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What's On in Amsterdam May 2015

 

May is a great time to visit Amsterdam, with pleasant late-spring temperatures and plenty to see and do.

Check out our insider guide to other things going on in and around the city for May 2015...

Museums & Exhibitions

Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum's rich collection (including Rembrandt's Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Late Rembrandt is a major retrospective of Rembrandt van Rijn’s later work from around 1652 until his death in 1669. Runs 12 Feb to 17 May 2015.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – New exhibition Napoleon and Alexander expected to run 28 Mar to 18 Oct 2015. Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age (opened on 29 Nov 2014) brings together for the first time 30 colossal 17th century group portraits from Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum. Runs to the end of 2016.

Van Gogh Museum A new light on Van Gogh is the redesigned presentation of the Van Gogh museum collection (which opened 28 Nov 2014).

Nieuwe Kerk World Press Photo is a photo exhibition showcasing the best in news photography. Runs 18 Apr to 21 June 2015.

Magna Plaza – Permanent exhibition of Rembrandt, all his paintings, lifesize reproductions of all Rembrandt's works on show.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the new permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.

Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section

Sport

Football - Dutch 14/15 season comes to a close:
Ajax home match at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Cambur Leeuwarden – 10 May, 1430 (Eredivisie, Dutch League)

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion (former Film Museum).

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

National Remembrance Day – Ceremony commemorating the war dead, held in Dam Square on 4 May. A 2 minute silence is held at 2000.

Liberation Day – Various concerts at stages throughout Amsterdam including Dam Square. 5 May. See our map of Dam Square

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Netherlands Public Holidays May 2015 – 5 May (Liberation Day), 14 May (Ascension Day) and 25 May (Whit Monday).

Fiesta Cubana – Check out DJ Arno's popular Cuban-style salsa night at the Badcuyp Amsterdam, €5 entry, Friday 1 May from 10pm.

Rolling Kitchens 2015 Rollende Keukens food festival where dozens of mobile kitchens offer their dishes at the Westergasfabriek. 13-17 May 2015.

Pacha Festival – Dance music festival event at Java island in Amsterdam on Saturday 16 May 2015.

Dutch National Opera – Performs Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz) at Muziektheater Amsterdam, various shows 9-28 May 2015.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held almost daily – now playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

North Sea Jazz Club – Hosts a wide variety of jazz, funk, soul and world music every weekend (Friday & Saturday) at the Westergasfabriek. Dinner concerts include a 3 course meal by the in-house chef.

Other events in Netherlands:

Keukenhof – The world famous tulip and flower park is open during April. The theme for 2015 is 'Van Gogh' - Keukenhof open 20 March to 17 May 2015.

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Free Concerts

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Session event held every Tuesday evening at 2200 in the cafe.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concert usually held every Wednesday at 1230 - note, no concerts scheduled for May 2015.

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free concert on Tuesday 12 May 2015 at 1230.

Muziektheater – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1230. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime organ concert every Friday at 1300.

North Sea Jazz Club – Free jam sessions are held every Wednesday evening at the neighbouring Pizza Pazzani restaurant (at Westergasfabriek).

Our full guide to Free things to do in Amsterdam

Market events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular Market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs 1100-1800 at Amstel Park (10 May 2015) and Park Frankendael (31 May 2015).

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Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. From 1200 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, date TBA.

NeighbourFood Market – Sunday market event featuring local food products. Runs Sunday 17 May 2015 from 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Date TBA.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Amsterdam:
5 Seconds of Summer – 20 May, Ziggo Dome
Bill Maher – 20 May, De Meervaart
Ellen Ten Damme– 25 May, Carré
Roxette – 27 May, Heineken Music Hall
Ariana Grande – 29 May, Ziggo Dome
Toto– 30 May, Ziggo Dome

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Netherlands:
Nick Cave – 16/17 May, World Forum Theater Den Haag

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