Amsterdam Event Calendar for May 2018

Spring is here and so are the outdoor event in Amsterdam. Of course we have the 4th & 5th of May, two important days where the Dutch remember the victims of World War 2, and where we celebrate our freedom. Besides that, we have food festivals, and we are selling our clothes at a bloggers sale!

5th of May (day of freedom) Special

When? 5th of  May, in and around Amsterdam
What? The 5th of May marks a special date into the Dutch history books. This was the day, The Netherlands was set free of World War 2. By celebrating we should also remember that it’s not always normal to live in a free world. The Netherlands is lucky, but in some countries this is not always the case. Please remember this when celebrating. ♥ Amsterdam celebrates big time and here are the best events to look out for.

Bevrijdingsfestival / Het vrije Westen at Westerpark (free entree)
Vrijland Festival
At Blijburg Beach
Het Amsterdams Verbond
At the Tuinen van West
Bevrijdingsdans Festival
Dancing around Museumsquare!

Vrijland Festival (source)

Vrijheidsmaaltijden (Freedom Meals)
Another nice thing to do on the 5th of May, are the Vrijheidsmaaltijden. Basically, you have breakfasts, lunch and dinners around the city, hosted by different organisations, restaurants, hotels, museums or centers. This year, the theme is “De Lieve Stad”, like the late mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard called it. There are too many to mention so visit This Website and pick your favorite. Some meals are free and for some you need to buy tickets. It’s also a chance to meet fellow Amsterdammers while you enjoy a good meal.

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
When? from the 5th of May onwards
What? Concerts, performances and fun for children
This open air theater in the middle of the famous Vondelpark has been organizing music performances since 1974. For the next 5 months you can enjoy performances and concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For all the dates check

Vegan Amsterdam Festival
When? 6th of  May, Overtoom 301
What? It’s a small festival with limited capacity so if your into veganism or you are thinking about it, this is a great starting point for you. Info

Sunday Market May Edition
When? 6th of  May, Westerpark
What? After a day of celebration, the Sunday market continues, but with food and drinks. Take your kids, take your whole family! 

Opening: Zomer in de Tuin (summer in the garden)
 9th of  May, Tolhuistuin

What? The Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam North is opening up their outside area which will see many events happening this spring/summer season. From 17.30 you are welcome for drinks and bites and hear what’s happening. Entrance is free but you to get to register here.

Rollende Keukens
When? 9th – 13th of May at Westerpark
What? Amsterdam famous foodtruck festival
Busy as always but still worth visiting is the Rollende Keukens (The Roling Kitchens). hundreds of foodtrucks will fill the Westerpark in Amsterdam. When the sun is out, you can bet on it that everyone is having their after work drinks here! Entrance is free but you need to pay for your first glass which you can then re-use. This year, the bars only accept cards! Facebook 

Blogger Sale X 24H Oost + Lowlander Beers
When? 12th of  May, Student Hotel East
What? Yes, Yes, we are going to sell! You can find us and 11 other influencers (hate that name btw), in the lobby of The Student Hotel is from 12:00 onwards. It’s going to be one big shopping mecca with the most beautiful brands for super nice prizes. Be early because the most beautiful items are quickly gone. Will we see you there? Facebook Event.

Wanderlust Festival Guide 2018
Sarah and Elke will sell their clothes!

24H Oost
 12th of  May, Amsterdam East

What? A full day of celebrating Amsterdam East! From food to arcitecture, there is something to do for everyone. Discover the Eastside of Amsterdam. Info

Pure Markt
When? 13th of May, Amstelpark
What? Locally produced and honest goods in the best park in Amsterdam!

De IJHallen Fleamarket
When? 19th & 20th of May, NDSM Werf
What? The biggest fleamarket in Amsterdam!
Last month we strolled around and found some cool items and vintage clothing so we can’t wait for this month! Pay 5 euro per person to get in. Kids pay 2 euro. Parking is free. Want to sell stuff? You can order a stall on the  Website.

Gin Festival
When? 18th – 20st of  May, Amsterdam Undercurrent
What? Try different gins, enjoy music, foodtrucks and meet new friends. Get your tickets in pre-sale, saves you € for more G&T’s!  You get a nice tasting glass upon entry and tasting of all spirits is included in the price. Get your tickets here.

Gin Festival

Vegan Foodie Festival
When? 23rd – 27th of May, Several 
What? Yep, another vegan festival. It’s more popular than ever and it’s great for our planet so why the hell not! Selected restaurants, eateries and vegan friendly places across the city will create a special menus / entertainment programs / special offers for the event. Participants will engage with the festival by visiting places, eating delicious foods, sharing their experiences on social media and voting best dishes! Info

Enjoy these months events!



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