Best thing to do in May

May is a vibrant month in Amsterdam – colorful, vivid, energetic.
Grab a bike, or just on your feet, soak up some sunshine, and explore the younger face of the historic Amsterdam.

London Calling @ Paradiso

Visit this former church in Amsterdam, and get astonished by this present pop venue, club, or cultural center – address it the way you like. Together with thousands of local music lovers, immerse yourself in the stunning performance of talented bands.

When: May 17 & 18

Candlelight Concerts

The ultimate sensory-stimulating live music experiences to celebrate Warner Bros’ 100th anniversary. Gain the one and only unexpected excitements from stunning films, music, and iconic magical moments from Warner Bros.

When: May 19

Watch Ajax @ Johan Cruijff Arena

Catch one Ajax Game to experience the electrifying atmosphere of football at the iconic Johan Cruijff Arena – accessible from Crowne Plaza with direct metro. Join the sea of passional fan cheering for the most successful club in Dutch football history. Enjoy the thrill of live action, the roar of the crowd, and the unbreakable glory of Ajax Amsterdam


When: Ajax Game Nights on May 5, 12, 19

World Press PhotoExhibition 2024

Held in the vibrant heart of Amsterdam – De Nieuw Kerk, the World  Press Photo Exhibition is ready to showcase the profound impact of visual storytelling brought by leading photojournalists, capturing the moments of intensity, beauty, and transformation across themes. Experience the clash of historical culture and contemporary media in De Nieuw Kerk.

When: the Whole Month Except May 3 & 4


Vondelpark Open Air Theater

Enjoy the 16 hours of daylights in its full, throw an afternoon in Vondelpark – the cultural hotspot of Amsterdam – to participate performances at the Vondelpark Open Air Theater. Surprise yourself with a diversity of events, dance, live music, stand-up comedy, and much more!

When: Every Weekend Starting from May

Other events in Amsterdam in May:

Every Thursday – Live music night in Manhattan Lounge bar. Book your table. 

5th May Liberation Day Celebration at Westerpark

19th & 20th May – Whit Sunday and Whit Monday

With the pretty days, market will re-open in the city throughout the week.

Every Friday- Spui bookmarket

Every Sunday- Rembrant Art Market

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