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Time to dance: 13 great summer parties and festivals in Rotterdam

By Marcella van Bemmel
June 03, 2024

Yes, summer is here! We had to wait for it patiently, but the shorts can come out of the closet and the dancing shoes can be put on. The city is buzzing with fun summer parties and festivals.

Pick your favorite event, put on your party outfit and hit the road with your friends. It’s time to create unforgettable memories.

Mark the events below in June, July and August in your agenda!

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

 

1. Boothstock festival

Date: June 15, 2024

Boothstock festival officially opens the festivalseason on 15 June! The techno festival returns to the Kralingse Bos and, like every year, promises to be a banging party.

With big names like Nina Kraviz, Michel de Hey, Speedy J, Prunk and Benny Rodrigues, this day’s thumping beats will be heard far beyond the Kralingse Bos.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Kralingse Bos – Langepad, 3062 Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday 15 June – 13.00 – 23.00

 

2. Maas Open Air

Date: June 22, 2024

Don’t miss Maas Open Air on June 22, 2024, the ultimate summer party on the Rotterdam Maas! This year they present a first: the first house event in the Oude Plantage Park, surrounded by greenery, water and the breathtaking skyline of Rotterdam.

With a diverse line-up of national and international top acts, the familiar intimate atmosphere and delicious food and drinks, it promises to be an unforgettable day. From local talents to rising stars such as Luke Dean and M-High, Maas Open Air offers something for everyone.

Discover Rotterdam’s oldest park while enjoying the side programming, from Silent Disco to cozy seating areas with a view. And don’t forget to taste the delicious vegan delicacies from Cas&Kas. Whether you want to dance, relax or start the summer with a bang, Maas Open Air has it all for you!

Practical information

Tickets: Click here to buy tickets.
Use the code ‘WEEKENDSINROTTERDAM15’ for 15% discount!

Location: De Oude Plantage

Date & time: Saturday June 22 – 15:00 – 23:00

 

3. Herr Zimmerman Beachparty

Date: June 22, 2024

Herr Zimmerman will not be an unknown name for real techno lovers. Herr Zimmerman is a party katze from outer space, famous for his amazing techno parties and a wild variety of party goers from all over the world.

On Saturday, June 22, the Spacer Techno Katze will land at beach club AZORRA (the new name of the Whoosah) in Scheveningen for a summer beach party! Expect a good dose of techno, from tech-house to hard techno. With the sunset, the sea and the night starry sky as a backdrop, the best party crowd, and a banging line up! What else do you need?

Also great: Herr Zimmermann has arranged a bus from Scheveningen back to Rotterdam. This way you can be sure that you will be brought home neatly.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Azorra Beachclub – Strand Noord 66, 2586 ZZ Den Haag (Zwarte Pad, Scheveningen)

Date & time: Saturday June 22 – 19:00 – 01:00

 

4. Yardbird x Keilecafé

Date: June 29, 2024

On Saturday, June 29, Yardbird and Keilecafe will join forces again for a brand new block party. Expect a sun-drenched day with wonderful tunes at one of Rotterdam’s most unique locations.

Your favorite Yardbird all-stars serve the signature mix of hip-hop, afro, house, disco and electronica, while Keilecafe provides the tastiest wood-fired meals and cocktails.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Keilecafe – Vierhavensstraat 46, 3029 BG Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday June 29 – 14.30 – 23.00

 

5. Reggae Woods

Date: July 6, 2024

On Saturday, July 6, the Zuiderpark will turn yellow, red and green during the first edition of the new Reggae Woods festival. On 5 stages with different styles and artists, this promises to be a grand reggae spectacle full of chill vibes.

Expect a main stage with major international reggae artists, a dancehall tent, dub sound system, afrobeat area and plenty of fun reggae bands and DJs. The line-up includes big names such as Alborosie, Collie Buddz, Busy Signal and Steel Purse. Yah man!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Zuiderpark – Zuiderparkweg 1 · 3084 KD Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday July 6

 

6. The Network Festival

Date: July 6, 2024

In a city known for its diversity and dynamism, according to the organization of The Network Festival, an event where young talent could flourish was still lacking. On July 6, the first Network Festival will take place in the Roel Langerakpark. This event with 5 different stages offers a platform where emerging talents can present themselves.

Expect offerings in various music genres, including Eclectic, Electronic, Afro Diaspora, Disco/Italo and live performances. The diverse line-up has been put together by Rotterdam’s young and creative organizations such as Yardbird, MONO, No Biggie and Cult North. Network Festival introduces a new sound within the Rotterdam festival landscape!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Roel Langerakpark – Roel Langerakweg 25B, 3041 JK Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday July 6 – 14.00 – 23.00

 

7. Metropolis festival

Date: July 7, 2024

Foto: Fleur Beerthuis

On Sunday, July 7, Metropolis Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary. The free festival is held in Rotterdam’s Zuiderpark. Metropolis is mainly about new music, but also surprises with emerging talent in the field of performance, film and street art.

Plop down on the grass with a blanket and enjoy a performance, or toast with a beer while dancing to the music of one of the artists. Metropolis is also suitable for kids, so ideal for a family outing on a Sunday.

Practical information

Tickets: no tickets required, free entrance

Location: Zuiderpark – Zuiderparkweg 1 · 3084 KD Rotterdam

Date & time: Sunday July 7 – 14.00 – 23.00

 

8. NN North Sea Jazz festival

Date: July 12 – 14, 2024

Mokoomba tijdens het NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2019 door Hans Tak.

NN North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam is just around the corner! From July 12 to 14, jazzy beats, sounds and rhythms will fill the halls of Ahoy Rotterdam. In addition to the solid foundation of jazz, many genres are covered, such as blues, soul, funk, hip hop, world, pop and much more.

There are more than 150 performances by thirteen hundred musicians, spread over fifteen stages. This year there is another fantastic line-up. Big names will take the stage, including Artist in Residence: Meshell Ndegeocello, Sting, Anouk & Metropole Orkest, Black Pumas, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Vulfpeck, Jazmine Sullivan, Al Di Meola, Charles Lloyd, Terence Blanchard.

Just like every year, there is also emerging talent to discover during the NN North Sea Jazz Festival.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Ahoy Rotterdam – Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam

Date & time: July 12 – 14, 14.30 – 00.00

 

9. DÂK – July 12

Date: August 10, 2024

Foto door Iris van den Broek.

Yes, we can go to the DÂK again from July 12 to August 10! This annual pop-up rooftop park is the ultimate hotspot for fun summer parties in Rotterdam. In addition to the “normal” evenings, events are also organized in collaboration with Rotterdam parties such as Yardbird, Soul City and Cult North.

You can also go to the DÂK for a game around the table, games, yoga mornings and workshops such as the ‘Bob Ross painting parties’. Got hungry? You can order a tasty bite from the kitchen, or bring your own food and grill it yourself on one of the barbecues on the DÂK!

Practical information

Tickets: can be purchased directly at the door (Sunday to Friday €4, Saturday €10)
With exception of the Yardbird Rooftop Party

Location: Parking Westblaak – Kromme Elleboog, 3012 VM Rotterdam

Dates: July 12 – August 10 (open from Tuesday to Sunday)

 

10. Boogie festival

Date: July 20, 2024

The BoogieExpress organization is known for its great parties on boats, on ice, in churches and on other special locations. This summer there will be an extra special event with the Boogie Festival at the Stadshaven Brewery on Saturday, July 20.

With stages hosted by Maas Open Air and Schuurkantine, you can dance to the best disco, house and urban tunes. With the harbor and the banks of the Maas in the background, good vibes and the sun in your face, a wonderful summer party in Rotterdam is guaranteed.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Stadshaven Brouwerij – Galileistraat 24, 3029 AM Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday July 20 – 13.00 – 23.00

 

11. Festival de Achtertuin

Date: July 20, 2024

On July 20, nature, music, artists, art, experience and love come together at Festival De Achtertuin. Between the trees in the backyard of Rotterdam; Outdoor Valley Bergschenhoek, you will find intimate stages with melodic techno and experimental music.

DJs such as Sluwe Vos, Benny Rodrigues, Mitch Klein, David Vunk and Lucien Voort ensure that the roof goes off in the forest. Discover secret places such as the magical garden hut and the cuddle garden, relax with a massage between dancing and marvel at the special art and installations. It promises to be a day full of discoveries!

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Outdoor Valley – Hoeksekade 141, 2661 JL Bergschenhoek

Date & time: Saturday July 20

 

12. Blijdorp festival

Date: August 10, 2024

Foto’s: Nikki van Toor

The biggest neighborhood party in Blijdorp is coming again! On August 10, the Roel Langerakpark will be transformed into a large playground for adults during the Blijdorp festival. With different stages, from the large main stage to intimate hidden stages between the trees, you can wander around all day long among your favorite artists.

This year Blijdorp festival is also celebrating its 10th anniversary, so there will be an extra special offer with a beautiful line-up and stages hosted by Paardenrave and Operator Radio.

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

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Roel Langerakpark – Roel Langerakweg 25B, 3041 JK Rotterdam

Date & time: Saturday August 10 – 12:00 – 23:00

 

13. CuliNESSE

Date: August 22 – 24, 2024

Foto: Eus Driessen

At the end of the summer, Nesselande will again be completely dominated by CuliNESSE! The twelfth edition of the family festival will be organized at Zevenhuizerplas from 22 to 24 August. It will be a three-day festival packed with musical, culinary and cultural programming.

During CuliNESSE, visitors can enjoy performances by major Dutch artists such as BLØF, Snelle and Kris Kross Amsterdam. Inbetween the performances you can try delicious dishes from local restaurants in the region.

Practical information

Tickets: click here to buy tickets

Location: Zevenhuizerplas – Laan van Dada, Rotterdam Nesselande

Date & time: August 22 – 24, Thu 16.00 – 23.00, Fr 16:00 – 00:00, Sat 14:00 – 00:00.

 

Those were all the cool summer parties and festivals in Rotterdam for June, July and August. Which dance floor are you going to rock?

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