All the NAS events, except on rare occasions, take place within the Los Angeles area. Generally, the events have a theme, see below, all typically including a happy hour with appetizers, followed by dinner. There is a charge, which varies, to members and guests for attending each of these events.
Annually, there are eight traditional NAS events: New Year's Reception, Anniversary Dinner Dance (every fifth year), Membership Meeting, King's Birthday, Hike and Barbecue, Bike Ride and Lunch, Leidens Ontzet and Sinterklaas. Other events such as a luncheon followed by a visit to a museum or other point of interest, a wine tasting tour or a theme outdoor party may be scheduled. Occasionally, a NAS event may be combined with another Dutch organization's event such as King's Day.
The New Year Reception takes place in early January within a week or so after the actual beginning of the year and usually takes place at a member's home during the afternoon. Hors d'ouerve, a buffet, dessert and coffee are provided along with the NAS hosted bar. The afternoon is concluded with a toast to the New Year.
February of every fifth year brings the Anniversary Dinner Dance, which celebrates the anniversary of the founding and incorporation of the Netherlands American Society. This is a more formal event (cocktail attire suggested) and takes place at an upscale restaurant or hotel banquet room. A delicious meal is provided along with good music for the dancing pleasure of everyone. The most recent dinner dance (February 2015) celebrated the 75th anniversary of NAS.
In March the Annual Membership Meeting is held in accordance with the NAS bylaws. The purpose is to discuss and vote on important issues affecting the Netherlands American Society, review the annual financial report and other items, and have the nomination and election of the NAS Board of Directors. In recent years the meeting has been held at the San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles. The event starts with a social hour followed by lunch and then the meeting and election.