Cultural in Amsterdam

King’s Day

King's Day is a celebration of the House of Orange, with hundreds of thousands of orange-clad locals and visitors filling Amsterdam's streets for drinking and dancing. The city also becomes one big flea market, as p…
Music in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dance Event

An electronic music extravaganza on a massive scale, ADE sees 2200 DJs and artists and more than 300,000 clubbers attending 450 events at over 120 venues all over the city over five long, sweaty days and nights in m…
Music in Amsterdam


During mid-August's 10-day Grachtenfestival, classical musicians perform in canal-side parks and hidden gardens. Don't miss the free concert on a floating stage in the Prinsengracht.
Music in Amsterdam

Red Light Jazz Festival

Red Light District entrepreneurs launched this jazz festival in 2014 to highlight a more cultural side of the Red Light District as well as the area's ties with the genre since the 1930s and 40s, when visiting US so…
Cultural in Medieval Centre & Red Light District


Dazzling displays of 200,000 tulips take place on the Dam to celebrate the start of the tulip season, which runs to the end of April. In the morning you can walk around the photogenic flowers; later in the afternoon…
Cultural in Amsterdam

Holland Festival

A month-long, high-art/low-art mash-up, the Holland Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the country. It takes place at venues citywide, and features everything from theatre, dance and opera to offbea…
Cultural in Amsterdam

Hartjesdag Zeedijk

Grab your platinum blonde wig and platform shoes for this hysterically fun festival, held on the third Monday of August. Dating back to medieval times, it features street theatre, a parade and all kinds of costumed …
Light Show in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Light Festival

The twin highlights of this six-week-long festival include a Boulevard Walk of Light along the Amstel, passing magnificently lit monuments, and a mid-December Christmas Canal Parade of illuminated boats floating alo…
Food & Drink in Jordaan & the West

Rollende Keukens

For five days in late May, you can dine on delicious street-food dishes from more than 125 food trucks at this festival at Westergasfabriek. There are also beer tents and live music.
Music in Amsterdam

Roots Festival

Late June or early July sees this festival program world music in key venues around town, culminating in the vibrant Roots Open Air all-day fest at the Park Frankendael.