Seasonal Events and Festivals to Attend in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is an amazing place to visit any time of the year. Apart from all the monuments, museums, and historical attractions that you can visit here, there are many seasonal events and festivals to enjoy in Amsterdam too. Given below are some of the seasonal events that you can include in your Amsterdam tours itinerary.

Spring Events

King’s birthday is the most celebrated spring event in Amsterdam when millions of people travel to this beautiful city. This is celebrated on April 27 and lasts for two days as the entire country celebrates the special occasion. The city stays closed for car traffic during these days and all the streets in the city will be filled with street parties and flea markets.

On May 5, the Dutch celebrate the Liberation Day that marks the end of World War II. You can enjoy many large festivities at the parks and squares in Amsterdam at the time.

Summer Events

Summer is the time when most natives leave the city for touring other places. Yet, the city still looks full because of thousands of travelers who come to visit the place during this time. The most attractive summer event is the Grachtenfestival, which is held during August.

Grachtenfestival is a sequence of shows and concerts that ends with a massive concert at the Prinsengracht. The musicians sing and play on a specially built stage on water. Yet another festival to visit is the annual Pride Parade that is a carnival-like event for celebrating the homosexual people.

Autumn Events

The IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival) is one of the most important events to visit during autumn. This festival is held in November and shows documentaries in cinemas throughout the city.

Museum Night is yet another event held in November you have to attend at all cost. During this event, almost all the museums in the city are opened for special exhibitions and musical events. Make sure to get your tickets quickly because the event is so famous even among the natives.

Winter Events

You may not have to worry about visiting Amsterdam during winter because winter in the Dutch capital city is not so cold. However, museums and many famous attractions here are less crowded during this season.

You can go watch a movie in the Concertgebouw during noon and attend the Amsterdam Light Festival in the evening. Apart from this, you can celebrate your Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Sinterklaas in Amsterdam for a different experience.