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What’s On in Amsterdam April 2023

Here is our insider guide to what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands during April 2023. There’s normally lots going on in the city and whilst the weather can vary there should be a few good, sunny days. The month ends with the King’s Day celebrations…

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam (April 2023)

It is recommended visitors buy a ticket and time-slot online in advance.

STRAAT – A unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000 square metres warehouse at NDSM wharf and showcasing some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book your STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Amaze Amsterdam – A new immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here (open Wed-Sun).

Our House – A brand new museum of electronic music culture in the centre of Amsterdam. Explore the evolution of dance music via interactive installations. Book Our House tickets here

Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. Located in the Amsterdam North district, open daily. Book Nxt Museum tickets here

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Vermeer, the largest exhibition ever of paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Runs 10 Feb to 4 Jun 2023. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here 

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts a small selection of works from the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers. Free entry

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Choosing Vincent: From Family Inheritance to World-Famous Collection, how Van Gogh’s family helped to establish his legacy. Runs 10 Feb to 10 Apr 2023. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. 31553580 (obsession) for Numbers & Schematics, exhibition about the world of logic, art and structure. Runs 22 Sep 2022 to 27 Aug 2023.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 400 pieces. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

De Nieuwe Kerk – The Century of Juliana, a Queen and her Ideals, major exhibition about the former Dutch Queen who reigned 1948-1980, with over 100 art objects from the Royal Collections. Runs 15 Oct 2022 to 9 Apr 2023.

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now has a diverse selection of works from the anonymous British street artist. In addition MOCO Masters features the likes of Warhol, Basquiat and Koons. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A new video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

Rembrandt House – Visit the house where Rembrandt lived and worked. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

Royal Palace – Visit the grand Royal Palace on Dam Square including the impressive Citizen’s Hall. Book Royal Palace tickets here

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

The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam museums and attractions. It also includes a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. It costs €65 to €135. Read our full Iamsterdam City Card review here and learn how to maximise the card.

You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands (April 2023)

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard 8 Apr 2023 (tba)
Ajax vs Emmen 15 Apr 2023 (tba)

PSV vs Ajax 22 Apr 2023 (tba) – Philips Stadion, Eindhoven [book tickets here]

NN Rotterdam Marathon – This big marathon event in the Netherlands normally attracts over 20,000 competitors including a field of world-class athletes. The 42nd edition is scheduled for 16 Apr 2023.

Korfball:
League Finals – Ball sport (kind of netball-basketball cross) invented in the Netherlands. League finals day will be some time in April 2023, to be announced.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

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Festivals in Amsterdam (April 2023)

Tulp Festival – This festivals brings displays of tulips across the entire city during the month of April 2023.

Amsterdam Coffee Festival – A festival event for coffee lovers and industry professionals featuring artisan coffee, gourmet food stalls, barista demonstrations, live music and art exhibitions. Runs 30 Mar – 1 Apr 2023 at Westergas, Amsterdam.

Kaboom Animation Festival – Cutting-edge films from experimental art-house to colorful stories for families and kids. To be held in various cinemas in Amsterdam and Utrecht – in early April 2023.

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Kaboom Animation Festival

Check out our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam (April 2023)

International Amsterdam Motor Show – The biggest motor show in the Netherlands to be held at RAI Amsterdam over 6-10 Apr 2023.

IAMExpat Fair 2023 – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. Should be held in early April 2023, date/venue to be announced.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam (April 2023)

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam on Thursday 6 Apr 2023 (2000).

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (April 2023)

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – Amsterdam’s renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage – for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre.

Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens – The world famous tulip and flower park is open for the 2023 spring season. Runs 23 Mar to 14 May 2023.

Easter 2023 – Public holiday in the Netherlands on 7 Apr (Good Friday) and 10 Apr (Easter Monday).

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Date to be confirmed.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Date to be confirmed.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Date to be confirmed.

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Dates to be announced.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Madness – 1 Apr, AFAS Live
Roger Waters – 4 Apr, Ziggo Dome
Tori Amos – 6/7 Apr, Carré
Avril Lavigne – 14 Apr, AFAS Live

King’s Day in Amsterdam

King’s Day 2023Koningsdag 2023 is the Dutch national holiday to be held on Thursday 27 April 2023. Following the abdication of Queen Beatrix in 2013 and the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander, the former Queen’s Day celebration has become King’s Day. The date was moved from 30 April, the birthday of the former Queen Juliana to the 27 April, birthday of the current King.

King’s Day is one of the world’s greatest open-air parties – an event everyone should try and experience at least once in their life! Amsterdam goes completely orange crazy with revellers on the streets, in parks and afloat the water. Up to 800,000 visitors used to cram into the centre temporarily doubling the city’s population.

Celebrations actually start the evening before on Wednesday 26 April 2023 – King’s Night (Koningsnacht) – and then continue all of the next day. On King’s Day morning each year the Dutch Royal family (House of Orange-Nassau) do a walkabout visit around a chosen town in the Netherlands which is shown live on state television.

One of the main highlights of King’s Day in Amsterdam is the citywide free market (vrijmarkt). This is where people set up stalls and sell clothes, food, drinks and just about anything else – from plants, old electronics, vintage items, bric-a-brac and a load of old tat. Prices are negotiable which is all part of the fun.

Many Amsterdam residents set up shop directly outside their own houses – days before they mark their territory with tape (“bezet” meaning “occupied”). There are also professional traders and opportunists who take advantage of the tax-free trading.

The free market in Amsterdam officially starts from 0600 on King’s Day and goes on all day until 2000. Bargain hunters should get there early. Note that the city of Utrecht (30 minutes south of Amsterdam by train) starts its free market on King’s Night (26 April) from 1800 – with an authentic and friendly atmosphere, it’s well worth a visit.

For fun and games, children’s clothes, toys and young performers head to the main children’s King’s Day market at Vondelpark (Amsterdam’s main park) which opens at 0900. Other children’s markets can be found (amongst others) at NDSM-wharf, Artisplein, Amstelveld, Bellamyplein, Frederiksplein, Leliegracht, Noorderpark, Rembrandtplein, Sarphatipark and Westerpark.

On King’s Day the festivities continue throughout Amsterdam with the free market, food/drink stalls, concert stages, impromptu street entertainers, party boats and all sorts of weird and wonderful fun.

There are large dance parties planned which are held outside of the centre. These are: Kingsland Festival (RAI Amsterdam), Vunzige Deuntjes Koningsnacht on Kings Night (AFAS Live), Cartel Kingsday (Westerunie), Loveland van Oranje (Meerpark) and Oranjebloesem (Olympic Stadium). Entry is only for ticket holders, no at-the-door sales.

The best way of getting around Amsterdam on King’s Day is on foot – temporary signposts can guide you to areas of interest.

GVB public transport – Ferries, metro and some buses will operate on King’s day with a standard Saturday timetable. You do require a ticket as normal! Trams run a Saturday timetable with some lines running alternative routes and avoiding the inner centre.

Train services run on a special King’s Day timetable so double check with NS Dutch Railways (ns.nl) if planning travel or going to the airport.

If coming to Amsterdam from other parts of the Netherlands by train it is preferable to arrive at Amsterdam Zuid or Amsterdam Amstel station and walk in. Expect Amsterdam stations to be extremely busy with up to a quarter of a million people arriving by train.

Supermarkets do open on King’s Day though hours can be restricted in some branches. Most shops in the city centre will remain closed.

Museums which are open on King’s Day include the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, STRAAT, MOCO Muueum and Van Gogh Museum. Note that most other museums including FOAM, Maritime Museum, NEMO, Rembrandt House and Tropenmuseum are closed.

Be aware that the city centre can get extremely crowded in some places – expect large crowds to gather on Dam Square and Museumplein. Watch out for pickpockets and be vigilant to new perceived security threats.

King’s Day events are observed all over the Netherlands including Arnhem, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Groningen, Haarlem, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Amsterdam Travel/Transport Resources

Prepare for your trip to Amsterdam in advance.

Unlimited GVB Day/Multi-Day tickets – 1 to 7 day ticket (€8.50 to €37). Valid on all GVB transport (trams/metro/buses) in Amsterdam on a 24 hour basis. Book GVB 1-7 day tickets online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€17/€22.50/€28) combines airport train/bus journey with unlimited GVB transport in Amsterdam. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€19.50/€28/€36.50) for unlimited travel in entire Amsterdam region. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis on NS trains (in region), regional buses and Amsterdam GVB transport. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Iamsterdam City Card – Tourist pass which includes a GVB multi-day ticket as well as admission to many Amsterdam attractions. 24/48/72/96/120 hour cards (€65-€135). Book the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Hotels Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which offers a wide selection of hotels and free cancellation if your plans change. It also has a range of Amsterdam hostels for those on a budget.

Taxi Sneleentaxi is a reliable taxi firm offering rides anywhere in the Netherlands – including around Amsterdam and to/from airports. It offers competitive fixed fares. You can book with Sneleentaxi here

International Trains – You can check timetables, prices and make bookings for all the international train services to/from the Netherlands at the NS International site

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.

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