Event Calender April – What’s on in Amsterdam
Spring is in full swing in Amsterdam! As the weather starts getting warmer and all the events going on in April encourage people to leave their houses again after the long winter. You could say that April is the best time to visit Amsterdam. Check out all events and exhibitions taking place in May. It is the month that the flowers are in bloom.
Rembrandt year route
The perfect day out for art lovers. This route takes you past places that were important to Rembrandt during his lifetime and became significant after his death. You can visit his last house, the places where he painted his famous works and churches that were very important to him. Click here to see the map.
– This exibithion is part of the Rembrandt year –
13 April The annual Flower Parade
The annual Flower Parade (Bloemencorso in Dutch) is a feast brimming with beautiful colors and delicious perfumes. Twenty huge floats and thirty lavishly decorated cars follow a 42 kilometre route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Holland and abroad are drawn to the colourful flower spectacle every year. Come early to find a good spot along the road and get the most from the Flower Parade.
The Flower Parade starts on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. and finishes in Haarlem at 9 p.m. Around 3.30 p.m. the Flower Parade passes the Keukenhof.
April 8- April 14 National Museum Week
During National Museum Week, hundreds of well-known and less famous museums can be visited. There are countless activities in museums throughout the country. You can attend a special guided tour or workshop, visit lectures, and explore the exhibitions created especially for the event.
Every April, many Amsterdam museums participate in the National Museum Week, where they organise more than 2.500 unique tours, special entry fees and workshops.
Some of the showpieces from the last few years included, for example, the diary of Anne Frank in the Anne Frank House and the widest dress in the country in the Rijksmuseum. During this week, many museums choose to lower or even waive their entry fees, so this is your chance to see some amazing historical pieces without breaking the bank! Many museums also organise activities especially for children.
31 March – 30 April Amsterdam Tulip Festival
To celebrate the blooming of the tulip inside the city of Amsterdam, the tulip festival brings the typical Dutch flower back into the city. The aim is to plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. To reach that goal, over 800.000 tulips are to be planted in the city. Many Amsterdam museums participate in the Amsterdam Tulip Festival, to make sure you will see a great amount of tulips in bloom during Easter in Amsterdam.
The tulip fever strikes again. During the Tulp Festival Amsterdam, hundreds of thousands blooming tulips can be admired in dozens of venues all over the capital.
21 April Easter Amsterdam brunch
Typically taking place on Easter Sunday, getting together with family (or close friends) is a very common Easter activity in the Netherlands.
For dining out, many restaurants around Amsterdam will offer a special menu for Easter brunch. In Amsterdam, the Hard Rock Café annually hosts a special buffet brunch featuring egg-decorating and face painting for children.
21 April Awakenings Easter Special
The best way to celebrate Easter is to visit Awakenings Easter 2019. At Awakenings, the best names from the techno scene will give you an unforgettable (Easter) party. It will be a night to remember. For the real techno fans, this party is a true tradition for which they like to let the Easter eggs stand. Keep the night of Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22 free in your agenda and come to Amsterdam.
27 April Kings day
On 27 April, all of Holland is a party! From the biggest cities down to the smallest villages, the entire country celebrates King’s Day. There are street markets everywhere, where people sell all kinds of miscellany and (home-made) treats. Bands are playing on every street corner, every pub is serving beer outside and all around, people are dancing in their orange outfits. Tradition dictates that the Royal family visits one or two cities in Holland on this day, so with any luck, you might see them yourself!
King’s Day is certainly celebrated in the capital of Holland, Amsterdam. There are activities everywhere in the city; there is a huge street market of stalls where people sell all kinds of stuff and. The canals are full of boats with partying people, and for those who enjoy a good dance, there are plenty of big parties with famous DJs.
6 April – 11 August 2019 Maria Lassnig Ways of Being – Stedelijk Museum
The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig made her name with her ‘Körperbewusstseintbilder’, or ‘body awareness’ paintings. This temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s modern art museum, features more than 200 loaned artworks, with key pieces such as Du oder Ich, Woman Power, Krankenhaus, Dame mit Hirn and her last self-portrait Selbstporträt mit Pinsel.
13 April – World Press Photo 2019
Each year, professional press photographers, photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over the world are invited to submit their top news-related pictures from the previous year. The best works are assembled into a travelling exhibition of over 200 images, creating an overview of how press photographers tackle their work around the globe and how the press relates news through images.
7 March – 18 November Treasures from Storage
The Rijksmuseum is offering a rare glimpse into the treasures in its collection that usually lie hidden in it’s storage depot. Treasures from Storage presents a selection from a different part of this remarkable collection in five galleries.
17 – 22 April – KunstRAI
The KunstRAI will celebrate its 35th edition in 2019! Participating galleries will show their autonomous paintings and sculptures, photography and new media. KunstRAI is the longest-running art fair in the Netherlands. Offering art lovers the chance to get their hands on the latest and greatest in the scene. Alongside the regular gallery-centred stands, booths are devoted to individual artists allowing visitors to dive deeper into their work.
So, what are you waiting for? Come visit Amsterdam in April!