Amsterdam Gay Travel Guide & Map 2022

Upcoming Events in Amsterdam

|  11 June 2022
Bear Necessity: Amsterdam's big gay party for bears and friends with DJ Sergio Cardoso, Italiander and Mike Jayy.
22:00 – 05:00 @ Panama Amsterdam (Oostelijke Handelskade 4)
|  12 June 2022
Tropikali Festival 2022: annual LGBTQ+ oriented 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.
Tickets: from 48 €
13:00 – 23:00 @ NDSM
|  25 June 2022
Superball 2022 – Battle of the Drag Houses: Who are the best drag queens and drag kings in Amsterdam? The biggest drag ball of Europe.
@ Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8)
|  30 – 31 July 2022
Milkshake Festival 2022: 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
|  30 July – 7 August 2022
Amsterdam Gay Pride 2022: Main event is the famous Canal Parade with 80 boats floating through the canals of Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon, 6 August, 12:30 – 18:00.
@ Oosterdok > Nieuwe Herengracht > Amstel > Prinsengracht > Westerdok

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.