| Sheila Howell
King's Day - formerly Queen's Day - is an annual Dutch holiday to celebrate the birthday of the king, now held on April 27, the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. I'm on my spring Europe antiques sourcing trip - and scheduled myself to be in Amsterdam to celebrate King's Day!
Starting at 6am, cities across Holland hold free street markets (vrijmarkt) on streets, sidewalks and bridges where you can find everything from second-hand clothes to fantastic bargains on bric-a-brac to furniture and everything else under the sun. Get ready to haggle: the Dutch love to negotiate prices! (Tip: Bring cash - especially small bills and change!)
As the largest city, Amsterdam has the largest King's Day celebration - and the most likely, the most street markets!
Lasting until 8pm, the street markets are only one part of the King's Day festivities:
- Wearing orange, the official color of The Netherlands
- Food stalls for beer, food and Dutch treats like stroopwaffels and poffertjes
- Free music festivals with DJs and live music- opera, rap, rock - and everything else!
- Art booths
- Children's markets and events
Here are a few photos from King's Day in Amsterdam
People everywhere! There were groups of percussion playing guys maneuvering thru the crowds, block parties with dance music setting the tone for fun dance parties in the streets.
Vendors everywhere selling orange attire for King’s Day.
Looks so calm on the other side of the canal.
Views of the city from The Lookout.
Painted tile in the tunnel from Amsterdam Central train station.