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The royal overview for King's Day in Rotterdam

From North to South and East to West, Koningsdag promises to be a true spectacle in Rotterdam again. Perhaps not as grand as last year, when the royal family honoured Rotterdam with a visit, but no less enjoyable. There are free block parties, neighbourhood parties for families and festivals with the big (inter)national acts. What's on offer?

King's Day Componistenwijk

In Hillegersberg, the Orange Committee Componistenwijk has been organising a party on King's Day for 55 years. This time, the Lage Bergse Bos is the venue for the free festivity. With a performance by the legendary Hermes House Band and Andrea Hazes, the female look-a-like of André Hazes.

The Hermes House Band performed for the royal family last year. Photo: Bas Czerwinski

King's Day Crooswijk

The Crooswijk Foundation will again provide a wide range of activities for both young and old audiences at the junction at Paradijsplein and Rusthoflaan. Music is an indispensable element and will again be given a stage at this year's festivities. The programme is suitable for everyone. From toddler to boomer and from teenager to millennial There will be a rug market and a tombola. The children's programme is not only fun for toddlers, teenagers have also been thought of!


Zuiderpark is once again the setting for Kingsland. With, as always, a hefty line-up. Including Beny Rodrigues, Bizzey, Idaly, Broederliefde, Flemming, Kevin, Oliver Heldens and Karim Soliman.

Karim Soliman attends KIngsland with Give Soul

Kralingse Bos Festival

For years, the festival with a very generous line-up. From the Perron Stage, solid techno from international names like Ben Klock, Grace Dahl, Kobosil and Patrick Mason can be heard. In addition, Hef, ADF Samski, Rowan Pierot, Sluwe Ollie, Diaz & Bruno, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Lijpe, Mula B, YadeLauren, Zoë Tauran and Dopebwoy can also be found among the trees.

Grace Dahl runs at the Kralingse Bos Festival

Orange bitters (sold out)

The party that finally gave Rotterdam its own big party on what was then still Queen's Day in 2009. Back then, it was an intimate party on Pannekoekstraat. Now back in the Roel Langerakpark, but with a slightly different line-up with more electronic music. Divided over three stages, Franky Sticks, Boss Priest, Across Boundaries (Chris Stussy and Locklead), Philou Louzolo & Cincity, Moody Mehran and the absolute crowd pleaser of the moment will play, Marlon Hoffstadt. He comes together with Malugi.

Marlon Hoffstadt attends Oranjebitter

Crown Jewel

Escape the inner-city hustle and bustle altogether. Kroonjuweel is a mini-festival at Keilecafe. Wild West will host an alternative party including David Vunk, Alberta Balsam, Estella Boersma, OG Karin and Stranger.

David Vunk spins at Crown Jewel. Photo: Floor Besuijen

King's Day Town Hall Square

The hospitality industry on Stadhuisplein will provide a big orange party. With acts representing different genres such as Top-40, house, Dutch-song and pop.

Festivities in the square in front of City Hall

King's Day Festival

Not in the mood for electronic sounds. At Baroeg on South, they just put on old-fashioned solid bands. Free. It is the last time at this location for the time being as Baroeg is being renovated. Among others Soet and The Suits, Boskat, Pigs, Los Metallicos, Hard Skin, Subrockers and Redikin.

Robert Soeterboek plays with his band Soet and the Suits this year. Photo Megan Keijzer

Kingsday on the Block

At Diepnoord, there is a free block party in collaboration with BOUND45, so in terms of music, at least it is already in good shape. There will also be oysters, cocktails and sausages from the bbq.

Kingsday @ Hotel New York

This will be the tenth party on King's Day. From 12.30, there will be DJs and performances. Among others, Diephuis, dj Promiss, The Big Swingers and dj Viccc. Tickets are on sale here. You don't have to visit the party to pick up orange tompoucs from Hotel New York between 9am and 4pm. The special treat is available in two varieties, with 100% yellow cream and 50% yellow cream and 50% whipped cream. The tompoucenes can be ordered per 4 pieces, or a box of 10.

King's Day at Hotel New York

King's Parade

KeerWeer is especially popular at night when the establishment is still frequented by enthusiasts who want to continue until morning. But regularly, the Keerweer organises a parade in the small street between Westblaak and Binnenwegplein. Around King's Day, however, that will be for the last time. On 26 April, Gerard Joling, Nurlaila Karim, Jopie Parlevliet and Edwin van der Toolen will attend. On King's Day itself, Miss Marjorie, Totally Spice, Ziggy, Bonnie St Claire and Story of Boybands are booked. Sunday 29 April will also be party time with Ronnie Toer, Mart Hoogkamer, Raoul Nooijen and Alison Jiear. Ester Hofman hosts the free event all weekend.

Edwin van der Toolen performs on Friday

Crown Cork Festival

Just opened this month. But already a free festival. Bar Schiemond has invited Dawn Brothers, Heath, Mooon and The Nederbietels. During the Kroonkurk Festival, there will be food and drinks at the Schie in addition to live music, of course.

The newly opened Bar Schiemond hosts the Kroonkurk Festival

The Orange Garden

On King's Day, the second edition of The Church Garden opens with The Orange Garden. A party with only female DJs such as Doris Bae and Sadgirl Riri. Afterwards, the temporary terrace on the forecourt of Arminius can be visited throughout the summer.

By the way, at Superdisco from 11pm there will be the afterparty of The Orange Garden titled: Slay.

Church garden opens with Orange Garden


Several prominent Rotterdammers recommend TOM Coffee + Friends such as The Policy and Saïd Kinos. So does Iwan Smit. He even says: ''Pro tip: Keep an eye on the announcements around King's Day, Tom's BBQ is not normally delicious!'' Also this year, there is a block party with local DJs where owner Tom Prastalo serves his ćevapčići, a traditional kind of sausages from the Balkans. The block party has expanded a bit, Regina and Speck are also involved, and takes place this year in front of Bar Alaska.

Sabajo's Kingsday Blockparty

Sabajo has been on Hoogstraat for over a year. Focused on Surinamese food and cocktails. They have also hosted several parties. So during King's Day, there will also be a block party. Among others, Ray Escobar, Nems and Zouflebouf will spin.


Enjoy strolling along the Nieuwe Binnenweg, which is closed to traffic, with a drink in your hand. It is traditionally only possible on King's Day. Rotown is always a fine stopping place then, with performances and DJ sets. This time DJ Sam Bruinstroop starts and then INDIE GLORIA (Wouter Andeweg and Abel Vlaanderen) takes over with their concept Alter Ego full of alternative dance, energetic indie and innovative pop. From 22.00, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor starts.

Rotown by Hester Blankestijn

Western Pavilion

Another traditional venue with performances every King's Day. This time, from 1pm, Ronny Hammond, Dave Leatherman and Ted Langenbach will spin. A ticket is needed to enter the venue.

Cape Kings Night Silent Disko

At Cape Will'ns during the day, there is a range of beer, schnapps and snacks like bratwurst. But even on King's Night, you'll want to be at Will'ns from 9pm for the Silent Disko. For 15 euros, you get a whistle, a schnapps and one of those headphones on your head. When you leave, you get a 10 euro deposit for the headphones back.

Cape Will'ns

Prince Pils Party

At Westkop, the free party Prince Pils Party will take place. There will be record turners, of course, as well as lager and pizza.

Toasting in advance to Prince Pils Party at Westkop

Royal Republic

Th'Acquisition, Cijntje, Phil Peoples and Ray Escobar will all spin during Royal Republic at the Garden of BIRD. So means a mix of hip-hop, afro, soul, disco, dancehall and beats. Meanwhile, drinks such as cocktails and pizzas from the wood-fired oven can be ordered.

Cuba on the Meuse

Oasis turns into a kind of Havana on the Schiehaven. Cuban salsa will be heard, provided by DJs El Mulato and Pedro Estrella. The rest of the ingredients for the swinging party are mojitos and, of course, Cuban delicacies.

Oasis will be a kind of Havana on the Schiehaven. Photo: Michelle Urbiztondo

Bergweg station

Naturally, the newest hotspot in Noord is hosting a fest. Collectors Rotterdam is hosting the Station Market on Voorburgstraat, opposite Bergweg Station. Inside, there will be great offers at all the stalls and bitterballen will be served all day long. De Lepelaer will be on hand to transform teaspoons into rings. Music will come from DJs Floppy and Bentley while Singer Jérôme will perform Dutch hits.

The Grit

Still on after King's Day can be done at The Grit during Máxima. As the name of the party suggests, the genres are, like the Queen, mainly South American: Soca, Dancehall, Bubbling, Zouk, Samba, Kompa, Salsa, Reggaeton and Bachata.

Continuing in The Grit

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