King's Day in San Francisco

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SATURDAY APRIL 28, 2018, NOON-5PM, MURPHY WINDMILL, GOLDEN GATE PARK [MAP]

Join Us!

Come join us for SF King's Day in Golden Gate Park at the MURPHY WINDMILL to celebrate Dutch culture and traditions, including traditional Dutch games, flea market, Dutch food, beer, music & more!

The Dutch Consulate, together with the local Dutch community invites you for another great celebration of Dutch King's day in San Francisco! 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 and Dutch communities around the world. 

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Sponsor!

Check out the various SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES on the Netherlands America Foundation website.

We are offering your company/organization a prime venue in the heart of the Golden Gate Park San Francisco, creating an ideal setting to meet (potential) customers and consumers, a framework for building relationships within Northern California, and the opportunity to strengthen your position as an American, European or ‘Dutch’ company catering to an international crowd.

THANK YOU!

A big Thank You to the current sponsors for helping us make this another successful event:
Henney Neys, Palo Alto Networks, Rabobank, Gazelle, Heineken, Netherland-America Foundation (NAF), and the Dutch Consulate General.

Ride Your Bike!

10am-noon: Orange Bicycle Ride
REGISTER NOW!

Celebrate Dutch King’s Day and join this free group bike ride. Wear orange, bring your bicycle, and be ready for a fun group ride in celebration of King's Day! This FREE event is for ages 12 and up. Sponsored by Royal Dutch Gazelle.

  • 10:30AM: Ride starts at Queen Wilhelmina Windmill (Dutch Windmill)
  • 12:20PM: Ride ends at the Murphy Windmill

Children's Toy Exchange!

noon-5pm: Vrijmarkt 
- REGISTER NOW!

Email us if your kids want to put down a blanket on the grass at the foot of the windmill and showcase their used books, toys, games, and more at this Dutch-style toy exchange, called "Vrijmarkt"? The kids a are also invited to perform singing or playing an instrument.

Volunteer!

Help make it happen and volunteer for an hour or more!
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Play!

1pm-3pm: Dutch Children's Games

The Dutch School Silicon Valley coordinates Traditional Dutch Children’s Games from 1-3pm. Prepare for some traditional Dutch games like: zaklopen, spijkerpoepen, kroonwerpen, kloslopen, ezeltje prik and memory.

Spread the Word!

Invite your friends, share SFDutch.com
and our SFKingsDay Facebook Event Page.

Eat!

Enjoy Dutch favorites at the various food trucks (not yet confirmed):

  • Ori Deli – Dutch and Indonesian snacks
  • ‘Poffertjes’ / micro pancakes
  • Hiyaaa Truck - Dutch fries, pancakes, pea soup ('snert')
  • Seoulful Chicken – Dutch fries, ‘frikandellen’, ‘bitterballen'
  • Little Red Riding truck – schnitzel and currywurst with fries
  • Mobowl – sateh, pickled herring

Donate!

The success of this free event depends on the generousity of our guests. Please consider making a donation at the entrance of the event. Thank you!

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).

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