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April is the month when spring is finally making appearance and the city wakes up from the winter sleepiness. The entire month is dedicated to the Netherlands’ most famous flower, the tulip, and the Tulp Festival brings tulips all over Amsterdam. We’ll be ending the month with a big party: the beloved King’s Day holiday, on 27 April, when the city turns orange and everyone celebrates with music, pop-up markets and drinks. And then there are many events and festivals throughout the month, from which I’ve selected a few to recommend and inspire your agenda for April.

Amsterdam Tulp Festival

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Let’s dive into this curated monthly selection of things to see and do in Amsterdam in March 2024!

National Museum Week – the first week of April you can borrow a museum card from someone else and visit any museum you’d like (or share your card with someone who doesn’t have one). From 1-5 April, museums will also offer various extra activities for the National Museum Week.

Amsterdam Coffee Festival, 4-6 April at Westergas. Three days dedicated to the drink that most of us can’t live without — coffee: free sampling, meeting famous baristas, workshops and, of course, coffee to buy and take home.

The Beauty of It All – Dance show by Nederlands Dans Theater at ITA, 3-5 April.

De Loods, Plants, Vintage and Vinyl Market, on 6-7 April. Sounds like a fun event!


Kaboom Animation Festival, 5-14 April in Amsterdam, Utrecht and online. This is a yearly event where animation professionals and fans meet, inspire each other and enjoy everything animation has to offer.

Pure Markt – 7, 14 and 28 April in Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelpark and Frankendael Park. This market is a source of artisan, Dutch and international produce, food and creativity. A great Sunday market for the entire family.

Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival, 12-21 April. This is the 10th anniversary of the Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival, a celebration of Spanish cinema that promises to captivate audiences with an array of compelling films and engaging events, featuring world renowned Spanish talents. Locations: Amsterdam: Tuschinski, Eye, Lab111, Het Documentaire Paviljoen + locations in Amstelveen (Cinema Amstelveen) & Haarlem (Filmkoepel). The festival consists of a hand picked selection of films from a variety of genres, presenting the true variety and range of Spanish Cinema. ASFF will showcase a total of 18 films, including exclusive premiere events and Q&A sessions with some of the country’s greatest talents in film and music.

Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival
Photo: Edwin Muller Photography

Amsterdam Wine Festival, 18-21 Westergas. Wine lovers have the chance to sample delicious wines and choose from over 300 wines.

Repair Event at Tolhuistuin on 14 April. Bring your clothes to learn how to repair or upcycle them for free!

Plant FWD Week – April 20 to April 27. In order to inspire people to eat more plant-based food, over 40 restaurants from Amsterdam will offer a taste of how delicious vegetables can be through their ingenious dishes.

Yoga concert – 20 April. A concert, poetry reading and yin yoga class in one. Bring your own mat or borrow one. Bilingual.

An evening with Elizabeth Gilbert – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. On 29 April at Het Concertgebouw. A chance to meet the writer and be inspired by her.
Foam Talent exhibition at Foam Museum untill 22 May. The exhibition brings together 20 visionary photographers whose collective work marks a bold new direction in the photographic arts.

Plastic Crush exhibition at WereldMuseum, until 21 April. The exhibition is about our changing relationship with plastic and how the old dream that plastic would improve the world turned into fear of a world awash in plastic waste.

Flory Sinanduku performt SANTE PUBLIC, in plastic spuiten-pak in Kinshasa, Congo. Foto Azgard Itambo (1)
Foto Azgard Itambo

Random International at Nxt Museum, until 30 June. The large-scale art installations are delving into the blurred lines between humanity, nature, and artificial intelligence, prompting reflection on what it means to be human today.

Living Room by Random International_Photography by Esteban Schunemann_2
Photo by Esteban Schunemann

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek 2024 – Not in Amsterdam, but I have to add this amazing flower parade here. You can join it at any of the points along the route or see it in Haarlem (15 minutes by train from Amsterdam) where it will make a stop. The parade is on 20 April, and this is the 77th edition!

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I hope this list gives you enough ideas to add to your Amsterdam agenda in April. Enjoy the spring!

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