What To Do In Amsterdam This Spring?
Had enough of the blistering winter, too? We’ve got some brilliant news for you. According to meteorologists spring starts… TODAY! Let’s just say it out loud: spring is clearly the best season. There are more hours in a day, there are baby animals EVERYWHERE, trees turn pastel pink, flowers bloom and somehow you feel more energized than ever. You want, no you feel the nééd to go outside and do things. Where to begin?
So much to do, so little time. Planning on visiting Amsterdam soon? Or already in Amsterdam and no clue where to go after you hit Rijksmuseum? Hang in there, help has arrived! We’ve listed our favorite to do’s this season.
It’s time to get moving.
ED VAN DER ELSKEN – DE VERLIEFDE CAMERA
Love street photography? Make sure to get your ass over to The Stedelijk. You’ll find the largest overview of the photographic and filmic work of Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) in twenty-five years. His imagery provided intimate perspectives on the European zeitgeist in the realms of love, sex, art, music and alternative culture.
@ Stedelijk Museum – €15 – Until May 21
STAD IN DE OORLOG
What did Amsterdam look like during the war? Find out at the city archives exhibition Stad in Oorlog (City at War) Amsterdam 1940-1945. Intensive research has resulted to previously unpublished photos that give a vivid picture of Amsterdam during the war. And the best thing is: it’s a free exhibition. Just drop into the city archives and don’t forget to visit the beautiful Schatkamer, too!
@ Stadsarchief – free – Until May 14
DOCUDOKA: #5: ARE TOURISTS AND REFUGEES GETTING ALONG?
Since the European refugee crisis, places where migrants appear seem to have become ‘infected zones’ for tourists. The night in Doka will kick off with the screening of a new documentary Holiday for Everyone (2017, Vakantie voor iedereen). After the screening, there will be an interactive discussion with the filmmakers, two experts, a former refugee and critical tourism philosopher Ruud Welten.
@ Doka – €10 – March 30
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Wondering whatever happened to Amsterdam’s most notorious prison? It’s been turned into a refugee center where artists get the chance to work together with them. One of the new projects is called Bijlmerbajes Ontgrendled, an escape room. This is real-life prison break.
@ Bijlmer Bajes – depending on how many people will join – May 20 / October 22
LAB CLASSICS: THE CRITICS’ DARLINGS
Get to see your favorite classic on the big screen! This month, LAB and We Are Public will start with The Critic’s Darlings sessions. Whether it’s Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo (1958), The Red Shoes (1948), Il Conformista (1970), Blue Velvet (1986) or Brief Encounter (1945). According to the critics, these are the movies you should see before you die.
@ LAB111 – €9 (per movie) – every Wednesday
WANDER THROUGH AMSTERDAMSE BOS
Have you ever been in Amsterdamse Bos? It’s huge. And there are so many nice things to do (when the weather is good). Enjoy a seasonal walk in the woods, cuddle the goats at the goats farm or (super tip) visit the cherry blossom garden, when the 400 trees are in bloom. Definitely an Instagram-worthy trip.
@ Amsterdamse Bos – free – anytime
DGTL will return to the NDSM- Docklands in Amsterdam during Easter Weekend for the 5th edition on April 14th (Opening Night), 15th & 16th. Like previous years, DGTL curates a line-up of cutting-edge electronic music and Âme, Tiga, Tom Trago, Henrik Schwarz, Dixon and Maceo Plex will spin the decks.
@ NDSM Docklands – tickets on sale – April 14/15/16
24H AMSTERDAM: NIEUW-WEST
Discover Amsterdam’s west side (some say it’s the best). On May 13, the district is overflowing with fun events and will be showcasing the best of the west in Amsterdam.
@ Amsterdam Nieuw-West – free entree – May 13
LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL
London calling to the faraway towns! Twice a year, Paradiso hosts the two-day festival where promising indie bands will take the stage. The first edition took place in July 1992 and bands like Bloc Party, Blur, The Libertines and Florence & The Machine made their Dutch debut on this particular stage. Headlining this year: Pond, Traams, The Districs, Black Honey and British Sea Power.
@ Paradiso – tickets on sale – Mei 26/27
THE AVOCADO SHOW
Brace yourselves. About to open its doors, the Avocado Club restaurants sounds utterly promising. Imagine every (no really, every!) dish containing avocado. Yes, an all-avocado café. We find it hard to drool while thinking of avocado bun burgers, avocado cholate cookies and well, avocado everything.
@ The Avocado Show – Daniël Stalpertstraat 61 Amsterdam
WORLD OF FOOD
Like good food? Good. Like to go off the beaten track? Even better. Make sure to pay World of Food a visit, this spring. No, it’s not as fancy schmancy as The Hallen in Amsterdam West (and certainly not as overprized). It’s just a simple warehouse in the Bijlmer neighborhood, about a 45-minute bike ride from the city center. Expect 20 concrete stands with the best international street foods, from Spanish to Ghanaian food and everything in between. It’s simple, it’s cheap, it’s utterly delicious and one of Amsterdams finest food secrets.
@ World of Food – not expensive at all – open daily
SALSA & EMPANADAS
Vamoooooos! Get on your dancing shoes and dance the night away at this very special party at Amsterdam Roest. This night, we’ll celebrate the Cuban lifestyle. Expect delicious empanadas and salsaaaa.
@ Amsterdam Roest – free entrance – April 14 (18:00 – 23:00)