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Amsterdam Gay Pride
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A city-wide gathering held every August, Amsterdam Gay Pride is a celebration of diversity with an emphasis on the LGBT community. Best known for the canal parade in which themed boats sail through the city’s canals and crowds form along the water, Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and, in tune with the culture of its host city, it’s one major party.

Amsterdam Gay Pride Dates and Location

Amsterdam Gay Pride is held across the city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands from July 28 to August 5, 2018.

Amsterdam Gay Pride
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Amsterdam Gay Pride Lineup

Although attendees can find events every day of the week, a few stand out as the main attractions.

July 28th 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m: Pride Walk and Pride Park

July 28th – 29th: Milkshake Festival

August 4th 12.30 p.m. to 5 p.m: Canal Parade

August 4th 11 p.m. to 12 a.m: Street Party

For the full lineup, check out the official page’s event schedule. For information on this year’s ambassadors (special Pride guests) visit the ambassadors’ page.

Amsterdam Gay Pride
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Getting To and From Amsterdam Gay Pride


Amsterdam International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and serves as a destination for over 100 airlines. Just twelve miles outside the city, it’s a quick taxi or train ride away.


Airport express buses take passengers into the city in just 30 minutes. A “Connexxion” round-trip ticket is $11. But don’t lose your ticket for the return trip!


Taxis and Ubers can get you to the city center in 30 minutes.


Check out MacBike for bike rental options in the city. Having a bike can make a big difference when navigating crowds and moving from event to event.

Public Transportation

GVB (Amsterdam’s transit system) runs the metro, trams, and buses throughout the city. Temporary passes can be purchased ahead of time and can be valid for up to seven days.

For more inside advice, check out Amsterdam Gay Pride Pro Tips.

Amsterdam Gay Pride
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Where to Stay for Amsterdam Gay Pride

Staying in the city’s center is your best bet as it puts you within striking distance of the main events. However, the center is expensive. Look for options across the water or further from the center if your budget isn’t quite as flexible.


If luxury accommodations are a must, the five-star Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is located smack in the city’s center and would be an extremely comfortable place to crash after a day (or night) of partying. Rooms start at $546 per night.


This two bedroom Airbnb is also located in the city’s center and offers a more spacious and homey alternative to the hotel scene. This is a great option for a small group of friends attending the event. Booking price is $520 per night.


If you’re looking for cheaper options, consider the ClinkNOORD hostel. Although it’s located across the water from the center, a quick ferry ride will fix that for you. Booking starts at $54 per night.

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2018 Guide
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