This Friday King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands will turn 51. In the Netherlands this is one of the biggest national holidays of the year. All over the country there will be festivities for everyone. The king himself is visiting a different city every year. Last year he came to Tilburg, this year you have to go all the way north to Groningen to see him. Luckily there are a lot of other things you can do during Kingsday and Kingsnight.
What, two days? Yes the evening before Kingsday the festivities already start. On this evening there are parties all over the city. In Tilburg you can enjoy yourself at Tilburg Zingt, this is a big sing-a-long event in the city center. About 15,000 people come together to sing the whole evening. You can compare it to a cantus, slightly different, but as much fun! Next to this festival there will be smaller festivals all over the city. At all major nightlife areas, such as Korte Heuvel and Piusplein, there will be parties on the street. Of course I*ESN is also hosting a Kingsnight Party. From 22h there will be an open party for all students, so come celebrate Kingsnight with us.
The day after you will first wake up with a hangover. But after that there are enough opportunities to get drunk again. At all major nightlife spots in Tilburg the parties go on where the ended the night before. At Piusplein there will be a silent disco and multiple artists and at Stadhuisstraat some Dj’s will make sure you can party all day again to get over your hangover. But there are also other things to do, such as the kingsday festival at Leypark. At this festival you will find live music, games, a second hand market and more. It is also a nice spot to just lay in the park and drink a beer while listening to the music. You will find a similar event at Korvel. In this part of the city there will be another market to get nice goodies for your room, some music and more.
Of course there is also a lot, and even more, to do in other cities. For example in Amsterdam there are a lot of festivals. Some of them are for free and for others you have to buy tickets. On the streets and in parks there will be a lot of markets where you can buy nice second hand goodies and on the famous canals there will be boat parties everywhere. So, there are plenty of options to go to in the upcoming days. Make sure you wear something orange and go party with the Dutch people!