King's Day in Eindhoven
Dust off your orange clothes because King's Day is just around the corner! On 27 April, the entire country will celebrate the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Not only is this an official holiday, which means everyone has the day off work, it also means various activities will be organised nationwide to mark the occasion. On Thursday, Eindhoven will be transformed into one big party scene. There will be plenty to do and see for young and old alike under the theme 'Eindhoven=King'.
Do you like a good party? If so, you can start the festivities the night before King's Day on Wednesday 26 April. During King's Night, you can enjoy food, music and dancing at various locations throughout Eindhoven. A spectacular food fair will be held in Dommelstraat, the market square will feature a main stage with DJs and a light show, and Strijp-S will set the stage for music and dancing. For more information, visit https://eindhovenisking.nl/en/king-s-night.
Local street markets in Eindhoven will give you the perfect opportunity to score some great bargains. Stroll through the Standswandelpark and check out the wares while enjoying a drink and a bite to eat. Strijp-S will also have several stalls. If you live in the north of Eindhoven, be sure to stop by the Winkelcentrum Woensel shopping centre to check out the merchandise being sold by local residents and shopkeepers alike at the biggest King's Day market in Eindhoven. If you have some items of your own you'd like to sell, spread out a blanket and dust off your negotiation skills!
Sing, dance and jump at festival!
Eindhoven is known as a popular party destination on King's Day. Each year, more than 200,000 visitors flock to the city to enjoy the DJs, festivals and food fairs. Get out your Dutch flag, put on your best orange outfit and get ready for an entirely new city festival at Stadhuisplein square. Strijp-S will be transformed into KING-S, offering a range of musical styles both indoors and out. The music will also be pumping on the market square, complete with a spectacular light show that promises to be bigger and better than last year. Prefer hip hop? Then head to Dynamo!
No King's Day is complete without good drinks and great food. For music, food, drinks and an overall good time, head to the Kleine Berg. Those looking for a more culinary twist should stop by the Wilhelminaplein square and the many restaurants in Dommelstraat for delicious dishes and street-side barbecue. If traditional Dutch fare is more your thing, head to Strijp-S.
The Hub, Eindhoven's meeting place for expats, is organising its own festivities for King's Day. Learn about the history of this national holiday, watch the royal family's visit to Tilburg on the big screen and learn the 'Wilhelmus', the Dutch national anthem. King's Day also marks the official opening of The Hub's new bar. For the full programme of activities, visit https://www.meetup.com/nl-NL/TheHubEindhoven/events/239323556/.
For an overview of all festivities and the 2017 King's Day programme, visit https://eindhovenisking.nl/en.