Queen's Day Rotterdam
Queen's Day in a nutshell
Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) is a Dutch national holiday to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. To be precise: the late Queen Juliana's birthday. From 2014 Queen's Day will change to King's Day. It’s a unique night and day carnival-like event. On 30 April it's a big party in the streets of Rotterdam and the Netherlands! No doubt, Queen's Day is Hollands biggest event by far with huge orange coloured crowds. On Queen’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 is filled with orange water! Dress, breathe and think orange...
Free market in Rotterdam
At Queen’s Day, in many streets Vrijmarkt (free market square) takes place (30 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 once a year at Queen’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 free market is located within Rotterdam city centre at Coolsingel, Aert van Nesstraat, Karel Doormanstraat, Westblaak, Westersingel and Meent.
Free market for kids, fun fair and fireworks
From 11am, a free market especially for kids is held at Witte de Withstraat and Schouwburgplein. Furthermore children will love the big Rotterdam Fun Fair at Schiehaven with many fun attractions and even a family roller coaster. On 30 April at 10:30 pm, a spectacular fireworks show on a floating pontoon on the river Maas will be the climax of Queen’s Day.
Queens Day on board the ss Rotterdam
Throughout the month of April, the guided Royal Tour takes place on board the museum ship ss Rotterdam. Expect many stories about the Dutch Royal family and have an alcoholic drink on the ss Rotterdam Bridge. On 30 April visitors will for once be able to admire the Royal Suite, in which the Dutch Princess Beatrix slept in the past. On 30 April from 9 am, the inauguration of the brand new King Willem Alexander will be transmitted live on large screen in the ss Rotterdam Theatre. Admission is free, but book in advance!
PARTIES QUEENS NIGHT ROTTERDAM 29 APRIL 2013
29 april: Ahoy - Night of Orange
A big folk music concert takes place at the indoor concert hall Ahoy Rotterdam. The Netherlands’ greatest artists perform at Nacht van Oranje from 8 pm.
29 april: De Avondwinkel - Delit Dimanche Queensnight edition
De Avondwinkel is open at Queens Night!
29 april: Cinema - Ma Lundi Queensnight
Just relax at Queens Night with R&B, but also with hiphop and house from 11 pm till 4 am. Admission: €10,00.
29 april: Corso - Jamrock XXL The last Queensnight
Celebrate the last Queens Night ever at Corso Rotterdam with a.o. DJ's D-Train, Septik, Waxfriend, Masta en DJ Richer with the best Dancehall Reggae from 11 pm till 5 am. Admission: €12,50.
29 april: Thalia Lounge: Sexy Queens Night
Get the party started sexy, dancing and rocking. From 11 pm till 5 am. Admission: €10,00.
29 april: De Tuin - Sophisticated Queensnight White Edition
'The garden' is the perfect location at Lake Kralingen for a posh party by the former Loveboat010. The dresscode is: white. Line up: DJ's Soulcartel, Charlie et Le Ber, Tony Da Groove, Jelle V. and Double U. Admisiion: €19,50, presale only.
FESTIVALS QUEENS DAY ROTTERDAM 30 APRIL 2013
30 april: Plein 1940 - Queens Day Festival Rotterdam
At the Plein 1940 square near the Maritime Museum, DJ's Secret Cinema, Alexander Kowalski, Roger Martinez, Remy and SQL from will bring the best beats during the Rotterdam Queens Day Festival. Between 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm they will turn the square into a big party place with the latest techno and house music. The minimum age for this festival is 16 years. Online ticket sale at €10,00 via the Queens Day Festival Rotterdam website. Regular tickets €15,00. Another festival called Queen’s Dance, near the Feyenoord Soccer Stadium in the South of Rotterdam has been suspended since 2010.
30 april: Parklaan - Oranjebitter Rotterdam
At the alternative Oranjebitter Festival there will be a a lot of live acts, DJ's Dandy Dave and St Paul and an XL food court. Expect about 6000 crowdsurfing visitors! Oranjebitter Rotterdam takes place at Parklaan near the park in Rotterdam. The minimum age for this festival is 18 years. Oranjebitter Rotterdam takes place from noon till 10:30 pm and the admission is €22,50.
30 April: Town Hall Square - Long Live The King
At Stadhuisplein facing the Rotterdam City Hall, various clubs and bars will organise a huge party. From noon. Free admission till 7 pm.
PARKING Queen's Day Rotterdam
Where and when on Queen’s Day Rotterdam
Queen'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 29 April in the evening (metro stop Zuidplein).The big fun fair (daytime) takes place at Schiehaven, close to the Euromast. (metro stop Coolhaven). The Queen's Day Festival is held at Plein 1940. (metro stop Beurs). The Oranjebitter Festival takes place at Parklaan (metro stop Leuvehaven).
Don't even think of driving your car in Rotterdam on Queen’s Day!
You can get to Queen’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 parking lots in 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 Queen's Day Festival Rotterdam
Queen's Day is an annual event that takes place on 30 April with various free outdoor concerts in Rotterdam, but the main dance event Queen's Day Festival takes place from 2pm till 8pm at Plein 1940 in Rotterdam. From 2014 Queen's Day will change into King's Day and will be celebrated on 27 April unless the it's a Sunday like in 2014. In that case King's Day will be celebrated on Saturday 26 April.
CONTACT Queen's Day Festival Rotterdam
BOOKING A HOTEL IN ROTTERDAM ON QUEEN'S DAY?
Rotterdam is as crowded as it can get during Queen'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.
REVIEWS Queen's Day Rotterdam