Amsterdam is exceptionally noted as a city of festivals.
Program of cultural events throughout the month.This annual month-long festival takes place in June and includes daily performances including operas, symphonic, choral and chamber concerts, film screenings, and dance and theatrical performances.Since its inception in 1948, the festival has been one of the most important Dutch cultural events, encompassing Amsterdam and the Hague.
International Gaudeamus Music Week
International Gaudeamus Music Week is a week-long festival founded in 1947 by the Contemporary Music Center of the Gaudeamus Foundation. The aim of the festival is to showcase new works by young composers in the form of symphonic, choral and chamber concerts.The repertoire of the festival is as varied as the composers themselves. The daily performances take place in various venues, including the Ijsbreker Music Center, the Municipal Museum and the Paradiso, among others.
On the Queen's Birthday, the whole of Amsterdam is in a festive mood with music and buy sales, with everyone, including the children, joining in. April 30 was originally the birthday of Queen Juliana, and her daughter, Queen Beatrix, has kept the same date although her own birthday is in fact on 31 January.
Entry of Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) arrives by boat in front of the Centraal Station from "Spain" with his followers and, riding on a white horse, leads his procession through Amsterdam to the cathedral where he is welcomed by the Lord Mayor.
The Floral Procession goes from Aalsmeer to the Amsterdam Street Festival in the Jordaan quarter.The procession takes place on the first Saturday in September.
Press Photo Exhibition
Press Photo Exhibition.World Press Photo is an organization that highlights professional press photography and holds an annual contest and corresponding traveling exhibition of photos.
Sail Amsterdam Festival
Ballet Festival of the National Ballet
The Ballet Festival of the National Ballet summer festival consists of performances in Amsterdam's smaller theaters.
Christmas flora.This annual flower show takes place in December.
Day of Liberation
Day of Liberation (the German Occupation ended on 5 May 1945) is marked with local celebrations in various parts of Amsterdam.
Dutch Workers Strike Commemoration
In February is the commemoration of the strike in February 1941 by Dutch workers protesting against the deportation of their Jewish compatriots.
Festival of Fools
Festival of Fools is held in summer, in even numbered years.The festival is usually held in June.
Saint Nicholas Day
This is a public holiday when presents are exchanged as happens on Christmas Day in English-speaking countries.
Commemoration of those who died in the Second World War is held with a two-minute silence at 8 pm throughout the Netherlands on May 4th.