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Events in Amsterdam

The Dutch calendar is full of events and festivals in Amsterdam, the city of party people and fest fanatics. The Dutch capital is the host of some famous international festivals like International Documentary Film Festival, World Press Photo and The Amsterdam Dance Event. The list of Amsterdam events includes festive occasions for both the cultured and pleasure seekers. The festive fervour and flavour of the city suits the elite’s interest in rational entertainment on one hand and the commoners’ fun-loving nature on the other. With music and mirth, dance and drink, the ambience of Amsterdam remains festive round the seasons. Evidently, each of 12 months a year is a season of tourism in the Dutch capital city. Whichever month or season you travel to Amsterdam in, you will get opportunities to see the festive beauty and breathe in the eventful spirit of the city. Here is a brief on the most popular events in Amsterdam:

Open Monument Days

Events in AmsterdamOfficially known as ‘Heritage Days’, the Open Monumnet Days is a national festival of Amsterdam. This Amsterdam festival is an opportunity to come into contact with the age-old historical glory of the city. As many as 4000 historic buildings of the Dutch Golden Age which are breathtaking architecture are open to the public during the Open Monumentendag or the Open Heritage Day. Guided tours to those buildings and monuments are organised for the tourists. Music shows and exhibitions are added attractions of this Amsterdam festival. Initiated in the year of 1987, the Open Monumentendag has gained worldwide popularity. With the participation of about 900,000 visitors in recent years, it has become one of the premier cultural events in the Netherlands.
Venue: Around Amsterdam
Date: Second week of September
Website: http://www.openmonumentendag.nl

The Canoe Tour of Amsterdam

Events in AmsterdamThe Canoe Tour of Amsterdam is an evening festival of canoes crowding the canals of Amsterdam. The sight of hundreds of illuminated canoes floating on water when the sun sets sprinkling a handful of colors on the blue surface is stunning beyond measure. The canal-front beauty of Amsterdam is a must see during this canoe festival. Take a tour of the city amidst lights and lamps on both sides of the city’s canal network.

Venue: Amsterdam
Date: 9th October
Website: N/A

The Amsterdam Dance Event

Events in AmsterdamThe Amsterdam Dance Event is the biggest club festival for electronic music lovers in the world. Daytime music conferences, interactive workshops, round-table discussions, technical demonstrations and nighttime music fests are the engaging attractions of this grand event in Amsterdam. 52 spots in and around the city rock with music during the Amsterdam Dance Event in mid October. It is impossible to keep the feet away from the dance floor, with electronic music on. Business harmonises with pleasure during this 3-day annual event. Publishers, producers, media, artists, musicians and Djs from as many as 58 countries crowd the city centre of Amsterdam.
Venue: 52 venues in Amsterdam
Date: Mid October
Website: http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl

Crossing Border

Events in AmsterdamA Dutch festival of writers, musicians and poets on the global front. A rich mix of eloquent words and melodious music is the fetching feature of Crossing Border. The Hague city centre, the location of this poetic and musical event, is a 45-minute train journey from the city of Amsterdam. Many authors and artists of international repute like Razorlight, Henry Rollins, Normal Mailer, David Byrne, Robert Crumb, David Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Irvine Welsh and Jill Scott have graced this event with their illustrious presence. This Amsterdam festival caters to the cultural interests of an international audience.
Venue: Hague city centre
Date: October/November
Website: http://www.crossingborder.nl

International Documentary Film Festival

Events in AmsterdamThe leading documentary film festival drawing movie buffs and the cultural minded people from all over the globe to Amsterdam. The IDFA of international fame is like a beehive for documentary filmmakers. Over 180 films of different languages are screened in various places around Amsterdam during this festival. The chief end of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is to promote documentary culture of the Dutch at international levels.
Venue: Several venues in Amsterdam
Date: Last week of November
Website: http://www.idfa.nl

Museum Night

Events in AmsterdamThe key attraction of this Amsterdam festival is spectacular celebration of art and entertainment in harmony. It is a great opportunity to mix with the young locals. The Museum Night festival is held across the city’s well-known museums and galleries adding to the oomph of regular exhibits. Part of the city’s nightlife culture, the Museum Night is a festival of glittering night shows fetching young audiences to museums like Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Venue: Museums in Amsterdam
Date: November
Website: http://www.n8.nl/

World Press Photo

Events in AmsterdamThis largest photography competition of the world is a boast of Amsterdam. The Dutch capital city becomes an international meeting point of thousands of photojournalists from different walks of life. This documentary photography festival is an exposure for the budding photographers to the world of photojournalism. It is followed by varied contests and exhibitions. The World Press Photo, a non-profit organisation, was set up in Amsterdam in 1955. This festival is a photographers’ meet for exchange of information and ideas.
Venue: Oude Kerk
Date: Mid April
Website: http://www.worldpressphoto.nl/

Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day

Events in AmsterdamThe most happening event in Amsterdam. Street parties with late night drinking hours in canal-front cafes rock the ambience of the city during this fest. There is an open market where the attendees and visitors are allowed to sing and dance. More than half a million people of the Dutch capital and the people from suburbs are dressed in orange and get drunk to chill out. Jordaan, Vondelpark, Rembrandtplein and the centre are the areas to behold the sights of frenzy among the festival fanatics in Amsterdam.
Venue:Around Amsterdam
Date: 30 April
Website: N/A

National Cycling Day

Events in AmsterdamAmsterdam the city of canals is worldwide known as the cycle-loving European city. Cycles or bikes are the most convenient means of transportation to travel and discover the real Amsterdam as there is a good network of biking routes along the canals crisscrossing the city. The National Cycling Day is a grand celebration of the passion for two wheels all over the Netherlands. It is a great opportunity to witness the enthusiasm and excitement of bikers at the peak during this festival of Amsterdam held on second Saturday in May. A shocking number of 200,000 cyclists get on bikes and paddle down 200 cycle routes running in several directions and crisscrossing the city. The city centre remains car free on this festive day.
Venue: Arouth the Netherland
Date: Late May
Website: N/A

Amsterdam Gay Parade

Events in AmsterdamOne of the popular gay events in Europe. The canal or boat parade is a spectacular attraction of this fabulous festival of Amsterdam. About 250,000 spectators throng at the Prinsengracht to catch glimpses of the 80 colourfully decorated boats packed with bare-chested gays. The event involves late-night outdoor gay dance parties in clubs and cafes. It is a grand gaga for the Dutch gays. The free spirit of the festival is what appeals to the spectators.
Venue: Prinsengracht, Canal Belt
Date: First Saturday, August
Website: http://www.amsterdampride.nl/

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