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After writing about all things cultural and lifestyle for over a decade in the UK, Jayne switched the rainy cobbles of Manchester for the equally rainy cobbles of Amsterdam in search of fresh adventures, new discoveries and Dutch beer. She’s often to be found seeking out new places, fun faces and hidden spaces on her trusty Bobbin bike. Read more about her favourite places in Amsterdam at My Pal in Amsterdam.
April 12, 2017

Amsterdam Weekend Guide – April 14-16

After writing about all things cultural and lifestyle for over a decade in the UK, Jayne switched the rainy cobbles of Manchester for the equally rainy cobbles of Amsterdam in search of fresh adventures, new discoveries and Dutch beer. She’s often to be found seeking out new places, fun faces and hidden spaces on her trusty Bobbin bike. Read more about her favourite places in Amsterdam at My Pal in Amsterdam.

We kick off our Amsterdam Weekend Guide series with an Easter special. It’s an extra-long weekend (yippee), so let’s enjoy ourselves with some good friends, good times, and lots of chocolate eggs.

Read on for our tips on things to do this weekend, and have a great weekend in Amsterdam!

Bier en Spelen

Westergasterras Amsterdam

Like beer? Like fun? Head to Westerpark this weekend where Amsterdam beer experts Gollem host the first edition of beery wonderland ‘Bier en Spelen’ (Beer and Play) at the Westergasterras. The concept sees eight Amsterdam breweries join forces to get you drunk with a selection of their finest varieties, plus heaps of life-size games for you to have ago at – think bowling, billiards, beer-pong and the like. There’ll be plenty to eat and a Beer Disco (hello) from 9pm. Tickets include a special tasting-glass and four drinks tokens.

Saturday & Sunday 13:00 – 03:00 // Westergasterras // €15 day €25 weekend // Facebook event // Photo: Westergasterras  

The Surrealist Ball

Surrealist Ball Amsterdam

Things are set to get a little bit strange in Amsterdam Noord this Saturday night, as Amsterdam Spook hosts a weird, wonderful and wowtrageous (oh I went there) party at Tolhuistuin – also known as Paradiso Noord. The line-up includes a dizzying array of circus performers, absurdist theatre, an open catwalk, art installations, body painting, film, cats, DJs and a creatively costumed crowd. Costumes are a must, so let your imagination run wild. Oh, what’s that? You always wanted to dress up as an elegantly tuxedoed trout? Well now’s your chance. Fly, my pretties.

Saturday, 23:00 – 05:00 // Tolhuistuin (Paradiso Noord) // €35 // Facebook event // Photo: Amsterdam Spook

Easter Market

Amsterdam Roest Easter Market

Industrial hotspot Amsterdam Roest re-opens its warehouse event hall this Sunday for the Easter market to end all Easter markets. A good all-weather option, this indoor event will feature a range of speciality stalls selling everything from  clothes to handmade gifts alongside some tempting food and drink stalls. Bop along to a soul jazz and afrobeat soundtrack from DJ Ventilator while you eat, drink and shop – and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for hidden Easter eggs!

Sunday, 12:00 – 20:00 // Amsterdam Roest // € Free // Facebook event // Photo: Amsterdam Roest

Glenn Brown – Rembrandt: After Life

Glenn Brown - Rembrandt: After Life

There’s just one week left to catch this rare collaboration by leading YBA Glenn Brown and the Rembrandt House Museum. Inspired by the work of the Old Masters, Brown – who counts Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst amongst his peers – appropriates and subverts the works of Rembrandt and his contemporaries in surprising and often confrontational ways. The exhibition includes brand-new works created especially for the occasion, on display for the first time.

Until Sunday 23 April // €13 // Rembrandt House Musuem // website  // Photo: Rembrandthuis

Pure Markt – Easter edition

Pure Markt Amsterdamse Bos

The roaming Sunday market heads to the woodland setting of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) for this special Easter edition. Taste your way around a delicious selection of food trucks and stalls selling everything from Dutch cheese to Surinam roti and freshly chucked oysters, and wash it all down with an organic beer, wine or freshly roasted coffee. There’ll be live music, a choice of (hopefully) sunny terraces and a solar powered carousel for little ones, as well as an Easter egg hunt for the under 8s and other Eastery crafts. A great option for a hungover relaxed Easter Sunday in Amsterdam.

Sunday, 11:00 – 18:00 // € Free // Amsterdamse Bos // Website // Photo: Pure Markt

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