Amsterdam Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Amsterdam

|  2 December – 23 January 2022
Amsterdam Light Festival 2021-2022: light sculptures, installations and projections by contemporary artists in the center of Amsterdam.
16:30 – 23:00
|  10 – 20 March 2022
Roze Filmdagen – Pink Film Days 2022: 25th annual international LGBTQ film festival.
@ Ketelhuis (Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 4)
|  27 April 2022
Koningsdag 2022: The King's Day (›Koningsdag‹) on April 27 is a national holiday in the Netherlands and a huge open air event with one to two million visitors in Amsterdam and lots of parties in bars and clubs in the nights around King's Day.
|  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)
|  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

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ***, from 80 €
Small hotel at the Amstel, very close to the gay bars in Amsterdam's main gay area around Reguliersdwarsstraat & Amstel.
@ Amstel 104
Amsterdam 1017 AD
Tram: Rembrandtplein

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.