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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


Circusstad Festival

Wed 1 until Sun 5 May Schouwburgplein, Oude Luxor Theater, Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg

Performers come closer than ever and invite you to join in during Circusstad Festival. Featuring a variety of workshops and shows. The programme on Schouwburgplein can be enjoyed for free.

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People at circus

Bevrijdings­festival Zuid-Holland

Sun 5 May Het Park (by the Euromast)

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.

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Operadagen Rotterdam

Fri 17 until Sun 26 May Various locations in the city centre

International opera and music theater festival. All events are adventures and low key. With free and paid performances through the whole city.

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Opera in the Koopgoot

Rotterdam Unlimited

Tue 23 until Sat 27 July Various locations in Rotterdam

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. With a summer street parade and many other activities.

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