The Dutch sure know how to party. When nightlife is concerned, there is a laid-back, liberal culture that makes a trip to Amsterdam a unique experience. If you’re looking for a fun-filled weekend away in September, why not make Amsterdam your destination of choice, and take advantage of the free open-air street festival held in the Jordaan district.
Held annually in the third weekend of September, the streets of Jordaan come alive with passion and enthusiasm, expressed from locals and tourists alike. The Jordaan Street Festival originated in the 70’s with locals gathering together to revel in the district’s once diverse working class history – quite different from its reputation today as one of the trendiest and most sought-after districts in Amsterdam. Although the district has changed significantly over the years, the celebration continues to demonstrate the Jordaan spirit.
This 3-day street party has a flea market and auction during the day, followed by popular Dutch musicians performing a variety of genres, from cabaret to opera and drum bands to mass sing-alongs. The festival is also great for families travelling with children as various games and boules competitions are held throughout the day. With free admission, the Jordaan Festival often attracts thousands of visitors.
The dates for the 2011 festival are 16-18 September. Friday kicks-off at 5pm until midnight, with Saturday and Sunday running from 1pm-midnight. The Festival is held around the Marnixstraat.
The Jordaan Festival is a must-see for any tourists staying in Amsterdam apartment rentals. The festival is a fantastic event to mingle with Amsterdam locals and enjoy the beautiful streets of the charming Jordaan district. Click here to search for Amsterdam apartment rentals close to the Jordaan Festival, or view the full selection of Amsterdam apartments here, ranging from budget to luxury.