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Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival 2014 | Golden Gate Park

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is free, but a donation is greatly appreciated. Food is for purchase.

Murphy Windmill | Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA



Dutch Kings Day Windmill Festival 2014 | Golden Gate ParkThe Dutch community in San Francisco invites you to celebrate King’s Day 2014 near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park on April 26, 2014.

Enjoy a full day free festival celebrating Golden Gate Park’s windmills, with a bike parade, live music, silent disco, flea market and all things dutch.

Get your fill on traditional Dutch foods like cheese, herring, pastries, liquorice and of course Dutch beer. They will have food trucks preparing fries Dutch style (it’s all in the sauce), micro pancakes, Indonesian food and snacks more.

In 2013 festival goers got the rare chance to see the Murphy Windmill in action – but we haven’t confirmed that the windmill will be on in 2014.

>> Wait, isn’t it Queen’s Day? Not any more. Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne in 2013, so starting in 2014 this event will be “King’s Day” in honor of the new King Willem-Alexander.

Dutch Kings Day Windmill Festival 2014 | Golden Gate ParkKing’s Day Events | 2014

Music

  • Noon to 1:15 pm: Once Again
    This Dutch Indonesian live band is a well-known name for those who have attended our celebration in the past. The band performs a variety of songs ranging from rock music to Indonesian classics.
  • 1:15-1:30 pm: Opening Remarks and National Anthem
    Consul General Hugo von Meijenfeldt will officially welcome you to our festivity of orange madness after which we will sing the national anthem. Click here to practice the lyrics in case you forgot.
  • 1:30-2:45 pm: DJ set Marc van Brabant
    Marc van Brabant has been on the San Francisco Music Scene for more than a decade with the goal to make people smile, dance, and aware of the latest music produced from the Netherlands. Marc will play Dutch classics such as Guus Meeuwissen, as well as DJ Hardwell to ensure everyone will have a great time for this special first King’s Day.
  • 2:45-3:15 pm: Alessandro Wempe (rap)
    Fifteen year old Alessandro Wempe came in second place at the Dutch Junior Songfestival with his song Una Chica Especial. With help of our sponsor KLM we are able to fly him in to perform during our first ever Dutch King’s Day in San Francisco.
  • 3:15-4:15 pm: DJ Marc van Brabant
    Marc van Brabant has been on the San Francisco Music Scene for more than a decade with the goal to make people smile, dance, and aware of the latest music produced from the Netherlands. Marc will play Dutch classics such as Guus Meeuwissen, as well as DJ Hardwell to ensure everyone will have a great time for this special first King’s Day.
  • 4:15-5 pm: 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor
    Brothers Bobby and Martin write and produce their first songs in their apartment on the 4th floor in Utrecht. The band was most successful in the nineties, but has also been reproduced by popular DJ’s such as Afrojack.

Special Activities

  • 10 am to noon: Orange Bicycle Ride, from Park to Park
    Cycling through Golden Gate Park on King’s Day while wearing orange. It truly doesn’t get any more Dutch than this! Make sure to register for this bike ride and don’t forget to bring your own bike.
  • Noon to 5 pm: Beer Garden
  • 1:30-4 pm: Silent Disco

Children’s Games

  • 11 am to 3:15 pm: Children’s Games
    We will have a variety of children’s games at this family-friendly celebration. Come try some typical Dutch games and old favorites like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and potato sack races.
  • 11 am to 4 pm: Toy Exchange (vrijmarkt)
    What makes King’s Day so special is that each year children are able to sell or exchange their toys at the so-called ‘vrijmarkt’ (garage sale). Children who would like to participate may send an e-mail to adrianabaams@comcast.net providing their name and age.
  • 11 am to 4 pm:: Target Shooting
    Each country has their own favorite sports activity, and in Holland they like to play soccer. Children can release their energy and practice target shooting.

Please note the windmill will not be open for tours in 2014.


Links: Event details

Cost: FREE*

*Admission is free, but a donation is greatly appreciated. Food is for purchase.

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Address: Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

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