Aalsmeer Flower Festival
Aalsmeer Flower Festival is an awe-inspiring display of flowers and plants. For two days, flowers and plants are exhibited in ways you’ve never seen before, integrated into art installations, design masterpieces and even juxtaposed with food!
The North Holland town of Aalsmeer is located 13km southwest of Amsterdam and has been dubbed the flower capital of the world, as the largest flower auction in the world is held in Aalsmeer. The festival takes place in two locations: the Flower Art Museum, as well as at the Historical Garden (Historische Tuin), which is the horticultural museum of Aalsmeer.
The Flower Art Museum is the newest addition to this globally-renowned horticultural town. It is the world's first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art inspired by flowers.
Aalsmeer Flower Festival Programme
Aalsmeer Flower Festival brings you two days full of flowers!
Demonstrations, workshops and special exhibitions taking can be enjoyed throughout both days. There will be live music and food and drink, so visitors can immerse themselves in the festival atmosphere all day long. In both locations, there will also be child-friendly activities and workshops happening at the festival.
In the horticultural museum, expect a flower auction and an exhibition of the newest variety of roses. Meanwhile the greenhouses, visitors can enjoy many of the oldest varieties which are still grown there.
Aalsmeer Flower Festival Tickets
Tickets can be bought online, or they can be purchased at the festival locations on arrival. Tickets are valid on both festival days and give you access to both the Bloemenlust and the horticultural museum. You can also take a boat tour to get from one location to the other! Browse the Aalsmeer Flower Festival website for more information.
Dutch flower events around the Netherlands
Over 1,7 billion Dutch tulips are expected to brighten up homes around the world in 2020 during the tulip season, which lasts from January until the end of April, with events like Flower Parade of the Bulb Region, Amsterdam Tulip Festival and Tulip Festival of the North-East Polder.
If it's gardens, in particular, that you're interested in, then look out for Open Garden Days in Amsterdam and Hidden Gardens in Rotterdam. The most famous of all is the Keukenhof, though it's only open for a few weeks from March to May each year.
Photo credit: Arjen Vos and Jaap Maars