Festivals in Rotterdam

Festivals in Rotterdam

Rotterdam was nominated the world’s best festival city a couple years ago, and with good reason. Not only does the city host many different festivals (not just in sultry summer, but also in the icy winter months), Rotterdam’s festival organisers also demonstrate daring and a drive to innovate in the programmes they design.

Summer = park

In the summer months, the parks are the place to be. Lots of the festivals held in Rotterdam’s parks are free. Examples include the Metropolis festival (where you can see bands play live before their big breakthrough), the fairytale Duizel in het Park festival (a veritable valhalla for children) and the Day of Romantic Music (rustling gowns, white wine, oysters and string quartets). If you love good food, Rotterdam is a great place to eat. From small-scale markets in city squares, like the Rotterdam Harvest Market, to popular food truck festivals like HOP Rotterdam and Rrrollend Rotterdam: food festivals are hot.

Dance

Dance

Forget Tomorrowland and Ibiza.
Food

Food

The food trucks have arrived.
Music

Music

Listen and dance.

From small and intimate to big and international

Besides internationally acclaimed festivals like the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and the North Sea Jazz Festival in July, the city hosts more and more small, intimate festivals as well. And these newcomers are increasingly held in exceptional corners of the city. Old warehouses and silos, rooftops, abandoned buildings and ‘secret gardens’ offer inspiration. The port is also popular; concerts are held regularly in factory halls, wharves, shipping containers and tucked-away corners of liminal space where electronic music and avant-garde art flourish surprisingly well.

Jazz, water & film

Jazz

Jazz

All that jazz.
Festivals on and along the water

Festivals on and along the water

Applicable in Rotterdam
Film

Film

Both outside and inside

Festival agenda

Check out the comprehensive festival agenda for more details. Staying overnight after a day of festival? View the hotels.

Vrije Volk Festival

Vrije Volk Festival

Freedom & happiness
Twee dj's achter dj-booth met armen in de lucht op Blijdorp Festival.

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