The undoubted highlight of Amsterdam’s Pride celebrations, the annual Canal Parade sees dozens of brilliantly decorated barges make their way around the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring. Along the 6km route, which follows the Prinsengracht canal, hundreds of thousands of spectators line the waterways to enjoy the Dutch sun, soak up the amazing atmosphere and enjoy the onboard DJs, show-stopping themes and multitude of smiles. Turn up early to ensure you get a good vantage point to enjoy all the action – either on one of the bridges along the route, alongside the canals, or even from a boat!
4 August, various locations
Pride Park 2018
To help launch Amsterdam’s Pride celebrations, the Vondelpark is filled with a range of colourful LGBTI activities. As well as a rainbow market filled with fabulous mementos, there are sports clinics, an all-women football tournament, and a dedicated area for kids to enjoy games. At the heart of the festival is the Openlucht Theater, offering performances from artists such as Shary-An, Lois, Lane, and Anita Meyer.
28 July, Vondelpark
Pride at the Beach
Just a short train ride from Amsterdam city centre, the beach resort of Zandvoort will come alive with a full programme of music and events to celebrate the LGBTI community. Expect parties at beach clubs and on the beach’s fine white sands, stages with DJs and live music around the town, and even a massive parade to open the event.
July 30–1 August, Zandvoort
Pride starts with a march celebrating the world’s LGBTI communities. Join to spread love and to support people living in one of the many countries where being gay is still a criminal offence. It begins at Amsterdam’s Homomonument and ends at the Vondelpark.
28 July, various locations
Pride street parties
In Pride’s closing weekend, dozens of street parties and open-air events take place across the city. As well as Dam Square’s Pride main stage, there are parties around Zeedijk, Spuistraat, Reguliersdwarsstraat, the Homomonument and the Amstel.
3–4 August, various locations