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Amsterdam Pride 2024

July 19, 2023

One of the city’s biggest and brightest events of the year, Amsterdam Pride is back and set to be another glittering, rainbow-hued extravaganza.

From beach parties to walking tours, open-air cinema nights to the Drag Olympics — and let’s not forget the much-anticipated climactic Canal Pride Parade — Amsterdam Pride has it all.

Whatever floats your boat, be sure to immerse yourself in the exuberant, colourful, and diverse LGBT+ events the lively capital has to offer.

Celebrating Amsterdam Pride

Pride Amsterdam is a vibrant city-wide festival celebrating the culture and diversity of the LGBT+ community. The annual event takes place every July/August and culminates in the Canal Parade, typically on the first Saturday of August.

Amsterdam Pride is undoubtedly a joyous, feel-good party, but it’s also a way to remember pivotal events in the history of gay rights.

Like many other Pride festivals across the world, Amsterdam Pride commemorates the Stonewall riots. In 1969, these New York riots followed a police raid on the gay-, lesbian-, and trans-friendly bar, the Stonewall Inn. The LGBT+ community, enraged by the continued harassment and violence aimed at them, took to the streets in protest in six days of violent clashes.

The Stonewall uprising inspired the creation of hundreds of gay rights organisations all over the US and sparked the gay rights movement that swept across America and eventually Europe. Pride parades, inspired by the original New York marches, now take place across the world, including in Amsterdam.

Uniquely to Amsterdam Pride, “Pink Saturday” or “Roze Zaterdag” is also commemorated. On 14 April 1979, an LGBT+ activist group organised a demonstration in Amersfoot in response to homophobic statements made by the Bishop of Roermond. During the demonstration, LGBT+ people and allies were abused, spat on, and attacked by police and locals as they marched through the streets in what was a very dark day in Dutch history.

In commemoration of Pink Saturday and the Stonewall riots, and in celebration of Amsterdam’s LBGT+ community, the first Gay Pride Amsterdam was held in 1996.

This year’s Pride will be held from 27 July ‘til 4 August. The event culminates in the Canal Parade on Saturday 3 August and Closing Party on Sunday 4 August.

Amsterdam Pride mouth

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Amsterdam Pride Parade

The highlight of Amsterdam Pride, the Canal Parade, sees thousands of revellers party along the banks of Amsterdam’s famous canals as hundreds of colourful, vibrant, rainbow-donned floats pass (or literally float!) by.

People of all sexualities, gender representations, ages, and backgrounds cheer, dance and enjoy the festivities as passing singers and dancers entertain the bustling crowd. Previous years have seen flag-waving Flyboard riders, Dutch military floats, and even dancing undertakers!

The Canal Parade kicks off at noon on Saturday 3 August at the Scheepvaart museum. It will weave its way through Nieuwe Herengracht to Amstel, through Prisengracht and end at Westerdok. Check out the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade Route for a more detailed look at the parade’s planned journey.

Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade

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Things to do at Amsterdam Pride 2024

Amsterdam Pride parties

Women Pride Party at the Beach

Ladies (including anyone who identifies as a woman), don your best beachy glad rags and head to Zandvoort for a night of boogie. You’ll be eased in with some relaxed lounge beats, but don’t be fooled, as the sun goes down the DJs will be ramping things up with some Pride bangers!

Sunday 28 July at Beachpaviljoen ONS, Zandvoort

Large crowd at Amsterdam Pride party

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FunHouse Pride

Hosted in the enormous 5,000-capacity GasHouder, this gay dance night is sure to wow. Go-go dancers, light shows, and world-class international DJs will keep you entertained and dancing all night long.

Saturday 3 August at GasHouder, Klonneplein 1, 1014 DD. The party kicks off at 10 pm and ends at 7 am. Tickets are €45.61.

Closing Party

The party peaks on the final day of Pride as performers and famous LGBT+ faces appear on the Main Stage in Dam Square. The line-up is yet to be announced, but it’s sure to include a stellar cast – keep your eyes peeled!

Sunday 4 August, Dam Square, 2 – 10 pm.

The Pride After

If the Closing Party leaves you thirsty for more, then head to Westerunie for the biggest afterparty in town. A renowned DJ will be bringing an electrifying mix to keep you partying well into the early hours.

Sunday 4 August at Westerunie, Klönneplein 4-6, 1014 DD. The party runs from 11.59 pm – 7 am, and tickets start at €25.61.

Amsterdam Pride cultural events

Pride Park

The city’s beautiful Vondelpark hosts the popular Pride Park. Peruse the merchandise at the Rainbow Market, enjoy performances at the Open Air Theatre, get sporty, or embrace your artistic side with Pride Park’s diverse activities. Stay tuned for a full schedule coming soon.

Saturday 27 July, 12 am – 10 pm at Vondelpark.

Open Air Cinema Mercatorplein & Gershwinplein

Popcorn at the ready! Check out some LGBT+ movie classics at one of Amsterdam’s free pink cinema nights. Stay tuned for the full programme yet to be announced.

Wednesday 31 July and Saturday 1 August, 8 pm, Mercatorplein

Friday 2 August, 8 pm, Gershwinplein

Other fun things to do in Amsterdam

If you need a bit of respite from all the Pride festivities, or just want to weave in some other sightseeing when you’re in town, check out some of the other many fun and entertaining activities Amsterdam has on offer. Travelling on a budget? We’ve got you covered with the best free things to do in Amsterdam!

If you’re a culture vulture, you’ll find some of the best museums in Amsterdam. Take in Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum, embrace your cat obsession at the Kattenkabinet or delight and grimace at the macabre anatomy museum, Museum Vrolik.

To sum up

See Amsterdam at its vibrant and colourful best during Amsterdam Pride. Take in a drag show (or drag race…), learn a little LGBT+ history, wave at the passing canal floats, or party the night away at some of the biggest and best club nights. Whatever your vibe, there’s lots to enjoy at Amsterdam’s annual celebration of all things LGBT+.

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