As an expat living in the Netherlands, you have the wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the country's vibrant festivals and experience the rich tapestry of Dutch culture. From colorful parades to lively street parties, these festivities bring communities together and showcase the Dutch spirit of celebration. In this article, we will take you on a journey through some of the most beloved Dutch festivals, providing insights and key dates for expats to mark on their calendars this year.


  • Carnival (Carnaval):
   Date: February 26th - March 1st (2024)
Carnival is a beloved festival celebrated predominantly in the southern provinces of the Netherlands. Taking place in late February or early March, this festive season is all about colorful costumes, parades, and merriment. Join the locals in cities like Maastricht or 's-Hertogenbosch, where you can experience the unique traditions, lively music, and the joyful ambiance that fills the streets.
  • King's Day (Koningsdag):
   Date: April 27th

King's Day is a nationwide celebration held every year on April 27th, marking the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. The entire country transforms into a sea of orange as people take to the streets to enjoy live music, bustling flea markets, and vibrant street parties. Join the festivities in Amsterdam, where the city truly comes alive with a festive atmosphere that is not to be missed.

  • Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag):
          Date: May 5th

    Liberation Day on May 5th is a significant day in the Netherlands, commemorating the end of World War II and celebrating freedom. Throughout the country, various events and concerts are organized to honor this day. Don't miss the Liberation Festivals held in different cities, where you can enjoy live music performances, cultural activities, and a joyful atmosphere of unity and remembrance.

    • Pride Amsterdam:
              Date: July 30th - August 7th (2024)

      Pride Amsterdam is a week-long celebration of diversity, equality, and LGBTQ+ rights. Taking place in late July or early August, this vibrant festival features the famous Canal Parade, street parties, cultural events, and art exhibitions. Join locals and visitors from around the world in celebrating love and acceptance, while supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Amsterdam.

      As an expat in the Netherlands, participating in Dutch festivals offers you an incredible opportunity to connect with the local culture, make new friends, and create lasting memories. From the exuberance of King's Dayto the celebration of diversity during Pride Amsterdam, these festivals showcase the Dutch spirit of joy and togetherness. Mark your calendars, don your festive attire, and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of these beloved Dutch festivities.