May has begun and Spring is in full glory! The flowers are blooming, the birds have come back from their hibernation and the terraces are fully packed. May is a special month in The Netherlands, not only do we celebrate spring this month but also our freedom. We have listed some of the events that are worth visiting.
- On the fifth of May, the Dutch celebrate the end of the Second World War. There are parties and festivals everywhere, but it’s a lot less chaotic than King’s day on the 27th of April. A great option is Vrijland Festival at Blijburgh aan Zee, a city beach only one tram ride away from central station. Expect hip DJ’s and a ditto crowd.
- Each year in spring the World Press Photo sets foot in Amsterdam. The exhibition is located in De Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square. A great opportunity to see some of the world’s best photography, and visit one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful churches.
- For more than thirty years, throughout the beautiful season, the Vondelpark has been organising free open air concerts, plays, and dance performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Go for an evening stroll and expect the unexpected. Check their program.
- Insider tip: if you’re up for a bit of Amsterdam’s underground, visit Ruigoord, a creative, green enclave with a rebellious history dating back to the 1970’s, located in the middle of Amsterdam’s industrial west. Their program is intriguing – why not try a concert of improvisations on classical music? Ruig Klassiek in Ruigoord.