Imagine Film Festival
Thrillers, science fiction, horror and cult movies are the mainstay of the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, which has been terrifying audiences since 1984. The programme includes features, retrospectives, talks and workshops. Winners of the Black Tulip, the festival's jury award, and the Silver Scream Award, for the film most popular with the audience, are announced on the final evening.Date: 07 April 2021 - 17 April 2021
Venue: Various cinemas in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Roots Festival
This festival seeks out and presents new forms from the world music scene. Concerts take place at several venues leading up to the finale on Sunday of the festival week, an outdoor event held at Oosterpark. Five different stages are set up in the park to deliver a vibrant and varied musical mix, one especially for children.Date: 30 June 2021 - 04 July 2021
Venue: Various venues in Amsterdam.
One of the largest LGBTQ+ events in Europe is held in mid-summer. The highlight is a Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon, when dozens of fancifully decorated barges packed with dazzlingly garbed revellers navigate their way through the Prinsengracht and Amstel River. Street parties catering to different sub-groups go on all over town, while club nights, sport and films also feature in the festival.Date: 31 July 2021 - 08 August 2021
Venue: Various streets and venues in Amsterdam.
Free to spectate.
Up to a million people take to the streets of Amsterdam for the annual Koningsdag (King’s Day) celebrations, when the Dutch celebrate the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. Carnival floats, parades, street theatre, fireworks and decorated canal boats are among the treats on offer and everyone dons wacky orange costumes and wigs in token of the royal house. The night before the big day is marked by ecstatic parties with top DJs working the crowds.Date: 27 August 2021 - 27 August 2021
Venue: The streets of central Amsterdam.