Summer is here and we are counting the days until Amsterdam paints the town in rainbows. Thousands of LGBTI+ partygoers will descend on Amsterdam from far and wide to attend all kinds of LGBTI-centered events. This is your chance to celebrate openly and proudly without a care in the world - it’s practically gay Christmas!
The major Pride parties recur every year but there are a couple of hot additions this time. The legendary street parties at the Homomonument and Reguliersstraat are a must - check out the Drag Olympics (Friday 18:00), have a beer and meet up with your lovers and friends (old and new). For most of us, these are just for pre-gaming though. The real magic happens at the paid events - try to make an appearance at least one from the list below, they’re worth every cent of the cover charge.
Backdoor feat. XLSIOR Mykonos
Kick off your Pride weekend at this large-scale event that will attract more than 1500 partygoers to Amsterdam’s Melkweg. Circuit meets leather meets hipsters meets girls, nerds, and muscle Marys at this pre-weekend party with a tribal music atmosphere. This time Backdoor partners up with Xlsior Mykonos, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Fri 2 Aug, Backdoor feat. XLSIOR Mykonos
On Saturday, make sure you don't oversleep and miss the best Pride parade in the world. This year it starts at midday. Get on a boat with friends for a front row view of the parade or simply hang out around the Prinsengracht. There’s a good chance of being hugged and kissed by a beautiful unicorn who will cover you in glitter. There’s no better day to be gay! After the rainbow parade dies down, don’t wait around and get to the biggest parties:
This event held at Amsterdam’s Paradiso promises to take you 50 years into the future to celebrate 100 years of pride. Playful and silly, with non-stop pop mega hits, performances and spectacular decorations, it’s ideal for anyone with a love of pop music!
Sat 3 Aug, FQP XL!
Supernature presents: The station
This year Supernature is set to outdo last year’s epic celebration with an even bigger warehouse party at new music venue Lofi. You don’t even need to wash that glitter off, just head straight there after the parade. Dance in the sun near the outdoor stage and move to the indoor stage when night falls for 12 hours of music.
Sat 3 Aug, Supernature presents: The station
You’ll have time to take a break, relax, have a shower and put on another sexy outfit before this one. Funhouse is the biggest Pride party expecting 8,000 partygoers from 75 different countries. The party takes place across four venues at Westergas, including the legendary Gashouder. Each area offers a distinct music style, so you can take your pick from house, progressive techno or circuit house – whichever makes you dance the night away.
Sat 3 Aug, Funhouse XXL
Pride… Is Burning
Playing to a more alternative crowd and techno lovers, Is Burning is a great option. The organisers usually keep most the details under wraps until the day but they always deliver when it comes to the lineup and atmosphere.
Sat 3 Aug, Pride... Is Burning
Femmazing Glow in the Dark Pride Party
This women-only party at the top of the A’DAM tower is lit up by panoramic views of the city. The dress code is all white with glow-in-the-dark accessories and the lineup features top female DJs. Be early for this one – doors close at 11:00 for dancing until 03:00.
Sat 3 Aug, Femmazing Glow in the Dark Pride Party
And if by chance you have a tiny drop of energy left - you can keep dancing on Sunday in the broad daylight.
For some fresh air and a more relaxed atmosphere, bike to Vondelpark where Rosario takes place in the completely renovated ’t Blauwe Theehuis (Blue Tea House). This is the fifth year running and the party’s expected to last later into the night than usual. It’s now become a paid event and online tickets are already sold out, so be sure to arrive early for remaining tickets at the door.
Sun 4 Aug, Rosario XXL
Brace yourself for the most fabulous weekend of the year. Happy Pride, party animals!