King's Day in San Francisco



King's Day 2014
Saturday April 26
Murphy Windmill
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco






This successful event was organized by the Consulate General of the Netherlands with a committee of dedicated volunteers from the Dutch community in the Bay Area and sponsored by:

Principal Sponsors: KLM, Rabobank, Henny Neys

Major Sponsors: Warner Philips / KW Forever

Friends Sponsors: VSI Logistics (Pim Brouwer), Jacco van der Kooij, Maarten Sierhuis, Healthcare Innovation Transfer

Orange Sponsors: NAUL, Orange Goes Green, Real New Energy, E-Mobility, Effacts (Harm Bavinck), Marco Krapels & Moire Hanes, Rose Carson Kaplan Choi & White LLP, Franz Inc (Jans Aasman)

In Kind Sponsors: Scotch & Soda, KLM, Wescord Hotel, Kinderfeets & MyDutchBike, Asian Art Museum, Legion of Honor Museum, De Young Museum, Optimist Magazine


The Dutch Consulate
, together with the local Dutch community will organize another great celebration of Dutch King's day in San Francisco!

This year the celebrations will again be centered around the MURPHY WINDMILL on the South end of the Golden Gate Park. [See last year's pictures]

Join Us for Dutch King's Day in San Francisco!

King’s Day is a Dutch national holiday to celebrate The Netherlands (aka Holland) and its traditions.  Come join the fun in Golden Gate Park and help celebrate Dutch culture and traditions, including:

  • Children’s games - come try some typical Dutch games, or old favorites like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and potato sack races
  • Flea market - it’s tradition that children sell their second-hand toys and clothing
  • Dutch food - come try some French fries Dutch style (with mayonaise, with peanut sauce, or “war style” - with ketchup, mayo and onions) or Dutch herring
  • DJs, Dutch beer and dancing 

Schedule King's Day 2014

See for detailed schedule.

Why Orange?

Because the Dutch monarchy is the "House of Orange”, our national color is (no surprise) orange, and you will see it in abundance on King’s Day. So whether you are a Dutch transplant, a Dutch descendant, or just curious about the Dutch culture, grab all the orange you have in your closet (dust off that Halloween and Giants gear!) and find out what King’s Day is all about!


  • Sign up to volunteer! As a volunteer you are invited to the Volunteer Training Evening on the Dutch Consulate on Thursday April 24 and you will receive an awesome IAMSTERDAM t-shirt!
  • If you want to participate in the "Vrijmarkt" (Dutch-styke flea market), send us an email.

Orange Bike Ride

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Dutch Music!


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King's Night Party on April 25

Come celebrate another Dutch tradition: Get your tickets today!

Dutch Queen's Day or King's Day?

Beginning in 1949, the birthday of Queen Juliana was marked by a national celebration on April 30. To this day, Queen’s Day is celebrated by Dutch citizens all around the world and by those connected to or interested in the Dutch culture. Queen’s Day is a festive celebration for the whole family with a host of activities, including food, drinks, music, and games. In the Netherlands the biggest celebration takes place in Amsterdam, where orange-clad crowds take to the streets to mark this day of national pride with vrijmarkts (“flea markets”), open air concerts, and orange-themed food and beverages.  

In January 2013 Queen Beatrix announced that she would abdicate the throne on April 30th after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century. This will make this year’s celebration a special one and the first one to be called “King’s Day”. For the third time we will celebrate Queen’s Day in Golden Gate Park. The festivities will take place around Murphy’s Windmill (MLK drive & Great highway).

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