Living the Dutch life - July

Carnivals, Festivals, Pride & Music!

Roots Festival

Experience an exciting musical journey through the most diverse cultures and styles during the Amsterdam Roots Festival 2-10 July. With a 35-year history, it is a leading festival of non-western music and includes fado, zouk dance, hip hop, Latin-jazz and rumba. It has grown in its diversity and evolved from what used to only be the Africa Roots Festival. Now performers come from all corners of the world, from the Caribbean and Cape Verde, to South Africa and Mongolia. The highlight of the festival takes place in the Oosterpark where you will be able to enjoy over 40 performances. At other indoor venues, such as Carré and the Melkweg, there will also be a series of lectures and performances. 

North Sea Jazz

Enjoy star-studded performances by the best international jazz, soul, blues, funk and pop artists at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam 12-14 July. It is the largest indoor music festival in the world and known globally for its multitude of music styles and exciting line-ups. Although the number of visitors has reached up to 70.000 in recent years, each stage has an intimate atmosphere as the performances are spread across different floors in Ahoy. The event is a must for every jazz lover who wants to see internationally renowned jazz legends perform or discover upcoming talent. 

The biggest Funfair of the Benelux

Visit the biggest funfair of the Benelux region in the city of Tilburg 19-28 July. This fair, offering some 250 attractions and rides, covers the entire city centre to create a fairground of 4.5 kilometres long. It is a unique event with lots of festivities and a spectacular firework display on the last night. Another highlight is Pink Monday, one of the biggest gay celebration and integration events in the country, attracting thousands of visitors and making it the busiest day of the fair. 

Rotterdam Unlimited

Celebrate Summer with a five-day cultural and tropical festival during Rotterdam Unlimited 23-27 July. As one of the biggest free street festivals in Europe, it offers a mix of live music, dance, theatre and carnival parades. A visit to the festival will be a trip to remember because of the vibrant atmosphere. A colourful and spectacular street parade and the battle of drums form the main events of the festival. Furthermore you will find music and food from different cultures representing the cosmopolitan diversity of the city.

Amsterdam Pride

Join Amsterdam’s celebrations for diversity and acceptance of all sexual orientations and genders during Amsterdam Pride 27 July-4 August. It is a well-known event in- and outside of the Netherlands and attracts more than 500.000 visitors each year. Presenting a cultural programme, a range of exhibitions and movie events throughout the city, the biggest highlight however is the Canal Parade, with decorated boats sailing along the canals carrying costumed dancers and important messages.


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