Maastricht turns orange during Koningsdag 2023
April 27th marks Koningsdag (King’s Day) in the Netherlands. On this national holiday, the Dutch celebrate Koning Willem Alexander’s birthday. Last year, all eyes were on Maastricht as the royal family visited the city. Although the Koning will spend his birthday elsewhere this year, there are still plenty of events taking place across the city.
Koningsdag is also known as the day of the vrijmarkten (flea markets). Stadspark will turn into one big market where you can buy or sell your second-hand products. The market will take place from 8:00 to 18:00 and there will also be food trucks and live music. If you want to sell your nicknacks, you do not need to sign up in advance. However, make sure to be on time, as most people will be queuing up early in the morning to set up their selling stations.
For the first time this year, there will be a free live music festival taking place on the Vrijthof. Oranje Gloed (orange glow) is organised by restaurant owners and a non-profit committee. There will be local and national artists performing on a big stage from 16:00 to 23:00.
Another music festival taking place is SPHINXDAY, organised by Terra Nova, with a line-up of national and international DJ’s. Tickets are for sale here.
At D’n Hiemel, you can enjoy live music outside from 14:00 to 22:45. Entree is free and you can listen to a wide range of music including 60s covers, pop, and rock.
What else should you know about Koningsdag?
Although Koningsdag is taking place on the 27th, celebrations usually already start on the night of the 26th during Koningsnacht (King’s Night).
It is not advised to drive into the city centre as it can get crowded and parking spaces will fill up quickly. It is best to use public transport or to cycle.
Don’t forget your orange costume! During Koningsday, many people will dress up in the national colour of the Netherlands and display the Dutch flag from their houses.