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 an orange craze, parties, games and events. King’s Day is a national holiday of The Netherlands.
Flea market and crowded streets 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.
The city centre is extremely packed with people, so if you don’t care for crowds, avoid the area around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. The more the day advanced, the more people will be drunk!
Best areas to walk around to get a feeling of the mood are the Canal Belt (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht) and the Jordaan Quarter.
For a little more peace, head into the Vondelpark or the NDSM in Amsterdam Noord, where the children rule the market stalls. Children are also happy to take out their musical instrument, show their dancing skills or do some gymnastics, hoping to earn some small money.
King’s Night parties in Amsterdam on 26 April (the night before King’s Day):
King’s Day parties in Amsterdam start on the evening of 26 April. King’s Night parties tend to be sale out fast, so get those tickets early. A selection of King’s Night parties in Amsterdam clubs:
- Tiktak Kingsnight @ Club Air
Line-up: Joanna Fraser, Josylvio, Poke, Johnny500, Girls love Djs
- Friendzone @ Bitterzoet
- Kiss Kiss Kingsnight @ Blue Ivy
R&b, hip-hop, eclectic
- Bang ‘n Mash Kingsnight Boat Party 2019 @ a boat
- Rewind X LO – Kingsnight @ Chicago Social Club
- Kingsnight: Olivier Weiter B2b Miss Melera @ De Marktkantine
- Paula Temple / Sentimental Rave/ Azf @ De School
- Oranje Boven @ Disco Dolly
- House Rules Kings Night @ Escape
- Oranjestad Festival @ Het Sieraad
- MILK @ Jimmy Woo
- Kingsnight @ Melkweg
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King’s Day Parties in Amsterdam in 2019
The next day, 27 April 2019, it’s King’ Day 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.
Large stages and loud music are not allowed in the inner city of Amsterdam. That is why house parties and techno raves are held outdoor at special venues outside the inner city or inside in clubs and venues. Here’s a selection:
Kingsland Festival Amsterdam 2019 @ RAI (indoor and outdoor)
Line-Up: Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Jonas Blue, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Oranjebloesem 2019 @ Olympic Stadium
Line-Up: Jennifer Cardini Patrice Bäumel Stephan Bodzin [live]
Loveland van Oranje @ Meerpark
Line-Up: Sven Väth Chris Liebing B2B ROD Alan Fitzpatrick B2B Eats Everything