A Queen’s Day holiday in Amsterdam would be incomplete without taking in the flea markets, or vrijmarkt
. Sprawled throughout the city, they invite anybody to set up stalls for nothing. Pick up children’s toys around Jordaan and bargain for beautiful vintage clothing along Waterloopplein, as live music reverberates from stages across the city. Boats covered in orange decorations fill the canals and parades are held across the city.
Family-orientated fun during Queen Day in Amsterdam centres around Vondelpark. Face-painting, puppet shows and other activities are held alongside food and drink stalls. Book an Amsterdam hotel near Vondelpark for easy access to the main events.
Music & nightlife
Music forms the backbone of the nighttime celebrations. Museumplein and Rembrandtplein host outdoor concerts from early afternoon. Enjoy street performers, opera singers and theatre shows at Damrak and Leidsestraat before bars and pubs open for all-night parties. The night before Queen’s Day is known as Queen’s Night and is enlivened with fireworks and parties.
When: 30 April
Where: Amsterdam city centre and surroundings.
Tickets: Free, admission to bars vary
Don’t forget: Orange clothes! Queen’s day is known as ‘Orange Craze’ for a reason.