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What’s On in Amsterdam April 2022

Here is our insider guide to what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands during April 2022. 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…

April 2022 Highlights

  • Keukenhof spring gardens (all month)
  • Floriade Expo 2022 Almere (open from 14 Apr)
  • Invictus Games 2022 The Hague (16-22 Apr)
  • King’s Day Amsterdam (27 Apr)

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

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

STRAAT – A new and 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 STRAAT tickets here

straat museum amsterdam
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. Vincent Mentzel, exhibition from the Dutch photojournalist. Runs 28 Jan to 6 Jun 2022 also at the Philips wing. Revolusi! Indonesia Independent, exhibition on the pursuit of freeing Indonesia from colonial rule. Runs 11 Feb to 5 Jun 2022 also at the Philips wing. 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 of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Maurice Denis: Amour, exhibition of romantic prints runs 12 Feb to 15 May 2022. Van Gogh and the Olive Groves, exhibition featuring more than a dozen paintings by Vincent van Gogh of olive groves. Runs 11 Mar to 12 Jun 2022. 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.

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. You can find concrete ways to take positive action and shop for sustainable products. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

fashion for good museum exhibit
Fashion For Good Museum Amsterdam

Dutch Heritage Exhibition – The Hermitage museum on the Amstel (which has recently cut ties with the State Hermitage in Russia) is holding a series of exhibitions focussed on Dutch Masterpieces. The first is the Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer (from the Rijksmuseum collection) on show 1 Apr to 15 May 2022.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at Dutch Heritage (formerly Hermitage) showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. Democracy, exhibition by fashion designer Duran Lantink inspired by American artist Andy Warhol. Runs 24 Sep 2021 to 6 Jun 2022.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 400 pieces. Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive, expansive overview of the German artist. Runs 29 Jan to 12 Jun 2022. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition along with MOCO Masters (Warhol, Basquiat, Koons etc). 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 HouseRAW, exhibition showcasing the work of eleven contemporary artists which show subjects in a realistic way. Runs 26 Jan to 22 May 2022. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Healing Power, exhibition about healing traditions around the world. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 6 Jun 2022. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

De Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo Exhibition 2022, annual exhibition of the current affairs photography contest inside Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 15 Apr to 14 Aug 2022.

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

FOAM Photography MuseumNext Level: Jonathas de Andrade Staging Resistance, exhibition of the Brazilian artist who tells layered stories by creating staged scenes. Runs 26 Jan to 18 May 2022. Bill Brandt, The Beautiful and the Sinister, exhibition by one of the most critically acclaimed British photographers. Runs 18 Feb to 18 May 2022. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis MarseilleCharlotte Dumas Ao, films and photos about native horses on the Japanese island Yonaguni. Luc Delahaye Le Village, exhibition from the French photographer of a Senegal village. Both run 26 Jan to 8 May 2022.

Museum of the CanalsClaws & Critters in the Canal House, a focus on animals seen in the paintings of the house collection. Runs 26 Jan to 24 Apr 2022.

Jewish MuseumChildren of Al-Andalus. Portraits of Andalusian-Moroccan Muslims and Jews runs 26 Jan to 18 Apr 2022. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

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Jewish Museum Amsterdam

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

EYE Filmmuseum – Guido van der Werve: Palpable Futility, retrospective exhibition runs 12 Feb to 29 May 2022.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)Forever Being Constructed – F. Starik’s Life as a Museum, free exhibition on the visual artist/poet in the Treasury Room. Runs 26 Jan to 5 Jun 2022.

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Korda: Cuba, Che, Glamour, major retrospective exhibition of renowned Cuban photographer Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez (Korda). Runs 18 Mar to 26 Jun 2022. The Other Story, large exhibition of Moroccan modern art. Runs 15 Apr to 18 Sep 2022.

National Museumweek 2022 – Many museums in the Netherlands organise special online events over 1 week. Expected 4-10 Apr 2022.

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

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Sparta 10 Apr 2022 (2000)

You can also book a stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff ArenA online here

Athletics:
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Apr 2022, to be confirmed.

NN Rotterdam Marathon – This big marathon event in the Netherlands normally attracts over 20,000 competitors including a field of world-class athletes. The 41st edition is scheduled for 10 Apr 2022.

Korfball:
League Finals – Ball sport (kind of netball-basketball cross) invented in the Netherlands. League finals day will be on 16 Apr 2022 at Ahoy Rotterdam.

Invictus Games 2022 – International games for wounded and sick armed service personnel. With 500 participants, the program includes 10 sports: athletics, powerlifting, archery, indoor rowing, JLR Driving Challenge, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, cycling, sitting volleyball and swimming. The games could not go ahead in 2020 or 2021 and have been rescheduled for 16-22 Apr 2022 at Zuiderpark in Den Haag (The Hague).

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

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Festivals in Amsterdam

Tulp Festival – This festivals brings displays of tulips across the entire city during the month of April 2022.

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. Rescheduled for 31 Mar to 2 Apr 2022 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. 28 Mar to 3 Apr 2022.

kaboom animation festival
Kaboom Animation Festival

Awakenings Easter Festival – Techno music festival event held at Gashouder in Amsterdam over 14-17 Apr 2022.

DGTL Festival – Global electronic music festival with mix of art installations and sustainability projects. Amsterdam edition is expected over 16-17 Apr 2022 at NDSM-wharf.

Amsterdam Wine Festival – The largest wine festival event in the Netherlands with some 300 wines from 12 producing countries. At Westergas Amsterdam, 21-24 Apr 2022.

Amsterdam Denim Days Festival -“Market edition” event with various workshops with independent denim designers, artisans and local brands. Runs 22-23 Apr 2022 at De Hallen and Denim City Store in Amsterdam.

Check out our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

IAMExpat Fair 2022 – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. Westergas in Amsterdam, 9 Apr 2022 (1000-1700).

Floriade Expo 2022 – The international horticulture exhibition (7th edition, held every 10 years) takes place in 2022 at the Floriade pavilion in Almere (20 mins by train from Amsterdam). There are 40 pavilions from different countries on show as well as local horticultural presentations. In 2022 the theme is ‘Growing Green Cities’. Runs 14 Apr to 9 Oct 2022. You can book Floriade Expo 2022 tickets online here

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Floriade Expo 2022 in Almere

Kunst RAI – Large international art fair at RAI Amsterdam. Due 13-18 Apr 2022.

Huishoudbeurs 2022 – Large household and lifestyle expo to be held at RAI Amsterdam, 15-21 Apr 2022.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam. Show is expected on 7 Apr 2022 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

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

Russel Howard – The English stand-up comedian brings his Respite show to AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 18 Apr 2022.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

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.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Productions for April 2022 are ballet Raymonda and opera Tosca.

Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens – The world famous tulip and flower park is open for the 2022 spring season! After closure in 2020 and 2021, the gardens can be visited 24 Mar to 15 May 2022. You can book Keukenhof entrance tickets here or entry ticket + shuttle bus from Amsterdam here

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Keukenhof Gardens

Easter 2022 – Public holiday in the Netherlands on 15 Apr (Good Friday) and 18 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. Scheduled for 10 Apr 2022 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park and 24 Apr 2022 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 3 Apr 2022 (1200-1800). Also has the Homeware Market at De Hallen on 10 Apr 2022 (1100-1700).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 17 Apr 2022 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 outdoor stands. 2-3 Apr 2022 (0900-1630) and 30 Apr – 1 May 2022 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Louis Tomlinson – 2 Apr, AFAS Live
Franz Ferdinand – 15 Apr, AFAS Live
Simple Minds – 19 Apr, Ziggo Dome
Texas – 20 Apr, Paradiso
Jools Holland – 23 Apr, Paradiso

King’s Day in Amsterdam

King’s Day 2022Koningsdag 2022 is the Dutch national holiday to be held on Wednesday 27 April 2022. 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 Tuesday 26 April 2022 – 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. Note: Amsterdam RAI and Amsterdam Science Park station will be closed.

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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