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Best summer events: from June to September

By Marcella van Bemmel
June 06, 2024

It is officially summer in the Netherlands. That means it’s time to make fun plans for an unforgettable summer. Fortunately, you do not have to look far, because our own city has more than enough to offer.

Below are the best summer events in Rotterdam, in chronological order from June to September. From open-air cinemas and vibrant festivals to cosy markets and more.

We will continue to add to this article regularly, so grab your diary and start making cool summer plans.

Discover more fun summer activities in Rotterdam.

 

Fun events in June

 

KeileCollectief exhibition

Date: June 15, 2024

The KeileCollectief, a collection of 35+ companies in the Keilepand, offers a diversity of businesses, including architects, furniture makers, restaurants, and more. They regularly organise exhibitions and events, such as Cinema Culinair and Haute Photographie, focusing on sustainability, entrepreneurship and art.

On 15 June, the KeileCollectief will open the new exhibition ‘HOW WILL WE BUILD M4H 2030’ together with several architectural firms from the city. An exhibition about landscape, urban planning, architecture, materials and the Merwevierhavens. In it, they look back 100 years and forward 100 years. What will our built environment look like in the future?

On their website you can find more information.

Location

Keilepand: Keilestraat 9F, 3029 BP Rotterdam

 

De Parade

Dates: June 21 to 30, 2024

Foto: Erik van t hof

Yes, after years of absence, theatre festival De Parade is finally back in Rotterdam! From 21 to 30 June, the travelling festival descends on Museumplein.

Around 80 theatre, dance, mime and music performances for young and old will take place in the theatre tents. Most of the performances were created especially for the festival and can only be seen on the Parade.

Besides the performances, De Parade is also a popular place for drinks and snacks during the sultry summer evenings, silent disco parties and a ride on the popular carousel.

Location

Museumplein: Museumpark 20, 3015 CX Rotterdam

 

OASE hippie market

Date: June 23, 2024

Dive into the world full of colour, creativity and positive energy during the second edition of the Hippie Market at OASE!

During this cute market you can participate in creative workshops, discover a diverse group of Rotterdam entrepreneurs and shop the most unique products. From jewelry to healthy food products and clothing. There is something for everyone.

Expect dance, Cacao Ceremony, readings, card reading and much more!

The Hippie Market in a collaboration between Ana Collectives and OASE. Entrance is two euros. Payment is possible with pin or cash at the door.

Location

OASE: Schiehaven 15a, Rotterdam

 

Het Wilde Diner

Date: June 29, 2024
(and Friday 2 & Saturday 3 August & Saturday 21 September in 2024. Additional dates may be added).

On Friday evening 29 June, you are welcome at the Food Garden for The Wild Dinner, a unique experience where you will be immersed in the world of wild herbs. During this evening, you will learn all about wild herbs during a wild picking workshop. Afterwards, you will get to work yourself and prepare a delicious curry in a cast-iron pan over the fire or a pizza in the outdoor oven.

The evening stretches over four hours and includes a guided game-picking session led by a guide, a tasting of game-picking snacks and local drinks from our own cellar, and cooking with home-picked ingredients over an open fire. The evening will end with a delicious outdoor dinner.

Click here for more information and tickets.

Location

Voedseltuin: Keilestraat 5, 3029 BP Rotterdam

 

Clothing & Book swap – Ani & Haakien hostel

Date: June 30, 2024
(and every last Sunday of the month)

Every last Sunday of the month, Ani & Haakien hostel organises a Clothing & Book swap. How this works. Come to the hostel on the day of the event, put your stuff on the swap table and take what you want. It’s a free clothing swap, so take what you want, leave what you want (no pressure).

During the swap, there will also be a clothing repair station for repairing or upcycling garments. Besides swapping, delicious food will be available from the hostel’s kitchen, along with refreshing drinks, while visitors can enjoy themselves in the cosy garden.

If you cannot come but still want to contribute, you can drop off your items at the hostel during reception hours.

Location

Ani & Haakien hostel: Coolsestraat 47-49, 3014 LC Rotterdam

 

Movie on the Beach at the Maaskantine

Dates: June to September, 2024

All summer, watch movies on a large outdoor screen at the Maas Canteen. Lie back on a comfortable sun bed, grab a bowl of popcorn and, when it cools down, pull a warm blanket over you while watching your favourite film.

Beforehand, the barbecue will be lit and fans can indulge in juicy smash burgers, tender short ribs, balsamic glazed pulpo and grilled veggies.

Besides the movie nights, other cool events are regularly organised at the Maaskantine. The full programme can be found on their website.

Location

De Maaskantine: Plantagelaan 2, 3063 NG Rotterdam

 

Fun events in July

 

Roffa Mon Amour screening at OASE

Date: July 6, 2024

For this special screening at OASE, Roffa Mon Amour has joined forces with LantarenVenster’s Queer Cinema. Get ready for a special queer movie night with the screening of Orlando, My Political Biography (2023) by Paul B. Preciado.

The film, a groundbreaking extension of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography, highlights the experiences of trans and non-binary individuals and won the Teddy Award at the Berlinale.

Before the screening, there will be an engaging conversation with Romy Rockx and Bappie Kortram, moderated by Nychenda Fecunda. An evening of cinema, connection and celebration of LGBTQ+ voices and stories.

Click here for tickets.

Location

OASE: Schiehaven 15a, Rotterdam

 

RiF010 Opening

Date: July 6, 2024

The long-awaited opening of RiF010 is finally going to happen! Starting this summer, surf lovers can indulge in Europe’s first surf pool in the middle of the city. Sports enthusiasts can surf, bodyboard, dive, supp, canoe and cycle on the pumptrack at RiF010.

Hungry after a long surf session? In the SurfBar & Kitchen with terrace, you can refuel with real beach bar classics. Even non-surfers are welcome here to watch the surfers while enjoying a drink or snack in the sun themselves.

On 6 July, a splashing event will be organised to celebrate the opening, with international surf competitions, live music and DJs. For surf pros and relaxed enthusiasts alike, it promises to be a fun-filled day and a first you won’t want to miss.

Location

Steiger 2, 3011 GT Rotterdam

 

Keile Nightmarket

Date: July 6, 2024

Keilecafe is een permanent festival in Rotterdam West. Kom hier samen met vrienden, geniet van een drankje, houtoven-pizza's en muziek! Een heerlijke plek waar je heel de dag terecht kan.

Keilecafe is located in the M4H area in Rotterdam West. A great place where you can enjoy delicious drinks, traditional wood-fired pizzas and great music with friends. As soon as you step inside, all the hustle and bustle of Rotterdam disappears and you enjoy a casual atmosphere.

It’s not for nothing that Keilecafe calls itself a permanent festival, where you can celebrate life and where day and night merge on the dance floor.

This summer, Keilecafé has something cool in store for you: the Keile Market. This market takes place on several dates, including July 6. Expect vintage clothing, vinyl records, handmade items and art, unique jewelry, items for your interior and more! There is so much to discover that it is difficult not to leave with full bags.

Location

Keilecafé: Vierhavensstraat 46, 3029 BG Rotterdam

 

Maria & Pepe Pop-up Mexican Restaurant and Bar

Dates: July 11 to August 31, 2024

After a successful first year, Maria & Pepe, a pop-up Mexican restaurant and bar, returns to OASE Rotterdam this summer. On the sunny terrace, enjoy their tasty Mexican dishes for 25 days.

Behind this pop-up is a story of love. The Mexican Maria met the traditional Dutch Joost in the park at the Bergse Voorplas in Hillegersberg Rotterdam. The love for the authentic Mexico spread and Joost became Pepe. Their love for good, healthy food, while also thinking about the planet, is what you experience during this pop-up concept. This pop-up adventure is a perfect test for them to discover if this is what they really want to do!

So, what can you expect? Maria & Pepe bring Mexican cuisine to life, but completely plantbased. They use organic and local ingredients whenever possible and offer a virtually gluten-free menu. The menu includes Aguachile, Tacos, Chilitos y Elotitos, Tamales, Mole, and of course sweet desserts and refreshing cocktails.

Also nice: the profit of this concept is donated to the Heroes Campesinos project in Mexico. Heroes Campesinos is an organization that supports local small farmers.

Visit Maria & Pepe Wednesday through Saturday from 4 PM to late. Sunday from 1 PM to 9 PM.

Location

OASE: Schiehaven 15a, Rotterdam

 

Eendracht Festival

Date: July 18, 2024

This free accessible showcase festival takes place annually in the third weekend of July. It started in 2012 out of frustration that there was nowhere in Rotterdam where talented Rotterdam makers could present themselves.

Eendracht Festival has now grown into a Rotterdam showcase festival that shows a large audience how much talent Rotterdam has in the field of music and art.

This year you can enjoy 58 acts and 11 stages at various locations in the city, including Arminius, Skatepark Westblaak and WORM. The line-up has been announced, check it out here!

Location

Various locations across the city (around Eendrachtsplein)

 

Rotterdam Unlimited Summer Carnival

Dates: July 26 & 27, 2024

Foto door Joni Israeli.

This year, Rotterdam Unlimited celebrates its 40th edition and over 2,500 dancers, 25 carnival groups and floats will again turn Rotterdam city centre upside down with the biggest Caribbean street party: Zomercarnaval Straatparade!

On Friday evening 26 July, the party starts at Annabel and Sahara with two dazzling pre-parties. The next day on Saturday 27 July, the parade will start an hour earlier this year. From 12:00, the parade winds its way from Blaak on a 5 km journey through Rotterdam city centre. Enjoy an explosion of colour, music, celebration and diversity. The parade ends at 19:00, but afterwards, the party continues at Annabel or Sahara for the afterparty.

Furthermore, the Rueda de Casino invites dance lovers to a vibrant salsa experience on Rotterdam’s Stationsplein. Festival market Mercado also returns. This time not centred on Coolsingel, but spread over several locations in the city centre.

Visit the Rotterdam Unlimited website for more information.

Location

Different locations in Rotterdam Centre

 

DÂK

Dates: July 12 till August 10, 2024

Foto door Iris van den Broek.

Yes, from 12 July to 10 August, we get to hit the DÂK again! Every year, they transform an asphalt car park into a lush green oasis, where you can enjoy the view of the city.

Both July and August have cool things planned. Besides the ‘regular’ nights, events are organised in collaboration with Rotterdam parties such as Yardbird, Soul City and Cult North.

You can also visit the DÂK for a game around the table, games, yoga mornings and workshops like the ‘Bob Ross painting party’. Feeling hungry? You can order a tasty bite from the kitchen, or bring your own food and grill it yourself on one of the barbecues at the DÂK!

Location

Apcoa Parking Westblaak: Boomgaardsstraat 32a, 3012 XD Rotterdam

 

DE MAALTUIN

Dates: July 25 till August 25, 2024

Also this year pop-up restaurant De Maaltuin returns in a unique way in Trompenburg Tuinen and Arboretum Rotterdam. Visitors can wander through this beautiful garden to enjoy the idyllic spots in different places, and of course a special five-course dinner. During this edition you dive into the rituals of different cultures, all of which are inspired by nature.

Eating in a garden is always the ultimate summer feeling! Especially nice if this is in the garden of a restaurant, because at least you don’t have to do the dishes. The summer edition of the Maaltuin will take place from July 25 till August 25.

For tickets and more information, visit the Maaltuin website.

Discover even more summer pop-ups in Rotterdam.

Location

Trompenburg Tuinen en Arboretum: Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX Rotterdam

 

Fun events in August

 

Blijdorp festival

Date: August 10, 2024

Ready to catch a festival this summer? On 10 August, Blijdorp festival celebrates its 10th anniversary, so there will be an extra treat with a stunning line-up and stages hosted by Paardenrave and Operator Radio.

The line-up includes both big names and local talent. Among others, Speedy J & Stranger, Philou Louzolo, HEF (live), Mall Grab & Flansie, MCR-T, Jyoty, David Vunk and Sophie Straat (live) will provide the music you can go wild to!

Click here to buy tickets.

Location

Roel Langerakpark: Roel Langerakweg 25B, 3041 JK Rotterdam

 

Roffa Mon Amour

Dates: August 14 to August 25, 2024

Op woensdag 14 augustus is de kick-off van de 12e editie van Roffa Mon Amour in de tuin van Brutus. Gedurende 12 dagen viert het festival filmtalent van over de hele wereld door ‘s nachts films te presenteren op een speelse locatie.

Roffa Mon Amour brengt je in vervoering en ontroert je met een selectie kleurrijke, gedurfde films van nieuwe en bekende filmmakers, live Cinema Concerten, inleidingen en Q&A’s. Op een bijzondere festivallocatie reis je van Tunis naar Hong Kong en weer terug van New York naar Rotterdam.

Discover the entire film programme on the Roffa Mon Amour website!

Location

Brutus: Keileweg 10-18, 3029 BS Rotterdam

 

Smaak van Rotterdam Festival

Dates: August 30 till September 1st, 2024

Experience the second edition of Smaak van Rotterdam (Taste of Rotterdam), the four-day festival that celebrates our city’s vibrant and diverse community. Enjoy a spectacular mix of music, entertainment, creative workshops, delicious food and drinks, while at the same time supporting local entrepreneurs.

At Smaak van Rotterdam you will find an extensive selection of food trucks, wines, cocktails and specialty beers. Everything has been carefully selected by local entrepreneurs and suppliers. Each food truck offers a unique menu that will make your mouth water, with an emphasis on the diverse flavors and culinary delights that characterize our city.

Take part in dance lessons, painting workshops and admire performances by local talent. The festival stage comes to life with emerging musicians and bands from Rotterdam, who show and hear the immense talent of our community.

Smaak van Rotterdam has something for everyone. In addition to fascinating performances and workshops, there are special activities for children, so that they too have an unforgettable experience. From face painting to interactive children’s entertainment, the festival offers endless fun for our youngest visitors.

The entrance to Smaak van Rotterdam is completely free, so that everyone can experience the magic of the festival and enjoy all the beauty that our city has to offer!

Location

Vroesenpark: Stadhoudersweg 181, 3039 MC Rotterdam

 

Het Wijn Festijn Rotterdam

Dates: August 16 & 17, 2024

Foto door Sean Hitchens.

Are you a wine lover? Then of course you should not skip the Wine Festival!

On August 16 and 17, the Grotekerkplein will be transformed into a wine festival. More than a hundred different wines are in the spotlight here, perfectly combined with Burgundian delicacies such as cheese boards, charcuterie, vegetarian dishes and more.

In addition to enjoying all the food and drinks, you can participate in fun activities, such as a fun game of jeu de boules.

Good to know for all parents: children have free access to the festival! Non-alcoholic drinks are available.

Buy your tickets for the Wijnfestijn in advance.

Location

Grotekerkplein

 

Dag van de Romantische Muziek

Date: August 24, 2024

The Day of Romantic Music is the meeting place for lovers of classical and romantic music in Het Park. During this event, you will enjoy a completely free programme spread across seven stages. Expect classical music with forays into different music streams.

Visit Weekend van de Romantische Muziek for more information.

Location

Het Park: Kievitslaan 25, 3016 CG Rotterdam

 

Weelde Festival

Date: August 24, 2024

Foto door Cedric Veldhuis.

It’s time again for Weelde Festival. And this time, Weelde Festival lasts not 12, but even 24 hours! Be enchanted during a thunderous festival on 24 August 2024.

From 11:00 in the morning until around the clock later, you will be immersed in the colourful diversity of the world called Weelde. During the Weelde Festival, you will experience all that Weelde has to offer in an endless adventure.

Let yourself be carried away by the enchanting music, taste the delicious dishes and drinks and be surprised by the great live acts and more. Take an epic journey from the darkest hours of the night, surrounded by uplifting music, and end the experience with a serene morning concert, where even after an exuberant rave, you can completely unwind.

This year the festival is all about transformation and change. It is the last year that Weelde will take place in its current form. The concept and the festival undergo a transformation from this year to next year, just as you, the visitor, transform from the evening hours to the morning hours.

You can choose to buy only a day ticket (11:00 – 23:00), a night ticket (23:00 – 11:00) or a Passe Partout for the entire 24 hours (11:00 – 11:00). Click here to buy tickets.

Location

Weelde: Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam

 

Vintage aan de Maas

Date: Augustus 25, 2024
(And every last Sunday of the month)

Vintage aan de Maas is a Rotterdam vintage market organised by OASE Rotterdam and Vintageshop De Parel. From Sunday 26 May 2024, the market will take place every last Sunday of the month on the grounds of OASE: a former shipyard on the river Maas.

Visitors can be inspired by the offer and the enthusiasm of the shopkeepers selling the finest items. OASE and De Parel join forces to make responsible shopping accessible to everyone.

Practical
Entrance 2,- euro (debit or cash)
Children free & dogs welcome
Dates: 26 May, 30 June, 28 July, 25 August, 29 September

Location

OASE – Schiehaven 15a, Rotterdam

 

Fun events in September

 

World Port Days

Dates: September 6, 7 and 8, 2024

Bezoek je Rotterdam in september? Dan kom je op het goede moment om de Maas en de haven ten volste te beleven. Tijdens de Wereldhavendagen zijn er namelijk een hoop demonstraties, rondvaarten en allerlei ander entertainment te vinden op het water en de kades. 

On 6, 7 & 8 September, the 47th edition of the World Port Days will take place. The ideal time to experience the Maas and the port to the fullest. Enjoy round trips, special ships, excursions and all kinds of other entertainment on the water and the quays.

Click here for more information.

Location

Different locations in Rotterdam

 

ALL CAPS

Dates: September 1 to 8, 2024

Every year, the leading ALL CAPS festival descends on Rotterdam to bring an abundance of street art to a specific neighbourhood and its inhabitants. In 2024, the festival will return to the Feijenoord district for the fourth year.

A selected group of international artists leave behind beautiful murals. During the festival it is even possible to see them live at work as they bring their creations to life.

ALL CAPS is about bringing diverse people together through culture. One of the goals of the festival is to make art more accessible. Rotterdam thus becomes an open-air museum without admission fees or closing times.

For more information, visit their website.

Location

Various places in the Feijenoord district.

 

Floating cinema

Date: September 14, 2024

Foto door Hester Blankestijn.

Experience a unique outdoor cinema experience on the water! On Saturday 14 September, it will be possible to enjoy an outdoor cinema from your own boat or from the quay. A big screen will be erected in the middle of the Wijnhaven, on which a film will be shown. It will be announced in early August which film it will be this year.

There will be a musical support act between 18:00 and 20:15 and the film will start at 20:30. Buy a ticket in time for a seat on the quay or on a boat(s), a drink and popcorn are included in the price! The seats on the quays are covered.

Even more fun to come already in the afternoon because there are all kinds of free activities in the neighbourhood as part of Open Monument Day and World Port Days. So you can be shown around or sail yourself, see the historic ships inside and take part in fun workshops. For a small extra fee, you can book a snack and your own tour boat with your ticket.

Click here for more information.

Location

Wijnhaven – The Red Apple Marina

 

CLUB PETANQUE

Date: September 27, 2024
(And every last Friday of the month)

Every last Friday of the month, Club Petanque in Beautiful Boules is all about dancing to disco, clubhouse and hits!

The evening starts with fun party games to get in the mood, including beer pong, Jenga XL and table football. But when the clock strikes 10:00 PM, the party really starts.

The party goes on until 02:00 AM, so that you are still fresh and fruity the next day, unless of course you decide to continue the party elsewhere, everything is possible!

Location

Mooie Boules: Vijverhofstraat 45, 3032 SB Rotterdam

 

Those were the best summer events 2024 for Rotterdam. We will keep updating this article with more great tips, so be sure to check back!

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