Rotterdam Summer Carnival

Are you coming to the Netherlands and wondering what to do? Add the Rotterdam Summer Carnival to the top of your list of tourist activities in Holland. Get the details on this highly anticipated event right here! 

Rotterdam Summer Carnival Overview

Stop on over for Rotterdam's Summer Carnival for two full days of fun.

Feel the heat of the Battle of the Drums at the Centre. Three Caribbean brass bands, starting from different areas in the city, make their individual ways to the podium, getting the entire city excited up for the Summer Carnival. Over 50,000 spectators will witness the convergence of energy at the Hofplein podium where the brassbands will battle it out to win the Golden Drum.

Experience the rhythm with one of the largest Caribbean parades this side of the equator. The first parade was held in 1984, celebrating the diversity of Rotterdam. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn to the parade. Crowds can expect over 2500 dancers, 30 floats and 25 carnival groups to take over the streets of Rotterdam City. The summer carnival parade starts off at the Centre, young and old can enjoy the show. 

Either day of the festival, you have to get down to the Mercado. Hungry festival fans indulge in the flavors of exotic dishes from all over the world. Have a bite of the Surinamese seasoned chicken, Havanese nasi and dare to try the tropical crushed ice scones. Other vendors in the Mercado allow visitors to mix it up with a spot of shopping. Find fashionable sunglasses, jewelry, gadgets, stylish bags and more. Relax and unwind with amazing snacks and a cold brew and some light shopping before the next event. 

Events and times are subject to. Explore the Rotterdam Summer Festival and the unique cultural diversity found in the Netherlands. For more information about the schedule visit the website

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