Queen´s Day

Queen’s Day (in Dutch ‘Koninginne- dag’) is the unique Dutch 24-hour Mardigras-like event on the 29th and 30th of April. Each year,  Queen's Day draws around 750,000 visitors to Amsterdam, turning the city streets into a sea of orange; the colour of the Dutch royal house, and  symbolic for this day. By far the biggest party of the year What makes Queen's Day in Amsterdam so special, is having an all day flea market (in   Dutch ‘Vrijmarkt’) in almost every street combined with an everlasting across the whole city. It is by far, the biggest party of the year. Despite all this  celebrating and the city being crowded beyond imagination, the often mild, not too hot, April weather, traditionally makes it a relaxed, joyful and  unforgettable Queen’s Day experience.

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Kings DayKing's Day (formerly Queen's Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year.
Amidst orange-pride, live music, DJs, parties and a citywide street market, you'll find an electric atmosphere not to be missed. The next King's Day will be celebrated on Friday, 27 April 2018.

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The annual `Vrijmarkt´The annual ‘Vrijmarkt’

Starting at 6 am, and closely following the festivities of the previous night, the street markets open. Spread over almost all  districts in the city, the street markets offer excellent bargains on second-hand clothes, furniture and any trinket or treasurable trash you can  imagine. The combination of street markets and stalls, live musicians and performers and the aroma of roasted satés and Vietnamese spring rolls  create an extraordinary atmosphere.

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Kids Queen´s DayFree Daytime Open Air Parties

Kids Queen’s Day on KNSM Island
- Starting at 10 am, on the KNSM Island (east of Central Station) the kids Queen’s Day parade starts, opening the  festivities at the Levantkade and the Levantplein. Untill 6 PM young and old can enjoy the free market, and live music on stage. There will be dance  workshops and various fun games throughout the day like; Throw Ball, a ride with a pony and wagon (full is full), Penalty Goal Shooting or a fun little  boat ride through the Ertshaven (Ore harbour) of Amsterdam. You can get to the KNSM Island by taking tram 10 leaving from Leidseplein, or citybus  41 and 42 leaving from Central Station.

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Queen´s NightQueen´s Night (April 29th)

During the preceding 'koninginne- nacht' (Queen's Night) many bars and clubs throughout Amsterdam organize big parties. This tradition started in  the city of The Hague in the early nineties when pre-Koninginnedag riots were an increasing problem. The idea of convincing the rioters that a celebration was a much better way to spend the night proved so successful, that now the event draws tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The  festivities start before midnight (so technically on the 29th) and last throughout the night, though official rules state that pubs must close for an  hour or so before sunrise.

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