Amsterdam Weekend Guide – May 12-14
The weekend is back again (hooray!) and so is the Amsterdam Weekend Guide. This weekend we’ve got a beach party, a beer festival, a flea market and a sandwich club for you – all we need now is the sun to continue shining.
Don’t forget that it’s Mother’s Day this weekend for anyone NOT from the UK. (Brits, don’t panic, yours was back in March). If you’re from the US, Canada, Netherlands or basically anywhere else in the world however, then this is the weekend to show Mom you care. Take a look at our Amsterdam Mother’s Day guide, or simply take Mum/Mom/Moeder/Ma along to any of these fun weekend happenings.
24H Nieuw West
Ever heard of Amsterdam Nieuw West? No? Well now’s your chance to get to know this relatively undiscovered Amsterdam neighbourhood. This weekend sees 24h Amsterdam turn its focus to Nieuw West (New West) for an exhilarating 24 hours (the clue’s in the name, you see), as the neighbourhood’s restaurants, bars and cultural institutions throw open their doors to host a range of special, one-off events. Check into a floating sauna, hunt the monster of Sloterplas, join a nocturnal street-art tour or enjoy the music of a string trio performing in a park in the middle of the night. See the full 24h Nieuw West event agenda.
Amsterdam’s love affair with beer hits Peak Hops this weekend as Bier Oost returns to the Jaap Eden ice rink complex in Amsterdam East with another one-day festival of music, amazing food and far more booze than you can handle. Sample beer from more than 30 local and international brewers as you lounge in the grass, enjoy some live music, and soak it all up with lots of delicious food from some of Amsterdam’s most exciting street eat outlets. There’s also a silent disco in an inflatable church, beer pong, games galore and an Epic Espresso Party.
Red Light Radio x Oedipus at the Beach
If you didn’t drink quite enough beer at Bier Oost, then you’ve got another chance to get beery on Sunday as local brewer Oedipus teams up with Red Light Radio for a sunny day at the beach. Head to Woodstock beach club at Bloemendaal aan Zee from 14:00 for some beachy beats from a line-up of Red Light Radio DJs, special (free) beer tastings from Oedipus and tasty food from Foodstock. Bloemendaal is around half an hour West of Amsterdam – find out how to get there.
IJ Hallen Flea Market
The biggest flea market in the universe (or maybe it just feels like that) returns to NDSM Wharf this weekend for two days of bargain hunting opportunities. As the weather’s getting nicer, the market will move outdoors and take over the NDSM plein with hundreds of stalls selling absolutely everything you never knew you needed and more. Go armed with cash (most traders don’t have PIN), a smile and your best bartering skills, and who knows what treasure you may unearth.
Saturday & Sunday // NDSM // 09.00 – 16:30 // €5 // Website
The Sandwich Club
Beloved by earls, Homer Simpson and hungry people everywhere, sandwiches are great. Show your appreciation for this humble snack form at Amsterdam Roest this Sunday afternoon, where Chef Valentijn will be rustling up a selection of surprising sandwiches for you to eat whilst enjoying some chilled out tunes from DJ Ventilator. Mmm sandwiches.
Sunday // 14:00 – 19:00 // Free // Facebook event page // Photo: Roest