Free festivals in summer

Free Festivals in Rotterdam in Summer

With the perfect ingredients of a super-hot summer and an award winning festival city, now is the perfect time to check out the amazing selection of free festivals in Rotterdam this summer! With a fantastic line-up of music festivals, carnival and specialist events taking place around the city, there’s something for everyone! Get your groove on and get ready for one hot crazy summer!


Metropolis Music Festival

Every year Metropolis Music Festival is the place to spot up and coming talent as new bands have the chance to grab their big break, and this for moren than 30 years! The Festival takes place at Zuiderpark with an outdoor stage promoting new Dutch bands and artists playing live. There’s always an interesting  selection of different music genres and talent, and a great atmosphere as it’s free and outdoors. What’s not to love?? Find out more about Metropolis Music Festival here

The Travelling Theatre Parade

With an awesome 80 different performances the The Parade arrives at the Museumpark every summer. There is a small fee (7.50 Euros) for the performance areas but plenty of free live music takes place around. The Parade aims to provide experiences in all things theatrical, from dance and mime to music and dance. There are family friendly workshops and also performances in different languages so everyone can take part, it also travels to other locations in the Netherlands afterwards if you miss it in Rotterdam. Grab something to eat at one of the BBQs and check out the free music at Hotel Vilé and Café Correct if you want the experience for free! Find out more about it here

North Sea Jazz Festival & North Sea Round Town

Rotterdam is the best place to be in July for all jazz, blues and soul fans! North Sea Jazz Festival is well known to jazz lovers and takes places every year in July, but it also has a free fringe festival; North Sea Round Town usually throughout June. Expanding to include funk and hip hop along with the more traditional jazzy beats, this festival sees plenty of gigs around town to enjoy with lots of different venues taking part – some of them a little unexpected! There are some unusual places joining in the funky fun with pop-up performances across the city for free! With so many different performers taking place and lots of live music, don’t miss out on catching some of the shows. For North Sea Jazz Festival you can check out the programme here

Free Live Music weekly at Room

All summer long we will celebrating the season with our weekly live music and open mic nights – at the most international venue in the city! With a great atmosphere and happy-hour specials, ROOM Rotterdam is kicking off the summer parties al summer long. Open Mic Nights are the last Friday of the month from 9pm, for free! For the music schedule for live acts check the Facebook events here

Rotterdam Summer Carnival

If there’s one festival that defines the summer - it’s carnival. This is the perfect time to let your hair down and put your best clothes on to get dancing! It may not be Rio de Janeiro, but The Zomercarnaval, or Summer Carnival in Rotterdam is an experience not to be missed! The carnival programme includes of course a show-stopping parade led by the Carnival Queen, but there are also street parties around town where everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The Parade is free if you enter before 3pm.

Expect lots of shimmying and shaking with sequins and feathers – nothing is too crazy! Carnival means great crowds of people in the street celebrating so join the crowds (around 800,000 visitors enjoy the show!) The origins of carnival are from the Dutch Caribbean and the festival has now made itself at home in International Rotterdam, bring a flavour of the Caribbean to the portcity. Enjoy the drum shows, street music and great vibe!

Duizel in the Park

This wordy festival isn’t technically free, but at 5 euros an entrance ticket it is almost free! Come and enjoy this park festival with workshops, talks and inspirational events in a nature setting. Find out more about the event here

Weekend of Romantic Music Festival

The Weekend Van de Romantische Muziek is the oldest classical music festival to take place in Rotterdam and a great opportunity to relax on the grass and enjoy some free romantic music for a day! It has grown considerably but is still an intimate festival where you can enjoy a picnic only a few steps from Hoste ROOM.  It´s also not all opera – expect a varied programme with some jazz, tango and a whole host of exceptional performances, many by up and coming young talent. Taking place in the park with open air live performances, this festival is free to everyone but is kept going by donations so feel free to give! Find out more about the festival here

World Port Days

Taking place at the end of summer this famous festival celebrates the biggest port in Europe here in Rotterdam and includes a big firework display on the Saturday night. This weekend allows the public access to all the behind the scenes places around the port, so you can explore ships and see plenty of events taking place on the harbourside. Not all of the events taking place are free but many are. With a festival theme this year of 'Energise' you can find out about their ambitious future plans for the cleanest port in the world! Find out more here


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