The best King’s Day parties are in Amsterdam. Over 1 million people take to the streets. Dressed up in orange, they party for 2 days and nights. King’s Day in Amsterdam is celebrated every year on 27 April. Everywhere in The Netherlands, the birthday of King of The Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and the monarchy in general, is celebrated with many parties, games and events. The King himself and his royal family joins in with local festivities somewhere in The Netherlands. King’s Day is a national holiday of The Netherlands.
In 2014, Willem Alexander took the place of the reigning Queen of The Netherlands, Beatrix. Since then, The Netherlands has a King instead of a Queen. Queensday was celebrated on the 30th of April. Willem Alexander changed the date to 27 of April. So that makes 27 April the new King’s Day of The Netherlands.
The best King’s Day parties in Amsterdam 2018
King’s Day parties in Amsterdam start on the evening of 26 April. People flock to the streets, where bars have been set up. The next day, it’s King’ Day party in Amsterdam. People from all over The Netherlands come to the capital city, most by train, to party. The people dress up in orange and drink and dance during a one-day-long street party.
King’s Night parties in Amsterdam on 26 April (the night before King’s Day):
Large stages and loud music however are not allowed in the inner city of Amsterdam. House parties and techno raves are held outside the inner city. King’s Day parties and raves in Amsterdam are on 2 days: 26 and 27 of April.
On 26 of April the King’s Night parties in Amsterdam are:
La Rêve – A Night of Kings 2018 is an indoor party held at Q Factory. Line up: Oliver Schories, Olivier Weiter, Cliff de Zoete, Robert Babicz, Lövestad, Jørgen.
Vault Sessions x PoleGroup King’s Day party features a line up of underground techno DJs: Oscar Mulero, Exium, VSC, Reeko B2B Lewis Fautzi, Kwartz and others.
TIKTAK is an Amsterdam based hip hop and electronic music festival organiser. On their King’s Night party in Amsterdam, you can expect an electic, Dutch line up.
King’s Day parties in Amsterdam (27 April 2018)
All over the city there are King’s Day parties on 26 of April. These parties are usually outdoor, and you need to pay an entrance fee. It’s best to buy tickets online (via links below). But: best dj’s assured!
Nassau Festival. For those interested in a King’s Day Festival 2018 outside the mainstream, check out Nassau Festival. This house and techno party is held at the old Olympic Stadium. A verhttps://www.festicket.com/festivals/nassau-festival/2018/y impressive location and not too far from the centre of Amsterdam.
Oranje Bloesem. This festival is held at King’s Day at one of Amsterdam’s most popular city beaches, Blijburg aan Zee. Blijburg is a very nice spot along the water with a hippie spirit. You can get there easily by tram.
Kingsland Festival. Last year, the lineup was full of big names like Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Blasterjaxx , so expect a big party at Kingsland Festival in Amsterdam in 2018.
Cartel Kingsday 2018. No matter the unpredictable weather, at Cartel Kingsday Festival 2018, you can party 19 hours non-stop indoor as well as outdoor. The area of Westergasfabriek is turned into a huge festival grounds for Cartel Kingsday 2018.
Loveland van Oranje. Loveland is a well know party organiser and it’s having its King’s birthday bash at Meerpark, Amsterdam, a park in the deep East of Amsterdam.
Where to stay and where to park at King’s Day Amsterdam
Hotels in Amsterdam are booked way in advance, you can best search hotel prices online to see if there’s still anything available. Parking in Amsterdam can be a hassle as well on King’s Day. With Parclick you can book a parking space in Amsterdam in advance.
Flea market on King’s Day
In Amsterdam, King’s Day is best known for its free open air market. The entire city become one big flea market as people take out their old rubbish and try to sell it.
Everywhere you walk, the streets are lined with people selling clothes, house ware, books and records and home made pies and other food. The fun is not so much in making money, but more in the activity and chatting with everyone.
Others are more creative and organise up with fun activities and games. Children take out their musical instrument, show their dancing skills or do some gymnastics, hoping to earn some small money. The Amsterdam Vondelpark is just for kids on King’s Day.
Party in the street at Amsterdam’s King’s Day