Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival 2014 | Golden Gate Park
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Murphy Windmill | Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
The 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 free full day festival celebrating Golden Gate Park’s windmills, with a bike parade, live music, a silent disco, a flea market and all things Dutch.
Get your fill on traditional Dutch foods like cheese, herring, pastries, licorice and of course Dutch beer. They will have food trucks preparing fries Dutch style (it’s all in the sauce), micro pancakes, Indonesian food, snacks and 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.
King’s Day Events | 2014
- Noon to 1:15 pm: Once Again
This Dutch Indonesian live band is a well-known name for those who have attended the 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 the the festivity of orange madness after which they will sing the national anthem.
- 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 from their sponsor KLM, they are able to fly him in to perform during the first ever Dutch King’s Day in San Francisco.
- 3:15-4:15 pm: DJ Marc van Brabant
- 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 DJs such as Afrojack.
- 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
- 11 am to 3:15 pm: Children’s Games
They 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 join in on the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.