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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in the Netherlands

Festivities on Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Historical costumes brighten Amsterdam's squares on big national holidays, such as King's Day (April 27).
  • 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.
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July 26–30:  Rotterdam Unlimited (street festival with live performances)

July 30–August 7:  Amsterdam Pride

August 12–13 & 19–20:  International Fireworks Festival, Scheveningen

August 12–21:  Grachtenfestival (music and festivities on Prinsengracht barges, Amsterdam)

August 12–28:  De Parade Theatre Festival, Amsterdam (outdoor theater with some "language no problem" performances for non-Dutch speakers); also held earlier in the year in four other Dutch cities

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 17–21:  Haarlem Jazz (free jazz festival on Grote Markt)

August 17–27:  Pluk de Nacht (outdoor film festival on the site of an old harbor in Amsterdam)

August 26–28:  Uitmarkt, Amsterdam (performances, book market, and kid-friendly activities)

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

September 10–11:  Open Monumentendag (normally closed historical sites open and free to the public)

October 4–5:  Yom Kippur (some closures of Jewish-history sights, including Anne Frank House and Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam)

October 16:  Amsterdam Marathon

October 19–23:  Amsterdam Dance Event (electronic music)

November 2–5:  Crossing Border Festival, The Hague (books, music, spoken word; much of it in English)

November 5:  Museum Night Amsterdam

November 13:  Sinterklaas Procession, Amsterdam (when Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet arrive from Spain)

November 19–28:  International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

December 1–January 22:  Amsterdam Light Festival

December 5:  St. Nicholas' Eve (Sinterklaasavond, when Dutch children get their presents from Sinterklaas)

December 25:  Christmas (Kerstmis; closures)

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


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures; icewater swims across the Netherlands, most notably in Scheveningen)

January 14:  National Tulip Day, Amsterdam (official start of tulip season; tulips fill Dam Square and are free for the picking in the afternoon)

Through January 22:  Amsterdam Light Festival

January 26–29:  Jumping Amsterdam (international equestrian competition)

February–March:  Carnival (Mardi Gras) celebrations in various towns, mostly in the south

March 23–May 14:  Keukenhof flower show, near Lisse (huge gardens in bloom)

April 9–10:  Easter Sunday and Monday (closures)

April 15–16:  Rotterdam Marathon

April 19–23:  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 and elsewhere)

May 3–7:  KunstRAI Art Amsterdam (contemporary-art exhibition)

May 4:  Remembrance of WWII Dead (Dodenherdenking; laying of wreaths and two-minute silence)

May 5:  Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag; closures; Liberation Festival in Amsterdam with live music)

May 18:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 28 & 29:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

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

June 11 (likely):  Parkpop music festival, The Hague

June 15–18:  Festival Classique, Scheveningen

June 16–18 (likely):  Pinkpop, near Maastricht (rock festival)

June 23 (likely):  Grachtenloop run around canals, Haarlem

June 27–July 2 (likely):  Amsterdam Roots Festival (ethnic food, music, world culture)

July 7–9:  North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

August 15:  Assumption Day (closures)

August 24–26 (likely):  Jazz in the Canal (Jazz in de Gracht), The Hague