Dutch Social Club of Utah and The Old Dutch Store present Salt Lake City’s 2nd annual Dutch King’s Day, returning to The Gateway on Saturday, April 22 from 11am to 6pm. Koningsdag (or King’s Day) is celebrated across the world. The biggest celebration is in Amsterdam where millions of visitors and locals wear orange to celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday at the world’s largest street party.
Salt Lake City joins the fun with this free, family event showcasing the culture and traditions of Holland. Dutch King’s Day features internationally-renowned DJ Marc Brabant, King’s Day Craft & Vintage Fair, remarks from the Deputy Consulate General of the Netherlands, authentic Dutch cuisine and beer, kids’ activities, Love Your Legacy Wall and a bicycle fun ride. Although the flag of the Netherlands is red, white and blue, orange is the color of the royal family. Most everyone embraces this bright, happy color, welcome after a long, gray winter. WEAR ORANGE and learn how to party like the Dutch!
Fietstocht (bike parade) at noon sponsored by Bingham Cyclery
Did you know there are more bicycles than residents in Holland? Cyclists of all ages and levels are welcome to join the ride, but be sure to decorate your bikes and riders in orange! We’ll have decorations on-site, also! Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative Decor and more. Registration Required.
Internationally-renowned DJ Marc Van Brabent
DJ Marc Brabant’s score will keep the party going all day in Salt Lake City. Marc is an international sensation, playing in more than 60 countries from Ibiza to Indonesia. Marc’s Koningsdag set will start out with soft, familiar tunes progressing to party tunes to get your wooden shoes grooving the day away.
Love Your Legacy Wall
To honor our Dutch ancestors, the fest includes the Love Your Legacy Wall which invites all attendees to share pictures, mementos and messages of their loved ones who have passed. The wall made its first appearance at our Sinterklaas Fest in December with many attendees asking that we include it in the Dutch King’s Day Fest this year. As part of the experience, River Bottom Butterflies will stage a crowd participation butterfly release at 5:30 pm.
Dutch Food and Beer
King’s Day would not be complete without authentic Dutch Cuisine and Beers. Pomme Frites, Tompouce, Raclette, Krokketen and typical Dutch sandwiches are just a few of the items to explore at the festival.
King’s Day Craft and Vintage Market
Shop for unique handmade crafts and vintage flea at King’s Day. A Country built on trade, the Dutch love to haggle and there’s no better place to pick up a unique find than at the Craft and Vintage Market.
After Party at Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club, 6 to 9 pm
King’s Day revelers 21 and older, can head into Flanker for food and drink specials in honor of Salt Lake City’s Dutch King’s Day.
The festival begins at 11 am with an opening ceremony and welcoming remarks from the Deputy Consulate General of the Netherlands. Bring your friends, grab a tompouce and enjoy the excitement of Dutch King’s Day!
11:00 AM Dutch King’s Day opens
11:15 AM Opening Ceremony with national anthem and flag raising
12:00 PM Bike Ride (Fietstocht)
1:00 PM Bike Ride (Fietstocht) Awards
1:15 PM Remarks from the Deputy Consul General of the Netherlands
1:30 PM Dutch Games: Balloon Stomp (Ballontrappen)
2:30 PM Dutch Games: Spike and Bottle (Spijkerpoepen)
3:30 PM Dutch Games: Trivia and Pronuncian Challenge
(Leuke Weetjes & Uispraak)
4:30 PM Dutch Rusk Challenge: (Beschuit Happen)
5:30 PM Love Your Legacy Butterfly Release
6 – 9 PM After Party at FLANKER (21+)