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Having only just shaken off the jetlag from the 23-hour flight, this New Zealander is discovering Amsterdam’s charms on a daily basis. Alison has a life-long obsession with all things sartorial, and will keep you ahead of the game in fashion, style and design. No sample sale shall be left unturned.
May 18, 2017

Amsterdam Weekend Guide – May 19-21

Having only just shaken off the jetlag from the 23-hour flight, this New Zealander is discovering Amsterdam’s charms on a daily basis. Alison has a life-long obsession with all things sartorial, and will keep you ahead of the game in fashion, style and design. No sample sale shall be left unturned.

The recent heatwave has put us all in a summery state of mind and this weekend has just what you need to get in the spirit, from gin-fuelled festivals to open-air exhibitions and a weird and wonderful celebration of the beard.

NIGHTCARE x De Prael

We couldn’t think of a better start to the weekend than live music and great food. NIGHTCARE has a varied musical selection in store for you at the recently opened De Prael brewery. Sit back and listen to soul, funk and hip hop from The Boogie Wonderband, Diligent, The ISH, LODE, Panne Et Couque and High Rollers. Combined concert and food tickets are still available, which combine the entertainment with tasty bites like steamed bao buns, noodle boxes and Peking duck bitterballen.

Friday // 17.00 – 3.00 // De Prael // Concert & Food €30 // Facebook event page // Photo: NIGHTCARE

Gin Festival Amsterdam

Raise a glass to summer’s favourite spirit at the largest gin festival in the Netherlands. Sample delicious juniper infusions, specialist tonics, jenevers and cocktails at Undercurrent on Friday 19 or Saturday 20 May. Your ticket includes a special tasting glass and a gin guide. With over 150 different gins to try, you’re sure to have a fantastic time (even if you don’t remember it the next day).

Friday & Saturday // Friday 15:00 – 22.30, Saturday 13:00 – 17:30 and 18:30 – 23:00.  // Undercurrent at NSDM terrain// Presale €21.50-€25, Door sales €26.50-€30 // Facebook event page // Photo (& top): Gin Festival Amsterdam

ARTZUID

As if you needed any more reason to stroll the streets of one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. ARTZUID is a celebration of intriguing and unusual contemporary sculptures designed by international artists. The works are hidden throughout the Zuid neighbourhood for you to discover on your own or view in a guided walk. This year’s theme takes inspiration from ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design – 100 years of De Stijl’.

Until 17 September // All hours // Amsterdam Zuid //€Free // ARTZUID

Beardsterdam

It’s the event you might not have been waiting for, (or even knew existed), but Europe’s biggest beard celebration heads to Amsterdam on Saturday, 20 May. With hair and beard styling by top barbers, a showcase of tattoo artists, hot towel treatments, grooming demonstrations and even a competition for Europe’s Best Beard, it’s safe to say this facial hair trend is here to stay.

Saturday // 12:00 – 22:00 // Het Sieraad //€ 19.95 // Facebook event page // Photo: Beaded Villains NL

DENHAM Sample Sale

Dig for blue gold at the DENHAM Sample Sale. Amsterdam’s premium denim brand is giving you the chance to delve into past season collections in search of samples, one-offs and unreleased designs. Of course, it’s not all jeans: men’s and women’s jackets, t-shirts and outerwear is up for grabs along with accessories and a selection of children’s jeans. Payment is by PIN only. First in, best dressed.

Friday – Sunday // various times // Ruysdaelstraat 58 //€Free entry, payment by PIN only// Facebook event page