The Vondelpark is a public urban park of 47 hectares (120 acres) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is part of the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid and situated west from the Leidseplein and the Museumplein. The park was opened in 1865 and originally named the "Nieuwe Park", but later renamed to "Vondelpark", after the 17th century author Joost van den Vondel. Yearly, the park has around 10 million visitors. In the park is an open air theatre, a playground and several horeca facilities.
The Vondelpark Openluchttheater is an open air theatre with shows from June until August. There are performances of classical music, pop music, World music, dance, musical theatre, and cabaret. The theatre receives a subsidy from the city government. And although all performances have free entrance, visitors are asked for a donation of one euro.
Every Friday there is the Fridaynightskate that starts in front of the Filmmuseum. Yearly events include the golf tournament Vondelpark Open and the running contest Vondelparkloop. The Queen's Day celebrations on 30 April in the Vondelpark focus specifically on children. There is a "freemarket" (Dutch: vrijmarkt) and there are games and other activities for children. From June until August there are music and dance performances in the open air theatre.