Amsterdam Events and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands)

Amsterdam Events, Festivals and Things to DoLeading magazines for upcoming events and happenings are regularly published and there is a free weekly event guide that is readily available. They contain up-to-date listings of events throughout Netherlands, with a focus on Amsterdam and are aimed specifically at tourists and visitors. These magazines are a useful source for shopping, dining and entertainment - providing you with a huge choice of things to see and do in Amsterdam.

National Public Holidays

On the following dates, shops and businesses will either close or trade for limited hours and public transport may run limited services:

  • 1st January (New Year's Day)
  • Good Friday / Easter Sunday / Monday (late March or early April)
  • 30th April (Queen's birthday)
  • 5th May (Liberation Day)
  • May / June variable Whit Sunday / Whit Monday
  • 1st June (Ascension Day)
  • 25th December (Christmas Day)
  • 26th December (Christmas holiday)

National Events 2014 / 2015

Amsterdam Events, Festivals and Things to DoIn addition to the national holidays listed above, the following events take place in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands.

January / February

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival

February / March

  • Amsterdam Carnival - parade
  • Antiques Fair - Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square


  • Amsterdam Art Week - held in the city's theatres and concert halls


  • The Queen's Birthday celebrations
  • National Museum Weekend


  • Amsterdam International Marathon
  • National Museum Weekend
  • World War II Memorial Day (Herdenkingsdag)
  • National Cycling and Windmill Day


  • Holland Festival of Dance, Music and Drama, Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Canal Race

June to August

  • Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre


  • Summer Festival (Zomerfestijn)


  • Amsterdam Football Tournament
  • Prinsengracht Canal Concert
  • Uitmarkt - music and theatrical performances - Vondelpark


  • 1st Saturday - Amsterdam Flower Pageant (Bloemencorso)
  • Jordan Festival

October / November

  • Indoor equestrian event (Jumping, Amsterdam)


  • St. Nicholas' Entrance Parade - launches the Christmas season


  • 5th December - Saint Nicholas' Eve. Traditional day for exchanging Christmas gifts