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Head to the Open Air Theatre in the Vondelpark to catch unique summertime performances. From 5 June until 8 September 2019 you’ll find a lot going on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free, although all voluntary donations are appreciated. During May and September 2019, there are special events, markets and one-off festivals taking place.
Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is steeped in musical and theatrical history. The ‘Vondelpark Parties’ were organised in the park and the Music Pavilion and Vondelpark Stage both hosted music, operetta and dance performances over the years. The Vondelpark Open Air Theatre sprang into life in 1974, combining the ‘Vondelpark Parties’ and so-called ‘Happenings’ – the name given to the performances organised at the time.
In the summer of 2019, theatre festival The Parade travels through the Netherlands for the 29th year. The festival kicks off in Rotterdam, and from there it will continue its journey with colorful tents, restaurants and terrace cafes to The Hague and Utrecht, before winding up in Amsterdam.
The Parade offers something for everyone, with over 80 different theatre, music, and dance performances for all ages. Café Correct and Katrina will host free music every night, and visitors are invited to enjoy cocktails, soul food, BBQs and much more at one of the many terrace cafes.
Performances that are suitable for non-Dutch-speakers are indicated with a LNP logo (Language No Problem).
Museum Park, Rotterdam June 21 – 30
Westbroek Park, The Hague July 5-14
Moreelse Park, Utrecht July 19 – Aug 4
Martin Luther King Park, Amsterdam, August 9 to 25. www.deparade.nl
Comedytrain International Summer Festival 2019
We’re excited to announce our line-up for CISF 2019! 6 weeks of international stand-up comedy in Amsterdam from Wed July 3rd untill Sat August 10th. Each week we present 2 international comedians selected by our own Comedytrain comedians, because they don’t want you to miss out on these brilliant acts!
We proudly present:
Week 1: Nina Conti & Sarah Kendall
Wed July 3rd
Thu July 4th
Fri July 5th
Sat July 6th
Week 2: Paul Foot & Sean McLoughlin
Wed July 10th
Thu July 11th
Fri July 12th
Sat July 13th
Week 3: Tim Key & John Kearns
Wed July 17th
Thu July 18th
Fri July 19th
Sat July 20th
Week 4: Phil Kay & TBA
Wed July 24th
Thu July 25th
Fri July 26th
Sat July 27th
Week 5: Fahim Anwar & TBA
Wed July 31st
Thu August 1st
Fri August 2nd
Sat August 3rd
Week 6: Derrick Brown & Nick Thune
Wed August 7th
Thu August 8th
Fri August 9th
Sat August 10th
Show time: 8.30 PM
Toomler & kitchen open: 7 PM
Tickets: Wed €15,- | Thu/Fri/Sat €20,-
(excl. € 1,60 service fee)
The ticket shop is also available in English. If you have questions, or if your bank is not available through our ticket shop, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are not sold out tickets can be bought at the box office with PIN or creditcard. Toomler is cashless.
Roffa Mon Amour is a film platform showing cinematic talent from around the world during the annual film festival (17-28 July 2019) and various cinema events throughout the year.
12 whole days of movies made by up-and-coming directors will be shown at a special location.
These are artistic, exciting, intense, poetic, angry, funny, eccentric, absurd, political, and outrageous feature films with important contemporary theme’s, from all over the world. What these movies have in common is that we will definitely be hearing more from their creators in the future.
More Than Movies
This event offers more than movies; there’s plenty to do during the day as well! Previous years delighted visitors with vintage markets, party’s and a kids program. There’s also food, drinks and music on the roof terrace. What the program and location will be like this year hasn’t been announced yet. Keep an eye on the festival website and facebook page for more information and the latest updates.
Experience ceramics in Delft
15th edition of Delft Ceramica
On Friday July 19th and on Saturday July 2th 2019 the 15th edition of the International Ceramics festival ‘Delft Ceramica’ will take place in the lovely historical Center of Delft.
All participants in Delft Ceramica have to meet certain criteria, i.e. professionalism, quality, originality, innovation.
This year ceramists come from all over Europe. Of course ceramists from all corners of Holland participate in this yearly event, which has become more and more popular, as well with the participants as the thousands of visitors.
Location and times
On the Market of Delft on both days from 10-17:00
During four weekends in July and August (19 July – 11 August) you can escape the rush of the city and discover a hidden gem. Dance, drink and meet.
Get ready for the weekend on Friday at De Geheime Tuin. Be there at the opening of the exhibitions and dance with Rotterdam’s finest dj’s. Saturday you can indulge yourself with some interesting readings, enjoy live music and dance. Finish you weekend on Sunday with some yoga, relaxing in the garden or join a very special diner.
The location will be revealed the day before the opening.
Opening weekend 18 – 21 Juli
Second weekend 25 – 28 Juli
Third weekend 1 – 4 Aug
Closing weekend 8 – 11 Aug
During Stompwijkse Horse Days the equestrian sport is the central focal point, but there is more entertainment for all. For the kids there will be a fun fair for four days, with a wide number of attractions. On Saturday afternoon, there is the Stompwijkse country living FAIR and Saturday night there will be WhipeOut competition.
On Sunday the popular pony racing will take place. The little ones can already prepare for a career in pony racing, because during the break they can practice on donkeys.
The absolute highlight of the Stompwijkse Horse Days is the Harness Racing (horses race at a specific gait and they usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky), loved by owners, pikeurs and spectators.
There will be fireworks at the end of the 4 days!
Westerpop – Free Festival
Jul 19, 2019 – Jul 20, 2019
Molenhuispad 1, 2614 GE Delft
Celebrating its 28th edition in 2019, Westerpop is often recognised as one of the nicest festivals in the Netherlands. The ideal location, close to the historical centre of Delft, attracts approximately 15.000 visitors every year. This year’s Westerpop features an international podium, with musicians which will be announced soon!
A free music festival in Delft
Westerpop is a free music festival that attracts over 15.000 visitors every year. Located near Delft’s centre, Westerpop hosts bands from all over the world. This year will be no exception. On the Sunday, there will also be a market next to the festival offering locally-produced food.
Plan your visit to Westerpop
Admission is free! All you have to consider is who to go with and how to get there. Due to the very limited availability of parking around the Molenhuispad, the best way to get to the event is by public transport. If you are coming from another part of Delft, it’s a great idea to cycle to the venue. Bicycle parks are set up for the event which will be open for the duration of the festival.
Browse the Westerpop website for more details.
On Friday evening, InterNations organises a get-together at Stadsbrasserie in Rotterdam from 19.30-24.30 h. Entrance is 12 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:
From Monday 22 July till Friday 2 August 2018 Ahoy Rotterdam will be transformed into the largest playground of Rotterdam. For all children from 2 to 12 years there is a lot to do.
Jeugdvakantieland stands for 12 days full of exciting, spectacular and above all fun activities! The program is formed by a mix of sports, games, fun and education.
12 days, open from 10-16h.
Tickets are 8 Euro per day, you can order online or at ticket booth at Ahoy. (because of construction work the ticket booth is located in a container opposite Primark)
Should you have a Rotterdampas, you can get your ticket for 2 Euro only. Only available at the ticket booth.
Block your agenda from Tuesday 23 till Saturday 27 July. Because that is when one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands will celebrate the cultural diversity that makes Rotterdam the port city that it is!
Rotterdam Unlimited is one of the biggest free street festivals in the hottest city of Europe, Rotterdam! The eclectic music scene, the famous creative arts community and 178 different cultures are the secret ingredients of Rotterdam’s incredibly vibrant and exciting atmosphere, clearly felt during your visit to Rotterdam Unlimited. Witness Rotterdam Unlimited and you are guaranteed a trip to remember. Aside from the photo opportunities, you can tap into 178 different cultures, make friends, and indulge in some serious partying.
Rotterdam Unlimited comprises of battles, parades, live music, dance and so much more. Exuberant live electronics, soca, hiphop, soul, R&B, drum-‘n bass and jungle: new music for a new generation of music fans. Whatever flavor of music you’re into you’ll find more than you can ask for on Rotterdam Unlimited.
Besides the stage programs, one can enjoy the battle of drums, a huge market with food from all over the world and of course the spectacular street parade, which will overwhelm the streets of Rotterdam by a wave of color, music and an incredible boost of energy.
25 JULY – 4 AUGUST
The 23rd edition of the Delft Chamber Music Festival is taking place in the historic city center this summer. The theme of this edition is Orpheus. Guest programmer and baritone Thomas Oliemans invites the absolute world top of classical music to bring to life the Greek mythological figure Orpheus on the concert stage. The chamber music festival takes place in an informal setting at various locations in the old center of Delft.
The Mercado is the kitchen of Rotterdam Unlimited and here are many different cultures to be found. From Surinam, Hindi, Chinese to Antillean and fast food to delicious healthy meals. The Mercado will take place on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27 at Weena and Schouwburgplein in the center of Rotterdam
Let the smell and taste of delicious exotic dishes from all corners of the world seduce you. Delicious traditional food and drinks prepared with love and passion such as Surinamese seasoned chicken from the barbecue, Antillean sateh ku batata, Javanese nasi, Hindustani bara, tropical crushed ice scones and much more.
The Mercado offers much more than just delicious food for the hungry festival die hard. Also check out the many fashionable bags, sunglasses, jewelry or authentic vintage clothing. Looking for the latest CD’s of your favorite artists or fancy gadgets? The Mercado is the place to be!
Friday 26 July is the next Frank Borrel at the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam from 18h-24.00 h
Three Caribbean brassbands, the streets of the city center of Rotterdam, a Golden Drum and more than 50.000 spectators who go completely crazy. That’s what the Battle of Drums is all about! Three young ambitious brassbands each start from different points in the city towards the podium on the Hofplein to get the entire city of Rotterdam hyped up for the Summer Carnival! And that is a journey which involves a spectacular show and a incredible load of energy. The brassbands will cross paths at the Hofplein podium and that’s where the battle starts. Each brassband will give their best to move the crowd and eventually win the Golden Drum.
Hofplein, Rotterdam City Center, 19-21.15 h
This event is part of Rotterdam Unlimited
Amsterdam Gay Pride 2019
Amsterdam Gay Pride is on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2019.
In the main pride weekend the Canal Parade, street parties and main dance parties take place. Pride festival is from 27 July till 4 August 2019,
Amsterdam Pride is one of the greatest gay events in the world. You will find all weekend long, the best massive with thousands of guys and of course the famous through the historic Amsterdam Unesco canals on.
Gay pride is one of the most busy weekends of the year in Amsterdam.
Canal Parade 2019
Sat 3 August 12:30-17:00
The boats will start at the Scheepvaart museum at the eastern part of the city center moving towards the Amstel river. The floats will continue from there taking the Prinsengracht towards the Westerdok.
The Canal Parade starts around 12.30 pm and will take all afternoon. Enjoy the parade from one of the (busy) bridges or rom the canal quays. After the parade, bisit one of the street parties to party on.
The largest outdoor Hindustani festival in Europe will take place on the fields of The Hague’s Zuiderpark at the weekend from 2-4 August . This enormously popular annual event highlights the culture and language of immigrants originating from India and Pakistan and Hindustani from Suriname.
Milan Summer Festival
The Milan Festival is actually a gigantic outdoor fair where you can experience Indian culture, Surinamese food and products and a tropical community get-together. The festival is a voyage of discovery where your senses will be stimulated by a programme full of entertainment and cultural shows.
You can go to town trying the delicious food and drinks sold at stands at the exotic market, but there are also bumper cars, candyfloss and tons of information stands. This festival aims to encourage the participation and integration of immigrants in the Netherlands.
Live music and dance performances will take place throughout the 3 festival days, featuring a number of well-known Hindustani musicians and dancers as well as other kinds of music and dance including pop, jazz, salsa and breakdancing.
A spectacular fireworks display will conclude the festival on Sunday evening.
The outdoor festival Milan was founded in 1984 as a Surinamese event to encourage interaction and cooperation between people and cultures. This festival attracts some 35,000 visitors – not only Hindustani but an increasing number of Dutch, Turkish and Moroccan people as well.
The Milan Festival is open on Fridays, from 16.00 to 23.00 hrs., on Saturdays from 14.00 to 23.00 hrs. and Sundays from 13.00 to 23.00 hrs.
Online tickets for the Milan Festival cost € 3,50 a day (slightly more expensive at the festival itself). Children under the age of 5 years are free. There are also free tickets available, max two per person and then you have to enter the festival already in the first hour.
For more information, visit milansummerfestival.nl.
Kannen and Kruiken translates into Jugs an Jars
Bon vivants gather from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 August in the Burgemeester Brouwerplantsoen for a relaxing weekend in the sun. Taste stout, ale and more from the best craft beer brewers. Top it off with exciting Merlots and sizzling Sauvignons from the vinologists who can tell you everything about their nectars. Tasty dishes complement the liquid selection and live music makes your weekend complete. As always, Kannen & Kruiken admission is free, you only pay for your first glass. Cheers!
Grachtenfestival Amsterdam 2019 will be held between August 9 and August 18.
Grachtenfestival is a ten-day festival in Amsterdam that yearly takes place in August. It’s the summer festival for classical music, jazz, and music from other cultures. Young musicians from all over the world surprise you with their own musical story. If you want to get to know the rising stars of the future, come to the Grachtenfestival! Past, present, and future come together in contemporary combinations of musicians, genres and locations. The city of Amsterdam, from east to west and from north to south, serves as the festival playground. With more than 250 concerts at 90 different locations.
It’s the craft beers that are made by little breweries who have started at home in a basement or shed. The people who made their hands dirty, smell sweaty and worked hard, just to make that one sublime beer. Just a little different than the rest. HOP searched for those invisible but great brewers and gathers them at this event.
A great beer festival with craft beers, good food, nice music in a comfy setting. The sun is shining, Wijkpark Oude Westen is buzzling, you hear nice acoustic sounds, taste beers of local brewers. Friends are drinking, people are laughing and you smell the smell of delicious food. Beer lovers unite and hop to HOP!
World Cinema in the Open Air
August 15-24 Anniversary Edition World Cinema Amsterdam
The best films from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Go see the world! Immerse yourselves in the magic of the big screen in the scenery of a rustic park, an urban rooftop or in the cosy neighborhood of De Pijp. Come to World Cinema Amsterdam in the Open Air and enjoy a perfect film evening under the starry night sky. World Cinema Amsterdam screens films at four locations in the open air.
All films at the Vondelpark and the Marie Heinekenplein are free, yet all voluntary donations are very welcomed! Films start when it is dark around 9.30 pm.
The 35th edition of the Jazz Festival Delft will take place from Thursday 22 August until Sunday 25 August. At different squares in Delft you will find stages and activities all related to jazz; from big bands, modern jazz and lindy hop to soul and funk. Enjoy jazzy food, a jazz market and more.
Jazz is more than just music: it’s a way of life, it’s a way to approach everything you encounter. That is the experience you will find at the Jazz Festival Delft: coziness, the jazz vibe and enjoying life are central themes at the festival.
Want to enjoy some cheerful jazz vibes? Come and visit the festival! It’s all free! There will be music everywhere from Thursday evening (Flora Theater) and from Friday afternoon, Saturday noon- and evening to Sunday afternoon. Please check out the programme here
The new cultural season opens with the annual Uitmarkt where opera companies, choirs, orchestras, theatre and dance companies, museums and many more offer information about their forthcoming performances and exhibitions. There are also tasters in the form of indoor and outdoor performances.
Sunday will finish with a Sing-Along concert.
Museumplein and Leidseplein Amsterdam, August 23 to 25. www.uitmarkt.nl
What is more, is that it is a free event.
Wild Rooster Festival
During the last weekend of August the Grote Markt will again be one big ‘burning ring of fire’ with the Wild Rooster Festival. Hold on to your Stetson and tighten your spurs because this year’s festival is even bigger, rawer and smokier than the Big Texas BBQ.
With a great line-up of music and the best barbecue food, your favourite grilling party has become a big-sized festival. Make sure to poke a few extra holes in your belt because this year you will want to feast on juicy burgers, sausages and extra large beef ribs from the smoker, with iced-cold beer, delicious potatoes, corn on the cob and more.
Live music will be in abundance over 2 days on 2 stages with Americana, rockabilly, bluegrass, uptempo blues and rock’n’roll. Check out the Line-up here
The Grote Markt is one of the liveliest spots in The Hague. The atmosphere is always inviting and the crowd is quite creative and off-beat. You will find all kinds of bars and restaurants on the square, ranging from pubs to cocktail bars and from pop music venues to restaurants.
The free Wild Rooster Festival will be held on Friday, 23 August and Saturday, 24 August on the Grote Markt.
The festival starts at 16.00 hrs. and goes on until late in the evening.
CuliNESSE is a culinary musicfestival that will take place between August 29 and 31 at the Zevenhuizerplas in Rotterdam Nesselande.
Enjoy the relaxed ambiance in which culture, music and good food meet each other. Every day, the best restaurants present de best meals at their temporary beach restaurant!
You can also enjoy kids activities like roller disco, silent disco and more, diverse beach activities and spectacular performances on two stages. Next to upcoming musicians and bands, there are performances from well known Dutch musicians.
During the entertaining Jazz in de Gracht Festival from 29 to 31 August, the audience can enjoy music performed by jazz artists who will pass by the canal quaysides in The Hague on characteristic, flat bottom boats.
From jazz to funk
The free Jazz in de Gracht Festival takes place on the beautiful Groenewegje, Dunne Bierkade, Bierkade as well as this year’s new location, the Hooikade.
Jazz, in the broadest sense of the word, forms the basis of the festival and the music features jazz, blues, Gypsy jazz and Brazilian sounds. This year’s line-up will be available on the festival website.
Jazz in de Gracht is not just for the real jazz enthusiast but is also intended for a much broader audience.
Concerts by boat
What makes Jazz in de Gracht particularly special is that audience members can stay right where they are on dry land as the stages, and the artists, float by. As soon as a boat leaves from a stop, another one comes along to fill its spot. On all 3 days the canals will be swinging to jazz and other like-minded music.
The boats will stop at 6 ‘boat stops’ for 30-minute concerts on the Dunne Bierkade and Groenewegje.
A plethora of different food trucks will be positioned along the canals selling culinary delicacies.
Jazz in de Gracht is only possible thanks to the participation by and donations from many companies and private individuals who support the festival.
Check the website of Jazz in de Gracht for more information and the complete schedule.
Sushi lovers, Asian Street Food, karaoke and relaxation massages can indulge in Asian delicacies in September, marvel at the richly decorated grounds and enjoy the accompanying entertainment and a DJ who entertains in the evenings. This year, dozens of food trucks serve a varied selection of the tastiest Asian Street Food dishes at Griftpark for three days. Sushi & Asian Street Food Festival JOY is free and suitable for all ages.
This spring, the JOY festival will transform Griftpark into a vibrant open-air restaurant with an Asian touch. At the kaitensushi – sushi on the assembly line – visitors can show their chopstick skills. The mobile food trucks also serve tasty Asian Street Food including Yakitori, Bao Buns, Poké Bowls and Japanese poffertjes. The dishes are served on colorful plates and in sizzling steam baskets. The beverage range consists of refreshing drinks, cold beers, a good glass of wine and exotic creations from the cocktail bar. The playful decor with a colorful collection of cheerful lanterns and Japanese umbrellas fits in with the bustling atmosphere.
Visitors can play their singing qualities during a karaoke session, challenge friends to nostalgic arcade games in the game room, relax at a wonderful yoga class or relaxation massage and learn the intricacies of Japanese cuisine at a sushi workshop. A DJ closes the evenings musically. A children’s program has been prepared for the youngest guests, with cooking workshops, craft activities, theater and games such as mikado and sumo wrestling.
Sushi & Asian Streetfood Festival JOY is free of charge. When ordering the first drink you pay a one-off fee of € 2.50 for your festival glass. This contribution saves tens of thousands of plastic cups & you contribute to a clean Griftpark. There is a “pin-only” policy in the field.
On June 5-7 the largest steam power event in Europe will be held for the 19th time in Dordrecht, which is just south of Rotterdam.
Organisers expect 250,000 visitors at this celebration of stream. Admission to ‘Dordt in Steam’ is free, however, a day-ticket (‘Stoomrondje Dordt’) can be purchased for round trips on historic stream transport.
On Friday evening, Dordt in Steam will open with an impressive naval parade on the river.
Dordt in Steam is spread across two areas in the city which are linked with (steam)ships, steam trains and old-timer buses.
By purchasing a day-ticket for the ‘Stoomrondje Dordt’, the visitor will have access to the various forms of historic transport at the event. It also includes admission to the Model Building Show. The day-ticket is available at all departure points. Be aware that a round trip lasts at least three hours!
In the picturesque harbour area next to the Groothoofd, Kuipershaven, Wolwevershaven and the Merwekade, dozens of steam-powered ships, machines and vehicles will be on view.
Steamboats will be make round trips on the river. For children, miniature steam trains will also be operating. Various (steam)ships will also be open for visitors.
International participants will display model trains, miniature steam powered machinery and model ships in a large model building show. You can travel by steamtrain or steamboat to visit this great Model Builing Show.
Sidewalk cafes and live music will add to steamy atmosphere.
At the 72ndh CHIO Rotterdam the very best international riders and horses in the world will compete in the FEI Nations Cup Jumping and Dressage classes and the Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam. From June 21 until June 25 in the beautiful Kralingse Bos many chef d’equipes select the teams that will represent their countries at European Championships in August 2018. With a long history going back to 1948, CHIO Rotterdam is the eldest international sport event in Rotterdam and the only 5* equestrian event in the Netherlands. The FEI selected CHIO Rotterdam as the organiser for the FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage and Para -Dressage 2019.
Besides exciting equestrian sport, the CHIO Rotterdam presents four days of networking, fun for kids, shows, the Stroodorp and excellent hospitality. There is something for everybody!