Amsterdam is well-renowned for having a large number of diverse festivals on its cultural calendar. Events run throughout the entire year, although the main festival season peaks during the summer months. The city’s major festivals include Holland Festival, Uitmarkt, Grachten Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event and the Amsterdam Light Festival.
In the following listing, we mention about 50 Amsterdam festivals ordered by season, plus a few more around the rest of the Netherlands.
Note, due to ‘coronavirus’ measures most large events in the Netherlands are still being cancelled as of mid 2021. Festivals have either had to cancel entirely, rescheduled dates or offered a scaled-down version. The future situation for the entire sector remains uncertain – so please check with the event organisers directly for the very latest news.
Spring festivals in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Coffee Festival – [COFFEE] A festival event for coffee lovers and industry professionals featuring artisan coffee, gourmet food stalls, barista demonstrations, live music and art exhibitions. Founded 2014. Date: rescheduled for 5-7 Nov 2021. Location: Westergas, Amsterdam.
CineDans Fest – [DANCE FILM] International ‘dance on screen’ festival with around 60 film screenings plus debates and workshops. Date: 23-27 Mar 2022 (18th edition). Location: EYE Film, Amsterdam.
Kaboom Animation Festival [ANIMATION FILM] – Cutting-edge films from experimental art-house to colorful stories for families and kids. Date: 28 Mar – 3 Apr 2022. Location: various cinemas in Amsterdam and Utrecht.
Imagine Film Festival – [CULT FILM] Well-established international film festival (formerly Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival) showing sci-fi, cult, fantasy and horror films. Founded 1984. Date: 38th edition expected April 2022. Location: EYE Film, Amsterdam.
Tulp Festival – [FLOWERS] Now in its 4th year, tulips will be on display again across the entire city of Amsterdam for the month of April 2022.
King’s Day – [STREET PARTY] Amsterdam goes orange crazy one day each year with this huge street party and market celebrating the King’s birthday. 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled, 2022 status is not yet known. Date: 27 Apr 2022.
Rolling Kitchens– [FOOD] The Rollende Keukens food festival (free entry) features dozens of mobile kitchens and food trucks offering appetising dishes plus live music. Date: Rescheduled for 1-5 Sep 2021 (14th edition). Location: Westerpark, Amsterdam.
Taste of Amsterdam – [FOOD] Culinary festival held over 4 days with dishes from some of Amsterdam’s best restaurants and chefs. Events include tastings, workshops, a food market and live music. 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled Date: 2-5 Jun 2022. Location: expected at Amstelpark, Amsterdam.
Summer festivals in Amsterdam
Holland Festival – [PERFORMING ARTS] The country’s biggest performing arts festival running most of June every year. The event features scores of performances including theatre, visual arts, classical, dance, opera and film. It attracts a high calibre of local and international performers with around 75,000 visitors. Founded 1947. Date: June 2022 (75th edition). Locations: Multiple locations in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Open Air – [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] Outdoor music festival with camping area held over a weekend. Founded 2011. 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled. Date: 4-5 Jun 2022. Location: Gaasperpark, south-east Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Art Week – [ART] The Amsterdam Art Week event features various exhibitions, performances, screenings, debates and gallery tours. Date: June 2022. Location: Galleries and project spaces around Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Roots Festival – [WORLD MUSIC] Well-established international music and circus festival held at various venues around the city. Founded in 1983 as the Africa Roots Festival, and since 1998 as the Amsterdam Roots Festival. Date: July 2022. Locations: Oosterpark, Framer Framed, Bimhuis, Tapas Theater, all in Amsterdam.
Over het IJ Festival – [THEATRE] A 10 day summer theatre festival held on the waterfront of the IJ river and around Amsterdam Noord. It also includes live bands, DJs and plenty of good food and drink. Date: 9-18 Jul 2021 (29th edition). Location: NDSM wharf, Amsterdam (accessible by free ferry from Amsterdam Central).
Milkshake Festival – [DANCE PARTY] Gay-friendly dance music festival over a weekend organised by Paradiso and AIR which includes a camping area. 2020 event is cancelled. Date: expected 31 Jul – 1 Aug 2021. Location: Westerpark, Amsterdam.
Pride Amsterdam – [LGBT EVENT] World famous annual LGBT event held over a week at the end of July/beginning of August. The highlight is the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht canal and river Amstel which attracts large crowds. 2020 event is cancelled. Date: expected 31 Jul – 8 Aug 2021. Location: around Amsterdam.
Sail Amsterdam 2025 – [TALL SHIPS] Major international tall ships event held in Amsterdam every 5 years. With around 600 ships moored around the IJ, it has become Europe’s largest free-access nautical event. 2020 event has been cancelled. Date: expected August 2025. Location: IJ harbour Amsterdam.
De Parade – [THEATRE] A travelling theatre festival which visits Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The Amsterdam event normally takes place in the Rivierenbuurt district, however there is a location change for 2021. Date: 10-16 Aug 2021. Location: Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Loveland Festival – [DANCE PARTY] Big DJ dance festival event with a local and international line-up in the western suburbs of Amsterdam. 2020 event is cancelled. Date: expected 7-8 Aug 2021. Location: Sloterpark, Amsterdam.
Grachten Festival – [CLASSICAL MUSIC] Canal festival featuring classical and jazz music performances throughout Amsterdam, many on unique stages on the city’s waterways. Date: 13-22 Aug 2021 (24th edition). Location: various around Amsterdam.
Uitmarkt – [ARTS] The largest cultural festival (normally 300 performances across 25 stages, event was cut down significantly for 2020) in the Netherlands taking place in central Amsterdam over a single weekend, marking the start of the new Dutch cultural season. Free entry. Date: 27-29 Aug 2021 (44th edition). Location: various around Amsterdam.
Mysteryland Festival – [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] Large electronic music festival event with multiple stages held over an August weekend just outside Amsterdam. Features over 250 artists and 100,000 visitors. Includes a well-equipped camping site. Founded 1993. 2020 event is cancelled. Date: 27-29 Aug 2021. Location: Floriade festival grounds, Haarlemmermeer (near Hoofddoprp).
Pluk de Nacht Festival – [OPEN-AIR FILM] “Seize the night” open-air film festival (free entry) showing a variety of unreleased international films, animations and documentaries. Also held in Utrecht. Founded 2003. 2020 event was cancelled. Date: 25 Aug – 4 Sep 2021 (18th edition). Location: Het Stenen Hoofd, Amsterdam.
Autumn festivals in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Fringe Festival – [THEATRE] The Dutch Theatre Festival shows the best of last season’s productions whilst the Fringe offers avant-garde theatre. Date: 2-12 Sep 2021. Location: various around Amsterdam.
Valtifest – [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop. Date: 4 Sep 2021. Location: Kaap Oost (Zeeburgereiland) in Amsterdam.
DGTL Festival – [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] Global electronic music festival with mix of art installations and sustainability projects. Date: expected 11-12 Sep 2021. Location: NDSM-wharf, Amsterdam.
Jordaan Festival – [FOLK MUSIC] Dutch musical singers gather in the streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood. Founded 1975. Date: 3-5 Sep 2021 (unconfirmed). Location: Appeltjesmarkt, Amsterdam.
Ambacht in Beeld Festival – [CRAFT] Festival offering workshops, masterclasses and documentary films covering a wide range of craft skills. Date: 24-25 Sep 2022. Location: NDSM Loods in Amsterdam.
Bollywood & Indian Food Festival [INDIAN CULTURE/FOOD] – Event featuring Indian food and entertainment. Date: 26 Sep 2021. Location: Club Atelier Amsterdam
Camera Japan – [JAPANESE CULTURE] Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music, architecture plus Japanese food. Founded 2006. Date: 30 Sep – 2 Oct 2021 (16th edition, unconfirmed). Location: LAB111
Lift-Off Film Festival – [INDEPENDENT FILM] International film festival showcasing emerging artists and featuring shorts, documentaries, animations and features. Date: 10-17 Oct 2021. Location: LAB111, Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] Major international conference and festival for electronic music. The festival normally has an extensive range of electronic sub-genres; it’s also the world’s most important electric music conference for industry professionals. Date: 13-17 Oct 2021 (26th edition). Location: various around Amsterdam.
Cinekid – [KIDS FILM] International film, television and new media festival for kids. Date: 13-30 Oct 2021. Location: Pathé Amsterdam Noord.
IDFA – [DOCUMENTARY FILM] International documentary film festival Amsterdam. Annual event showing a wide variety of thought-provoking documentaries. Date: 17-28 Nov 2021 (33rd edition). Location: Pathé Tuschinski, Het Ketelhuis, de Brakke Grond theatre, Amsterdam plus others.
Winter festivals in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Light Festival – [ILLUMINATIONS] The 2020 event has been cancelled, expected to return in winter 2021/22. Date: 2 Dec 2021 – 23 Jan 2022 (10th edition). Location: Amsterdam
Tangotrain – [TANGO] Tango festival cooperative event which runs the last week of December. Date: last week of December 2021 (8th edition, unconfirmed). Location: various around Amsterdam.
Whisky Weekend – [WHISKY] Annual whisky festival featuring some 30 whisky-themed stalls. 2021 event is cancelled. Date: January 2022. Location: De Posthoornkerk (Amsterdam West).
IMPRO Amsterdam – [IMPRO THEATRE] Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. Date: unknown at this point. Location: Compagnietheater, Amsterdam.
Chocoa Festival – [CHOCOLATE] Chocolate festival promoting sustainable and good quality chocolate including workshops and tastings. February 2021 edition has been cancelled. Date: February 2022 (unconfirmed). Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam.
Festivals in the Netherlands
Pinkpop – [POP/ROCK] Large annual music festival running which features major artists playing on 4 stages. Founded 1970. 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled. Date: 17-19 Jun 2022. Location: Megaland, Landgraaf in Limburg, south Netherlands.
North Sea Jazz Festival – [JAZZ] The world’s largest indoor music festival held over 3 days featuring international jazz plus blues, soul, funk, hip hop, world music and more. Founded 1976. 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled. Date: 8-10 Jul 2022. Location: Ahoy Rotterdam.
NOTE – We try to provide as accurate info as possible, however some smaller events may only confirm exact dates a few weeks beforehand; events can also be changed or cancelled at short notice.
Last updated 7 July 2021. This article was first published in 2019 and has been regularly updated.