When it comes to donning the orange and celebrating Kingsday, Amsterdam is always at the heart of the festival. From the flea markets to the canal boat parade, there are a host of activities taking place each year and new events being added all the time. Read all about the "Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam"
As the date comes closer, the exact details of what is happening when will be announced and tickets released for all sorts of festivals. For most events, these need to be purchased ahead of time as they aren’t available on the day. But here is a snapshot of some of the highlights of past years to whet the appetite.
Kingsday Festival: on the water
The decorated canal boat parade is a constant part of the festival in Amsterdam and will continue in future years. It is the only time of the year that the canals being filled with traffic is a good thing and can be viewed from the canal banks as well as from the many bridges that cross the canals.
For the serious sailing fan, the HISWA In-Water Boat Show is the place to visit for the largest in-water boat show in Northern Europe. Over 300 new yachts and sailing vessels line the River IJ around the NDSM Wharf with a host of accessories and clothing stands on the bank sides to complement the show.
Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam: Live Music!
No matter what your taste in music is, there will be a spot to visit to enjoy it. In the same location as the In-Water Boat show, the NDSM Wharf is the NDSM Vrijhaven, a free programme of art, food and drink as well as lots of music and a huge street market for the kids. A special treat during the Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam. From noon until 8pm, the focus switches to techno and house music. A new addition to the line-up in 2014 was The Union on the Westergasfabriek where some of the leading DJs gather outside before moving indoors to continue the festival.
Street markets during Kingsday in Amsterdam
The highlight of Kingsday every year is without doubt the street markets. The festival is the only time of the year when the people of the city can sell their second hand goods on the streets without having a traders permit to do so. All over the Amsterdam city are stallholders and shoppers out to grab a bargain. A great way to grab a bite to eat during the Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam.
Vondelpark is the spot to head to with the kids as it is reserved for all things child – stalls selling toys and clothes fill the area. Kids also get to turn themselves into buskers for the day in the park, earning a little pocket money by singing, dancing and performing for the shoppers.
Other areas of the city that traditionally focus on events and stalls for children include Amstelpark, Amsterdamse Poort shopping centre and the NDSM Vrijhaven. As well as the stalls, there are face painting kiosks, sports and games events so they can run off some energy between spending their pocket money. It is all about having fun during the Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam.
Enjoying the Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam
When it comes to visiting Amsterdam for Kingsday, all you need to remember is to wear orange and to enjoy yourself. If you want to make the trip a little longer, then start the night before the festival.It is called Kings Night and is a night of music and celebrations around the city.
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