In 2018 over 300 festivals will take place in and around Amsterdam. But which of them you really should not miss? We have listed the best for you. Today we start with the best food festivals in our capital the coming summer.


Rollende Keukens 2018

The Westergasterrein will be transformed into a food lovers location from 9 to 13 May. Dozens of food trucks will converge to form one big outdoor restaurant during Rollende Keukens 2018. Each truck has its own charm and theme. From pizza and BBQ dishes to gourmet delights to try. It is the #1 food festival in Amsterdam according to many locals. Are you ready to enjoy food, the tastiest wines and live music. Location: Westergasterrein. Opening hours: 13:00 – 23:00. More information, click here.

Taste of Amsterdam 2018

The next food festival on the agenda is Taste of Amsterdam, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. From 1 to 3 June the top restaurants of Amsterdam present their favourites in the Amstelpark. You can enjoy culinary delights cooked by the best (inter)national chefs. An evening in the sun with delicious food, DJs and tasty summer drinks is what Taste of Amsterdam is all about. Don’t forget to buy your tickets in time. Location: Amstelpark. Opening hours: fr. 15-23, sa & su 12-23. More information & tickets, click here.

Bacchus Wijnfestival 2018

As a wine lover don’t skip the Bacchus Wine Festival in the Amsterdamse bos. In two weekends in June (8-10 & 15-17 June) the festival presents wines from all corners of the world, in combination with plenty of mobile catering, DJs and live music. A holiday vibe will take over when nipping your wine in the bonfire setting where at dawn small lights come on. The programme is designed to appeal both newbies and connoisseurs. Location: Amsterdamse Bos. More information & tickets, click here.

Foodtruck Festival TREK Amsterdam

TREK festival from 13 – 15 July is a fun food festival to go to with family. There is a lot of variation in trucks and therefore something to love for everyone. The Amstelpark will be a mega picnic place where young, old and children run around or lie down in the grass. Entertainment is also provided. Singing, music and theatre talent get the chance to break through in their own city. Location: Amstelpark. Opening hours: fr 16-23, sa 14-23, su 14-22. More information, click here.

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5 trips to make with your family in Amsterdam during the May Holidays

If anywhere you have plenty of choice in terms of child-friendly cultural trips, cinemas and restaurants in the Netherlands, than it is of course in Amsterdam. Are you coming to our capital for the May holidays? We have put together a list of 5 trips to make with your family during your next stay here. 


The interactive science and technology museum NEMO is a striking appearance along the waterside. So one thing is for sure: it will not be difficult to find it. Their motto? Prohibited to stay off. How cool! Children learn everything about the world around us by doing. They can for example blow a bubble that is so large they are able to stand in it, they can do chemical experiments or protect the earth against dangers from the universe in an interactive game. | NEMO Science Center, Oosterdok 2 Amsterdam, open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-17:30. Prices: up to 3 years the entrance is free, from 4 years: € 16.50.


The Scheepvaartmuseum (maritime museum) is located near NEMO in – again – an impressive building. At the dock you will find a life-size replica of a VOC ship. An 18th-century cargo ship of the Dutch East India Company. You can board the ship and at the bottom of the cargo hold kids can climb, clamber and crawl between the crates and ropes. New is the Virtual Reality tour entitled ‘Dare to Discover’. It teaches you everything there is to know about life on a ship in the time of the VOC. | Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Kattenburgerplein 1 Amsterdam, open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. Prices: children under 4 are free, 5-17 years € 7.50, from 18 years € 15.

Museum Tramlijn

Are your children crazy about trains and trams? Take the Museum Tramlijn. An antique tram runs on an abandoned railway line between Amsterdam Oud Zuid and Amstelveen. Wooden benches, bells ringing and a conductor.. you’re going back in time. Tip: get off at the Amsterdamse bos, where you can go for a walk through the forest or eat pancakes at Boerderij Meerzicht. | You can get on at the Haarlemmermeerstation. The historic trams run every Sunday from April to October according to a fixed timetable. Prices: children 0-3 free, 4-11 years € 4, from 18 years € 7.


In the Kinderkookkafé at the Vondelpark – which has its own (vegetable) garden, terrace and playground – children from 1 to 6 years old can come to cook. Decorating cakes, making a pizza or building carrot cucumber puzzles, it’s all possible. In addition to cooking, the children can also help serving and cleaning while you’re enjoying a nice cup of coffee. | The Kinderkookkafé, Vondelpark 6b Amsterdam. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. There is no entrance fee, but the (small) price depends on what you are going to make (or order as a parent).


If you see it from a distance you might not think so, but Fort Island Pampus has a history that goes back 400 years and it is packed with adventures. You will get there by ferry – the kids will love it – and the best way to discover the fort itself is by following the multi-media and interactive exhibition. A tour through the secret tunnels of the island which reveals all secrets… | Fort Pampus in Muiden. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 – 17:00. Prices: up to 4 years free, up to and including 11 years € 13.50 and 12 years and older € 17.50.


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Easter is great for a city trip. There is so much to see and enjoy in Amsterdam during the spring and Easter period. You can enjoy the tulip festival. The tulips are the messengers of the spring season. It brings out the best of Amsterdam. There is the magic of the Rijksmuseum and a unique exhibition of Dutch masters from the St Petersburg at Hermitage museum.



Fall is a magical time of the year in Amsterdam. Leaves are turning into gold and stunning paintings arise among the country. Imagine what it will do in Amsterdam which is one of the leafiest cities of Europe. Besides enjoying walking through the beautiful parks in natural season, also the Amsterdam cultural season is in full swing.