Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Netherlands

Flower parades brighten many Dutch canals in early September.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for the Netherlands.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout the Netherlands. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe


November 17:  Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) Procession (Amsterdam)

December 5:  St. Nicholas’ Eve (Sinterklaasavond, when Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet arrive; processions and presents for children)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

December 26:  "Second Day" of Christmas (Tweede Kerstdag; closures)


January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

February:  Carnival (Mardi Gras)

Mid-March–mid-May:  Keukenhof flower show (huge gardens in bloom, near Lisse)

April 5–6:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 25:  Bloemencorso (25-mile flower parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem)

April 27:  King’s Day (Koningsdag, King Willem-Alexander’s birthday; party in the streets of Amsterdam)

May 4:  Remembrance of WWII Dead (Dodenherdenking)

May 5:  Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag; closures)

Mid-March–mid-May:  Keukenhof flower show (huge gardens in bloom, near Lisse)

May 14:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

Early June:  Art Amsterdam (contemporary-art exhibition)

Late June:  Grachtenloop run around canals (Haarlem)

June:  Holland Arts Festival (concerts, theater, etc.; Amsterdam)

June:  The Hague Festivals (three weeks of music festivals: Festival Classique, Parkpop, and The Hague jazz)

Early July:  Amsterdam Roots Festival (ethnic food, music, world culture)

Mid-July:  North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague)

July 31–August 2:  Amsterdam Gay Pride

Early August:  Pluk de Nacht (outdoor film festival on the site of an old harbor in Amsterdam)

August 13–15 (likely):  Haarlem Jazz (free jazz festival held on Grote Markt)

August 15:  Assumption Day

August 14–23 (likely):  Grachtenfestival (music and other festivities on Prinsengracht barges, Amsterdam)

September 11–13 (likely):  Jordaan Festival (neighborhood street party, Amsterdam)

September (first week):  Flower parade on canals, from Aalsmeer to Amsterdam

September 22–23:  Yom Kippur (some closures of Jewish-history sights, including Anne Frank House and Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam)