Summer may be almost over, but in my eyes it’s time for late summer. Fortunately, there is a lot to experience in September and really plenty to look forward to.
You will discover this in the article below, which is full of fun festivals, parties and markets in chronological order.
Discover even more fun parties in Rotterdam.
MOMO Fabrique Festival 2023
Date: September 2 2023
After a successful edition in April, it will be time for the next MOMO experience on September 2. During the MOMO Fabrique Festival, M4H will be conquered with a groundbreaking mix of music, art and performances, both day and night.
This year the festival is all about electronic music, with an epic programme of no less than 13 hours. From 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM there will be live performances and DJs who will entertain the public on various stages at Weelde, Fruitvis and Citrusveiling. The first names in the line-up are known, with DJs from Amsterdam and Rotterdam such as Nedda Sou, JJAQ and Suze Ijò, live performances by Loradeniz, Ishtar Bakhtali and the new project comforter2, founded by Tammo Hesselink, Meetsysteem and M4ry.
This one-day festival brings globally acclaimed producers and DJs to the stages of Weelde: the eclectic HUNEE heats up the event with a set on the beach at the Zandbar, while the colourful beats of Call Super keep the crowd dancing into the wee hours.
But there’s more! MOMO Fabrique also offers a free day programme full of music, art exhibitions, performances, markets and guided tours at special locations in the M4H, including Keilepand, Voedseltuin and Brutus’ garden.
Here you can get your tickets for MOMO Fabrique.
Different locations in M4H
Nacht van de Kaap
Date: September 2 2023
Another fun party on September 2nd is the Nacht van de Kaap (Night of the Cape). From 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM Katendrecht turns into a place where you can dance, sing along and drink on and next to the SS Rotterdam. With countless performances on the various stages, you will be entertained here all evening and night.
Tickets are going fast, so don’t wait too long and buy your ticket via the Nacht van de Kaap website!
3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam
World Port Days
Dates: September 1, 2 and 3 2023
The 46th edition of the World Port Days will take place on 1, 2 and 3 September. The ideal time to fully experience the Maas and the port. Enjoy canal cruises, special ships, excursions and all kinds of other entertainment on the water and the quays.
Click here for more information.
Different locations in Rotterdam
ALL CAPS Festival
Dates: 3 to 10 September
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 2023, the festival will return to the Feijenoord district for the third 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.
Various places in the Feijenoord district.
Arab film festival
Dates: 5 to 10 September 2023
During the Arab Film Festival, the most significant films from the Arab world are presented in our city. Every year, this festival offers a nuanced view of social, cultural and societal life in countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
This year there is extra attention for women in the Arab film world with the theme Spotlight on Women in Arab Cinema. Women play an increasingly prominent role in Arab cinema, not only as filmmakers and directors, but also as producers. With a range of films, debates and lectures, the position of women in contemporary Arab cinema is put in the spotlight.
In addition to this theme, there are two other interesting themes: Faces and voices of Refugees and 100 years of Sayed Darwish. The first theme sheds light on the lives of refugees and their stories, while the second pays tribute to composer Sayed Darwish, considered the father of modern Arabic music.
Visit the cinema’s websites for more information and tickets.
LantarenVenster, Pathé Schouwburgplein en Verhalenhuis Belvédère.
Oase hippie market
Date: 9 September
Dive into the world full of colour, creativity and positive energy during this first 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.
OASE: Schiehaven 15a, Rotterdam
Date: September 9 2023
Experience a unique outdoor cinema experience on the water!
On Saturday 9 September it is possible to enjoy an open-air cinema from your own boat or from the quay. The big screen will be erected in the middle of the Wijnhaven, on which the film The Shape of Water, awarded with four Oscars, will be shown.
There will be a musical support programme between 6:00 PM and 8:15 PM and the film will start at 8:30 PM.
Click here for more information.
Date: 29 september 2023
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!
Mooie Boules: Vijverhofstraat 45, 3032 SB Rotterdam
Those were the tips for September. Is there another great event missing from this list? Let us know in the comments!