Rotterdam Summer Carnival

Are you coming to the Netherlands and wondering what to do in the Netherlands? 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. July 29th and 30th, 2016 are the two days to mark down on your calendars.
  • Feel the heat of the Battle of the Drums at the Centrum on the 29th. Three Caribbean brassbands, 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. The kick off runs from 7pm to 9:15pm on July 29th. 
  • 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 annually with 2014 marking its 30th anniversary. 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 Centrum at 1pm on July 29th and officially ends 6pm. 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. 

Rotterdam Carnival in the NetherlandsDrummers at Rotterdam Carnival in Holland

Events and times are subject to change but the Robin Rotterdam Unlimited supports diverse musical performances from around the world.  Add in a performance of your choice to cap off or start off your evening in Rotterdam. Explore the Rotterdam Summer Festival and the unique cultural diversity found in the Netherlands. Book your hotel stay early in a central location to make it easy to see it all in the Netherlands. 

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