Blame It on Bianca Del Rio
Sharp, sassy and in stilettos, this American drag queen, comedian and costume designer rose to fame after being crowned the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season six. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” is known for her foul mouth and riotously irreverent quips. After completely selling out the debut of this tour at last year’s Amsterdam Pride, Bianca Del Rio is back and brasher than ever.
3 August, Theater Amsterdam
After three successful editions, Superball is back out of the closet for another fun-filled competition of drag queens, oddities, devilish dancers and everything in between. It’s the biggest drag battle in Europe, featuring a lip-sync challenge, a dance-off and – of course – a catwalk round. Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win.
7 July, Paradiso
This annual world championship of LGBTI and inclusive rugby – for males and females alike – draws in visitors from across the globe. The week-long celebration in Amsterdam boasts plenty of opportunity to flaunt your rugby pride – on- and off-pitch, with sports activities, pub crawls and more.
2-11 June, various locations
Each summer, Amsterdam’s Zeedijk area takes a jaunty gallop through its feudal past. Originally a medieval national holiday, this tradition has since grown into a carnival-like event, complete with drag, a dragon dance and – of course – hearty food and drink galore.
20 August, Zeedijk
Pathé Gay Movie Night
Every month, Pathé De Munt screens a special LGBTI movie. Arrive half an hour before the film starts to enjoy a drink at the reception. There’s also a chance to win DVD packages. Check the Pathé website for more information.
Every first Wednesday of the month, Pathé De Munt
Drop all your pretences and take off your trousers to dance at Club Church in Amsterdam. The only rule is it’s underwear or nothing, which means briefs and jocks, swim briefs, boxers, sports shorts or nude.
Every Friday and first Saturday of the month, Club Church