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Events elsewhere in Amsterdam

Events elsewhere in Amsterdam




Besides the big events in Reguliersdwarsstraat, there are also many nice activities elsewhere in Amsterdam.

Here's an overview of annual events which are especially aimed at gay, LGBT or openminded people, with some additional other events that take place in or in the near vicinity of Reguliersdwarsstraat:








updated: 26-03-2017



 

True Colors

January 22, 2017
Paradiso
(since 2013)

As successor of it's New Year's reception, LGBT rights organisation COC now organizes a big party, which also serves as fundraiser for the Bob Angelo Fund. There are various performances, LGBT volunteers are honoured and the annual Bob Angelo Prize will be awarded.

- Homepage: truecolors.coc.nl

- Network: Facebook




True Colors in Paradiso (2013)

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Amsterdam Bear Weekend

March 2-6, 2017
City center, various locations
(since 2014)

Like the general Amsterdam Gay Pride there's also the Amsterdam Bear Weekend, with various activities around the leather and cruise bars for big and hairy men and those hwo favor them. There's the Mister Bear Netherlands election and the Bear Necessity and FurBall party at club AIR.

- Homepage: www.amsterdambearweekend.com

- Network: Facebook




Amsterdam Bear Weekend (2017)

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Pink Film Days

March 9-19, 2017
Het Ketelhuis @ Westergasfabriek
(since 1996)

The Pink Film Days (Dutch: Roze Filmdagen) are one of the biggest LGBTQ film festivals in the world. With over 100 films, short films and documentaries from about 40 countries and in all genres. There are also talk shows and opportunities to meet directors and actors.

- Homepage: www.rozefilmdagen.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




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KING'S DAY

April 26 and 27, 2017
City center
(since 1948/2014)

On April 27, the birthday of the king (Dutch: Koningsdag) will be celebrated with flea markets and street parties all around the city center, and almost everyone will be dressed in orange. On the night before, King's Night, there are already somewhat smaller street parties for locals.

> More about King's Day in Reguliersdwarsstraat

- Homepage: www.amsterdamkoningsdag.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter




Flea market during Queen's Day (2012)

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Celebrations @ Gay Monument

May 4 and 5, 2017
Westermarkt
(since 1988)

On May 4, there's a Remembrance of the Dead at the Gay Monument (Dutch: Homomonument), in which gay victims are honoured with a wreath-laying ceremony. May 5 is Liberation Day, which is celebrated here with a somewhat more alternative gay street party.

- Homepage: www.homomonument.nl

- Network: Facebook




Remembrance of the Dead at the Gay Monument (2009)

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Amsterdam Fetish Pride

May 25-29, 2017
City center, various locations
(since 2013)

Besides the general Amsterdam Gay Pride, there's also the Amsterdam Fetish Pride, consisting of various events for men who like rubber, lycra, sneakers and sportswear. Highlights are the Invasion-party and the election of Mr. Leather Amsterdam.

- Homepage: www.amsterdamfetishpride.com

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter




Amsterdam Fetish Pride (2017)

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Superball

May 20, 2017
Paradiso
(since 2015)

After a successful first edition in 2015, some 100 extravagant drag queens will again come together in an hilarious battle for the title of "Amsterdam's Leading Drag House".

- Homepage: www.superball.amsterdam

- Network: Facebook




Superball drag queen contest (2015)
(photo: Superball Facebook)

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Open Garden Days

June 16-18, 2017
Canal district, various locations
(since 1987)

In Reguliersdwarsstraat one can dine at terraces in the beautiful gardens behind the stately canal houses. Similar hidden gardens can be visited during the Open Garden Days, when 25 gardens of private owners as well as public institutions will be open to the public.

- Homepage: www.opentuinendagen.nl




Garden terrace of restaurant-bar Lion Noir
(photo: Lion Noir)

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Kwaku Pink Sunday

July 24, 2016
Nelson Mandelapark
(since 2007)

Kwaku is the biggest multicultural festival of Amsterdam, with Pink Sunday being especially dedicated to gay people. With some 20.000 visitors, this is the biggest black LGBT event of Europe and also the unofficial kick-off of the Amsterdam Gay Pride-week.

- Homepage: www.kwakufestival.nl/roze-zondag

- Network: Facebook




Pink Sunday during the Kwaku Summer festival
(photo: Zuidoost.nl)

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Milkshake Festival

July 29 and 30, 2017
Westerpark
(since 2012)

An initiative of Erwin Olaf, Ted Langenbach, Diva Mayday, AIR and Paradiso: a festival where thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, black and white celebrate diversity. There are stages for various music genres as well as extravagant live performances.

- Homepage: www.milkshakefestival.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




Milkshake Festival @ Westerpark (2016)
(photo: Milkshake/Naomi van Heck)

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AMSTERDAM GAY PRIDE

July 29 - August 6, 2017
City center, various locations
(since 1996)

The Amsterdam Gay Pride encompasses a wide variety of events and activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with street parties and the famous boat parade as highlight on Saturday, August 5. On Sunday, there's a big closing party on Dam square.

> More about Gay Pride in Reguliersdwarsstraat

- Homepage: www.pride.amsterdam

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




Gay Pride at Zeedijk (2015)

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Hartjesdagen

August 22, 2016
Zeedijk
(since 1997)

After a two-year break, the Hartjesdagen ("Days of Hearts") are back again. This year not three days, but only on Monday the traditional parade in which men dress up like women and women dress up like men.

- Homepage: www.stichtinghartjesdagen.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter




Participants of the Hartjesparade (2007)

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Valtifest

September 2, 2017
NDSM-werf
(since 2008)

A colorful and unruly festival, organised by MTV and Joost van Bellen's Meubelstukken. With different stages for Dance, Club, House and alternative music, which you preferable attend dressed up according to the anually changing theme.

- Homepage: www.valtifest.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




Valtifest festival @ NDSM-werf (2012)
(photo: Instagram.com/valtifest)

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Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

October 18-22, 2017
City center, various locations
(since 1995)

The ADE is the biggest festival for electronic Dance music in the world: at more than 80 big and small locations all around the Amsterdam city center there are performances of over 2000 Dutch and international DJs.

> More about the ADE in Reguliersdwarsstraat

- Homepage: www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




ADE seat and info stand at Rembrandt square (2016)

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Amsterdam Leather Pride

October 27-31, 2016
City center, various locations
(since 1996)

Besides the general Gay Pride, there's also the Amsterdam Leather Pride specially for leather men. It consists of a long weekend with events in and around the leather and cruise bars and for the first time the election of Mr. Puppy NL. Highlight is the Invasion-party, which takes places at the NDSM dock yard.

- Homepage: www.leatherpride.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter




Amsterdam Leather Pride (2016)
(photo: leatherpride.nl)

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Winter Fair

Cancelled
Rembrandtplein
(since 2012)

In 2014, the Winter Fair was back at Rembrandt square, with a range of market stands in the form of traditional Dutch houses, but for 2016 the event is CANCELLED and it will probably also not return in the coming years.




The Winter Fair at Rembrandt square (2014)

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Amsterdam Light Festival

December 1, 2016 - January 22, 2017
City center, various locations
(since 2012)

During the Amsterdam Light Festival there are some 40 unique light objects and sculptures at various locations throughout the city center. They can be seen through a boat tour called "Water Colours" and a walking tour which is named "Illuminade".

- Homepage: www.AmsterdamLightFestival.com

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




Light sculpture in Wertheimpark (2014)
(photo: Janus van den Eijnden)

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Love Dance

December 1, 2016
Paradiso
(since 2004)

As the successor of the first aids benefit parties and the Love Balls in the former RoXY, Love Dance is an annual party which is held on World Aids Day to raise awareness and funds for combating hiv and aids. It celebrates diversity and solidarity with a wide variety of performances.

- Homepage: www.lovedance.nl

- Networks: Facebook - Twitter




Love Dance party @ Paradiso (2015)
(photo: Jack Aarts/Jack Undercover)

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Pink Christmas Service

December 18, 2016
Keizersgracht 566
(since 2010)

The only remaining event of the former Pink Christmas is a special LGBT Christmas service, which is held on the Sunday before Christmas. It's a pink celebration with music, food and glühwein. The service takes place in Keizersgrachtkerk, starts at 18.00 hrs and everyone is welcome!

- Network: Facebook




Pink Christmas Service (2015)
(photo: Daan Stringer)

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