Amsterdam Weekend Guide – April 14-16
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
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.
The Surrealist Ball
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.
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!
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.
Pure Markt – Easter edition
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.