In 2022, Pride Amsterdam will be held from 30 July till 7 August, with the theme My Gender My Pride. With this theme gender identity becomes a central point of Pride Amsterdam. This is a change from recent times, when Pride Amsterdam often focused on being allowed to love who you want. Now it will focus on being allowed to be how you feel, in other words the diversity of gender identities and the right to self-determination.

Over the course of Pride Amsterdam, there will be over 300 activities and events to attend throughout the city. Something to fit everyone’s interests and ideas. These are our top things to do during Pride Amsterdam in 2022.

Join the Pride Walk

Pride Amsterdam starts on 30 July and the Pride Walk is definitely the main event of the day. The demonstration and walk is intended to draw attention to the situation of LGBTIs in countries where homosexuality is included in the penal code, by carrying the flags of those countries.

The Pride Walk starts with a demonstration at 11 AM on Dam Square, from here the walk moves through the city. In past years, thousands of people participated in Pride Walk and it is sure to be a popular event again this year. What you should know about participating in Pride Walk: show yourself in all colours and make enough noise, while giving everyone enough space and respecting each other.

See and create artful expressions of Pride

Art and culture are an important part of Pride Amsterdam, with amazing theatre, film, music, books, shows, visual art and photography for all to enjoy. There are expositions which are on show throughout all of Pride as well, such as the ‘Antique Pink – Portraits and stories of the older generation LGBTI’s’ on Museum Square, and the ‘My Gender, My Pride’ exposition at Bar Java-Blend Amsterdam.

You can also make your own masterpiece at the Fluid Art experience ‘spread LOVE, make ART’. Here you can express yourself to the fullest, you can let the pigment run wild and create your own unique masterpiece in abstract liquid technique. All materials are included as well as a glass of champagne to help to relax and get creative.

Explore Amsterdam’s gay history

Amsterdam has frequently been named as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the world. The city is rich when it comes to LGBT emancipation, history and gay icons. To learn more about this connection we recommend the LGBT GAY History Tour. This two hour tour covers 400 years of Amsterdam gay history.

The tour starts at the Homomonument, the first monument in the world dedicated to the gay and lesbian victims of the Holocaust. From there you’ll make your way through historic Amsterdam as the guide tells you about being gay in the 17th-century, about prosecution over the centuries and how gay men and women found ways to live their lives. The tour ends at Café ‘t Mandje, a gay bar that opened in 1927.

Enjoy the Canal Parade

If there is one event that sets Pride Amsterdam apart from other pride events around the world it is the world famous Canal Parade. This year the parade will take place on 6 August, starting at noon from the Oosterdok near the Maritime Museum. From here the floats will make their way via the Nieuwe Herengracht to the Amstel river, under the Skinny Bridge, and on to the Prinsengracht all the way to the Westerdok.

During the parade around 80 boats or floats, representing everything from small LGBTI foundations through to pink networks within multinationals, cruise through the canals celebrating the past, present and future of the LGBTI community. The bridges and canal quays are packed with people watching the parade and partying to the music coming from the boats.

Celebrate at street parties

In the final week of Pride Amsterdam, the city sees street parties wherever you go, especially on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August. The street parties start early in the afternoon. Some of the biggest street parties are Pride Homomonument, where the drinks will be flying over the counter and the glitter will be splashing off the stage, and Pride Montmartre, in the middle of Rembrandt Square where on Friday you can expect hefty sing-alongs during the Dutch Night and on Saturday you can throw your hips loose on Disco and House hits.

The closing party of Pride Amsterdam is also a street party, at the mainstage on Dam Square. From 2 in the afternoon on 7 August until 10 at night, Amsterdam’s main square says goodbye to Pride and starts counting down till next year. Of course, after the closing party, the after parties take over in the clubs all over the city.