Festivals and events calendar Rotterdam 2019-09-14T11:30:07+02:00

Festivals and Events Rotterdam 2019

Rotterdam is a real festival city and was mentioned several times ‘IFEA World Festival & Event City’. In this festival and events calendar we present you a current overview of the best festivals and events in Rotterdam. Stay informed, get inspired and find your favorite Rotterdam festival!

September 2019 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

1 September 2019


Oude Zomerfestival 
Indian summer in the Old Harbour district with live music, small art and bites. Free entrance.

6 – 8 September 2019

Havendagen 2014

The ‘World Harbour Days’ are an unique opportunity to discover the famous Port of Rotterdam, the biggest harbour in Europe.

7 September 2019

Nacht van de Kaap sfeer

Nacht van de Kaap
The Nacht van de Kaap goes back in the history when Katendrecht was a sailor’s neighbourhood and a well-known red light district worldwide. You can expect foodtrucks, theater and musical performances. Entrance 20 euro.

13 – 15 September 2019


Muziek op de Rotte
Three days of music around the river Rotte in the neighbourhood Oude Noorden. Expect cross overs, classical music, jazz, balkanblues and percussion.

13 – 15 September 2019


Rotterdam Street Culture Weekend
Three days of  street art, urban sports, hip hop and much more. 

13 – 15 September 2019


In the Museumpark you can enjoy three days from  all kind of cuisines.

14 September 2019


Baroeg Open Air
A free music festival in the Zuiderpark with heavy underground music including rock, metal and punk. Eleventh edition; from 12:00 hour.

14 – 15 September 2019


On ‘Monuments Day’ you can visit several interesting monuments that are normally not accessible for public. Theme 2019: Places of pleasure. 

20 – 22 September 2019


Djemaa el Fna
The Museumpark will be transformed into a lively culinary market place that include culinary talk shows, music, theater and most of all international food stalls. Ambiance of Arabian Nights.

22 September 2019


Harbour Tour
Cycling trough unique areas in the great Port of Rotterdam. You can opt for 70, 100 and 135 km.

26 – 29 September 2019


Camera Japan Festival
Thirteenth edition of Camera Japan Festival in Rotterdam. More than 40 films, varying from arthouse drama and comedy to horror and anime..

October 2019 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

5 October 2019


A Festival Downtown
This festival is all about electronic music. Around Nieuwe Binnenweg.

6 October 2019 


Harbour Run 
With this unique obstacle run you go right through the Rotterdam harbour.

9-10 October 2019


The Architecture Film Festival shows films and documentaries from at home and abroad. Location LantarenVenster.

12 October 2019


Geen Daden Maar Woorden Festival
Literary and poetry talent at this ‘no deeds but words festival’.

18-19 October 2019 


Left of the Dial
Around 50 bands play at 6 locations around Eendrachtsplein and Nieuwe Binnenweg. First edition.

25-26 October 2019


Festival Jazz International
LantarenVenster is de scene of the Festival Jazz International. 

30 October – 3 November 2019


The Wildlife Film Festival is presenting a fine selection of national and international nature films. Third edition; location Cinerama Rotterdam.

November 2019 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

October 30 till November 3 (not confirmed) 


REC Festival
Electronic music festival with lots of techno, dance and hiphop. Annabel forms heart of the festival. Third edition. 

November 1 till November 10  

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Rotterdamse Popweek
A chain of pop activities spread over town during 10 days. Rotterdamse Popweek include several festivals. 

November 2 2019


Popronde Rotterdam
Traveling music festival that brings the best Dutch pop artists to Rotterdam. Part of Rotterdamse Popweek. 

November 15-17 till November 22-24 


Finse Kerstmarkt
Enjoy the traditional Finish Christmas delicacies. Third edition of the Rotterdam Finish Christmas market.  

November 17  


Cross Comix Festival
Cartoon as art form. Third edition.

November 17  


Sinterklaas Entry
Sinterklaas lands again in Rotterdam. The spectacle for kids will start at 12:30 hour at the Willemsplein and will end at the Grote Kerkplein.

November 21 till December 14 


Petit Palais
Enjoy nice films in two sheds. From November 21 till December 14 on Schouwburgplein and from December 21 till January 20 on the Grote Markt. 

November 22 


Black Friday
In the centre of Rotterdam you can expect shops to be open till at least 23:00 hour. 

November 23 (not confirmed) 


Toffler Indoor Festival
Toffler Indoor Festival is held at an unique location in the harbour: the Onderzeeloods. 

December 2019 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

December 20 till January 19 (not confirmed)


Petit Palais
Enjoy nice films in two sheds. From November 21 till December 14 on Schouwburgplein and from December 21 till January 20 on the Grote Markt. 

November 30 till December 31 (not confirmed) 


IJsvrij Park Festival
Seven day in the week you can skate in Rotterdam at the Euromast. 

November 30 (not confirmed) 

Van Nellefabriek 1 (Robert Aarts)

Blijdorp Winter Festival
Blijdorp Winter Festival is a house, techno and hiphop festival in Rotterdam. The festival is held in the famous Van Nelle Fabriek.

December 6 (not confirmed) 


Open Stadhuis
‘Open town hall’ contains traditionally the lighting of the Christmas tree witnessed by 300 children. After that activities are held in the town hall. 

December 31 2019

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Nationale Nieuwjaarsnacht
The most spectacular firework of the Netherlands can be watched in Rotterdam. The National New Year’s Eve is held at the Erasmus bridge. 

January 2020 – Events Calender Rotterdam

January 4 till February 23 (not confirmed)


Pica Pica Winterparade 
Two months long on every Saturday and Sunday performances from diverse Rotterdam artists. On the last Saturday the closing party in De Doelen. 

January 30 till February 2 2020 

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Film Festival Rotterdam
Biggest filmfestival of the Netherlands that is offering a wide range of smaller films from all corners of the world. Great international atmosphere with lots of charming events and parties.

January 25 (not confirmed)


Coolheaven Winterfest 
Held at the Coolhavenkade, this festival is offering several music styles like cumbia, tango and bluegrass. Also many activities for children.

January 20 till January 26 2020

Chinees Nieuwjaar

Chinese New Year 
The West-Kruiskade forms the centre of the Chinese New Year in Rotterdam on Saturday. Great happening in Rotterdam that has the biggest Chinese population of the Netherlands.

February 2020 – Events Calender Rotterdam

February 1 till February 2 2020

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Film Festival Rotterdam
The last week of the International Film Festival Rotterdam is offering many charming events and parties including the Closing Party.  

February 5 till February 9  

Van Nellefabriek 1 (Robert Aarts)

Art Rotterdam Week
Art Rotterdam Week exists of several art fairs and exhibitions. Among them are Art Rotterdam and Object Rotterdam.

February 6 till February 9  


Art Rotterdam
Art Rotterdam is the most prominent part of Art Rotterdam Week held in the great Van Nellefabriek. 

February 6 till February 9 


Rotterdam Photo
A free photo event with national and international film talent held in a container village. Fourth edition.

February 7 till February 8  


Object Rotterdam
Design fair since 2018 held in the HAKA building at the Vierhavenstraat. Festival Object forms part of the Art Rotterdam Week.

February 10 till February 16  

Event World Tennis Tournament Rotterdam

World Tennis Tournament
The ABN World Tennis Tournament is one of the biggest indoor tennis tournaments worldwide, held in Ahoy Rotterdam since 1973. The tennis tournament attracts more than 122.000 visitors. 

March 2020 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

February 28 till March 1 (not confirmed)


De Geheime Tuin Winterfestival
‘The secret garden winter festival’ is offering a diverse program with theater, art, performance and music. The secret location in 2019 is ‘Uit je Eigen Stad’.

February 29 (not confirmed) 


Dozens of museums and cultural institutions open their doors to the public during Museumnight010 from 20:00 hour till 01:00 hour and with one ticket (17,50 eur) you get acces to all those spots.

March 7 till March 8 (not confirmed)  


Rotterdam Tattoo Convent
For the eighth time the Rotterdam Tattoo Convention takes place. Location: Maassilo, a former grain silo in Maashaven.

March 21 till March 29


Boekenweek Rotterdam
A week long you can expect book related activities in the Rotterdam Library. 

April 2019 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

April 6 till April 7 2019

Marathon Rotterdam erasmusbrug

Marathon Rotterdam
On Sunday is held the 38th edition of the largest and liveliest sport event of the Netherlands. Great atmosphere. 

April 10 till April 14 2019


The Sport Film Festival presents films and documentaries and receives prominent sport figures. The fourth edition takes places in LantarenVenster. 

April 18 till April 20 2019


Motel Mozaïque
Spread around several locations in town you can expect pop, theater, performances and visual arts.

April 26 2019


TIKTAK Koningsnacht
The TIKTAK Kingsnight finds place in the iconic Maassilo. 

April 27 2019

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Kralingse Bos Festival
Largest festival on Kings Day. On several stages you can expect a wide range of musical styles. 

April 27 2019

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Kings Day
The national holiday Kings Day (the birth of King Willem-Alexander) is celebrated in Rotterdam with several markets, music festivals and several other activities. Well-known markets can be found around Coolsingel, Witte de Withstraat and Nieuwe Binnenweg. 

May 2020 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

April 29 till May 3 (not confirmed)


Circusstad Festival 
Heroic and spectacular performances of circus artists from all over the world. Circusstad Festival Rotterdam is held at the Schouwburgplein in Theater Rotterdam and in the Oude Luxortheater.

May 5 2020

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The Liberation Festival of Rotterdam is held in De Park. The program includes live music, performances, debates and many other activities. 

May 7 till May 10 (not confirmed)

Food Truck Festival TREK

TREK is a free food festival in the Vroesenpark. You can also expect music and theater.

May 10 (not confirmed) 


KLM Urban Trail
Fourth edition of KLM Urban Trail. In 2019 the route goes through Kop van Zuid. You can choose between circuits of 6 km or 11 km.

May 14 till May 17 (not confirmed)


‘Reconstruction Day’ is a celebration of the reconstruction of Rotterdam.

May 19 till May 28 (not confirmed)


Opera Dagen
Held on several locations in town, ‘Opera Days’ includes more than 100 performances. 

May 23 (not confirmed)


Toffler is the technofestival of Rotterdam held in the Roel Langerakpark.

May 21 till June 14 (not confirmed) 


Architecture Month Rotterdam
Rotterdam Architecture Month includes several architecture events like ‘Rotterdamse Dagendagen’ and the ‘Dag van de Architectuur’. 

May 22 till May 24 (not confirmed)


Rotterdams Open Doek Festival
The best short films, masterclasses, talkshows and more. LantarenVenster at the Kop van Zuid, 4th edition.  

May 30 till May 31 (not confirmed)


Ronde van Katendrecht
Experience the legendary Dutch cycle culture in historical Katendrecht with the ‘Tour of Katendrecht’.

May 30 till May 31 (not confirmed) 


Verborgen Tuinen 
Around 60 gardens situated at the right side of the river Maas will be opened for the public. Experience the surprising green side of Rotterdam!

June 2020 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

30 May till 14 June 16 (not confirmed) 

KPN gebouw

Architectuurmaand Rotterdam
Rotterdam Architecture Month includes several architecture events like ‘Rotterdamse Dagendagen’ and ‘Dag van de Architectuur’.

6 June (not confirmed) 


Cider Festival
The Cider Festival in the Fenix Food Factory is a great opportunity to taste cider and meet the cider makers. 

6  – 7 June (not confirmed)

Rotterdamse dakendagen

Rotterdamse Dakendagen
During the weekend you can experience Rotterdam from more than 55 roofs based on special buildings.

6 – 7 June (not confirmed) 


RYPP Wijnfestival 
Third edition of the RYPP Whine Festival is held this time at Drijvend Paviljoen

5 – 7 June (not confirmed)


Werelds Delfshaven
The eleventh edition of Wereldse Delfshaven at the Coolhavenkade will bring a diverse offer of cultural activities from multicultural neighbourhood Delfshaven.

5 – 7 June (not confirmed) 


Rrrollend Festival
In June 2019 this foodtruckfestival is held in Museumpark. 

6 June (not confirmed) 


Boothstock Festival
The best of house, techno, R&B and hiphop at several stages in Kralingse Bos.

4 – 7 June (not confirmed) 


Poetry International Festival
Expect poetry from all corners of the world during de 49th edition of the Poetry International Festival. Central location: De Doelen.

13 – 14 June (not confirmed) 


Dag van de Architectuur
During  ‘Day of the Architecture’ many architectural  icons open their doors for the public.

18 June – 5 July (not confirmed)


Midzomerfestival Kralingen
During two weeks you can enjoy art, poetry, music, dance and theatre in the most lovely spots of Kralingen

19 June (not confirmed) 


Pilgrim Harbour
Several international musicians in the oldest part of Rotterdam: Delfshaven. 

19 – 21 June (not confirmed) 


Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival
A three-day Bluegrass festival that has developed into a renowned international festival. Bluegrass Festival is held in the neighbourhood Oude Noorden.

19 – 27 June (not confirmed) 

De Parade Rotterdam

De Parade
The traveling theater festival ‘De Parade’ starts each year in Rotterdam. The venue is the Museumpark.

20 June (not confirmed) 


Flamenco Festival Rotterdam
The best Spanish festival of Rotterdam: Flamenco Festival Rotterdam. 

June 25 till July 11 (not confirmed) 

North sea jazz round town

North Sea Jazz Round Town
North Sea Round Town, a warmup for the famous North Sea Jazz Festival, presents more than 200 concerts all over town. Most of them free. 

June 26 till June 28 (not confirmed) 


Jazzfestival Hillegersberg
For three days there’ll be jazz in the heart of the chic neighbourhood Hillegersberg. 

July 2020 – Events calendar Rotterdam

3 – 5 July (not confirmed) 


Fourth edition of this culinary festival in the Kralingse Bos. You can expect cooking studios, art, culture and music.

5 July – 7 August (not confirmed)


Kunsthal Live op Zondag
In the Museumpark you can enjoy art, music and food and drinks. 

5 July (not confirmed) 


Ronde van Kralingen
Sports and cosiness in the neighbourhood Kralingen.  

30 June – 12 July (not confirmed)

North sea jazz round town

North Sea Jazz Round Town
North Sea Round Town presents over 200 concerts on 100 locations. You can expect free concerts and exhibitions. Warm up for the famous North Sea Jazz.

10 – 12 July (not confirmed)


North Sea Jazz 
Again Ahoy Rotterdam is the place to be for jazz fans from all over the world. North Sea Jazz presents a very impressive international line-up with all kind of genres.

4 July (not confirmed) 


Expedition Festival
Growing dance festival with house and electronic music. Fifth edition, this time held in the Kralingse Bos. 

19 July (not confirmed)  


Open Day Feyenoord
Every year people from all corners of the Netherlands visit the Open Day of Feyenoord in the wonderful Feyenoord Stadium. 

16 July (not confirmed)  


Eendrachtsfestival shows all the talent of Rotterdam. On and around the Eendrachtsplein.   

15 – 26 July (not confirmed) 


Roffa Mon Amour
An open-air film festival in a beautiful city landscape representing new international cineasts. 

17 July – 1 August (not confirmed)


Dâk is back at Westblaak. 

21 – 25 July (not confirmed) 


Rotterdam Unlimited  
Rotterdam Unlimited is the biggest street festival of Europe. The tropical Summer Carnaval is the main event and attracts a huge crowd. 

26 July (not confirmed)  


Reggae Rotterdam
Fourth edition of Reggae Rotterdam. National and international reggae names in the Kralingse Bos.

August 2020 – Events Calendar Rotterdam

1 August (not confirmed)


Crazy Sexy Cool
Festival scenery with Dutch urban & house music. Thema: Treasure Island. Location is Zuiderpark; from 13:00 till 23:00. 

5 – 23 August (not confirmed)


Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam
A great Rotterdam tradition, the Pleinbioscoop. Watch movies in the open air for free.

6 – 9 August (not confirmed)


De Geheime Tuin
The Secret Garden is a festival of poetry, food, yoga, live music, a silent disco and much more. Every year a new hidden location. 

7 – 8 August (not confirmed)


 Bierfestival Hop 
Expect a true beer fest. Location: Wijkpark het Oude Westen. Celebrating life with craft beer.

10 August 2019


Blijdorp Festival
The Blijdorp Festival is about art, culture, music and cheerfulness. Check out the line-up and tickets. 

10 – 11 August 2019


Ketels aan de Kade
Experience the Dutch history in the beautiful setting of Delfshaven

17 August 2019


Rotterdam Rave Festival
Rotterdam Rave Festival is a technofestival held on the RDM grounds of Heijplaat. From 13:00 till 23:00 hour. Afterparty Maassilo.   

23 – 25 August 11 2019

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Dag van de Romantische Muziek
The charming ‘Day of the Romantic Music’ is on of the oldest festivals of Rotterdam. Enjoy concerts, sitting on the grass in a romantic setting. Location: Het Park

22 August (not confirmed)


Vrije Volk Festival
This free minded festival takes place in the Vroesenpark from 13:00 till 23:00 hour.

29 August (not confirmed) 


Waterfestival Rotte
A bunch of water activities between the Zwaanshalskade and the Crooswijksebocht.