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Time to dance: 12 great parties in Rotterdam

By Marcella van Bemmel
October 25, 2023

Are you in the mood for a good party this fall? Rotterdam is bursting with cool events, from techno parties in underground clubs to fun festivals.

The weather is getting colder and rainier, so it’s time to dance until you’re hot at cozy parties! Dress up (or not, whatever you feel like), put on your best dancing shoes and hit the road with your friends. It’s time to create unforgettable memories.

Add the events below to your agenda!

Be sure to also check out these great dance spots in Rotterdam.

 

 

1. Radio Tornado – Club Centraal

If you haven’t yet visited the recently opened Club Central at the former location of Vibes, October 27 is the perfect opportunity! This evening Radio Tornado takes over the club, where, following the familiar recipe, the evening starts with Caribbean and African music and slowly moves into Italo-disco and house.

Also, don’t be surprised if you hear Japanese Citypop or when the synthesizer legends of Kraftwerk make their appearance. Danceable music from all over the world to vibe all night long!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Club Centraal, Westersingel 50a, 3014 GV Rotterdam

Date & time: Friday October 27 2023, 23:00 – 06:00

 

2. Club Petanque – Mooie Boules

Every last Friday of the month, it’s party time at Mooie Boules with CLUB PETANQUE. Get ready for games, craziness and dancing with disco, clubhouse & hits.

Kick off your weekend with party games like beerpong, foosball, Jenga XL and more. The DJ will play all favorite tunes so you can dance the night away with your friends!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Mooie Boules Rotterdam – Vijverhofstraat 45, 3032 SB Rotterdam

Date: Friday October 27 & every last Friday of the month

 

3. Vrije volk festival

Are you in the mood for Halloween? The Halloween edition of Vrije volk Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 28! Immerse yourself in a world of extravagant costumes and amazing performances.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Ferro Gashouder, Keileweg 25, 3029 BR Rotterdam

Date: Saturday October 28 2023 (NOTE: POSTPONED, NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED)

 

4. Scary Shit & Pretty Pumpkins – On Other Drugs

Also at On Other Drugs on Bergse Rechter Rottekade, you can spook and party on Saturday, Oct. 28, during Scary Shit & Pretty Pumpkins. Put on your most frightening (or sexy) outfit, drink a Scary Shot and dance the night away to the DJ’s beats.

By the way, this night the clock goes back one hour, so you can party an hour longer!

Read more about the exciting plans On Other Drugs.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Bergse Rechter Rottekade 1, 3051 AB Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday October 28 2023, 21:00 – 02:00

 

5. Friday Night LIVE! – Kunsthal

Picture by Bas Czerwinski

Combining a fun party with arts & culture? Start your weekend with Friday Night LIVE! at the Kunsthal. Every third Friday of the month you can visit the Kunsthal from 17:00 to 22:00 for bites&drinks, music&performances and above all a stimulating and inspiring program with a heavy dose of art.

Every edition a different Rotterdam partner takes over the Kunsthal for the night. With Modular, Roffa Mon Amour, House of Knowledge and Spraakuhloos in charge, the events are ever the same. The only thing that is certain is that you will be surprised no matter what!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Kunsthal, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam

Date: November 17 & every third Friday of the month

 

6. De Danshal – Club Sahara

Dancehall is coming to Rotterdam’s newest and hippest venue on November 3: Club Sahara. They come for you with the best dancehall beats, but it’s about much more than that. The Selektaz will make forays into power soca, sexy Latin, reggaeton and much more.

Go wild on viral tunes and forgotten bangers during this Caribbean night. Sounds provided by Selektaz: high energy, low hips, only bon vibes. That’s THE DANSHAL!

Check out more new clubs & other new hotspots in Rotterdam

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Club Sahara, Schiestraat 18, 3013 AH Rotterdam

Date: Friday November 3

 

7. Annabel – Vroeg Pieken

Do you like to party, but don’t necessarily want to stay up too late anymore? Then Annabel has the perfect event lined up on November 17: Vroeg Pieken!

Vroeg Pieken starts at 20:00 and you will be in bed just after midnight, so you will be fresh the next day! Ideal for the 30+ ers among us.

Also fun: you can decide which songs will be played at Vroeg Pieken. Not by telling the DJ on the night itself, but by sending your favorite songs in via this page.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Schiestraat 20, 3013 AH Rotterdam

Date & time: Friday November 17, 20:00 – 00:30

 

8. SHIPPED Beerfestival

Beer lovers united! Local Rotterdam breweries Stadshaven Brouwerij and Kaapse Brouwers have joined forces for their special collaborative Beerfestival SHIPPED, this year on Saturday November 18 at Stadshaven Brouwerij’s gastropub.

Discover a diverse selection of craft beers from local and international breweries, featuring exclusive brews you won’t find anywhere else in the Netherlands. Enjoy delicious food and live music, accompanied by your favorite beers.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets (Tickets include a unique (branded) tasting glass for visitors to take home after the festival, as well as a special token that allows them to be the very first to taste the unique limited edition co-brew).

Location: Stadshaven Brouwerij, Galileïstraat 24, 3029 AM Rotterdam

Date: Saturday November 18

 

9. Toffler Indoor Festival 2023

After a summer full of festivals, you still can’t get enough? Then you can go wild for another full day at the Onderzeebootloods on Saturday, November 25, during Toffler Indoor Festival 2023.

With big names in the Techno and House scene like Benny Rodrigues, Cher Semain, Chris Stussy, Daria Kolosova, DJ Rush, Franky Rizardo, Loco Dice, Najel Monteiro, Patrick Mason and ROD, this is guaranteed to be a big banger!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Onderzeebootloods, RDM-Straat 1, Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday November 25, 14:00 – 23:00

 

10. Ferry

Foto door Roffa Archive.

At Ferry you are welcome for an LGBTQ+ night out, full of great music, a warm and fun atmosphere and the company of great people.

Our blogger Masha previously wrote about parties on Mondays at Ferry. Unlike many clubs in the Netherlands, the bar is also open on Mondays for their weekly drag show Manic Monday. Every week, fabulous queens perform live on Ferry’s stage, showcasing their talents through mesmerizing dance and song.

In addition, there are many other fun parties on the agenda at Ferry during the weekend!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets (most of the time the entrance is free!

Location: Westblaak 127, 3012 KJ Rotterdam

Date: different dates – there are parties every week

 

11. Now & Wow

Foto door Roffa Archive.

Now & Wow is located in a former silo building. With ceilings 40 meters high, Now & Wow consists of a main room where they remix popular hits, and two smaller rooms with genre music.

Several cool parties are held every weekend at Now & Wow, check out their website for all the events!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to see all events and buy tickets

Location: Maashaven Zuidzijde 1, 3081 AE Rotterdam

Date: different dates – there are parties every week

 

12. Perron

Perron is Rotterdam’s one and only real techno bunker. Inside you have no idea what time it is, but that doesn’t matter at all.

Every weekend there is a party going on here. Check out their scheduled events and find your fave!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to see all events and buy tickets

Location: Schiestraat 42, 3013 AH Rotterdam

Date: different dates – there are parties every week

 

Those were all the cool parties and festivals in Rotterdam in October & November. Which dance floor are you going to hit?

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