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Love to picknick, barbeque, or just chill in the park? These festivals make great use of the many large and small green areas and squares in Rotterdam. And most of them are free of entry!


Operadagen Rotterdam

Fri 18 until Sun 27 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

Ronde van Katendrecht

Sat 26 until Sun 27 May Katendrecht

This cyclist’s festival welcomes the whole family! Culture and sports collide to create an entertaining combination of activities at Deliplein.

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RYPP Wijnfestival

Fri 1 until Sun 3 June Het Park

The Euromast park is the place to be for this three-day event, offering delicious wines, culinary delights, and surprising acts.

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Overview festival

Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival

Fri 22 until Sun 24 June Pijnackerplein

Trailblazers in the fields of bluegrass & comics gather at Pijnackerplein to create a unique festival experience. What started out as a block party, grew into a three day event with international allure. Ask any bluegrass lover, they will tell you this is the festival to be for bluegrass in Europe!

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Bluegrass performance


Sun 8 July The Boathouse Kralingen

The Boathouse transforms into the coolest island of Europe, with food & drinks, nice music, and of course a hippie market.

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Overview festival

The Parade

Wed 27 June until Sun 8 July Museumpark

Travelling theater festival De Parade is a world apart, a wonderful world to get lost in! Enjoy the theater performances, music, food, drinks and ambiance with friends or family!

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Carousel parade

Rotterdam Zingt

Sat 21 July Grotekerkplein

Gather your friends and family, because it’s time for an old fashioned Rotterdam sing-a-long! So warm up those vocal chords and prepare to have some catchy tunes stuck in your head!

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Singing act

De Bouw

Sat 21 until Sun 29 July Museumpark

Everyone can come on down to Museumpark to do some hammering and sawing! Wood, hammers and saws are available for use at the park. Find a spot and start your own project, or pick up where someone else left off.

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Ice cream break!

Duizel in het Park

Fri 3 until Sun 5 August Vroesenpark

Duizel in het Park takes you on a voyage to discover what makes city life so beautiful, extraordinary and totally worth it! Every year this festival presents a varied line-up filled with literature, art, theater, and music.

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Sunny park

Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam

Wed 8 until Sun 26 August Museumpark

Europe's largest outdoor movie theater. A staple of summer in Rotterdam: Pleinbioscoop presents the best of the past year in movies. Ranging from arthouse gems to Hollywood blockbusters.

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outdoor movie theater

HOP Rotterdam

Fri 10 until Sat 11 August Wijkpark Oude Westen

Wijkpark Oude Westen tranforms into a beerlover's paradise. Micro brewers are pulled out of their basements for a casual festival that focusses on craft beers and good food.

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festival terrain

Dag van de Romantische Muziek

Sun 19 August Het Park (by the Euromast)

Escape to the Romantic era, strut around in your best outfit and spend 2 days immersed in romance at The Park, by the Euromast. Overwhelming sights surround you, while beautiful, romantic and classical music fills your ears. A feast for eyes and ears, with live performances on stage.

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Lady on chair

Welkom Thuis Straattheater Festival

Sat 25 August Various locations at Katendrecht

During Welkom Thuis (Welcome Home), Katendrecht is transformed into a tropical paradise! Sit back and enjoy acts by talented street performers!

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Field with acts


Sat 1 September Wijkpark Oude Westen

The second edition of Magia! This time at Wijkpark Oude Westen. Expect a danceable, renewing line-up of tropical sounds.

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musician Ed Motta