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All festivals laid out for you.
Industrial outdoor techno festival.
Do you think that Rotterdam has nothing more to hide? High up on the rooftops, there is a whole world to discover! Come dance with the Rotterdam skyline, listen to performances by up and coming new talent or join in on a table tennis game at 30 meters high!
Dance with a robot? Control drones using your body? Or would you rather listen to tales of the creators, while dancing to steady beats with a cold beer in your hands? All this and more at FUTURE FLUX 2017!
Discover the hidden gardens of Rotterdam! The owners of gardens spread throughout the city open their gates for you!
Watch and listen to national and international Cape Verdean artists in a relaxed festival setting!
The Kralingse Bos will be transformed into a festival paradise for more than 10,000 dance lovers! From delicious house to heavy techno, from pulsating hiphop to rhythmic R&B.
The Dag van de Architectuur (Day of Architecture, aka Open House Rotterdam) grants access to the extraordinary and influential buildings of Rotterdam that are not usually open to the public.
North Sea Round Town is the fringe festival of North Sea Jazz. During the two weeks leading up to the big festival, you'll discover surprise performances all over the city.
A new edition of this unique outdoor Halloween festival at Zuiderpark.
A festival filled with quality jazz, featuring popular and upcoming jazz performers.
Travelling theater festival the Parade features more than 80 theater, dance, mime and music performances every year.
New and up and coming comedians compete for the coveted victory at this groundbreaking comedy festival and competition.
Festival village featuring big names and artists from a variety of genres.
An evening filled with international comedy shows at Katendrecht.
ZigZagZuid takes you on an expedition to Zuidplein. During three days, this architecture festival explores the extraordinary urban landscape in the most original way, featuring a large scale art installation, tours and performances. ZigZagZuid: a journey into new perspectives.
Free festival presenting exciting electronic music in the center of Rotterdam!
Trailblazers in the fields of bluegrass & comics gather at Pijnackerplein to create a unique festival experience.
Taste the ambiance Marrakesh, right here in Rotterdam!
Many southern countries organize a midsummer festival in honor of John the Baptist. In Rotterdam, this takes the form of São João, a Cape Verdean festival, to which everyone is invited!
This family-friendly festival in Katendrecht features performances by established jazz artists and upcoming bands, but also offers various children’s activities.
The Russian music by composers such as Stravinsky, Prokofjev and Sjostakovitsj are the focal point of this festival.
Get ready to make a splash at Rotterdam Water Weekend! In and around the Rotterdam inland waterways, during the first weekend of July.
Free music festival with a broad underground line-up and relaxed atmosphere.
Discover the most promising upcoming bands and artists at Metropolis!
Once a year Katendrecht transforms into the rough red light district and sailor's quarter it used to be. Get ready for an evening and night filled programme with theater, music and other entertainment.
The Netherlands’ largest jazz festival, bringing the biggest musicians from the jazz scene and jazz related genre’s together for a musical gathering unlike any you have ever experienced!
This year’s edition of Expedition takes place at Vroesenpark. The festival turns back into how it all began: with a line-up full of house and techno heroes.
During a whole weekend in September, Rotterdam is all about the harbor! Follow different routes and take part in various activities to experience the world of ships, trade, and innovation up close!
Sing along with the classics we all know and love, as well as Rotterdam’s musical staples.
This summer, watch movies at a special location! Prepare for 12 summer movie nights during this 6th edition of the festival.
Enchanting classical open air concert on the water.
This summer, it’s time to go back up on DÂK (literal translation: ROOF). A pop-up city park rises up on the roof of the parking garage on Westblaak, on the corner of the Witte de With.
During Straattheater Festival, Katendrecht is transformed into a tropical paradise. Sit back and enjoy acts by talented street performers.
This summer, Museumpark is the home base for Festival De Bouw (The Build). Everyone can come on down to do some hammering and sawing!
This showcase festival presents the best Rotterdam has to offer! Besides an extensive musical line-up, the organization likes to collaborate with anyone looking to make Rotterdam more fun.
Outdoor industrial techno festival.
A culinary music festival pops up on the beach by Zevenhuizerplas! Sit back and enjoy musical performances by popular bands and artists, and delicious meals presented by renowned local restaurants.
Triangle is back! Get ready for a great hiphop & urban festival.
Kids and adults show off their building and racing skills during this fun family festival!
Rotterdam Unlimited lasts five days and lets you completely immerse yourself in everything that the super diverse city of Rotterdam has to offer when it comes to arts and culture.
Get lost in a world of art, music and happy people!
Loosen those hips for the second edition of Rotterdam’s outdoor reggae festival. This time at Kralingse Bos.
Taste the history of Delfshaven at this outdoor event.
Duizel in het Park takes you on a voyage to discover what makes city life so beautiful, extraordinary and totally worth it!
Micro brewers are pulled out of their basements for a casual festival that focusses on craft beers and good food.
Last year the Facebook event was massively shared, and this year it’s finally happening: we get to watch Jaws in the Kralingse Plas!
Outdoor music event in Zuiderpark. Expect a meticulously organized festival with lots of entertainment, an impressively decorated festival area and multiple stages featuring Urban, Caribbean, Deep/Tech House and more.
The 32th edition of Europe’s largest outdoor movie theater!
The largest film festival of the year takes over Rotterdam for 12 days.
The very best Dutch DJ’s gather for the biggest outdoor dance event in the Netherlands: The Flying Dutch!
The Dog Parade is a lively parade of dogs and their owners. The parade includes the election of Rotterdam’s cutest dog!
Four days of art, music, and performances at unusual locations in Rotterdam North. Allow yourself be astounded, moved, or inspired, and let the power of art win you over.
Expect to see dozens of mobile kitchens at TREK, transforming the park into one big outdoor restaurant.
Museum Night: Discover the best of Rotterdam's museums in one night!
Holi is a Hindu holiday which is also enthusiastically celebrated in Rotterdam.
Adventurous festival filled with new music, performances, and visual art.
King’s Day festival featuring popular acts from the eclectic and urban scene.
Large King’s Day festival on the Kralingse Plas, with different types of live and electronic music.
One of the largest King’s Day festivals in Rotterdam. Oranjebitter takes decoration and experience very seriously!
Rotterdam Urban Trail is an extraordinary walking/running experience of about 10 km, along and through unique buildings in the city.
Werelds Delfshaven festival is a journey of cultural exploration! One weekend, filled with music, dance, poetry, storytelling, art and culinary specialties from all over the world.
2019 is the year of the pig. During a colorful parade the lions and dragons wish Rotterdam a prosperous new year.
This cyclist’s festival welcomes the whole family! Culture and sports collide to create an entertaining combination of activities.
Performers come closer than ever and invite you to join in during Circusstad Festival. Featuring a variety of workshops and shows.
Performances and concerts, combining traditional Flamenco with other genres and styles, like contemporary dance and music, jazz, classical, baroque, and Indian music.
An enormous waterslide is rolled out for young and old! Fun to slide down on, but also fun to watch from the sideline, with a cold beer in your hand!
Rotterdam Pride is for everybody who wants to celebrate freedom of sexual diversity!
Pilgrim Harbour is a music festival that takes you through one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rotterdam.
Europe’s biggest indoor Latin & Caribbean festival!
King's Day festival next to Erasmus bridge. Expect two stages: one with techno and one with top 40 and disco music.
Come down to KINO for a selection of modern day Asian cinema.
International opera and musical theater festival.
Hear the best poets and word smiths in the world!
The third edition of this winter party paradise at an iconic Rotterdam building.
Experience the work of the most controversial choreographers, hailing from 5 well-known Dutch dance studios.
Film festival featuring extraordinary movies and documentaries about the essence of sports.
4-day trombone festival, taking place around the Wilhelminapier for the first time this year.
A spectacular techno party at the ultimate location!
The one and only Rotterdam Zombie Walk: the Halloween event! Hundreds of zombies lumber through the city center of Rotterdam.
The longest shopping street in Rotterdam is the setting for a magical street festival. Living statues take over the streets!
Escape to the Romantic era, strut around in your best outfit and spend your day immersed in romance at The Park, by the Euromast.
The Secret Garden: During three days in the winter, there's a hidden oasis waiting to be found in the city center of Rotterdam…
Among the crates of beer and dirty socks, you can find the best live shows! Stukafest, a festival taking place in students' rooms!
Before the carnival craziness takes over the south of Holland, it takes over the Maassilo in Rotterdam during Crazy Sexy Cool Carnival!
During this travelling indie-classical festival, extraordinary combinations of composed contemporary music and avant-garde pop music could be heard throughout De Doelen.
De 4th edition of Schorem's rock 'n' roll festival took place in the Onderzeebootloods.
King’s Day festival organized by the bars and restaurants at Stadhuisplein.
On the 5th of May, The Netherlands celebrates its freedom and independence. In Rotterdam we do this with a Bevrijdingsfestival (Freedom Festival) in the park by the Euromast, with a line-up filled with music, debates and theater.
Freedom festival organized by college students.
Discover the newest short films and never before seen gems from the Rotterdam film scene.
The first hardstyle festival at the Onderzeebootloods (submarine barrack)!
Rotterdam spoken word organizations join forces to create a weekend full of spoken word, theater, song, dance, beatbox and photography.
Festival for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Come and discover a hidden part of Rotterdam! A place that will be transformed into the magical world of 'De Geheime Tuin' (The Secret Garden) for four weekends. A temporary creative free state, full of performances, exhibitions, music and great people.
Watch a selection of the best films by twelve Dutch film festivals in one night.
The third edition of Magia! This time in the area of Witte the Withstraat. Expect a danceable, renewing line-up full of tropical sounds.
Not actions, but words: stumble upon performances by young and promising artists and writers.
Camera Japan is the Benelux’s largest festival for Japanese film and culture. With movies, shows, workshops, Japanese products, and music.
The Maritime Museum is on a roll! Discover the world of harbour at the Maritime Museum.
Over 30 film screenings, three concerts, and a continuous fringe programme of various talkshows, dance, and DJ’s.
Get ready for a grassy dancefloor during the 5th edition of Toffler Festival in the Roel Langerakpark!
The Boathouse transforms into the coolest island of Europe, with food & drinks, nice music, and of course a hippie market.
Rotterdam as a stage for community arts! With theater, dance, film, and music performances.
The Euromast park is the place to be for this three-day event, offering delicious wines, culinary delights, and surprising acts.
The whole world stops to acknowledge food security for one day. The heart of the festival can be found in and around the Markthal.
A North Sea Jazz festival for kids. Introduce your kids in a fun way to the music genre jazz.
Skaters on parade! A free skating tour through the city! Unfortunately, there will be no Wednesday Night Skate this year.
The biggest fireworks spectacle in the Netherlands: only in Rotterdam!
A tribute to the cultural and culinary classics of Rotterdam!
The Oude Haven (Old Harbor) is transformed into the coziest spot in Rotterdam, with small concerts along the water’s edge.
The MTV Music Week was a warming-up for the MTV European Music Awards , which took place in Rotterdam in 2016.
Cozy indoor winter festival featuring folk, pop, and singer songwriters.
Embrace the Maritime District like never before! This warm festival brings one of Rotterdam’s oldest harbors back to life!
The Dutch holiday icon Sinterklaas arrives in Rotterdam by boat and continues his route through the city center with his “followers”.
This festival takes you into the wonderful world of Arab cinema! Featuring movies from all countries, languages, and cultures of the Arab world.
The end of October is the perfect time for a trip to the movies! Wildlife Film Festival presents its fourth edition featuring the most beautiful nature films and documentaries.
Celebrate the multicultural influences of Bospolder-Tussendijken, together with the area's locals, while all kinds of delicious snacks and bites are cooking on the fire.
Toffler is back at the Onderzeebootloods! Get ready for a magnificent techno event.
Cozy festival with rock & roots bands.
Relish the real House classics! Legendary Rotterdam clubs and artists formed the basis for this festival.
The 16th edition of the International Shanty Festival, with a main stage at Plein 1940 and several additional stages around the Leuvehaven.
Taste the most delicious wine & food combinations, while enjoying live music by various bands and DJ’s.
An open air storytelling festival especially for kids up to age 12! Unfortunately, there is no edition of Verhalenbazaar this year.
During 10 days in the Fall, Rotterdam is all about pop music! Hundreds of bands put their best foot forward to help turn this harbor city into a haven for pop music lovers!
Ready for a musical journey of discovery? Songbird Festival is an intimate indoor festival, offering a surprising line-up, starring world famous singer songwriters alongside new talent.
The official opening of the new cultural season! With teasers and introductions to all sorts of shows and performances on Schouwburgplein.
A wonderful mix of the best music on a beautiful undiscovered part of Rotterdam.
Kannen en Kruiken (translates into: Jars and Jugs) is a festival full of exciting brews and exquisite wines in The Park.
In 2016, Rotterdam played host to the largest music awards in the world!
Close off the summer in style, by dancing at this open-minded Free Folk festival!
During the dark winters of 2012 and 2013, 40 Chinese artists built over 35 moving, lit-up sculptures.
Emancipation is celebrated on July 1 after a period of slavery in Suriname and other Caribbean countries. Now Ketikoti is most of all a celebration full of happiness and good food.
Smoking barbecues, special beers and wines and of course a great vibe!
In september start het nieuwe culturele seizoen. Tijdens de Uitdagen krijg je alvast een sneak peek van de nieuwe voorstellingen, exposities en performances die je te wachten staan.
Rotterdam Pride is for everyone who wants to celebrate the freedom of sexual diversity.
For the first time in Rotterdam: the biggest sushi festival of Europe!
AFFR investigates the relation between film, city and architecture with a broad programme of films, debates and more.
Expand your holiday and bring your tent to Camping Crooswijk! Enjoy party's and performances, camping games, a small beach with cocktailbar and kids activities.
Lots of monumental buildings in Rotterdam open their doors for visitors!
At this independent two-day ‘underground’ festival it's all about sharing information and knowledge, contacts, frienship and creativity.
Theater Rotterdam as one big stage for comics, cartoons and similar arts. With crossovers between images and art, politics, technology, science, media and philosophy.
The Nationale Taptoe is an indoor music show. Military musicians work together with national and foreign artists and groups. There will also be free concerts in the city centre.
The sixth edition brings young makers and known theater, dance, music, poetry and film talent from Africa to Rotterdam.
Hardstyle halloween festival in a spooky environment
Fusion belly dance event for dancers and those who are interested!
Nachtduik is back in its old new year location. With house and techno dj's in an epic setting.
The open-minded summer festival introduces an indoor Christmas edition! Expect Christmas with a twist, on the edge and sometimes slightly over it...
De Pleinbioscoop komt dit jaar voor het eerst met een mini-wintereditie! In een verwarmde loods op het Schouwburgplein draaien allerlei knusse films die perfect zijn voor dit seizoen.
De Pleinbioscoop introduces its first mini winter edition! In a heated shack at Schouwburgplein you can watch films that are perfectly fit for this season.
The second edition of Confetti Winter Fest! Join the adventure at one of Rotterdams most legendary locations and dive into a world full of music, art and performance.
A festival in honor of the Japanse writer Haruki Murakami. The release of his latest novel is celebrated with lots of famous fans and a programme full of music, jazz, art, literature, dance and film.
Festival wits music and circus shows close to Hoek van Holland
International opera and music theater festival. All events are adventures and low key. With free and paid performances through the whole city!
Kralingse Bos is transformed into a festival paradise of dance music. From awesome house to raw techno and from hiphop to r&b.
Indian festival and parade with which the themes love, respect, togetherness, humanity and tolerance are celebrated.
The Wereldhavendagen (World Port Days) have a musical touch to them! World Port Busker Festival brings the best street artists – or buskers – from other harbour cities to Rotterdam.
During Art Rotterdam Week, the city transforms into a paradise for art lovers and professionals. Conventions and extraordinary exhibitions take over the city.
The cruise terminal transforms into a temple of gins! Taste, listen and enjoy the wonderful view over the water holding an ice cold drink.
Every year during Easter weekend the Pasar Malam is organised. And this time it's bigger than ever!
Exhibitions, debates, rooftop parties, excursions and sleepovers at an architects' place: in May/June Rotterdam is all about architecture. With a fully loaded programme, there's not just fun activities for architects, but for everyone else as well!
Two days of punkrock and rock 'n roll! With seven bands from America, the UK and The Netherlands!
Rrrollend is a free food festival for everyone who enjoys a happy atmosphere, a bite, drink and entertainment.
As part of the sixth hiphop and r&b music conference there's free music shows at several stages in the city.
The eighth edition of Internationale Architectuur Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) opens in two cities: Rotterdam and Brussels. This year's theme is Sustainable Development Goals. Expect an exhibition full of imaginatination, plans, projects, films, photos and maquettes at the impressive HAKA-building.
Art- and music festival at the beach of Hoek van Holland!
Rotterdams first photo festival for amateur photographers. With exhibitions, workshops, photowalks and sunny terraces with music.
Discover Oude Westen and Middelland! ZigZagCity takes you to places you normally wouldn't see. Join the expedition through private spaces, shops, indoor gardens and special initiatives in the neighbourhood.
The Amsterdamse Spanish Film Festival organises its first edition in Rotterdam. The festival shows a special selection of independent, artistic and experimental Spanish (or Spanish spoken) movies.
Hiphop returns to Rotterdam and presents itself at the first edition of Get Loose Festival! With musicians, artists and delicious local soul food.
Get ready for this brand new showcasefestival! Expect an exciting selection of the best (post)punk, garage, shoegaze and noiserock of the moment.
Stimulate your senses by the virtual flood in this dream landscape and experience how high the water could reach without human intervention.
Various music genres come together during the multidisciplinary RVLT festival. In addition to electronic sounds, expect metal and dark jazz as well as workshops, exhibitions and more.
Dance until the early hours just before Christmas at Rotterdam Rave Indoor ‘Winter Special’. The best techno DJs will be at the Maassilo to bring you into ecstacy.
Expect hip hop, urban and techhouse at the indoor edition of Triangle Festival in Now & Wow.
During La Notte the film is your weekend party. Watch the best night films with something extra, such as live music or an absurd talk show. Between the films you can listen to creepy radio plays or battle in the soundtrack quiz.
Create your own hallucinations during the art hallucination weekend in Kunsthal Rotterdam.
Enjoy two days of the best techno music at the Toffler Indoor Festival!
It's party time at the biggest urban indoor festival in the Netherlands!
Be prepared for the first indoor edition of Reggae Rotterdam. On the 7th of december it's time for Reggae By Night in the Maassilo.
Celebrate Christmas at Festival Stille Nacht! A lot of bands will be playing in the Maassilo. Enjoy americana, folk, electronics and many more genres at the festival.
This film festival aims to bring together people with either a general or professional interest in global health to think, discuss and debate about global health related issues.
In two heaten shacks you can watch films that are perfectly for this season!
The mayor will put on the lights in the Christmas tree at the Stadhuisplein. The city hall will be open during the night with a lot of activities like a silent disco.
Be ready for the first edition of 'Kerstfeest in de Stad'. There will be TV recordings for this televisionshow and there is music.
Enjoy spectaculair fireworks, live music and more at Vuur & Vlam.
Festival for creative technology. Expect four days en nights with exhibitions, symposia, talks, tec-music, parties and pop-ups.
Seacontainers are the decor of this photo festival with talented creators from the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world.
Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival comes to Rotterdam! Discover and engage with a carefully honed selection of cinema from Spain and Spanish speaking Latin America.
Get ready for live heavy metal, death metal and more at Baroeg!
Enjoy music from various dj's at Blijdorp x de Doelen during Easter weekend.
Vegan food festival with exclusively vegan food trucks and market stalls, in addition to workshops and music performances.
Jord Althuizen & the Smokey Crew release their fifth book! The No Worries BBQ festival offers the perfect opportunity to get a first copy and taste the dishes from the book.
Sing along with Dutch classics during Nacht van Oranje! For the 27th time in Ahoy on the evening before King's Day.
Celebrate King's Day at the largest one-day dance festival in the Netherlands with 150 DJs and live acts in five cities. This year for the first time in Rotterdam!
During Rotterdam Art Music Festival adventurous music lovers get the chance to meet the international vanguard of the innovators in classical music.
Opbouwdag (Construction Day) is an event in Rotterdam where we celebrate the (re)construction of the city. Experience the energetic post-war atmosphere of tackling and building up!
A special commemoration for and by children and young people, to give new meaning to the theme 'Pass on freedom'.
During Rotterdam Architecture Month (RAM) the former post office at the Coolsingel transforms into the stage for Rotterdam architecture: POST Podium.
Expect a night full of jazz, world, soul and funk performances from Edison winners. Special head guest and winner of the ouvre prize Angélique Kidjo will perform too!
AnimeCon is back in Rotterdam after twenty years! Enjoy one weekend in a world of Japanese and Western entertainment.
Get comfortable during the Sinfonia Maritime Fest and enjoy various music styles as well as a varied festival programme.
After a spectaculair indoor season it is finally time to play outside! Modular Festival will be transforming the Keile District into a walhalla for true dancelovers.
Enjoy a weekend full of jazz during Jazzfestival Hillegersberg!
Listen to various choirs and ensembles in historical places during RotjeKoor.
During inJazz, let yourself be taken on a musical journey by musicians from home and abroad. Expect over 40 performances that are guaranteed to blow you away!
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is organizing a closing weekend with a true Bauhaus festival full of music and performances. Piece by piece founded in the Bauhaus principles. This weekend is also your last chance to visit the museum before the large-scale renovation starts.
TIKTAK arrives with their own festival! Expect multiple stages where you can dance.
A Day at the Park is a festival with good quality music by DJs and live acts, your favourite restaurants and popular hot spots.
The Dutch Double Bass Festival is a music festival with a focus on the double bass and bass guitar.
The makers of Route du Nord and North Sea Round Town are coming with Sacre du Nord, a controversial interactive festival! Expect an innovative manifestation of performing arts.
The historic Jazz Route "From Pschorr to Bird" marks and honors five historic jazz locations that have been significant in Rotterdam's jazz history.
Discover the most special places in the city harbor area during Fabrique Mozaique. From a concert in a huge shed to secret gardens in the middle of the industrial harbor.
Experience the city ports in a unique way during the World Port Days (de Wereldhavendagen).
BIRD is launching its own festival this fall: BIRDfest! The ultimate place where different music styles merge.
It is time for the third edition of IJsvrij Festival! This year the festival will take place at Plein 1940. Get ready for lots of winterly vibes, ice skating and much more.