Being one of Europe’s most inviting and scenic cities is a big draw, but what’s more is that the Dutch love their social events. So instead of looking at Amsterdam from the typical perspective of things to see, (which are always there) why not plan a trip based on when things are happening that you may enjoy?
Mill Day second Saturday and Sunday in May
These 48 hours are National Mill Day in Holland. Over 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors. Zaanse Schans, D’ Admiraal and Molen van Sloten are a few great examples. There are 8 historical windmills in the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam.
IJ-Hallen once a month
This is Europe’s biggest flea market and it’s the best place to find unique treasures and odd goods. Entry costs €1.70 per hour or 7 Euros for a day pass and it’s only held one weekend a month. Not always the same weekend so you need to check the schedule before you go.
Kings Day on April 27th
This is a flurry of activity for the entire country. It is marked by everyone wearing orange, fun rides, pop up markets, canal boat parades and live music from established bands to folk singers in the streets. Crowds will be big upwards of 1 million people in Amsterdam, but it is worthwhile to participate.
Keukenhof Gardens Mid-March to May
The dutch fascination with tulips and really all sorts of manicured gardens can be see in full swing during the Northern European Springtime. Keukenhof gardens boasts 5 major pavilions of displays as well as 30 hectares of beautiful arrangements, there’s no fuller expression of Amsterdam.
Museum Night Amsterdam First Saturday in November Annually
This event allows access to 50 museums in the city between the hours of 19:00 to 02:00. Where each one might cost around 20 Euro per special events, including workshops, concerts, special tours and performances.
Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), annually in August
This music and boat filled event is held on and around Amsterdam’s canals. It is a peak time for beautiful weather in the city and to experience the full beauty of the city’s watery ways.
Amsterdam Heritage Days annually in September
This event opens the city’s history to all by making important civic buildings, monuments and private homes to the public, all free of charge.