The Netherlands is a great country, with endless tulip fields, and giant windmills. The Netherlands is also famous for many cultural festivals and events held throughout the year in many different cities and towns. Local and Dutch locals organize all the festivals at the Netherlands in the most spectacular way. Here are the ten most exciting and spectacular festivals in the Netherlands.
1. Bloemencorso Zundert flower festival
Location: Zundert town, Netherlands
Time: The first Sunday of September every year.
This is known as the largest flower parade in the world. This is one of the best festivals in the Netherlands and is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of September in the small town of Zundert.
All the great works here are done by volunteers. These volunteers are known as “Hamlet.” These people worked hard for nearly three months to get ready for the exhibitions then marched through the streets of Zundert town.
The tent was erected in May or June, and from then on, the volunteers tried their best to create giant artworks. The flowers in the exhibition are decorated just a week before the parade because they must be fresh. Different themes are set for each year, and decoration is done accordingly.
This is also a contest and a jury; an independent professional board decides which works are the best and which team will win the winner that year.
2. Oerol Terschelling theater festival
Location: Terschelling, Netherlands
Time: June 2019
Oerol is a cultural festival on Terschelling Island in the Netherlands held every year in June. The festival lasts for ten days at a public theater, focusing on music and visual arts. On the small island of Terschelling, every year many artists show their talents during this festival.
As one of the most advanced festivals entirely dedicated to theaters, it has become a formative stage for anyone who wants to put on a stage show. Here, one can witness some dance performances, street play, music, etc. The unique thing about this festival is that there are several performances taking place side by side.
The premise of the festival is to use the entire island as a stage, although the two main stages (Groene Strand and Westerkeyn) are set up. Beaches, forests, sand dunes and other landscapes can act as performance spaces, and programs have also taken place in military farms, boats, and bunkers. Tickets are sold as “passports” that allow access to the island in part or all of the week, and then tickets are available for individual performances. Theater performances, arts and music performances on the stage are free during the festival. More than 50,000 people visited the island, and about 95,000 tickets were sold for the festival in 2007.
3. Amsterdam gay parade
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Time: July 27, 2019, to August 4, 2019
Amsterdam Pride or Amsterdam Gay Pride is a gay city – the annual festival in the heart of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. The festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is one of the most significant publicly held annual events in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam Pride was first held in 1996, meaning a festival to honor freedom and diversity. Therefore, it is not like many other Homosexual Feelings of pride, beginning as demonstrations for equal rights.
Amsterdam is a famous gay-friendly city. Every year, thousands of people flood the streets of the city with colorful banners and confetti and march through the main aisles in Amsterdam. This is one of the leading festivals in the Netherlands, and the main highlight of the event is the Parade Canal, where several colorful and beautifully decorated boats travel from the Westerdok via Prinsengracht, Amstel, Zwanenburgwal and Oudeschans rivers. To Oosterdok.
Amsterdam Gay Pride usually lasts a week with many activities for LGBT lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including exhibitions, cultural events, and sports. There are also street parties on the street, where many gay bars gather, like Reguliersdwarsstraat, Zeedijk, Warmoesstraat and Amstel. On Rembrandtplein, there is a party that ends on Sunday after the Canal parade.
4. Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival
Location: Scheveningen, Netherlands
Time: 9th August 2019 to 12th August 2019
Every year, the International Fireworks Festival in Scheveningen attracts tens of thousands of visitors. During the festival, some countries try to put on the best fireworks display. If you happen to be at or near Scheveningen in August, you should drop by in the evening.
In August every year, the illuminated city of Scheveningen offers picturesque and breathtaking views. This festival is a competition in which teams are judged based on who gives the most beautiful fireworks display. International fireworks festival is a serious competition with strict rules. Participating countries have the same budget to spend, making sure that at least 80% of their fireworks are produced in their country and have 11 to 13 minutes to show their fireworks power. In other words, this is a reasonably formal competition that participants take seriously.
Scheveningen itself is a wonderful quiet beach town located near the city of Hague and fireworks in the sky, adding to the charm of this place. This festival is performed in four days, where fireworks manufacturers from all parts of the country participate. Each night has a total of two shows, and on the third night, the winner of the firework competition is announced. Beachfront cafes are the best place to enjoy these fireworks displays while enjoying a delicious meal.
5. Rotterdam International Film Festival
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Time: January 23, 2019, to February 3, 2019
This is a prominent Dutch event in 2018 and brings a fun experience for all movie lovers. This film festival showcases some of the best short clips and films that show diversity and encourage interaction between the director and viewers.
There are many events and performances at the festival, and visitors even have the opportunity to integrate and interact with actors and filmmakers. Local and international films are shown here, and the best of all move forward to compete in more significant competitions. This is one of those festivals that will be loved by all types of tourists and must-visit when coming to Rotterdam in January and February.
6. Amsterdam Dance Event
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Dance Event Date: 17th October to 21st October 2018
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is a five-day electronic music conference and festival held annually in mid-October. The event is organized by Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation and provides a full day seminar program at ADE Pro, ADE Tech, HDE, ADE University, ADE Next, ADE Beamlab, and ADE Green, along with the ADE Festival. A night with 450 events and 2,200 artists in five days at 115 clubs and locations. The performances attracted more than 350,000 people from all over the world to the city, making Amsterdam one of the busiest club cities in the world.
Started in 1995 as a three-day conference and attended by 300 delegates with thirty performers DJ, ADE was located initially at De Balie for the daytime conference, and in the evening there was Featured programs in three locations: Paradiso, Melkweg and Club Escape.
This is the best form of the electronic music festival, which will surely make even timid travelers wobble under the DJ’s electronic beats. Many upcoming and established DJs come together and use this platform to showcase their talents. Many stalls are also located on campus offering delicious local street food.
8. Redhead Day
Redhead Day Date: September 2019
In the month of September, all the redheads of the region unite and celebrate this special festival called Redhead Day or Roodharigendag which is dedicated to them. Many redheads from across the world gather to interact and celebrate this event with the other redheads. This is one of the quirkiest festivals conducted in Breda city in the Netherlands. There are many events featured in this festival including speed dating event, musical event, fashion show, scooter tour, and much more. One can witness interesting outfits and events and can have a whole lot of fun during the festival.
9. Step In The Arena Graffiti Festival
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Step In The Arena Graffiti Festival: June 2019
This is one of the largest graffiti events in the world held in the Netherlands and is home to over 200 graffiti artists from all over the world to show their talents in creating artworks. Spectacular graffiti art. Artists from all over the world include Australia, Spain, England, Italy, Denmark, France, Austria, and Germany. This festival continues for ten days and offers exciting opportunities for all art lovers. During this festival, one can witness breakdance, hip-hop, BMX, skateboarding, and other such activities performed by many locals throughout the city.
The festival attracts many audiences. Among the smoke evaporating from aerosol sprayers, one can hear relaxing music, encounter a small barbecue and an ice cream car here and there. Naturally, the presence of a bar and a dining tent with picnic tables is welcomed by many visitors amid beautiful water spraying walls.
10. King’s Day
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
King’s Day Date: 27th April
The king’s day, called the Koningsdag by the Dutch, was a day where local people celebrated the arrival of the South monarch in the region. The first Dutch monarch was welcomed in 2013 in April.
Earlier, Dutch citizens celebrated of the Queen’s Day. Festivals of the Queen’s Day as well as King’s Day are quite similar with insignificant variations. The Dutch King’s annual birthday celebration should not be missed because the streets of the Dutch cities and towns look very colorful and colorful, creating a visual reception. The best celebrations can be witnessed in the city of Amsterdam, where great celebrations are accompanied by several flea markets, concerts, picnics, and more, which can be enjoyed. By one and all.
Everyone is wearing orange. The orange shows the pride of the Dutch royal family – the House of Orange-Nassau. So everywhere on this day, you will see orange covering the shelves, clothes, souvenirs and Dutch people wearing them with endless pride in their country.
It is the ten most unique festivals in the Netherlands. If you have a chance, come here and enjoy these wonderful festivals!