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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.


Hemeltjelief Festival

This family festival steals the show every Ascension Day with an enormous musical and theatrical line-up and plenty of events and ...

909 Festival

Bezoekerscentrum Amsterdamse Bos
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

12/05/2017 - 16/05/2017
The weekend of the Rolling Kitchens brings an annual dose of outdoor mobile food fun to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Keukenhof Gardens

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

De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
16/04/2016 - 10/07/2016
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 Openluchttheater
04/05/2017 - 10/09/2017
From May through September every year, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre presents a programme packed with festivals, dance, cabaret,...


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...

24H Zuidoost

24H Amsterdam is an opportunity to experience the city in new ways. The Zuidoost edition takes place on 21 & 22 May 2016, showcasing the south east of...


NEMO Science Museum
22/04/2016 - 01/01/2017
Harness the elements and learn all about generating energy from renewable resources at NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. This ener...

Park Am See

Strand am Bahnhof
Berlin-based club Watergate, Amsterdam electro event collective Chasing the Hihat and music magazine Deep House Amsterdam present ...

Rhythm & Roots

13/05/2016 - 05/03/2017
This musically-inspired exhibition at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam addresses a cultural revolution that spread across the world f...

Amsterdam Art Fair

Amsterdam Art Fair
25/05/2016 - 29/05/2016
This fair took place in 2016. Event details will be updated once the 2017 details are announced.

Catherine, the Greatest

Hermitage Amsterdam
18/06/2016 - 15/01/2017
A collection of more than 300 paintings, sculptures and personal objects of Catherine the Great make their way from St Petersburg ...

Amsterdam Kookt

Olympisch Stadion
05/05/2017 - 08/05/2017
You can never have enough food festivals, as their crazy success in Amsterdam has proved. And thus there is another one coming you...

Yummya Amsterdam

IJsbaan Jaap Eden IJscomplex
05/05/2017 - 08/05/2017
In springtime food trucks are descending on the Jaap Eden ice rink for a heavenly food festival called Yummya.

DIYnamic Festival

Bezoekerscentrum Amsterdamse Bos
Hamburg-based record label DIYnamic is set to take over the Amsterdamse Bos once again.


RAI Amsterdam
01/06/2016 - 05/06/2016
Featuring a huge number of established and emerging galleries, the KunstRAI art fair returns to RAI Amsterdam June.

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