King’s Day

King’s Day Rotterdam

King's Day celebration in Rotterdam

Rotterdam King's Day

King’s Day in Rotterdam. Annually in April

At King’s Day, in many streets a ‘vrijmarkt’ (‘free market place’) takes place. The Dutch build up stalls or simply lay down blankets on the pavement to sell all sorts of articles. You can buy lots of second hand rubbish, used toys and clothes but also (home-made) food and drinks and almost anything else imaginable. This kind of street sales is only allowed on King’s Day. The biggest ‘vrijmarkt’ can be found in the centre of Rotterdam at Coolsingel, Hofplein, Hoogstraat, Blaak and surrounding streets.

In Rotterdam artists and bands will perform live on different stages throughout the city and there are shows and activities for all ages. On this day most of the people wear orange clothing and creative orange accessories. Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. The lineage of the current dynasty — the House of Oranje-Nassau — dates back to Willem van Oranje (William of Orange).

King’s Day actually kicks off the night before with King’s Night (Koningsnacht in Dutch). Most bars in Rotterdam organize special parties with live music that last all night long. Dance clubs Maassilo, Thalia Lounge, VIP Room, Off_Corso and Club Vie host big house music parties with famous DJ’s.


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