Amsterdam Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

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|  21  –  25 October 2020
Amsterdam Dance Event – ADE 2020: 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.
|  7 November 2020
Museum Night Amsterdam: From 19:00 till 02:00, about 50 museums and institutions open their doors again for one night and organize special events.
Although the event focuses on a Dutch audience, there is plenty to see and do for non-Dutch speakers, too.
Tickets: approx. 22 €
|  26 November  –  17 January 2021
Amsterdam Light Festival 2020-2021: light sculptures, installations and projections by contemporary artists in the center of Amsterdam.
17:00 – 23:00
|  27 April 2021
Koningsdag 2021: 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.
|  18  –  22 May 2021
Eurovision Song Contest Rotterdam 2021: semi-finals and grand final of the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in the Dutch city Rotterdam.
In the streets and bars of Amsterdam many big and small fan fests and parties.
|  6 June 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 Plein
|  12 June 2021
Superball 2021 – 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)
|  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.

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 queer events in Amsterdam are the LGBTQ film festival Roze Filmdagen in March, 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.