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In recent years, the Maritime District has undergone a major metamorphosis from a boring office district to a hip residential district with lots of entertainment on the water too. This also includes fun events such as the Old Port Summer Festival, the Wijnhaven Festival / Rotterdam Water Weekend, the World Port Days, the 010 City Swim, Sinfonia Maritime Concert, etc. in recent years.

In the coming period there will also be fun events that really suit the Maritime District: they celebrate the city, make optimum use of the water and wink at the past.

Below is a selection of the events; an ideal moment to get to know our neighborhood!


Friday, June 7 - Chinese Dragon Boat Party

On Friday 7 June we celebrate the Dragon Boat Party 'Duanwu Jie' in the Maritime Museum Haven. This important Chinese holiday is celebrated every year on the 5e day of the 5e month according to the Chinese calendar. This year we are also celebrating this holiday at the Maritime Museum to draw attention to the 40-year-old city link between Shanghai and Rotterdam and to strengthen our ties with the China Maritime Museum. We will also open the new Chinese showcase in the museum this day with a reference to the Shanghai Museum's 'Introduction to the China Ancient Maritime Technology' exhibition.

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So. 23 June - The 010 City Swim

The third 010 City Swim in our area again! A swim in open water around the Wijnhaveneiland. You can choose from different distances: 1500 meter, 500 meterof 250 meter.

The 010 City Swim is a swim that is all about it Daniel den Hoed Fund.The proceeds will go to research into immunotherapy.

Also participate in the 010 City Swim, together we make cancer no chance!

More information is available here.

So. 30 June - The Sinfonia Maritime Festival

This year already the third edition, but now as an independent festival organized by Sinfonia Rotterdam with a very special afternoon program. With the most beautiful skyline in the Netherlands as a backdrop and quays full of enjoying people. Young, old, from South and North, enjoy classical music, jazz, spoken word, dance, young talent, street food, big names, stages on Plein 1940 and on the water of the Leuvehaven.

More information is available here.

Sin. 30 June. Historical Jazz Route 'From Pschorr to Bird'

A musical tribute to jazz clubs in Rotterdam. Experience exciting jazz concerts in the most characteristic places of Rotterdam such as the Maritime Museum Haven in a relaxed festival setting.

The Historical Jazz Route 'From Pschorr to Bird' marks and honors five disappeared historic jazz locations that have been significant in Rotterdam's jazz history. On Sunday 30 June, close to the former jazz spots, outdoor concerts take place at striking Rotterdam spots: the Maas with a view of the 'Zwaan' and 'Blokkendoos', the historic Leuvehaven at the Maritime Museum, the cozy Oude Binnenweg at Rotterdam's oldest cafés, the square in front of the Laurenskerk (the only medieval building in Rotterdam) and ending at the hip BIRD stage in the Hofbogen.

When: Sunday 30 June
Time performance Shirma Rouse: 14: 00u
Where: Maritime Museum Haven
Costs occur: free entrance.

Do you want more information about the jazz route or a seat? Click here for more info about a VIP ticket for the historic Jazz route>

Was sitting. 7 Sept. - Maasrace & Floating Cinema

This year the Maas Race will take place again during the World Port Days. More than 50 rowing boats with almost 400 rowers start along the Willemskade to row 18 km on the Maas, the lifeblood of Rotterdam. They finish at Oostplein and are warmly welcomed at the Koningspoort.

In the evening a new event takes place on the water: Floating Cinema @ Maritime District. Watch a beautiful film floating on the water and then enjoy the spectacular fireworks show on the occasion of the World Port Days.

Maasrace information

Information Floating Cinema


In the summer months we organize 30 boat trips from the museum harbor every Sunday from 1 June to 1,5 September. Due to success we will sail from 14 July on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Experience the Erasmus Bridge, ss Rotterdam and other highlights of Rotterdam from the water and discover everything about the special history of our sailing masterpieces such as steam tug 'Dockyard V' (1940) or 'Port service 20' (1941), ships that have cooperated on the reconstruction of Rotterdam. The crew is happy to tell you everything about the ship, the history, the technology and the future of these sailing monuments.

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