The North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

The North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

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The North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual festival, happening every year in the second week of July, in Ahoy venue, in Rotterdam. It is Netherlands’ most prestigious jazz event, attracting international media coverage and the world’s most famous jazz musicians.

The first festival took place in The Hague in 1976. In 2006 it moved to Rotterdam and it hosts more than a thousand musicians, spread over 150 performances. It’s the largest indoor music festival in the world, hosting over 60,000 visitors each year.



Approx. Duration

Several hours to 3 days

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – High|Wheelchair Accessible

Local Currency


Price Level

Min. Price

From: From: € 95.00


Rotterdam Ahoy, Ahoyweg, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Spoken Languages

Dutch (official language), Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.

Recommended Age

Teens, Adults, Seniors

Pricing Details

From € 95.00. See the festival website for all options.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard


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Best Time To Visit

Rotterdam weather is oceanic. You can expect rainy days all year long. However, the temperature rarely reaches extreme levels. The best time to visit Rotterdam is in the spring and summer since there’ll probably be fewer rainy days, with pleasant weather. The hottest month is August and the coldest month is January.

quick tipRemember to check the weather forecast few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.

Flights & Accommodations

Rain could catch you all year long so make sure, even in the summer, to pack a light jacket that can also protect you from unexpected rain.

You can find amazing jackets for men, women, and kids on Amazon (I haven’t personally tested these ones).

Events & Festivals

Before planning a trip around an even, verify the dates on the event website or local tourist info center.

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