Follow our crash-course to Amsterdam’s best party hotspots during Gay Pride and Pride Week 2017. Whether sunshine or rain, it’s gonna be a hell lot of rainbows everywhere!
Amsterdam’s Gay Pride is the second biggest yearly event in the country (first one is King’s Day). Each year hundreds of thousands of people gather together to dance, party and celebrate Pride in the streets. With a full week of events kicking off on Saturday 29th July 'til Monday 7th August — and Gay Pride highlight Botenparade on Saturday 5th August — your head might be spinning on which parties to attend and what to do.
With over 560,000 people expected to party around the canals this year, Amsterdam is home to the only Pride Boat-Parade in the world. Which also makes it one of the most fun and biggest LGBT event worldwide!
Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, defends equal rights to make for a stronger nation. It not only benefits Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgenders (LGBT) but it defends a society that is accepting of all its citizens. Amsterdam Pride is a one week celebration which takes place each year in The Netherlands since 1996. It is the latter version of “Roze Zaterdag” (Pink Saturday) originated in 1977. In 2017, Amsterdam Gay Pride is officially renamed “Amsterdam Pride”.
1) Best Party Kick-OFF: Milkshake Festival (Westerpark, Fri and Sat 29, 30th July) - Join the group going on the Party with a Local app - iOS, Android.
Relaxing, friendly, loving, attractive location, beautiful peeps and lekkere music. Land of the festivals, it is only normal that Amsterdam has its very own festival aimed at the LGBT community. Milkshake Festival has grown massively since its first edition in 2012 and takes place during Pride week. The line-up promotes all music genres and spectrum, including a big openminded R&B HipHop stage by Vieze Poezendek (with FS Green, Mitchel Kelly and Phalerieau), a dark and deep techno stage by PAKHAUS Berlin (with Miss Kitten, Sandrien, JD Samson, ...) and a colourful Supertoys mainstage (with Peaches, Sophie-Ellis Bextor, Jonny Woo, Larry Tee, ...).
“FOR BOYS WHO LOVE GIRLS WHO LOVE GIRLS WHO LOVE BOYS WHO LOVE BOYS…”
Come as you are, be loved as YOU. Expect to be kissed, hugged and flirted with.
2) Best Moment: Botenparade (Amsterdam, Sat 5th August) - Join the group going on the Party with a Local app - iOS, Android.
Boats. Boats and more Boats! Most capital cities have large streets, Amsterdam has large canals. Thus typical gay-pride trucks have been replace by fancy boats. The rainbow-coloured boat parade attracts thousands of visitors every year for Pride. Get there early on Saturday to find yourself a good spot to watch the parade from; a bench in the shade, a friend’s balcony, a waterside bar or a hot spot next to a Dj-deck. We recommend packing your own drinks, an umbrella, glitter sunglasses and good dancing shoes!
3) Best Streetparty: PRIK Streetparty on Spuistraat (Fri, Sat and Sun 4, 5, 6th August) - Join the group going on the Party with a Local app - iOS, Android.
Every street is a street party. Filled with outdoor bars and lots of music for the whole weekend. But Spuistraat is a little special this year and the place to be! Groovy beats & Pop, delicious cocktails, happy people, DJ's and Performances, organised by 'PRIK' it is one of the biggest streetparties of Amsterdam. Note that the typical street-rave rendez-vous of Reguliersdwaarstraat won't take place this year and is replaced by a bigger and wider party at Dam square.
Honourable mentions: Streetparty Zeedijk (hip and cool), Dam Square MainStage, Streetparty Paardenstraat (more women), Streetparty Amstelveld (more str8).
4) Best Gay Club-Night: 3x NYX Gay Pride Weekend at Club NYX (Fri 4th August 23.00 - 06.00, Sat 5th August 23.00 - 09.00) - Join the group going on the Party with a Local app - iOS, Android.
So many choices, so little time! All bars and clubs in Amsterdam will be open all weekend-long through the sheer hours of the morning. If you want to go all-gay on your radar, a local favourite is the “Gay Pride Weekender” at Club NYX on Friday and Saturday.
Honourable mentions: FunHouse XXL at (Westergasterrain), Milkshake Festival Afterparties (Vieze Poezendeck), Paradiso (Danserette 1-1), Club Church, Club Rapido.
5) Best Baddass Line-up: Gaypride Is Burning (De Marktkantine, Sat 05 August, 23:00 - 07:00) - Join the group going on the Party with a Local app - iOS, Android.
Amsterdam’s Pride hottest musical night! The underground House music rendez-vous, from Disco and Chicago House to Techno. Is Burning is the gay night hosted by Sandrien & Carlos Valdes, inspired from the old days of the LGBT Club-Culture.
Sandrien is one of Amsterdam’s finest Techno DJs, long-time resident at Trouw and touring beyond the Dutch border since. Carlos Valdes has been at the heart of the Amsterdam scene for years, as a DJ, label boss and promoter. His DJ sets mix up everything from hypnotic techno to kicking house. Check-out the event for the full line-up release.
Honourable mentions: Techno-heads can join "Katharsis 2017" at Warehouse Elementenstraat (Fri, Sat) or “Dekmantel at night” (Fri, Sat, Sun) at Radion and Shelter. It may not be part of the official Amsterdam Pride-parcours, but an absolute stop for electronic music fanatics. Taste of the line-up of Dekmantel Festival's official after-parties: RØDHÅD, Palms Trax, Regis, Joy Orbinson, Makam & more.
6) Hangover Sunday: MainStage Closing Party Dam Square (Dam Square, Sun 6th August, 14.00 - 22.00 ) - Join the group going on the Party with a Local app - iOS, Android.
Don't get home just yet, and celebrate your hangover on the most famous square of Amsterdam. For a quieter Sunday-funday, you can also chill on a comfy chair at one of the many cafés around the square. Enjoy the music while resting your feet and drinking a fresh Ice-Tea. The Main Stage Celebrations are bigger this year than ever before and take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday all-day long.
Honourable mentions: Less drama, more music? A little bit further, outside of Pride, relax at the Thuishaven" beach" with Âme and Konstantin Sibold.
Are you ready to get your dance on? Download the Party with a Local app and find people to celebrate Pride with!
- Best Moment: Botenparade
- Best Street-party: Dam Square
- Best Party: Is Burning
- Special mention: Milkshake Festival
Looking for more information on Amsterdam's nightlife? Check out our Ultimate Amsterdam Nightlife Guide.