Nijmegen's big event is the annual four-day, 120km- to 200km-long march. It has a long history, going back to 1909 (the 100th anniversary is in 2016, since it had to be cancelled during WWII). Thousands walk a minim…
The world's largest annual art show is in mid-March. More than 200 exhibitors converge, offering masterpieces to those with a few million euros to spare. The event is open to the public.
This gripping display of the year's best photojournalism debuts in the Nieuwe Kerk in late April, and stays on display through June.
For the fallen of WWII. King Willem-Alexander lays a wreath on the Dam and the city observes two minutes' silence at 8pm.
June's big-name theatre, dance and opera meet offbeat digital films and experimental music in the Netherlands' biggest performing-arts extravaganza. The month-long, high-art/low-art mash-up happens at venues citywid…
Early July's four-day roots festival programs world music in key venues around town, culminating in the vibrant Roots Open Air all-day fest at the Park Frankendael.
Big performing-arts events (dance, theatre, music) take place for 10 days around at the NDSM shipyards in Amsterdam-Noord.
Electronic music gets its due at this fest in the major club venues. The programming is edgier and more selective than Amsterdam Dance Event, and the feeling more intimate.
Classical musicians pop up in canal-side parks and hidden gardens during this 10-day Grachtenfestival. The highlight of the 'Canal Festival' is the free concert on a floating stage in the Prinsengracht.
The largest catamaran race in the world attracts some 600 participants and thousands of spectators along the beaches.