King's Day (Koningsdag) is the biggest and most colourful festivity in the Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam!
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Held every year on April 27, King's Day (previously known as Queen's Day) is the day on which the Dutch traditionally celebrate the birthday of the king, renowned for being one of the biggest and most colourful festivities in the Netherlands, and especially so in Amsterdam. Arrive earlier to celebrate King's Night, the night before King's Day, but do not sleep through King's Day! What can be done during King's Day you ask?
>> Flea markets
As a city built on trade, people of Amsterdam love to haggle and bargain. The free market (literally 'vrije markt') gives everyone their own free spot to sell toys, clothes, furniture, art, jewelry, books, and everything else you can think of on the streets and parks of Amsterdam, creating one of the world's largest flea markets. And it's not just second-hand wares on sacrifice - plenty of food stalls jump up to fuel your bargain hunting frenzy!
Head to the Haarlemmerstraat, near Yays Zoutkeetsgracht and Bickersgracht, one of the best neighborhood markets around, to find some amazing deals to take home.
As you may have heard, King's Day is a public holiday but certainly not a day to rest. Dutchies, expats and tourists alike flock to Amsterdam for a day of ultimate celebration. The fun traditionally begins on the eve of the big day (King’s Night) with the carnival atmosphere continuing throughout the city on King’s Day. DJs play parties on public squares, brightly decorated boats fill canals and live music spills onto streets from cafe patios.
Some official King’s Day Festivals are:
Loveland van Oranje
This time Loveland van Oranje takes place in the Meerpark in Amsterdam East at 11:00-20:00. This 22nd edition gives you enough lounge spots to enjoy the B2B lineup.
This festival is both in- and outdoors featuring Dance, Electric, Urban and Hardstyle on multiple stages. From 12:00 to 20:00 Kingsland invites you to join in the RAI Amsterdam!
>> Family fun
Aside from children being able to fill their pockets on King’s Day, there are also plenty of activities taking place across the city for the young and young at heart including face-painting, traditional Dutch games and sports events. On the Artisplein, next to the flamingos, is a children free market where they can perform, play and sell stuff.
Find everything you need to know about Kingsday here or ask your concierge during your stay!
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