Kings Day Vrijmarkt in Almere Stad – What are the rules?

Original rules are found on the VVV website here.

So you’ve decided to haul your goodies into stad and try to sell them on the Stadhuisplein!

Did you know that there are some rules?  We’ve taken the time to translate these for you to make your life easy.  Many thanks to the VVV Almere for having these on their website!

Are shops open during Kings Day?

The shops are closed in principle, but some shops will remain open (with adjusted trading hours.)  These stores will have a poster in the window advertising this, and it is NOT allowed to set up your stall in front of these stores during the market.

Can I put my stuff in front of a store?

Only if the store is not open.  It is forbidden to place your Vrijmarkt stall in front of an open shop. (The store may want to use the space for their own Vrijmarkt stall!)

Can I mark my place on the Vrijmarkt?

It is forbidden to use paint, chalk, or tape, etc, to mark your place on the Vrijmarkt.

Can I place a party tent (or other cover) on the Vrijmarkt?

No,  it is not possible to use a party tent or other cover.

Can I stay overnight on the Vrijmarkt?

It is not allowed to stay overnight on the Vrijmarkt in a tent, camper, caravan etc in public areas.   It is possible to use a stretcher or chair during the market in the night.

What’s the difference between the Vrijmarkt and the commercial market?

Free market: sale of own old products / goods by individuals from a ground cover.
Commercial market: sales of new products by traders. The trader must be in possession of a valid registration as an ambulant handelaar (CRK-pas).

Where and how can I register for the commercial market?

You can register until 21 April via info@koningsmarktalmere.nl . You will then receive a confirmation with all relevant information. Without the confirmation email there is no subscription and thus no access to the commercial market!

May I be a dealer with (new) products on the Vrijmarkt?

Commercial traders may only be in the commercial area and only after registration. No other traders may be in the other areas.

Can I sell lollipops, sweets, balloons etc?

Only commercial merchants who have registered may sell these.

Can I sell sandwiches, smoothies etc during the Vrijmarkt?

The sale and preparation of food and beverages is only permitted by professional traders holding a Verklaring Sociale Hygiëne. Even then you have to register for the commercial market.

Can I bake or fry things on the Vrijmarkt?

The sale and preparation of food and beverages is only permitted by professional traders holding a Verklaring Sociale Hygiëne. Even then you have to register for the commercial market.

Can I use or sell gas cylinders?

It is forbidden to use or sell gas bottles on the Vrijmarkt. In the commercial market, use of gas cylinders is permitted, provided that this was indicated in your registration and they are correctly installed and checked.

Are there any other events during King’s Day and King’s Night?

In addition to the free markets in the towns (Stad, Buiten, Haven, Poort), commercial market in Stad, and the stage program in the Grote Markt and Baltimoreplein, there are no other events in Almere.

Are there any activities in the Lumiere Park?

In addition to a Vrijmarkt (for children) there are no extra activities in the park.

So there you go – the Kings Day Vrijmarkt rules for Almere in a nutshell. Happy Selling!