Festivals in Amsterdam to Add To Your Bucket List

Festivals in Amsterdam to Add To Your Bucket List

17 July 2017

Annual Amsterdam Festival Fun

With its network of beautiful canals, sidewalk cafés and coffee shops, top clubs, and of course world-class festivals, Amsterdam is a traveller’s dream destination. No matter what time of year you visit the city, Amsterdam is very likely to be hosting some kind of festival that will rock your world.

Hot Summer Festivals in Amsterdam

Summer is definitely one of the best times of the year to be in Amsterdam. The weather is amazing and the city takes on an electric vibe. With so many amazing DJ’s born and bred in Amsterdam, you’ll always find some of the best dance festivals in Europe, like Nomads in June, Mysteryland in August, and the Awakenings Festival at the end of June.

If you’re an aspiring foodie, make sure not to miss the Taste of Amsterdam at the beginning of June, where you'll be able to taste many delightful treats prepared by the well-known Amstelpark restaurants.

Let’s not forget about the Gay Pride Parade which is a spectacular party to attend. With party goers and parade decorations along the canals, people filling the boats and barges, Gay Pride is an unforgettable party experience.

Funtastic Autumn Festivals in Amsterdam

As the temperatures start to cool in Amsterdam, the festivals certainly keep the temperatures high. Make sure to check out AMF Amsterdam, when some of the biggest names in the business grace the stages of the Amsterdam Arena.

You’ll also find that the autumn months offer spectacular film festivals featuring documentaries, animation and more. Party the night away dressed up in your scariest outfit at one of the Halloween festivals, or if you’re really up to it, put on your running shoes and tackle the Amsterdam Marathon.

Heart-warming Winter Festivals in Amsterdam

Who doesn’t love a snowy European city during Christmas time? Amsterdam is one of the best and offers beautiful Christmas markets, shiny lights and decorations all over the city, and plenty of Christmas cheer complete with mulled wine, chocolate and other delightful treats.

For an awesome yet slightly different experience, enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival from the comfort of a barge, as more than 20 light exhibits brighten the cities canals beautifully. Catch the world Christmas circus from the 21st December, the many magical Christmas markets in the town squares and along the canals. Not to mention the spectacular New Year’s Eve Parties that will set the bar very high for all future New Years Eve experiences!

Bright and breezy Spring Festivals in Amsterdam

Spring is an amazing time to visit Amsterdam, not only do the outlying fields burst with the colour of fresh tulips, and breezy green trees, but the city's people grasp a new lease on life after a cold winter. The parks are full of people, the gardens like Keukenhof and the famous Flower Strip or 'Bollenstreek' is blissfully in bloom and the days get longer and warmer with every passing day.

This time of year you can catch the Loveland van Oranje dance festival which forms part of the King’s Day celebrations in April. Dress up in your finest orange and hit the streets and canals as thousands of other partygoers mingle, drink, dance, and eat on the streets of Amsterdam as they celebrate in one of the biggest parties of the year.

Whether you like to party it up, experience delicious cuisine or you want to get in touch with your creative side, Amsterdam will have something in store for you, any time of the year! So speak to your Youth Adventure Travel Consultant today and get yourself to Amsterdam in time for the next festival or see what festival travel deals we have!