park in The Hague for the largest free pop festival in Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

Festivals in Holland (July – December)

 

Metropolis Festival

Rotterdam, Holland
July
www.metropolisfestival.nl

This Dutch festival offers a line-up jam-packed with the finest up-and-coming national and international performers from a range of genres, the annual free Metropolis Festival is held in the Zuiderpark in Rotterdam.

 

Ground Zero

Bussloo, Holland
July
www.groundzerofestival.nl

This Dutch festival has some of the most respected names in hardcore electronic dance music.



Dance Valley Festival

Amsterdam, Holland
July
www.dancevalleyfestival.nl

Dance Valley is the biggest open-air dance music festival in Holland and the best in Europe. Each year over 100,000 people attend this excellent festival.

 

 

Bospop

Weert, Holland
July

 

 

North Sea Jazz Festival

Rotterdam
July
www.northseajazz.nl

The North Sea Jazz Festival is widely regarded as one of the top jazz events in the world as over 20,000 attend annually.

 

Summer Carnival

Rotterdam
July
www.zomercarnival.nl

The Zomercarnaval is one of Rotterdam's summer highlights, with a street parade that is comparable to other great carnival around the planet.



Kwakoe Zomer Festival

Amsterdam, Holland
August

 

 

White Party

Amsterdam
August
www.whiteparty.org

After a hard day's partying at Amsterdam Pride's Canal Parade, keep on dancing at the Melkweg's ever-popular White Party. The dress code is one color only.



Amsterdam Pride

Amsterdam
August
www.amsterdamgaypride.nl

Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest gay and lesbian festivals in Europe.

 

 

FFWD Heineken Dance Parade

Rotterdam
August
www.ffwdfitforfreedanceparade.nl

The FFWD Heineken Dance Parade transforms the heart of Rotterdam into an enormous party, as 40 decorated trucks wind their way through the city centre in the afternoon, to the sound of banging dance music.



Lowlands Festival

Biddinghuizen, Holland
August
www.lowlands.nl

Every year the Lowlands pop festival draws around 100,000 people to the Walibi World amusement park in Biddinghuizen. It is one of Holland’s biggest and worth checking out.

 

 

Flower Festival

Amsterdam, Holland
September

 

 

Gospel Festival Amsterdam

Amsterdam
September

The annual Amsterdam gospel festival welcomes national and international acts to the Heneiken Music Hall for two days of worship and inspirational music.

 

 

Seaside Jazz

Kijkduin, Holland
September
www.jazzseaside.com

The Seaside Jazz festival at the Stichting Beach Resort in Kijkduin presents three days of live music.

 

 

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam
October
www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is Europe's most important conference on dance and electronic music.

 

 

Zuidlaardermarkt

Zuidlaren, Holland
October

This Dutch festival is the biggest horse and cattle market in Western Europe



Crossing Border Festival

The Hague
November
www.crossingborder.nl

It’s the biggest literature, music and visual arts festival in Europe.

 

November Music Festival

Holland
November
www.novembermusic.net
   
The November Music Festival is an international event held in three countries: Holland, Belgium and Germany.

 

Disney on Ice

Den Haag, Holland
December

 

 

 



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