Amsterdam Weekend Guide – May 5-7
It looks like summer is just about poking its head around the corner, so make the most of the sunshine this weekend in Amsterdam with our selection of weekend activities.
Liberation Day Festivals
Every year on 4 May, the Netherlands pauses to remember the victims of World War II, followed by a national party on 5 May when the whole country celebrates its freedom. Join the fun this Friday at one of the freedom festivals in the city centre – such as the Vrije Westen music festival in Westerpark or the Liberation Day Festival at the Homomonument. For a more hedonistic celebration of freedom, head to the beach at Blijburg aan Zee for the massive Vrijland beach festival (pictured), where you can dance all day with the sand between your toes.
Sunday Market 10th anniversary edition
This Amsterdam institution celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bumper edition of the city’s most gezellig pop-up market. Taking place on the first Sunday of the every month at Westergasfabriek, the outdoors-indoors fair brings together some of Amsterdam’s best-loved makers and traditionally includes a whopping choice of stalls selling everything from handmade jewelry to homemade jam, alongside a tempting selection of food trucks and bars, and some live music to boot. Expect some special treats and sunny surprises for this 10 year celebration.
If you like your techno dark, underground and preferably pounding around some scary industrial architecture, then you might also like this huge warehouse festival which takes over the repurposed factory complex of Hembrugterrein on Saturday. Generally known for its impeccable taste in underground house music, the event this year hosts the likes of Art Department, Luciano, Matador, Monika Kruse, Barac, Julian Jeweil, Mandar and Luke Slater across five different stages set up inside various industrial buildings. Shuttle buses run from Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Zaandam.
Badplaats Summer Sessions w/ Ruud Fieten
Rubadubdub. The weather’s looking fine this weekend so pack your Speedos and towel and head to the 8th floor of the Volkshotel for a splishy afternoon of rooftop hot tub action, live music, whiskey and views. This month’s session is soundtracked by folky songwriter Ruud Fieten, with ice cold drinks by Jamesons Whiskey. The event is free but there’s limited capacity so get down early – especially if you want to bag yourself a hot tub.
Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street
Take a tour through the boulevards of Fin de Siecle Paris at the Van Gogh Museum this weekend. The Prints in Paris exhibition includes more than 1,800 art prints dating from this time of glamour and prosperity, when printmaking soared to the level of high art and posters of La Chat Noir and the Moulin Rouge gained the iconic status they have today. If you’re feeling rather ooh la la after immersing yourself in the romance of this decadent age, the nearby Conservatorium hotel is an elegant spot for a glass of Champagne and some fancy cakes.
Designer Vintage Sale
Bag yourself some beautiful designer vintage wear (or just gaze longingly at the lovely things) at this 6th annual sale hosted by eco-chic champions Designer Vintage. Taking over the plush InterContinental Amstel Hotel from 10am, the sale is your chance to enhance your wardrobe with some authentic pre-owned Prada or vintage Vuitton at great prices. Get there early for your pick of the best items, which include more than 50 Chanel handbags. One lucky visitor will also win a brilliant cut diamond from Gassan. Sparkly sparkly.
Saturday // 10:00 – 17:00 // InterContinental Amstel Hotel // €9.95 // Facebook event page