Living the Dutch life - June

Festivals, architecture & more!

Day of the Castle

Discover the magical history of centuries-old castles, country estates and ruins during the Day of the Castle, on 10 May. This year’s theme is 'Across the Border', which will focus on the history of foreign influences on (royal) families, architecture and gardens. Expect guided tours, theatre performances and demonstrations to allow you to relive the past and learn about what it's like for people living and working in castles today. Across the Netherlands there will more than 120 locations to visit.


Day of Architecture

Discover innovation within buildings and public spaces during the Day of Architecture 14-16 June. The event aims to demonstrate how architecture and urban development can make rapidly growing cities a pleasant and vibrant environment. Many cities are offering a programme of lectures, debates, guided tours and excursions. Some iconic buildings, that are normally closed to visitors, will be opening their doors to the public to show off their innovative designs. Please note that each city will have their own theme and programme and therefore scheduled dates may vary.


Open Garden Days

A unique space rarely open to visitors... enter the gardens of some of Amsterdam’s most impressive canal-side homes during Open Garden Days 14-16 June. Seen as the perfect opportunity to get to know Amsterdam and its residents and see some of the most beautiful, yet hidden, city gardens. This year’s theme is Garden Design so expect classic and contemporary gardens by renowned landscape gardeners and designers. The ticket will allow you access to more than 30 gardens on all three days!


Flag Day

Taste the first New Dutch (herring) of the season on Flag Day in Scheveningen on 15 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 all sorts of other fish! The first edition of the festival dates back to 1947, although its history goes back as far as the 18th century. The celebration originally occurred on the departure of the herring ships to sea, while now the festival simply celebrates the return of New Dutch herring.


Flower Festival

A cultural outing amid the most beautiful flowers, the Flower Festival 15-16 June in Aalsmeer, the heart of the flower-growing region, 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. You can see flowers and plants integrated into art installations, colourful flower masks and edible flowers!



As soon as the weather is getting warmer, you will find one festival after the next in the Netherlands. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite festivals taking place this June.

29 May – 2 June: Oranjewoud Festival

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

29 May – 23 June: Holland Festival

For over 60 years this festival has been popular for its broad scope of international performing arts. The festival offers a mixture of theatre, dance, music, opera, literature and more at different locations throughout Amsterdam, showcasing innovation in art and exploring new forms of theatre.

8 – 10 June: Pinkpop

This 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 the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

14 – 23 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. 

21 June – 25 August: De Parade

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

28 – 30 June: Parkpop

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


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