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Many awesome events take place in Amsterdam over April every year, including the World Press Photo Contest’s annual award ceremony and dozens of parties that coincide with the largest, national celebration in the Netherlands – King’s Day. The city also hosts a tulip festival throughout the month that’s part of the wider flower season in the Netherlands.
📅 Wednesday, April 4th to Sunday, April 8th
Amsterdam’s longest running contemporary art fair, KunstRAI, takes place every year at the beginning of April in the city’s expansive RAI Conference Centre. Around 90 galleries contribute to the fair’s exhibitions in order to showcase the latest developments within the Dutch art world.
📍RAI Conference Centre, Europaplein 2-22, Amsterdam, +31 20 549 1212
📅 Saturday, April 7th
During early spring, legions of people flock to Amsterdamse Bos to witness the park’s cherry trees burst into full bloom. In honour of this special occasion and Amsterdam’s Japanese community, the park hosts a small festival on April 7th, located inside the densest patch of cherry trees.
📅 Tuesday, April 10th to Sunday, April 15th
Vondelbunker, OCCII and Butcher’s Tears serve as the main venues for this underground music festival and host a wide range of performances over the course of five days in mid-April. The festival’s line-up leans heavily toward experimental music and always includes an impressive roster of musicians whose work sidesteps conventional classifications.
📅 Wednesday, April 11th to Saturday, April 21st
Imagine Film Festival’s program mainly revolves around science-fiction, fantasy and horror movies. New, international genre-films often premier in the Netherlands at Imagine and it is common for renowned filmmakers to make appearances at the festival. The entire festival takes place in Amsterdam’s state-of-the-art EYE Filmmuseum, which is located on the city’s northern shoreline.
📍EYE Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 589 1400
📅 Friday, April 13th to Sunday, April 22nd
The winners of the World Press Photo Contest are revealed at an award ceremony in Amsterdam every April. The competition is among the most esteemed of its kind and covers eight different styles of photojournalism including Daily Life, General News and Nature. The winning series and shots then hang in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk for three months before appearing at other exhibition spaces around the world.
📍Nieuwe Kerk, Gravenstraat 17, Amsterdam, +31 20 626 8168
📅 Until Monday, April 30th
At the height of the tulip seasons in the Netherlands, Amsterdam hosts an outdoor festival dedicated to the colourful flowers. During this event, gardens are planted outside many of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks, creating a scenic walking route that trails through the city.
📅 Thursday, April 26th
On the night before King’s Day, dozens of venues in Amsterdam host blow-out parties that continue well into the early morning (or sometimes even later). These concerts, dinners and club nights tend to sell out pretty quickly due to high demand, so it is always worth booking tickets well in advance.
📅 Friday, April 27th
Aside from perhaps Pride, King’s Day is the biggest, annual celebration in Amsterdam and always involves massive citywide parties, outdoor music festivals and street markets. The holiday was originally created to honour the Dutch royal family but has essentially turned into an expansive carnival that is celebrated in almost every town in the Netherlands.