Art Exhibit / Arts Festival
... more Since 2000, Amsterdam’s best museums have opened their doors to the public for the annual Museumnacht Amsterdam. On the first Saturday of November, Museumnacht features exhibitsThroughout the city
... more Taking place twice a year at Amsterdam’s Paradiso music hall and cultural center – an historic city venue housed inside a 19th century church – the London CallingParadiso
Festival / Holiday Event / Party
... more Fans of all things dark and scary don their best costumes for the annual Amsterdam Halloween. This Halloween weekend event features a party and parade held throughout the city withThroughout the city
Film Festival / Movies
... more Amsterdam Film Week is an annual film festival that takes place in early November. Started in 2011, the festival showcases movies that have won major film awards, in addition toThroughout the city
... more With popular shows and events like The Moth, the ancient art of storytelling is making a big comeback. In celebration of the best in modern storytelling, great storytellers fromThroughout the city
Arts Festival / Film Festival
... more The 2014 Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival is an annual celebration of all things animation in November at the museum EYE. Located in the Overhoeks neighborhood of Amsterdam, theEYE
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
... more The Netherlands is notorious for its vibrant electronic dance music scene. To celebrate the best in progressive house, techhouse, and trance, EDM fans and ravers all across EuropeMaassilo (Rotterdam, NL)
Maashaven Zuidzijde 1-2
3081 AE Rotterdam, NL
DJ Event / Arts Festival
Sloterdijk 1043 DJ Amsterdam
Holiday Event / Parade
... more Since the 1930s Santa Claus has been arriving in Amsterdam through the annual Saint Nicholas Arrival Parade. Known as Sinterklass in the Netherlands, jolly St. Nick arrives at theThroughout the city
Film Festival / Screening
... more The 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is an annual, specialized film fest held in November at various theaters around Amsterdam. The unofficial festival headquartersThroughout the city
... more Classical-meets-pop at Night of the Proms Rotterdam 2014, a very popular November concert series that is but one incarnation of the ever-expanding Night of the Proms series; twoAhoy Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL)
3084 BA Rotterdam
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People in Amsterdam love a good party, and whenever there’s a festival in town, the streets, parks, canals, and stadiums get packed with film lovers, music lovers, food lovers, arts lovers, and celebration seekers of all kinds looking for a reason to play.
The biggest festivals in Amsterdam are around major holidays, but there are different events all throughout the year. Without question, the most popular of all Amsterdam festivals is Queen’s Day. Every year on April 30th, hundreds of thousands of Amsterdam denizens dress up in bright orange clothes or costumes and celebrate the queen’s birthday by parading through the streets and on boats in the canals. It’s by far the largest party of the year. Other holidays like Christmas and New Year’s are also big for parades and city-wide celebrations.
For the arts, there are multiple film festivals like the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, the International Documentary Filmfestival of Amsterdam, and various smaller festivals throughout the year. The biggest arts festival, however, is the Holland Festival that features film, opera, dance, and theater. Music lovers can also rejoice with a variety of festivals like the Roots Festival for reggae, soul, and funk, Amsterdam Open Air for electronic, and Solstice for DJ lovers and trance fiends.
Food lovers looking for a festival of their own can participate in Taste of Amsterdam or Amsterdam Restaurant Week where twice a year, restaurants from around the country participate and show off their goods for a fraction of the price.
And finally, for those who are in Amsterdam for its notorious smoking culture, there’s the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup, which celebrates the best in marijuana from all over the world.