History of the King’s Day Festival
King’s Day (Koningsdag) is celebrated for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013 (what was then still Queen’s Day).
This royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina and the tradition began.
The City that turns Orange on the King’s Day
The King’s Day practically starts from the night before the King’s Day with many parties held across the country. On the King’s Day the Dutch people show their pride for the Dutch Royal family by covering themselves and their pets in orange to Symbolize the Royal House of Orange-Nassau.
Amsterdam’s canals will be flooded in the sea of orange on King’s Day, as thousands of brightly decorated party boats fill the famous waterways. If you cannot hop on a boat, then you can still enjoy the nautical fun from dry land. The corner of the Prinsengracht and Amstelveld is a great spot to watch the parade of King’s Day boats go by, or of course one of Amsterdam’s 1,500 bridges.
On King’s Day everybody is allowed trade in the street market and the variety of products waiting to be gobbled extents from latest gadgets to antique road show and from quite helpful to absolute peculiar. It is a fundamental piece in the celebration of King’s Day and cherished by deal seekers and window shoppers alike.
On the Street Market you will also find a variety of food stalls to give you a taste of some authentic dutch food along with a multicultural feast and also to fuel up your bargain hunting chase!
The Vondelpark is reserved for the kids, who makes cash on their old toys and outgrown clothes. Many also become street performers for the day and thud turning the vibrant Vondelpark into a fun and event full location. Other places to set up stalls with kids are below, also read rules and regulations from www.amsterdam.nl for setting up stalls:
- Amsterdamse Poort, large square in the shopping centre
- Artisplein from 9:00 to 13:00
- Frederiksplein near Falckstraat
- Leliegracht (‘even’ side of the street, between house numbers 42 and 58)
- NDSM, Vrijhaven
- Plein ‘40-‘45
- Sint Antoniesluis
- Stadspark Tussenmeer
List of King’s Day Parties and Events:
- Bakermat & Friends DJ Party at Sloterdijk area.
- Hardkingz Concert featuring Charlie Lownoise & Mental Theo, Frontliner, Angerfist, Radical Redemption, Crypsis, and Darkraver at Java Island.
- Melkweg Club’s ‘Hey! Koningsdag [avond]’ night on King’s Day featuring DJ Sneak, Michel de Hey and Ici Sans Merci.
- Hollandsch Glorie Festival in Papaverweg area is also celebrating with a full programme of music.
- Amsterdam’s Homomonument celebrating “Homomonument Koningsdag”as an outdoor party!
- Meubelstukken and HekjeMelRoy join forces for the ‘King Kong Festival’ at NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam Noord for a full day of the best in house, classic hip hop, R&B and disco.
- House and techno will be all the rage at the ‘Houthavens’ this King’s Day.
- Kingsland Festival has taken over RAI Amsterdam conference and event centre for massive indoor and outdoor event.
- Loveland hosting the ‘Loveland van Oranje’ festival in Amsterdam Oost’s Meerpark.
- Nachtbloesem, a 7 hour after party after ‘Oranjebloesem’ in an industrial hall next door at Amsterdam’s Dhoem Dhaam Warehouse.
- Oranjebloesem is hosted on Blijburg, a sandy beach idyll with a distinctly bohemian vibe. The line-up includes Seth Troxler, Joris Voorn, KiNK and many others.
- Nassau Festival featuring DJs and live acts from all across the Netherlands and beyond. It takes place at and around the city’s iconic Olympic Stadium.
- Oranjefeest promises to be a fun mix of live music and DJs, at ArenA Park which sits next to the Heineken Music Hall.
A fun place to have food
And if you are in the mood of music, barbecue and fun, then check out the ‘Hannekes Kroon’ – Amsterdam’s Hannekes Boom, Disco Dolly and PLAK join forces for a King’s Day outdoor fest full of fun, sun* (*we can’t guarantee the sun), barbecued delicacies and incredibly danceable songs. Time 12:00-20:00, free entry.
The map for all King’s Day Events