King’s day Amsterdam 2018 – Things to do
King’s Day, in Dutch Koningsday, on the 27th of April 2018 is thé celebration of the year! It’s one of the biggest and colorful (street) party in The Netherlands, particularly in Amsterdam. On this day Dutchies celebrate the birthday of The Dutch King ‘Willem-Alexander‘. All around Amsterdam you will see the color orange (orange is the color of the Royal Dutch Family) and people, young and old, are celebrating together.
Happy Birthday Willem! What to do on King’s day?
VISIT A FESTIVAL OR PARTY ON KING’S DAY OR NIGHT
On King’s day and King’s night (the night before King’s day) there are many parties and festivals, in- and outdoor, in Amsterdam with DJ’s and artists from all around. Some festivals and parties have free entrance and for some a ticket is required (buy on time!). On DJ guide you can see all events in town, click here.
(FLEA) MARKETS ALL OVER AMSTERDAM
King’s day is thé day where you can sell (from 6.00 am – 20.00 pm) or buy used stuff on the streets and parks. All over Amsterdam you will find (flea) markets where people sell their second hand stuff. The ‘vrijmarkt’ is is a typical King’s day thing where people hunt for bargain. Different streets and districts are typical market spots. IAmsterdam made a handy map where you can find the major market spots.
PARTY ON THE STREETS OR CANALS OF AMSTERDAM
People throw parties in the streets on King’s day everywhere but specially in the canal district there are huge street parties. Here you will find live music and performances, markets and food and drinks stands. The canals will be full of boats loaded with people that dance, laugh and make fun. The boats, all the happy people in orange give the city such a festive image!
2 Bring small money with you if you like to eat/drink/buy something on the streets
3 Watch your belongings, you might lose something in the crowd or pickpockets grab their change
4 King’s day is a official holiday so many shops and museums will be closed, be aware of this
5 The weather in Holland can be unpredictable, take an umbrella or rain poncho with you
6 There will be no public transport in the city centre on King’s day (Ubers, taxi’s, trams, busses), prepare for a lot of walking
Looking for some accommodation during King’s day? Make sure you book your stay early!