Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Netherlands

  • 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.

2014

March 20–May 18:  Keukenhof flower show (huge gardens in bloom, near Lisse)

April 18–21:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

April 26:  King's Day (Koningsdag, King Willem-Alexander's birthday; party in the streets of Amsterdam) and Bloemencorso (25-mile flower parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem)

May 4:  Remembrance of WWII Dead (Dodenherdenking)

May 5:  Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag)

May 15–20:  Art Amsterdam (contemporary-art exhibition)

May 29:  Ascension

June 8–9:  Pentecost and Whit Monday

Mid-June:  Grachtenloop run around canals (Haarlem)

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

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

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

July 11–13:  North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague)

August 1–3:  Amsterdam Gay Pride

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

August 14–16:  Haarlem Jazz (free jazz festival held on Grote Markt) 

August 15:  Assumption Day

August 15–24:  Grachtenfestival (music and other festivities on Prinsengracht barges, Amsterdam)

Sept 12–14:  Jordaan Festival (neighborhood street party, Amsterdam) 

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

October 3–4:  Yom Kippur (some closures of Jewish-history sights, including Anne Frank House and Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam)

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

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

2015

January 1:  New Year's Day

February:  Carnival (Mardi Gras)