Amsterdam Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

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|  28 November  –  19 January 2020
Amsterdam Light Festival 2019-2020: light sculptures, installations and projections by contemporary artists in the center of Amsterdam. 17:00 – 23:00
|  30 November 2019
Transformer: anual benefit party for the Dutch Aidsfonds.
Tickets: from 15 €
20:30 – 05:00 @ Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8)
|  4  –  8 December 2019
International Queer & Migrant Film Festival – IQMF 2019: with films on queer and migrant related topics as well as panel talks, debates, masterclasses and parties.
|  28 December 2019
Bear Necessity – Sportswear Edition: Amsterdam's big gay party for bears and friends, with DJ Pagano and Sergio Cardoso.
Tickets: from 23 €
23:00 – 05:00 @ Panama Amsterdam (Oostelijke Handelskade 4)
|  19  –  23 March 2020
Amsterdam Bear Weekend 2020: with pub crawls, sauna events, Mr. Bear Netherlands election and several parties.
|  27 June 2020
Superball 2020 – Battle of the Drag Houses: Who are the best drag queens and drag kings in Amsterdam? The biggest drag ball of Europe.
20:00 – 05:00 @ Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8)
|  25  –  26 July 2020
Milkshake Festival 2020: 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
|  25 July  –  2 August 2020
Amsterdam Gay Pride 2020: Canal Parade with 80 boats floating through the canals of Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon, 1 August, 13:00 – 17:00.

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 center of Amsterdam.

As you can see on the 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 gay events in Amsterdam are the Bear Weekend in spring, King's Day on the 26th/27th of April, the Milkshake Festival in July and the Amsterdam Gay Pride with the canal parade in August.