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Festivals in Rotterdam


Rotterdam festival capital of the Netherlands!

Rotterdam has been repeatedly voted the best festival city of the Netherlands and especially during the summer the city offers many great festivals. From Formula 1 demonstrations to music and dance festivals: experience it in Rotterdam! Most festivals return each year: check the Rotterdam calendar for a festival overview.


Festivals in Rotterdam with international status

Most people visit the tropical Rotterdam Unlimited and City Racing Rotterdam. These festivals are among the best festivals of the Netherlands and attract lots of visitors. At the World Port Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, it's always crowded as well. Last but not least Rotterdam is very busy during the Kings´Day Festival and Liberation Festival.

Local festivals in Rotterdam with an intimate atmosphere

Besides the big festivals there are plenty of smaller festivals that are also worth a visit. Music festivals such as the Metropolis festival (pop), the Shanty Festival (sea shanties) and the Gergiev Festival (classical) are always fun to visit. For film lovers there is the Open Air Cinema and for poetry fans the Poetry International Festival is one of a kind. A great festival for families and kids is the traveling theatre festival De Parade. What festival will you visit?



Rotterdam Unlimited

Big event with urban arts, colourful music, Caribbean dancers and international shows.

Summer carnival

Caribbean sights and sounds in Rotterdam with colourful dancers, drums and exotic food

Open Air Cinema

Chill out and watch the movies under the stars. Let's hope for good weather in Rotterdam!

Shanty Festival

Music event with historic ships and shanty choirs in the maritime setting of Rotterdam.

World Port Festival

A weekend with spectacular maritime demonstrations in the world's biggest harbour.

Gergiev Festival

Classical music by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Valery Gergiev.


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Fun Fair

Families have a good time riding bumper cars and eating cotton candy in Rotterdam.

Night of Orange

Sing along with the orange dressed madness during a big indoor festival prior King's Day.

King's Day

The celebration of the King's birthday with in Rotterdam with many festivals & markets.

Liberation Day

Celebrate freedom with a great musical festival at the Euromast park in Rotterdam!

Mother's Day

Go out in Rotterdam with your mother (in law) and spoil her with some flowers or sweets!


Stay the long Pentecost weekend in Rotterdam and visit some attractions and museums.