What to do on the 26th and 27th of April
By MEIKE EIJSBERG
With March drawing to a close and April creeping up on us, it is time to start thinking about the most Dutch event of all: Kingsday (and night)! Here is a small guide to everything orange to do on this occasion.
Parties, parties, parties
On the night of 26 April, witness all of Utrecht’s town squares (Neude, Sint Janskerkhof, etc.) being transformed into dance floors, with a broad range of local DJs and bands inviting you to dance the night away.
If you don’t want to be outside due to potential bad weather (we don’t know the weather forecast yet, but since we’re in the Netherlands, let’s not get our hopes up), don’t you worry! Almost all bars will be open the entire night, so if rain starts pouring down, just hop inside for a quick drink.
Parties not your thing? Come to the same squares on April 27 to enjoy a wide range of food, games, a little music here and there, and of course: the flea market. You can find the Utrecht flea market starting at Vredenburg going all the way to Wijde Begijnhof. Make sure to stop by lots of stalls to get your hands on some real second-hand treasures.
For a real Dutch experience, visit one of the nearby towns, e.g. de Bilt or Zeist, to get a first-hand encounter at the kids’ version of a flea market: the “Kleedjesmarkt” (= blanket market). This event, where kids sit on their blankets next to the curb to sell all kinds of stuff, ranging from used toys to little artefacts they made themselves, usually takes place in the main street of a town. Make sure to bring cash!
Whatever you choose to do on Kingsday-or night, make sure you wear orange 🙂