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May highlights in Amsterdam

Browse I amsterdam's May highlights for an idea of the festivals, performances and other special events in store throughout the month.

Amsterdam festivals, events & exhibitions in May

See what's on in Amsterdam in May; from gigs and art exhibitions to theatre productions and ballet. Amsterdam commemorates Remembrance Day on 4 May and celebrates Liberation Day on 5 May with open-air concerts and festivities across the city.

24H Nieuw-West

The first 24H Nieuw-West edition took place on 13 May 2017, showcasing the best of the west of Amsterdam. Formerly 24H West, the 2017 edition of the f...

Hemeltjelief Festival

NDSM-plein 61
1033 WB AMSTERDAM
NDSM
10/05/2018
This family festival steals the show every Ascension Day with an enormous musical and theatrical line-up and plenty of events and ...

909 Festival

Bosbaan 5
1182 AG AMSTELVEEN
Bezoekerscentrum Amsterdamse Bos
26/05/2018
The 909 Festival is all about sun and beats at the Amsterdamse Bos. Look out for it returning in May and get set for a full day of...

Rolling Kitchens

Polonceau-kade 27
1014 DA AMSTERDAM
Westergasfabriek
09/05/2018 - 13/05/2018
The weekend of the Rolling Kitchens brings an annual dose of outdoor mobile food fun to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Keukenhof Gardens

Stationsweg 166a
2161 AM LISSE
Each spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with blooming flowers in every colour of the rainbow. Come tip-toe through ...

World Press Photo

Dam
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
09/07/2017
The winning images from the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest begin their world tour in Amster...

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

Vondelpark 5A
1071 AA AMSTERDAM
Vondelpark Openluchttheater
22/07/2017 - 10/09/2017
From May through September every year, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre presents a programme packed with festivals, dance, cabaret,...

ARTZUID

Minervalaan 1
1077 NJ AMSTERDAM
Artzuid
19/05/2017 - 17/09/2017
ARTZUID is a popular international sculpture route that brings the streets of the Amsterdam District of Zuid to life with original...

Rhythm & Roots

Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 CK AMSTERDAM
Tropenmuseum
01/06/2017 - 07/01/2018
This musically-inspired exhibition at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam addresses a cultural revolution that spread across the world f...

Amsterdam Art Fair

Huidekoperstraat 28
1017 ZM AMSTERDAM
Kunsthal Koper
16/05/2018 - 20/05/2018
The fourth edition of Amsterdam Art Fair will return in May 2018 at a new venue.

DIYnamic Festival

Bosbaanweg 5
1182 DA AMSTELVEEN
Bezoekerscentrum Amsterdamse Bos
25/05/2018
Hamburg-based record label DIYnamic is set to take over the Amsterdamse Bos once again during its own festival.

KunstRAI

Europaboulevard 22
1078 RV AMSTERDAM
RAI Amsterdam
31/05/2017 - 05/06/2017
Featuring a huge number of established and emerging galleries, the KunstRAI art fair returns to RAI Amsterdam every spring.

Chris Beekman, De Stijl Defector

Museumplein 10
1071 DJ AMSTERDAM
Stedelijk Museum
08/04/2017 - 17/09/2017
An exhibition that celebrates the life’s work of Chris Beekman, one the lesser-known artists of the De Stijl movement. Amsterdam’s...

Martin Scorsese

IJpromenade 1
1031 KT AMSTERDAM
EYE Filmmuseum
25/05/2017 - 03/09/2017
Each year Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum selects an esteemed director as the subject of a major exhibition. In 2017, it celebrates the...

Sarah van Sonsbeeck

Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX AMSTERDAM
Oude Kerk Amsterdam
19/05/2017 - 17/09/2017
In its early days, the Oude Kerk was a port church where ships were christened, prayers were offered for a safe return, and numero...

Amsterdam Sevens Rugby

Bok de Korverweg 6
1067 HR AMSTERDAM
Nationaal Rugbycentrum Amsterdam
25/05/2018 - 27/05/2018
Although the Netherlands isn’t quite renowned as an international rugby nation, Rugby Sevens, a fast-paced seven-a-side variant of...

NextGen Games

Olympisch Stadion 21
1076 DE AMSTERDAM
Olympisch Stadion
28/05/2017
The NextGen Games is a weekend-long celebration of allthings sport, taking place against the backdrop of the NextGen Series footba...

The Color Run

President Allendelaan 3
1064 GW AMSTERDAM
Sloterpark
27/05/2018
Amsterdam’s Sloterpark sees the return of the Netherlands’ most colourful running event, the Color Run.

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