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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.

Child in carnaval outfit Photo: Joni Israeli
Child and marine officer Photo: Anne Reitsma
Festival audience Photo: Eddy Kaijser

Events

North Sea Round Town

Thu 22 June until Sun 9 July Various locations

A whole lot of free jazz performances at unexpected locations in Rotterdam.

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Band at Centraal Station

Rotterdam Water Weekend

Fri 30 June until Sun 2 July Various locations

Fun on and around the water in Rotterdam. With floating picknick islands, free concerts, and tours.

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Boats on the water

Metropolis Festival

Sun 2 July Zuiderpark

The place to be when you feel like discovering new talent. For the past 30 years the festival showcased bands and artists that are on the verge of their breakthrough.

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DJ with audience

Rotterdam Zingt

Sat 15 July Grotekerkplein

Sing along at the top of your lungs to the golden oldies. From Abba to the Beatles, there's something for everyone!

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Singing act

Eendracht Festival

Thu 20 July Eendrachtsplein

This showcase festival surrounds the Eendrachtsplein with a wide range of creative and talented musicians.

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Musician with audience

De Bouw

Sat 22 until Sun 30 July Museumpark

Time to get your hands dirty! This family friendly festival allows you to build your own architectural masterpiece.

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Ice cream break!

Rotterdam Unlimited

Tue 25 until Sat 29 July Various locations

Rotterdam Unlimited presents music, dance, poetry, workshops and, of course, the famous summer carnaval, with a colourful parade that marches through the city.

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Woman wearing headdress

Ketels aan de Kade

Sat 12 until Sun 13 August Historic Delfshaven

Get to know the history of Rotterdam during this festival that takes place at one of the most idyllic spots the city has to offer.

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Troubadours

Zeepkisten Festival Rotterdam

Wed 16 until Sun 20 August Kralingse Bos

This contest for children and adults let's you make your own soapbox car. When you finish it, show the others what you're made of in a race for ultimate glory.

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Winners soapbox race

OVG Veerhavenconcert

Sat 26 until Sun 27 August Veerhaven

This is a free classical outdoor concert, set up by the legendary Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, that takes place on a floating stage in the water.

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Veerhavenconcert

Welkom Thuis Straattheater Festival

Sat 26 August Various locations in Katendrecht

Enjoy surprising performances by talented street artists at Katendrecht.

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Field with acts

Wereldhavendagen

Fri 1 until Sun 3 September Various locations around the harbour

A must see for everyone who loves ships, docks and maritime adventures. The grand finale shows fireworks lighting up the sky, a truly magical experience.

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boat

Baroeg Open Air

Sat 9 September Zuiderpark

At Baroeg Open Air festival you'll find a relaxed atmosphere and wide range of rock, metal, punk, drum 'n' bass, industrial, breakcore, and more, spread over several stages.

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Rockin' out

Rrrollend Rotterdam XXL

Fri 29 September until Sun 1 October Kralingse Bos

Food festival with a huge selection of food trucks: enjoy snacks like coconut balls or vegan burgers.

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Ambiance at square

A Festival Downtown

Sat 7 October Various locations around the Nieuwe Binnenweg

Exciting electronic music played at a unique location in the middle of Rotterdam.

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Performance De Likt