King's Day in San Francisco

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SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015, 11AM-5PM, MURPHY WINDMILL, GOLDEN GATE PARK

Join Us!

King’s Day is the biggest national event in the Netherlands. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates. You will find music shows, fairs, flea markets and parties throughout the country.
The Dutch Consulate, together with the local Dutch community is organizing another great celebration of Dutch King's day in San Francisco! Come join the fun in Golden Gate Park at the MURPHY WINDMILL and help celebrate Dutch culture and traditions, including old Dutch kids games, flea market, Dutch food, beer, music & dancing! [See last year's pictures]

Free Tickets

Get a free ticket and a chance to win one of the exciting door prizes! Must present your Eventbrite ticket upon check-in at event venue. All prizes to be claimed at event venue while supplies last. Maximum one entry per person. No purchase necessary.

Donate

Your support is crucial to the success of this event. Become a Sponsor or Donate Online. Of course, at the event entrance you can always throw some money into the jar!

Invite!

Share the Facebook Event Page and invite your friends!

Participate!

10am-noon: Orange Bicycle Ride

Celebrate Dutch King’s Day and join this free group bike ride. Register now! Dress orange, bring your bicycle, and be ready for a fun group ride. It is free to all, ages 12 and up. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Login VSI and supported by the SF Bicycle Coalition.

10AM: Ride starts at Queen Wilhelmina Windmill (Dutch Windmill) – Route
12PM: Ride ends at the Murphy Windmill

Valet bicycle parking available on Martin Luther King Jr Dr (east of the event)

Vrijmarkt

The "Vrijmarkt" is a Dutch-style flea market where kids sell used toys and games.
Send us an email if your family wants to participate.

Volunteer!

Help make it happen and sign up to volunteer for an hour or more!

Schedule Festival @ Murphy Windmill

  • 11 am-5pm: Dutch Food, Beer Garden, Raffle,  Photo Ops, Vendor Booths and Lots of Orange!
  • 11am-1pm: Music by DJ.Fact.50
  • 11am-2:30pm: Traditional Dutch Childrens Games
  • 11am-4pm: Dutch-style Flea Market (Vrijmarkt)
  • 12:15pm: Dutch and American Anthems
  • 12:20pm: Speech by the Consul General of The Netherlands, Hugo von Meijenfeldt and SF Rec & Parks director Phil Ginsburg
  • 1pm-5pm: Music & Pop Quiz by DJ Pass the Dutch from the Netherlands
  • 1:30pm-4pm: Silent Disco
  • 2pm: Play a song with the Consul General
  • 4pm: Play a song with the Consul General

Food

Enjoy Dutch favorites at the various food trucks:

  • Dutch & Indonesian snacks & drinks by Ori Deli
  • Pofferthes (Dutch mini pancakes) by Amnon
  • Frikandellen, Dutch fries & pancakes by Seoulful
  • Herring, satay & fries by MoBowl
  • Schnitzel, Curry wurst, Bratwurst, boerenkool & stamppot by Little Red Riding Truck
  • Stroopwafels (caramel waffles) by Stroopie


APRIL 24: Dutch King's Night

Get your tickets for the annual King's Night Party on Friday April 24 at Circa organized by Eurocircle, NLBorrels, Marc van Brabant.

Orange!

Our national color is orange, because the Dutch monarchy is the "House of Orange”. You will see it in abundance on King’s Day. So grab all the orange you have in your closet (dust off that Halloween and Giants gear!).

History

The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance with the new Queen's birthday. When she became queen, the now Princess Beatrix chose to retain the day in honor of her mother but as of 2014, King’s Day is officially celebrated on 27 April (the king’s birthday).

In the Press

    For questions or to get involved, contact us at kingsday@sfdutch.com