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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

24H Amsterdam is an opportunity to experience the city in new ways. Its exciting Nieuw-West edition took place on 13 May 2017, showcasing the best of ...

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

27/05/2017 - 28/05/2017
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
14/04/2017 - 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 Openluchttheater
27/05/2017 - 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...

Rhythm & Roots

13/05/2016 - 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

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

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


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

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

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

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...

Eddie Vedder

29/05/2017 - 30/05/2017
Eddie Vedder – the lead singer of quintessential grunge band Pearl Jam – is paying a visit to Amsterdam to play two shows. Interes...

Deep Purple

Ziggo Dome
Rock behemoths Deep Purple are touring to support their 20th album, this year's 'Infinite'. Naturally, you should expect some new ...


Nationale Opera & Ballet
28/05/2017 - 05/06/2017
The Dutch National Opera performs one of Verdi’s ultimate masterpieces, the tragic tale of the Duke of Mantua and his court jester...

De Meiden

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Acclaimed English theatre director Katie Mitchell made a huge impact in Amsterdam in 2015 as part of the 'Brandstichter' theatre s...

Amsterdam Sevens Rugby

Nationaal Rugbycentrum Amsterdam
27/05/2017 - 28/05/2017
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
27/05/2017 - 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

Amsterdam’s Sloterpark sees the return of the Netherlands’ most colourful running event, the Color Run.

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