Orange everywhere, red-white-blue flags adorn the cheeks of many Dutchies and cities are jampacked with tourists and locals alike. In Utrecht, there is a lot to do. We’ll give you 5 tips to make your Kingsday and night unforgettable:
Browse the flea market
Utrecht houses the largest ‘flea market’ from the Netherlands. This flea market starts on Friday evening the 26th of April (6 pm) and you are free to visit the different ‘kleedjes’ (rugs) till the 27th of April 6 pm. There are spots where kids are the boss, in Lepelenburg, Nicolaaskerkhof, Nijntjepleintje en the Van Asch van Wijkskade only kids are allowed to sell their goods.
2. Buy a snack, puzzle, play a game or enjoy a concert/performance at one of the many rugs in Utrecht
Everyone at the flea market is ready to make some money, either for charity or themselves. Kingsday for us is buying to much cheap junk you don’t need, eat something homemade from one of the people at the flea market or play one of the many games people came up with. In past years we’ve tried Dutch games like ‘spijkerpoepen’ (put a nail, hanging from a rope that is tied around the hip, in a bottle), get something out of a bucket of water with just your mouth or a sing-a-long. Also nice: enjoy a show, mostly performed by kids, that are singing, dancing or performing their heart out.
3. Tip: Download the Koningsdag Utrecht app
A lot of people are expected to pay Utrecht a visit during Kingsday and night. To make sure you won’t lose your friends, bike or ‘kleedje (rug)’ you’ll pin your location on an interactive map of Utrecht. The app is also handy when looking for a toilet (for the handicapped), bike storages and programmes of all the stages in the city. Next to that Koningsdag app will tell you – real time – where it is busy and which areas to avoid when you want to move to a different party or go home.
4. Pay a visit to one of the street parties on Domplein, Neude en het Janskerkhof on Kingsday
This year Kingsday is a little different than past years. Parties will be hosted by different restaurants and bars on Domplein, Neude en het Janskerkhof. In the Kingsday app (see #3) you’ll see where it is currently full or where the nearest toilet is. Or go to a festival, like Kingsday in the sand by SOIA.
5. Prepare for Kingsday with a party on Kingsnight
Kingsnight is the night before Kingsday, so on Friday the 26th of April. Many clubs, bars, restaurants, and podia open their doors to host a party where orange is the dress code. Think Knaldrang in de TivoliVredenburg, a techno party at the Basis in Utrecht, Tropicalismo at Ekko or visit one of the many bars: Ekko, Winkel van Sinkel, Stathe and many more!