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Discover your favorite festivals based on genre!
Halloween in Rotterdam
The scariest day of the year is on its way! Celebrate Halloween in Rotterdam at the darkest places in the city. Here's a list of the crazy events that are about to happen. Note: this page will be filled in the upcoming weeks.
In June and July, leading up to the Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival, many jazz festivals and events take place throughout the city. The Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival is the biggest jazz festival of The Netherlands. Every year they manage to attract legendary names and new talents in the jazz genre. Before and during NSJ there's lots of jazz activities in the city to enjoy.
The electronic music scene flourishes in Rotterdam. This year offers another extensive selection of dance festivals in the city. Mark your calendars, these are the dance festivals that have been confirmed so far…
The Rotterdam festival calendar is filled with kid-friendly outings! There’s festivals organized especially for kids, but more and more festivals include kids activities in their line-ups. So mark your calendars and enjoy the summer with these fun family festivals!
November 2016 saw Rotterdam hosting the MTV European Music Awards for the second time in history. Today’s biggest stars gathered in Ahoy for the world famous awards show. Preceding the EMA was the MTV Music Week.
The last couple of years many festivals have been added to the city's calender. Last year you could experience Reggae Rotterdam, Magia and the Crazy Sexy Cool Halloween festival for the first time. This year introduces some new events as well.
Let's celebrate the pride of Rotterdam: the harbour! On the 1th, 2th and 3th of september, various bustling maritime festivals take place, such as the Wereldhavendagen (World Port Days) and De Nacht van de Kaap (The Night of the Cape).
Exhibitions, debates, rooftop parties, excursions and sleepovers at an architects' place: in 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!
Rotterdam offers a lot of great festivals, and most of them are free! Enjoy impressive line-ups and be surprised by big concerts, intimate performances by singer-songwriters, great lectures by writers, and more. Check out the list below of all the free festivals in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam Unlimited is one of the biggest events in Rotterdam. The festival originated from the Dunya Festival and the Summer Carnival. Prepare for a lot of colourful entertainment with the Summer Carnival, Battle of the Drums and countless performances throughout the city.
IFFR transforms Rotterdam into an exciting film city for 12 whole days! Featuring over 500 movies to choose from, as well as all kinds of parties, talks, Q&A’s, expositions and concerts. Something for everyone!
During Art Rotterdam Week, the city transforms into a paradise for art lovers and professionals. Conventions and extraordinary exhibitions take over the city. Free shuttle busses are available to take you from location to location.
During the next few months, relaxing and chilling is a common theme at summer festivals. Parks, squares, fields, and even rooftops are transformed into complete festival settings. Plop yourself down and enjoy the sunshine!