Spring has arrived in Amsterdam! Days are getting longer, dresses become shorter, and once in a while you might even spot a glimpse of the sun. Reason to celebrate. Since Amsterdam knows how to celebrate its stuff, you can imagine that it is the perfect place to be to embrace springtime. Festivals and flowers all over the place this April!
Since you might not want to spend your entire stay in Amsterdam within the safe walls of the Hans Brinker (who would?!) we’ve listed the best stuff for you going on in April (or what’s left of it. We’re doing you a favor, don’t expect us to do it on time):
If there is one thing that you should see in Amsterdam beside coffeeshops, it’s flowers. Especially tulips. Well, April is just the month for that, as Amsterdam hosts its very own tulip festival. Check the site to see where you can admire Hollands’ most famous flowers, get your free guide and go tulip hunting through Amsterdam!
Haven’t seen enough flowers yet after the tulip-hunt? You can enjoy some more at the Springsnow festival. Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to look for snow in April. From the 21st of April, you can admire dry snow in Amsterdam, as the blossom is falling from the trees. The festival entails a trail of 8km which you can enjoy walking or by bike, leading you past the most beautiful flower trees of Amsterdam. Find more info here.
One last flowery tip then: visit the Bloemencorso in Haarlem on the 25th of April. It’s like a carnival, but with flowers. Floats passing through the streets are made out of flowers. They pass through the whole of North Holland, the province of Amsterdam, and arrive in Haarlem at night. If you like flowers (we do) this is a not-to-miss event!
Now we do love festivals in Holland. Apart from the above named flower festivals, we have other festivals to offer as well. Good to visit if you’re not that nature-spirited. From the 8th to 18th of April for example, there is the Imagine Film Festival, displaying movies which will definitely trigger your fantasy. Perfect for a rainy day!
You can’t come to Amsterdam without enjoying a good party here. We do have festivals for that as well. Go for example to SOTU (April 14-20), a festival for underground music. Line-up and details can be found here.
Another excellent idea (our favorite!): try which beer you like the best at the Spring Beer Festival on the 19th of April! What better way to celebrate spring than to try the most delicious blond beers in an old church, right next to one of Amsterdam’s famous canals…
Last but not least: if you like a good party, you cannot miss out on Kingsday. It seems unlikely you’ve never heard of it, but if that’s the case, here’s what Kingsday is in a nutshell:
- Amsterdam upside down
- Lots of beer
- Lots of orange
- Lots of boats
- Lots of music
- Lots of madness
- Oh yeah, and something with the birthday of a king.
As you see, you really cannot make up any excuses for not coming to Amsterdam this April. We have flowers, festivals and madness going on. Oh and we didn’t even tell you this: since a couple of weeks Brinker is hosting Jamming Tuedays! Every Tuesday you can pick up the instruments and play with the other guests in the great acoustics of our basements. Don’t forget to bring your instruments and See You Soon!