Amsterdam Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Amsterdam

|  31 July – 1 August 2021
Milkshake Festival 2021: big annual open-air party festival celebrating the diversity of people: gay, straight, trans, thick, thin, small, large, black, white ...
12:00 – 23:00 @ WesterPark
|  31 July – 8 August 2021
Amsterdam Gay Pride 2021: Canal Parade with 80 boats floating through the canals of Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon, 7 August, 13:00 – 17:00.
|  6 August 2021
Backdoor – Pride Edition 2021: big gay party with stage show and international DJs such as Rodolfo Bravat, Inshane and Diego Summers.
Whether the party can take place is subject to government decisions regarding the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
23:00 – 06:00 @ Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234)
|  29 August 2021
Tropikali Festival 2021: annual open-air world music festival in the north of Amsterdam. With three parties, including Kalinichta and Rosario. From tropical grooves to Balkan beats and music from all around the world.
Mixed clientele.
13:00 – 23:00 @ NDSM
|  13 – 17 October 2021
Amsterdam Dance Event – ADE 2021: the biggest festival & conference in the world for electronic music. With debates, talks and many events in big and small clubs all over Amsterdam, incl. various gay venues and queer parties.
|  16 – 17 May 2022
Werq The World 2022: the stars from RuPaul's Drag Race on tour in Amsterdam with their new show.
@ AFAS Live (ArenA Boulevard 590)

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. From 60 €
Decorated with items from the music industry and located only a few steps away from big clubs and concert halls such as Sugarfactory, Melkweg and Paradiso (venue of the gay party Rapido).
@ Leidsegracht 114
Amsterdam 1016 CT

About Amsterdam and its gay life

Amsterdam had been a powerful city of maritime trade fame for many centuries. In the second half of the 20th century it was considered the gay capital of Europe, due to the beauty of the city and due to the city's liberal atmosphere which was far ahead of most other European cities and countries at that time.

As our Amsterdam Gay Maps show, there are several gay areas in Amsterdam, all of them not really far from each other. First of all you got the street with the unpronounceable name, Reguliersdwarsstraat, which is rather mainstream and quite busy at the weekend. Nearby are the Amstel street and Kerkstraat. And finally there are Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk in the very center of Amsterdam.

As you can see on our Clubs & Parties page there aren't many regular gay clubs and parties left in Amsterdam nowadays. The most popular and crowded parties are those which happen monthly or every few months. So, if you like dancefloors with hundreds of half-naked sweating guys, check for the next dates of those irregular parties.

Annual highlights and queer events in Amsterdam are the LGBTQ film festival Roze Filmdagen in March, King's Day on the 27th (or 26th) of April, the Milkshake Festival in July and the Amsterdam Gay Pride with the canal parade in August.