Holland eventsDon't miss out on events and festivals in the Lowlands
If you’re thinking about holidaying in Europe this year, The Netherlands is an exciting country and can cater for a diverse selection of holidaymakers. If you’re looking to celebrate the Spring with locals, visit Amsterdam on Queen’s Day. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a rural excursion, visit the city of Nijmegen, to explore the surrounding countryside to coincide with July’s Four Day Marches event. The warmth of Amsterdam locals, coupled with the dynamic atmosphere of the capital, ensures you feel welcome – a feeling aided by the clever Dutchman’s ability to speak crystal-clear English! Do practice your Dutch phrases though – asking for a Heineken in their native tongue is sure to rouse a few wry smiles!
The Netherlands hosts various events throughout the year. From March to late May, visitors are invited to marvel at the most spectacular flowers in bloom. During the summer, music lovers gather in small-scale festivals and large music events to dance into the warm evenings! The Netherlands borders Germany and Belgium, allowing you to explore neighbouring Cologne or Bruges if you wish, before returning to celebrate on Dutch soil in the evening! In a HomeAway rental, you can retire to a stylish flat in Amsterdam, or relax by the window of one of our iconic Dutch holiday homes as the sun pours in.
Top five destinations for events in Holland
Queen's Day, Amsterdam
Queen’s Day, a national holiday celebrated across the country, is set to be exceptional this year. Corresponding with Queen Beatrix's abdication from the throne, her son, Willem-Alexander, will be inaugurated. The holiday falls on 30th April every year, so visitors may be treated to a party in the sunshine. If your visit to Amsterdam coincides with Queen’s Day, be prepared for exuberant Dutch partygoers asking you why you aren’t wearing orange! The city transforms into a striking orange spectacle. During the day, it is traditional to see children buying and selling toys in public spaces, and many parts of the city resemble a colourful flea market! ‘Loveland’ in Oosterpark, has its first electronic acts in the morning, with party-goers expected to dance till the closing act.
Four Days Marches, Nijmegen
The city of Nijmegen, a Roman settlement and one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, hosts a niche event, 'Vier Daagse'. Its name refers to the four day marching event, an international festival attracting thousands of holidymakers annually. Four Day Marches is the world's largest rambling event, and encourages a diverse section of walkers to participate, although walkers are expected to have trained for the event beforehand! Each of the four day walks differs, and are designed to lead walkers through the city of Nijmegen, and around the beautiful countryside in the surrounding provinces of Gelderland, Limburg and Brabant. Walkers can choose to walk 30, 40 or 50 km a day, depending on their expertise. At night, the city celebrates the summer in style, with live bands, dancing and a dramatic firework display on the final night.
Flower festivals, Netherlands
The Netherlands is renowned for its positively flourishing flower industry. Flower events across the country have the power to transform the way in which people regard the industry, with phenomenal art displays made of flowers. The jaw-dropping parades through Noordwijk and Haarlem attract thousands of visitors every year, with astonishing floats laden with flowers, creative collages and pictures. For a tranquil alternative, marvel the tulips in Keukenhof, or visit Floriada, an event that hosts some of the world’s most stunning flowers, as well as plants, trees, and organic produce. Flower events are scattered across the country, from Harleem, in North Holland, to Duin-en Bollenstreek, meaning ‘Dune and Bulb Region’ in South Holland.
For music lovers keen to experience an alternative event to the contemporary electronic and dubstep festivals, visit Amsterdam when the Grachtenfestival is in motion. Also known as the 'Canal Festival', the waterside is one of the unique locations the festival performs at in the city. The festival, entering its sixteenth year and running from 16th to the 25th of August, will be an opportunity for promising young musicians to perform to over 50,000 spectators! The festival prides itself on being affordable for all, with free admission to a number of the event's open-air concerts.
Amsterdam Roots Festival
Amsterdam Roots Festival is a self-declared ‘non-western’ music festival. The festival hosts some of the world’s greatest international acts, and introduces you to genres as diverse as ‘fado’, Portuguese folk music, Caribbean ‘Zouk’, and Flamenco music. Dance is considered the best way to express your appreciation of the music. Practice your rumba in preparation! Visitors in their numbers are invited to congregate in Oosterpark and kick up their heels in unison to the music provided by back-to-back performances. Other notable festivals include Lowlands, in the province of Flevoland, which is set to be a platform for exceptional bands and artists, as well as stand-up comedians, poetry speakers and street performers this year.