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What’s On in Amsterdam May 2022

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 2022.

May 2022 Highlights

  • World Press Photo 2022 Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam (all month)
  • Rolling Kitchens food festival Amsterdam (25-29 May)
  • Keukenhof spring gardens (LAST CALL, closes 15 May)
  • Floriade Expo 2022 Almere (all month)
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 from €27 per day. Read our full Iamsterdam City Card review here and learn how to maximise the card.

You can order your Iamsterdam City Card online here

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

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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. 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. Colour as Language, retrospective exhibition of Etel Adnan’s colourful artworks in combination with those of Vincent van Gogh. Runs 20 May to 4 Sep 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

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 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. 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 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 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. Runs 26 Jan to 15 May 2022. The beauty of the world so heavy: Dana Lixenberg, Sabelo Mlangeni, Lindokuhle Sobekwa & Dirk Kome. Runs 21 May to 4 Sep 2022.

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.

Fabrique des Lumières – Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. Inaugural exhibition is Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion, with works from the Vienesse artist and his contemporaries. Runs at Westergas Amsterdam, 22 Apr to 31 Dec 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

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Body Worlds Amsterdam

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.

Sport in Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs PEC Zwolle 1 May 2022 (1845)
Ajax vs SC Heerenveen 11 May 2022 (2000)

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

Dutch Open – European Tour event due at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt (Den Bosch) over 26-29 May 2022.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Advertise your event here – reach a dual audience of Amsterdam-bound international visitors and expats living/working in the Netherlands. For more info and to receive our events media rates please contact us here

Festivals in Amsterdam

Het Amsterdams Verbond – Festival event inspired by liberation day at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on 5 May 2022.

Music On Festival – House and techno music event to be held at Havenpark in Amsterdam over 7-8 May 2022.

Amsterdam Art Week – The Amsterdam Art Week event features various exhibitions, performances, screenings, debates and gallery tours. Runs 11-15 May 2022 at various galleries and project spaces around Amsterdam.

minIMPRO Amsterdam – Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. Event at the Zonnehuis theatre in Amsterdam North, 11-14 May 2022.

[X] Whisky Weekend – Annual whisky festival featuring some 30 whisky-themed stalls at De Posthoornkerk (Amsterdam West). May event cancelled, rescheduled for January 2023.

TAPT Festival Amsterdam Oost – Beer festival on 14 May 2022 (1200-2300) at Jaap Eden Baan in Amsterdam.

Rolling Kitchens – The Rollende Keukens food festival (free entry) features dozens of mobile kitchens and food trucks offering appetising dishes plus live music. Scheduled for 25-29 May 2022 (14th edition) at Westerpark in Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

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

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam. Expected show on 19 May 2022. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

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

Sarah Millican – The English stand-up comedian comes to Carré theater in Amsterdam for her Bobby Dazzler show on 6 May 2022.

John Bishop – The comedy performer from Liverpool (UK) plays 2 shows at Meervaart Theater in Amsterdam on 18/19 May 2022.

Trevor Noah – The South African comedian brings his Back to Abnormal Tour to Ziggo Dome Amsterdam. The show has been rescheduled for 21 May 2022.

Jeff Dunham – The American ventriloquist comedian performs his Seriously!? show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 29 May 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.

Andrea Bocelli – The Italian operatic tenor performs at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on 3/4 May 2022.

Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens – The world famous tulip and flower park is open for the 2022 spring season! The gardens can only be visited from 24 Mar to 15 May 2022. You can book Keukenhof entrance tickets here or transport from Amsterdam + entry combi-ticket here

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Keukenhof tulips

Netherlands Public Holidays May 2022 – Thursday 26 May (Ascension Day).

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

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 8 May 2022 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park, 22 May 2022 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 29 May 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 1 May 2022 (1200-1800). Also has the Homeware Market at De Hallen on 8 May 2022 (1100-1700).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 15 May 2022 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 outdoor stands. 30 Apr – 1 May 2022 (0900-1630) and 21-22 May 2022 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

A-Ha – 4 May, AFAS Live
Peter Doherty – 9 May, ‘t Zonnehuis
Kate Nash – 12 May, Tolhuistuin
Dua Lipa – 17/18 May, Ziggo Dome
Pet Shop Boys – 18 May, AFAS Live
Billy Bragg – 20/21/22 May, Tolhuistuin
Zucchero – 24 May, Ziggo Dome
Gary Numan – 26 May, Melkweg
Seasick Steve – 26 May, Paradiso
Macy Gray – 29 May, Paradiso

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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