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…
King’s Day in Amsterdam
[?] King’s Day 2022 – Koningsdag 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 lockdown measures, this event might not take place in 2022 in its previous form (as described below). The 2020 and 2021 events was also 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.
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Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam
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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
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. Take advantage of the lower numbers of visitors currently.
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.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Book MOCO Museum tickets here
Rembrandt House – RAW, exhibition showcasing the work of eleven contemporary artists which show subjects in a realistic way. Runs 20 Jan to 22 May 2022.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.
De Nieuwe Kerk – Maison Amsterdam, large exhibition of historic fashion from the Amsterdam Museum collection along with contemporary designers. Runs 18 Sep 2021 to 3 Apr 2022.
FOAM Photography Museum – Next Level: Jonathas de Andrade, exhibition of the Brazilian artist who tells layered stories by creating staged scenes. Expected 14 Jan to 10 Apr 2022.
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
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Sparta 10 Apr 2022 (tba)
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.
League Finals – Ball sport (kind of netball-basketball cross) invented in the Netherlands. League finals day will be in April 2022, to be confirmed.
[X] Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion. Cancelled until further notice.
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
Exents to be confimed.
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.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Most of the free concerts offered by various venues in Amsterdam have been temporarily suspended.
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. 2022 season to be confirmed.
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 2022 season to be confirmed.
IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 400 stands. 2022 season to be confirmed.
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:
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.