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King's Day

King's Day


One of the highlights in Reguliersdwarsstraat are the street parties to celebrate King's Day, which until 2013 was known was Queen's Day, and is nowadays celebrated on April 27.

Program 2022

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updated: 17-04-2022

Program 2022

Tuesday, April 26
& Wednesday, April 27

Due to the corona crisis, there will be no big street parties in Reguliersdwarsstraat this year. However, there will be music and outside beer taps in the street.

For the indoor parties at the various venues, check our calendar

Western part of the street

In the part of Reguliersdwarsstraat between Koningsplein and Vijzelstraat there will be live music on King's Night (April 26) from 19.00 to 24.00 hrs. The business association will festively decorate this part of the street.

On King's Day itself (April 27), there's a small DJ booth outside the Exit Café from where the music will be streamed to the various venues from 12.00 to 20.00 hrs. There will be outdoor beer taps at:

- Restaurant Black and Blue
- Restaurant Secret Garden
- Brasserie Je T'aime
- Club NYX / Exit Café

Eastern part of the street

In the part of the street between Vijzelstraat and Rembrandtplein there will be a small-scale party outside the new bar Bacán and an outdoor beer tap at the Latin gay bar Reality.
King's Day is the celebration of the birthday of the Dutch king Willem-Alexander. In Amsterdam, this event attracts hundreds of thousands to the city centre. The distinctive color of this day is orange, as that is also the family name of the royal family.

In Regulierdwarsstraat, King's Day is traditionally celebrated with a Gay Street Party and a Dutch Street Party, both on King's Day and King's Night, which is the evening before:

King's Day street parties @ Reguliersdwarsstraat

For the indoor parties at the various venues, check our calendar

On King's Day, restaurants and fastfood places are allowed to sell their food out on the street.

Please note: on King's Day, you are not allowed to have more than one alcoholic beverage in your possession at a time.

Gay Street Party

Outside the famous gay venues in the western part of the street there's an open and freely accessible street party with a large outside bar, music and live acts!

King's Night, Sunday, April 26:
18.00 - 24.00 hrs.
- DJ line-up:

King's Day, Monday, April 27:
14.00 - 20.00 hrs.
- DJ line-up:

After the end of the celebration outside, the party continues inside the various places!

Gay Street Party King's Day 2020
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King's Day street party (2014)
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Dutch Street Party

At the Rembrandtplein-side of Reguliersdwarsstraat, straight disco Jantjes Verjaardag organizes a street party with an outside tap and a big stage for live entertainment by popular Dutch DJs:

King's Night, Friday, April 26:
19.00 - 01.00 hrs.
- Live performances

King's Day, Saturday, April 27:
12.00 - 20.00 hrs.
- Live performances

On both days, the party continues inside until late!

King's Day street party outside Jantjes Verjaardag (2016)
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The Dutch street party organized by Jantjes Verjaardag in the eastern part of Reguliersdwarsstraat attracts a mainly straight audience.

In the western part of the street, there's traditionally a large crowd of gay people, but this street party also attracts an increasing number of straight people.

King's Dag 2015 in the western part of Reguliersdwarsstraat
(Photo: Rodrigo Borges - Click to enlarge)



Here you can see some pictures of the King's and Queen's Day street parties in previous years:

Queen's Day street party in Reguliersdwarsstraat (2011)
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Here's a video impression of the 2017 King's Day street party in the western part of Reguliersdwarsstraat:

King's Day street party in the western part of
Reguliersdwarsstraat on Thursday, April 27, 2017

Click here for an overview of YouTube videos showing how King's Day and Queen's Day were celebrated in earlier years!


Elsewhere in the city

Elsewhere in Amsterdam there are also street parties for gay & queer people to celebrate King's Day, like:

- at the Homomonument at Westermarkt, on April 26 and 27

- outside gaycafé Prik at Spuistraat, on April 26 and 27

- outside gaycafé The Queen's Head at Zeedijk, on April 26 and 27

LGBTQ street parties elsewhere in Amsterdam
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