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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…

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King’s Day in Amsterdam

[?] King’s Day 2022Koningsdag 2022 is the Dutch national holiday to be held on Tuesday 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.

Note, due to the ongoing measures, this event might not take place in 2022 in its previous form (as described below). The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled.

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 Monday 26 April 2022 (King’s Night or 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, Dappermarkt, 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 4 large dance parties planned which are held outside of the centre. These are: Kingsland Festival (RAI Amsterdam), Urban Music Festival (Stadspodium, Turbinestraat), 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 are the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museum. Note that most other museums including Amsterdam Museum, Hermitage, Maritime Museum, NEMO 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.

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

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 6 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. 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

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.

Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the 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. 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

moco masters gallery
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 20 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 KerkMaison Amsterdam, large exhibition of historic fashion from the Amsterdam Museum collection along with contemporary designers. Runs 18 Sep 2021 to 3 Apr 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, exhibition of the Brazilian artist who tells layered stories by creating staged scenes. Expected 14 Jan to 10 Apr 2022. Book FOAM 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

National Museumweek 2022 – Many museums in the Netherlands organise special online events over 1 week. Expected in April 2022.

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

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

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 in April 2022, to be confirmed.

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

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.

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.

Imagine Film Festival – Well-established international film festival (formerly Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival) showing sci-fi, cult, fantasy and horror films. Expected April 2022 (38th edition) at EYE Film, 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).

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

Kunst RAI – Large international art fair at RAI Amsterdam. Due 13-18 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 5 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 – Production in April 2022 is ballet Raymonda.

Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands

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.

Keukenhof 2022 – After closure in 2020 and 2021, the world famous tulip and flower park is expected to open its doors for the spring season from 24 Mar to 15 May 2022.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 2022 season to be confirmed.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 3 Apr 2022 (1200-1800).

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 500 outdoor stands. 2-3 Apr 2022 (0900-1630) an 23-24 Apr 2022 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Louis Tomlinson – 2 Apr, AFAS Live
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – 8/9 Apr, Paradiso
Joe Satriani – 15 Apr, Melkweg
Simple Minds – 19 Apr, Ziggo Dome
Jools Holland – 23 Apr, Paradiso

Hotels in Amsterdam

You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events (especially around King’s Day) rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.

Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations:

• At the very top-end with 5 star luxury consider Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel Grand, Hotel De L’Europe and Conservatorium.

• Stylish, quality mid-range choices near the city centre include The Toren, Banks Mansion, The Hoxton, Kimpton-De Witt and Sir Adam Hotel.

• For those on a budget check out Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, Jaz Amsterdam (close to Ziggo Dome/ArenA) and Motel One.

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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