Living the Dutch life - June

The festival season has started!

Open Garden Days Amsterdam

Take a look behind Amsterdam’s impressive canal-side homes during the Open Garden Days from 15 until 17 June. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know Amsterdam and to see some of the most beautiful gardens that are normally hidden. This year’s theme is Garden Design and gardens will boast both classic and contemporary designs by renowned landscape gardeners and designers. A ticket will allow access to more than 30 gardens on all three days.


Flag Day Scheveningen

Taste the first New Dutch herring of the season on Flag Day in Scheveningen on 16 June. The event celebrates the first herring catch of the year with a festive programme that offers something for everyone. There will be music, boat trips, miniature ships, traditional clothing, Old Dutch children’s games and of course herring and other sorts of fish! The first edition of the festival dates back to 1947, although its history goes back to as far as the 18th century. Originally the celebration occurred around the departure of herring ships out to sea, but now the festival simply celebrates the return of New Dutch herring.

Flower Festival Aalsmeer

Go on a cultural outing amid the most beautiful flowers during the Flower Festival in Aalsmeer from 16 until 17 June. Aalsmeer is the heart of the flower-growing region and also hosts the largest flower auction in the world. The festival takes place at a former flower auction venue as well at the horticultural museum. There will be demonstrations, workshops and special exhibitions taking place, allowing you see flowers and plants in ways you have never seen before. Think of flowers integrated into art installations, colourful flower masks or edible flowers!


As soon as June begins, many festivals start to kick off  in the Netherlands. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite festivals taking place this June. 

1 – 10 June: Oranjewoud Festival

A unique classical music festival, with the greatest international musicians taking place on the beautiful greens of Oranjewoud in Heerenveen. Enjoy classical music like never before, from a swimming pool, a hammock or in a gigantic plastic bubble.

7 June – 1 July: Holland Festival

For over sixty years this festival has been popular for its broad scope of international performing arts. It offers a mixture of theatre, dance, music, opera, literature and more at different locations in Amsterdam. Each year shows innovation in art and exploring new forms of theatre.

15 – 17 June: Pinkpop

Pinkpop is Holland’s biggest open-air festival and is sold out almost every year. It is a multiday event taking place in Landgraaf, and has previously featured musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

15 – 24 June: Oerol

Since 1982 Oerol has grown to become a true phenomenon on the island of Terschelling. It is one of the most fun and exceptional theatre festivals in Europe, with ten days of street theatre, dance, art and music at many exceptional locations. 

 29 June – 2 September: De Parade

This travelling festival is a theatre, circus, carnival and funfair all in one. In June through to September it hits Holland’s four main cities – Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and then Amsterdam.

22 – 24 June: Parkpop

The biggest free pop festival in Holland is held in The Hague - the number one pop city! Tens of thousands of music lovers gather in Zuiderpark to enjoy many top musicians and upcoming talented bands.

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