King's Day Rotterdam
King's Day in Rotterdam
Koningsdag (King's Day) is a Dutch national holiday to celebrate King Willem Alexander's birthday. It’s a unique night and day carnival-like event. On 27 April it will be one big party in the streets of Rotterdam and the Netherlands! No doubt, King's Day is by far the Netherlands' biggest event with its huge orange coloured crowds. Don’t forget to dress up in orange on King’s Day, do as the Dutch do! Orange will be all around you: from orange food and drinks to orange clothing and even the fountain at the Hofplein roundabout will be filled with orange water! Wear orange, breathe orange, think orange...
Clubbing at King's Night in Rotterdam
King’s Day actually kicks off the night before with King’s Night (Koningsnacht in Dutch) on 26 April. Most bars in Rotterdam organize special parties with live music that last all night long. Dance clubs Maassilo, Villa Thalia, VIP Room and Club Vie host big house music parties with famous DJ’s. Also on 26 April, clubs in Rotterdam will be packed! Also, a big folk music concert takes place at the indoor concert hall Ahoy Rotterdam. On 26 April, the Netherlands’ greatest artists perform at Nacht van Oranje (Night of Orange).
PARTIES AT KING'S DAY ROTTERDAM 2017
Crown Festival Rotterdam 2016
At Willemsplein square the best DJ's will bring in on at the Kings Day Festival. Between 1pm and 10:30pm they will turn this square into a big party with the latest techno and house music. The minimum age for this festival is 18 years. Online ticket sale at €10 via the King's Day Festival Rotterdam website.
Oranjebitter Rotterdam 2016
At the seventh edition of this alternative King's Day festival in Rotterdam, there will be a a lot of live acts, including a food court. Expect about 7500 visitors! Oranjebitter Rotterdam takes place at Parklaan near the park in Rotterdam. The minimum age for this festival is 18 years. Oranjebitter Rotterdam starts at noon and ends at 11 pm! The admission is €25,00.
S'Oranje Festival Koningsdag 2016
This Kings Day Festival which used to be held at Pannekoekstraat moved to Square 1940, near Blaak and the Maritime Museum. S'Oranje includes a foodcourt and a hippy market. From noon till 11pm. Tickets €27,50. Furhter info: www.soranjefestival.nl.
Kralingse Bos Festival Koningsdag 2016
Get funky in a huge tent at lake Kralingen beach together with 3000 party people! More information and tickets at www.kralingsebosfestival.nl.
Mega Oranje Feest Stadhuisplein Rotterdam 2016
Celebrate Kiongs Day in Rotterdam at the huge orange madhouse at Town Hall Square Rotterdam (Stadhuisplein). From noon. Free admission.
Free market in Rotterdam
At King’s Day, in many streets the vrijmarkt (free market square) takes place (27 April from 9 am till 5 pm). The Dutch build up stalls or simply lay down blankets on the pavement to sell all sorts of articles. You can buy lots of second hand rubbish, used toys and clothes but also home-made food and drinks and any imaginable junk. This kind of street sales is only allowed at King’s Day. Between the stalls kids play traditional children's games in small competitions and many people will be a DJ for one day by playing loud disco music on the streets. The biggest vrijmarkt can be found in the centre of Rotterdam at Coolsingel, Hofplein, Hoogstraat and Blaak.
Free market for kids and fireworks
A free market especially for kids is held at Witte de Withstraat and Nieuwe Binnenweg from 11am till 5 pm , furthermore children will love the big Rotterdam Fun Fair at Schiehaven with many attractions such as small roller coasters for kids and families. On 27 April between 10pm and 11pm, spectacular fireworks on a floating pontoon on the river Maas will close King’s Day.
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Where and when on King’s Day Rotterdam
King's Day is celebrated at various locations in Rotterdam, but most events are within the city centre. The 'Vrijmarkt' fair takes place at Coolsingel, Hoogstraat and Blaak during the daytime (metro Rotterdam Central Station or Blaak). The Night of Orange pre-party is celebrated in Rotterdam Ahoy in the South of Rotterdam on 26 April in the evening (metro stop Zuidplein). The big fun fair (daytime) takes place at Schiehaven, close to the Euromast. (metro stop Coolhaven). The King's Day Festival is held at Willemsplein. (metro stop Leuvehaven). The Oranjebitter Festival takes place at Parklaan (metro stop Dijkzigt). S'Oranje takes place at Plein 1940 (metro stop Blaak)
Don't even think of driving your car in Rotterdam on King’s Day!
You can get to King’s Day by train, tram, bus or metro to Central Station or Blaak in Rotterdam to enjoy the party! If you come by car you can park your car in any of the car parks in Rotterdam city centre, but it will be so overcrowded that some streets will be closed. We urgently advise you to come by public transport or to use one of the Park and Ride locations just outside Rotterdam city centre.
DATES King's Day 2017 Rotterdam
King's Day is an annual event that takes place on 27 April 2017. Most parties take place in the night before King's Day, called King's Night.
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BOOKING A HOTEL IN ROTTERDAM ON KING'S DAY?
Rotterdam is as crowded as it can get during King's Day. If you need a place to stay, be smart and book early! Have a look at our directory of hotels in Rotterdam with smart prices.
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