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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...
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).
At Willemsplein square, dj's Benny Rodrigues, Josh Butler and Martin Ikin will bring you the best beats during the Kings Day dag 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.
At the seventh edition of this alternative King's Day festival in Rotterdam, there will be a a lot of live acts of Typhoon and Nino&Frankie, 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.
Dit Koningsdag Festival dat voorheen heel bescheiden in de Pannekoekstraat werd gehouden is verhuisd naar het Plein 1940, vlakbij de Blaak en het Matitiem Museum met DJ's Leroy Styles, Stefan Vilijn, Vinny James, Marc Macrowland, Bougenvilla, Undercontrol, Superior en Jeremaine S, compleet met foodcourt en hippiemarkt. Van 12:00 tot 23:00. Tickets €27,50. Meer info: www.soranjefestival.nl.
Bij het strand van het Kralingse Bos kun je met 3000 party people in een enorme tent uit je dak! Meer info en tickets op www.kralingsebosfestival.nl.
Vier Koningsdag in een supergroot oranje gekkenhuis op de terrassen van het Stadhuisplein. Vanaf 12:00. Gratis entree.
Een lekker dansevent op Koningsdag op het terras van Hotel New York met jazz, disco, rock en lounge. Van 13:00 tot 20:00. Gratis entree.
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.
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.
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)
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.
King's Day takes place on 27- Apr- 2018
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