no alt text

Bucket list experience:

Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jennifer Ceaser

The largest Pride festival in The Netherlands kicks off on the first weekend of August, with nine days of celebration crammed with over 300 events.

Street parties, concerts, performances, open-air movies and sporting events take place across the city and beyond — including the beaches of Zandvoort, a 45-minute train ride from Amsterdam.

The high point is the Canal Parade, where 80 creatively-decorated boats carry the flamboyantly-dressed (and undressed) through the city’s waterways, as tens of thousands gather along the banks to cheer on the colourful procession. Events are free, including the eight-hour-long closing night concert in Dam Square.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: 1st weekend August
Duration: 9 days

Getting there & doing it

Events are free but space may be limited, so arrive early. The banks along the Prinsengracht are usually the most crowded – but also the most atmospheric. To secure a spot to watch the Canal Parade, you’ll need to get there as early as 9am (the parade usually starts around 1 pm).

Book your hotel room well in advance and expect astronomical rates (August is also high tourist season).

When to do it

The pride runs for nine days, traditionally starting on the last day of July and ending with the Canal Parade on the first Saturday of August.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

De L’Europe Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Ultra-plush five-star luxury in a landmark hotel. Perfectly located on the southern of the character-filled Canal Ring, walking distance to the big art museums.

Official star rating:

Ambassade Hotel

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Character-filled hotel in historic canal-facing buildings. The quintessential heritage stay, and perfectly located for exploring the city and enjoying up the Canal Ring atmosphere.

Official star rating:

Hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Eclectic interiors, a stellar canal-front setting and the almost perfect location make this design hotel a true standout.

Official star rating:

Canal House

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

An intimate hotel in historic canal-facing buildings, with stylishly updated interiors. One of the trendiest places to stay in Amsterdam.

Official star rating:

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience


North Holland, Netherlands

Picturesque Golden Age canals, premier league art, cosy cafés, and liberal urban living combine to make Amsterdam one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals.

Website >
Overview >