One of the charming things of the Amsterdam Gay Pride are the street parties. At several locations during the two weeks of Pride you can hang out on the streets with a drink in your hand and entertainment of various kinds right in front of you: singers, dancers and of course hot guys and girls. Most street parties will take place during the closing weekend of the Amsterdam Gay Pride from August 4th till August 6th. As part of our series of highlights of the Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 we offer you here our selection of street parties. For a full list of Amsterdam Gay Pride events, see their website.
Prik Pride Street Party
- Friday 4th of August, 7PM – 12AM (outdoors) 12AM – 3AM (indoors)
- Saturday 5th of August, 4PM – 12AM (outdoors) 12AM – 3AM (indoors)
- Free entrance
- Spuistraat 109
Prik is back with a Pride street party. It promisses to be one of the biggest street parties in Amsterdam!
For 2 days the Spuistraat will be closed off for traffic to celebrate LGBTQI+ pride and freedom in Amsterdam. A line up of Amsterdam’s best DJ’s will be on the outdoor stage opposite PRIK. Together with the outdoor bars, food trucks and happy crowd all the ingredients are there for a wonderful party. Prik’s famous cocktails and prosecco from tap are available indoors.
- Line-up August 4th: The G-Team, DJ Aizy, MC Divine and DJ Popsnob
- Line-up August 5th: DJ Ghostmagic, DJ Gina, DJ Devotion, DJ Diego Summers, MC Miss Bunty
- Friday 4th of August, 7PM – 12.15AM
- Saturday 5th of August, 4PM – 12.15AM
- Free entrance
- Corner Utrechtstestraat and Rembrandt square
The famous dragshowbar Lellebel is organizing its’ own street party on the corner of Utrechtstestraat and Rembrandt square. Several artist will perform on stage. Lellebel’s regulars like Miss Sugi LaRi, Tiffanie DeeLight (Miss Travestie Holland 2015), Niki Today (Miss Travestie Holland 2016), Marie-Rosé Korsakov, Agnes Geneva (singer ot the Trans Pride Anthem 2016), Kiki Boops, Miss Elvira, and Miss Fucksia. Also other Amsterdam drag queens will perform like Roxy Diamond, DonnaTella Vergatsie, Annie Alcohol & La Lolly.
And even more famous (inter)national acts will entertain you, such as Musique, an American girl group with lead singer Christine Wiltshire, Woman, Pierre Biesterveld, Glenn de Koning, Dennis Peperkamp, Richard Grand, Braxi, Jos Zwart, Saskia, Ruby & Johnny Laine, Boy Band Storm 3 and ABBA-4.
- Friday 4th of August, 6PM – 12AM
- Saturday 5th of August, 1PM – 12AM
- Free Entrance
In front of the oldest gay bar in Amsterdam, Cafe ‘t Mandje, there will be two days of fun, music and dancing. A wide variety of entertainment will be put on stage in what is also known as Gay Old Town Amsterdam. Expect drag queens, DJ’s, Line-dancing, choir and swinging ladies. This street party promises to become the most old fashioned Pride fun, in the best sense of the words.
- Saturday 5th of August, 4PM – 12AM
- Free Entrance
- Homomonument, Westermarkt
Every Pride one of the best street parties is organized at the Homomonument. The monument is not just a memorial, but also a great place to party with many other LTGBQI+ people! The location may be one of the reasons why it is so popular. It is just of the Prinsengracht, where the famous Canal Parade passes by that day. So you can enjoy the spectacular boats during the afternoon and jump into the party right after that.
The music is as always great. Think disco, (vocal) house, pop,(old school) hits, urban and afrobeats. Line-up:
HeBiHo VrijMiBo Disco
- Friday August 4th, 5PM – 11PM
VrijMiBo is Dutch short hand for Friday Afternoon or After work drink. And HeBiHo is Dutch short hand for Straight, Bisexual and Homo. So this is the big Friday afternoon drink with colleagues, neighbours, friends and people you just met. And as usual at a Friday afternoon drink, that means drink, socialize, flirt and dance.
- Joost van Bellen
- Valentijn De Hingh
- Wannabe A Star
- Nancy Goreng
- Master of Ceremonies Daan Steures
- more t.b.a.more t.b.c.
- Friday 4th of August – 7PM – 12AM
- Saturday 5th of August – 4PM – 12AM
- Sunday 6th of August – 2PM – 10PM
- Free Entrance
Celebrate diversity on the most famous square of Amsterdam: Dam square! Just in front of the Royal Palace the big stage of the Amsterdam Pride will host a range of artists. DJ’s, Dutch and international singers will keep you entertained. On the Facebook page of the MainStage Pride there are regular updates of the booked artists.
But what about….?
If you visited earlier editions of the Amsterdam Pride, you may remember great parties at the Amstel river and Reguliersdwarstraat. So why are they not mentioned in this article? To put it simply: there are no street parties there this year. The reasons why are a little more complicated.
The reason there is no party at the Amstel river is simple. The traffic situation on the street before the well known bars like Queers and Amstel 54 has changed in the past year. It is now a one-way traffic street and has become more vital as a route for emergency services. That’s why it is not possible anymore to have a street party there.
The situation in the Reguliersdwarsstraat is a little more complicated. The businesses in the street don’t want to be part of the overall Amsterdam Pride organization any more. They claim that the financial burden and the security regulations associated with being a Pride member is too much for them to bear. This was also their policy last year, when they organized unofficial street parties with beer taps out on the street. This year the city council is clamping down on them, because they do not want any free riders during the Amsterdam Pride.
The situation at the Reguliersdwarsstraat has been resolved. The businesses in that street have agreed te be part of the official Amsterdam Pride organization. In that way they automatically get a permit and security service for a street party. So on the 4th and 5th of August there will be a street party. It will be small scale, due to the short time left over to organize it. But with the right crowd, it will be fun as usual.