On the weekend of April 29 — 30, the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and House of Yes invite their cherished communities to a celebration of Dutch culture and the beginning of spring at The New Amsterdam Festival taking place at the historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens from 11am-9pm. With tons of family-friendly activities for everyone from all ages and stages of life, the FREE two-day event will see the outdoor open-air space transform into an outdoor Dutch wonderland featuring food trucks and vendors, a Heineken beer garden, local artisan market, live band and DJs, circus performances, and lots more fun-filled surprises. Dutch springtime festivities including Holland’s King’s Day (April 27) celebrated nationally and Tulip Festival (April 14-May 4) in Flevoland, The New Amsterdam Festival will see the grounds of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House covered in rows of flowering tulip bulbs and orange-themed decor and accompanying performer outfits.
“The thing about House of Yes is that everyone associates us as being a nightlife spot that only caters to a 21+ crowd. While that’s a huge component of what we offer, our vision and ethos is so much more than that and is really all about supporting our local community,” says Kae Burke, co-founder and co-creative director of House of Yes. “Community is at the core of everything we do from supporting local artists and performers to booking local vendors at our weekend market with Mamas Bazaar. The New Amsterdam Festival is about not only the beginning of spring but also about bringing people together from all ages and walks of life and a chance for us to give something back to our neighbors that are fun for families too and at the same time delivers a little slice of Dutch culture to Queens, New York.”
As well as arts and crafts, food, beer, and the family fun activities, the two-day festival will feature residents DJs from House of Yes, on Saturday Zephyr Ann and DJ Bruce will perform and on Sunday Playsuit and NSR. You can view the flyer and all other information below.
Together with a suggested donation of $2 per adult and with a portion of bar sales, funds will be collected to raise awareness and preservation for the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, an official New York City landmark, and the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City and a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, a non-profit organization established in 1975.
Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30
The New Amsterdam Festival
Dutch food and culture
Live music and DJs
Arts and crafts
Local artisan market
Lawn games + activities
Vander Ende-Onderdonk House
1820 Flushing Avenue
Rain or shine
Suggested donation $2 per adult