Festivals in Amsterdam: from the authentically Dutch to the truly international
Amsterdammers love to celebrate. Whether it’s jazz, flowers, food or the royal family, they’re not afraid to get festive. There are festivals in Amsterdam for every taste and season: in summer, the dance party season begins, so you can enjoy lush beats from the best DJs Europe has to offer. In winter, the city flashes in a multitude of colors with the annual Light Festival, a phantasmagoria of images and artworks. Spring and autumn bring things more quintessentially Dutch: tulips at the Tulip Festival and royal-mania with the world-famous King’s Day. Turn a bright shade of orange as you celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday with the rest of the Amsterdammers. Regarding festivals in Amsterdam, it’s a classic.
Food festivals in Amsterdam
Crispy waffles, sauced-up french fries in a towering paper cone, bitey raw herrings and lightly-spiced gingerbread...Yes, please! There is a veritable smorgasbord of culinary festivals in Amsterdam, ranging from all-sushi exclusives to restaurant festivals to sustainable eating events.
Hit up the Taste of Amsterdam Festival in the height of summer for four days of feasting on local and international delights. Held in Amstelpark, the sprawling park in the Amsterdam-Zuid (Southern Amsterdam), this young and ever-expanding foodie-fest is a favorite amongst the festivals in Amsterdam.
Beer festivals in Amsterdam
Or, if you prefer to drink your calories, check out the Bokbier Festival, generally held in late October. Sup on over fifty kinds of different local ales as a live band provides a jolly backdrop of music. Of the festivals in Amsterdam, this one is a stayer. Since 1978, punters have been arriving, receiving their obligatory beer glass, filling it with beer, rinsing it and then refilling it with a multitude of ales!
Map of Amsterdam
You’ll need a map of Amsterdam to navigate your way around her charming streets. Pick up a free map of Amsterdam at the ticket offices of Tours & Tickets. It is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam close to Central Station and Dam Square, at Damrak 26, as well as several smaller locations around the city.