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Events elsewhere in Amsterdam

Events elsewhere in Amsterdam


Besides the big events in Reguliersdwarsstraat, there are also a range of other annual events elsewhere in Amsterdam which are especially aimed at gay, LGBT or openminded people. The most important ones are:

updated: 25-10-2022

- Spring -

Amsterdam Bear Weekend

March 19 - 23, 2020
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.

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Amsterdam Bear Weekend (2017)

Pink Film Days

March 22 - April 2, 2023
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.

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April 26 & 27, 2023
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

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Flea market during Queen's Day (2012)

Gay Monument Celebrations

May 4 & 5, 2023
(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 an open air LGBTQ party.

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Remembrance of the Dead at the Gay Monument (2009)

- Summer -

Tropikali Festival

June 11, 2022
(since 2018)

Tropikali is an open-minded festival which combines the Rosario, Kalinichta and I Will Survive parties in the garden of the Noorderlicht Café at the former NDSM wharf. They turn this industrial location into a tropical paradise, with a bold twist and a musical journey from Berlin to Rio, with a layover in Beirut.

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Tropikali Festival (2018)
(photo: Instagram/Tropikali)

Open Garden Days

June 12 - 14, 2020
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.

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

3x NYX Festival

June 20, 2020
(since 2019)

3x NYX, the gay night of Club NYX, brings a brand new queer festival to Thuishaven Amsterdam. A place without prejudice, where gender has no name and where self-expression is key. A celebration of acceptance that unites people through music, performances & creativity.

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- Social media: Facebook

3x NYX Festival (2019)
(photo: Club NYX)


June 25, 2022
(since 2015)

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

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

Kwaku Pink Sunday

July 24, 2022
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 Pride Amsterdam.

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Pink Sunday during the Kwaku Summer festival

Milkshake Festival

July 29 & 30, 2023
(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.

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


July 29 - August 6, 2023
City center, various locations
(since 1996)

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

> More about Pride in Reguliersdwarsstraat

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Gay Pride at Zeedijk (2015)


August 15, 2022
(since 1997)

Instead of three Hartjesdagen ("Days of Hearts"), there's now only the traditional parade in which men dress up like women and women dress up like men on Monday. On the previous Sunday there's a Romantic Night with small-scale performances in various cafes and restaurants.

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Participants of the Hartjesparade (2007)

- Autumn -

Streetheart festival

September 10, 2022
(since 2017)

Organized by Jennifer Hopelezz in cooperation with the GALA foundation: a festive and inclusive LHBTQ-event at which visitors can dance, participate in a fashion show and vote for their Genderfluid Streetheart. From 13.00 till 22.00 hrs. in Kerkstraat outside club Church.

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Streetheart festival in Kerkstraat (2017)

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

October 18 - 22, 2023
City center, various locations
(since 1995)

The ADE is the biggest festival for electronic Dance music in the world: at almost 200 big and small locations all around the Amsterdam city center there are over 1000 performances by Dutch and international DJs.

> More about the ADE in Reguliersdwarsstraat

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ADE seat and info stand at Rembrandt square (2016)

Leather & Fetish Pride

October 27 - 31, 2022
City center, various locations
(since 1996)

Besides the general Pride Amsterdam, there's also a special Amsterdam Leather Pride. It consists of a long weekend with events in and around the leather and cruise bars and the election of Mr. Leather Netherlands. Highlight is the Invasion-party, which takes places at Undercurrent.

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Amsterdam Leather Pride (2018)
(photo via facebook)

- Winter -


November 30, 2019
(since 2018)

In 2018, Transformer succeeded Love Dance, which was an annual party on World Aids Day to raise awareness and funds for combating hiv and aids in the tradition of the first aids benefit parties and the Love Balls in the former RoXY. Transformer celebrates diversity and solidarity with a wide variety of performances.

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

Pink Xmas

December 18, 2018
Keizersgracht 566
(since 2010)

The only remaining event of the former Pink Christmas is a special LGBT Christmas celebration. This year no service anymore, but a festive gathering from 16.00 - 19.00 hrs at Keizersgrachtkerk where everyone is welcome!

- Social media: Facebook

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

True Colors

January 26, 2020
(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.

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True Colors in Paradiso (2013)

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