The national holiday of the Netherlands is Koninginnedag / Queen's Day. In Amsterdam this is celebrated with a free market in the whole centre, with lots of music and street parties. The gay streets also have big outdoor parties. This is a day event which ends outdoors at 21:00, in the clubs the party goes on.
Queen's Day usually takes place on the 30th of April, except when this day is a Sunday. This is the largest event of the year.
The 2nd largest event is Amsterdam gay pride. This gay pride is world wide famous because of its unique Canal Parade on the Prinsengracht. Besides that expect very cool gay street parties and lots of big parties indoor, like the famous Rapido party.
Amsterdam gay pride usually takes place the first weekend of August.
The last weekend of October it is time for those leather boys with the Amsterdam leather pride weekend. The weekend is now called get Ruff. It consists of a series of leather and fetish parties. The main event is RUFF! the party, which takes place on the Saturday in a location just outside Amsterdam.
Here are some other recurring events.
4th of May is remembrance day. At Dam square is the official event with 2 minutes of silence. The queen and government attend this. At the homo monument there is a special remembrance for gay victims.
The day after it is Liberation day. There are free markets, usually events a the homo monument and the , Liberation Day Amstel Concert on Amstel river in front of the Carre theatre.
For club house and techno lovers the Amsterdam Dance Event is a must visit.
Museum N8 (Museum Night) is a yearly event where the museums in Amsterdam are open at night.
December 1 is world aids day. At club Paradiso there is a yearly benefit party LoveDance with many acts, performances and DJs.
New Year is now also a big event for gays in Amsterdam. In the old days there were no parties here, now there are so many it is difficult to choose!