Warmer days are finally upon us and with good weather comes the desire for travel and great outdoor activities. A visit to Amsterdam can definitely help satisfy those needs. Everyone knows that the Dutch know how to have a good time and their festivals help to prove it. During the Spring and Summer, there is an endless list of great festivals going on in Amsterdam, but don’t worry; I’m here to help narrow it down. What I have for you is the top 5 cultural and music festivals in 2015 along with some great recommendations for where you can lay your head at night.
Enjoy some of the best DJ’s the Netherlands has to offer along with several international stars at Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude. Spaarnwoude is a famous nature reserve known to have one of the best backdrops in Amsterdam. This two-day event starts June 27th, and so far there are over 36,000 people planning to attend on day one alone. With that many people, it’s best to book your hotel ASAP. Check out NH Carlon Hotel, so you can get a ticket to the festival included with your stay.
Taste of Amsterdam
Known as “Foodie Heaven,” this 4 day culinary festival, starting June 4th, takes place in the city center of beautiful Amsterdam. Purchase a day ticket for around $13 and indulge yourself in the tasty and creative dishes prepared by some of your favorite chefs. If you’re not on a tight budget, the 5-star De L’Europe Amsterdam is one of the best hotels in all of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Roots Festival
The Amsterdam Roots Festival has a long-standing history of bringing together a plethora of famous international artists to help celebrate the roots music of the world. This festival is known for stunning collaborations and an ever-increasing number of visitors. This year it takes place at Park Frankedael from July 1-5. For a nice place to stay nearby, look into Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City.
Amsterdam Open Air
Last year, Amsterdam Open Air was a complete success in Gaasperpark, and this year’s line-up is sure to amaze. Throughout the festival, you’ll be immersed in diverse music, food and cultural programs. If you’re looking to save some money, there are plenty of cheap hotels in the area, but you also have the choice to pitch a tent at the campsite or try to dance your way through the night.
DGTL is famous for having the best line-ups in Amsterdam, along with innovative art and sustainability programs. The scene takes place at NDSM Docklands, an enormous abandoned shipping yard, about 10 minutes from Central Station. NDSM sets the vibe right for some of the best DJ’s electronic music has to offer. The theme this year is power, and DGTL is doing it right by running the festival with power from solar and wind energy. The festival runs from April 4th-5th, so you’ll need to book soon. Cots are available for around $40, or you can go down the street to Brooklyn Hotel and pay about $10 more for a nice comfy bed.