10 Reasons You Should Visit Amsterdam in 2018

10 Reasons You Should Visit Amsterdam in 2018--Wandering Hello

10 Reasons to visit Amsterdam in 2018

The Netherlands has been my home for about 6 years. I love Amsterdam and all it offers. Here are 10 reasons you should visit Amsterdam in 2018 and this proves anytime of year is best the best time of year to visit Amsterdam!

Amsterdam - Wandering Hello

1. March

Amsterdam Coffee Festival
The Dutch love their coffee. But really, who doesn’t?!
(Side note: Did you know the Dutch have been cold brewing coffee since the 17th century?)
Coffee is so ingrained in society and so important here. The Coffee Festival is a must for anyone who loves coffee and wants to experience something that is truly Dutch culture.
The Amsterdam Coffee Festival runs from March 9-11, 2018 and you can find more info here.

2. April

Koningsdag (Kings Day)
April 27 is the King’s birthday and in the Netherlands it is a holiday. The whole city of Amsterdam turns orange in celebration and the city center becomes so packed with people celebrating that the population doubles. There are party boats on the canals and music festivals (see here & here).  Kings Day is also well-known vrijmarkt (free market). It is sort of like the American yard sale or garage sale, but out on the streets of Amsterdam. It’s fun to walk through the vrijmarkt. Sometimes you can find some interesting vintagey things! Read more here.

3. May

Nieuwe Kerk – World Press Photo
This is a yearly exhibition at the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) showcasing the best news photography of the previous year. The Nieuwe Kerk is a wonderful museum at anytime of the year. It houses different exhibitions throughout the year inside it’s gothic walls.
World Press Photo exhibitions runs from April 20 to July 1, 2018.


Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam-Wandering Hello

4. June

The Holland Festival
This is the largest and longest running performing arts festival in the Netherlands. The event includes many different styles of performing arts, so there is something for everyone! It runs from June 7 to July 1, 2018 and is located at the Carré Theatre, the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, the Concertgebouw, the Stadsschouwburg, the Westergasfabriek and other locations in Amsterdam. Click here for more info.

5. July

Pride Amsterdam 2018 and the Milkshake Festival
Pride Amsterdam is one of the largest gay pride festivals in the world and runs from July 28 to August 5, 2018. The highlights being the canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on August 4 and the Milkshake Festival on July 28-29, 2018. For more info click here.


6. August

Uitmarkt- Cultural Festival
Uitmarkt is the opening of Amsterdam’s cultural season and should not be missed. This festival features more than 300 performances across 30 stages and covers everything from jazz to hip-hop, from theatre to film, and from ballet in the water to musical sing-alongs. It runs from August 24-26, 2018 and more info can be found here.

7. September

Dam tot Dam Loop
The Dam tot Dam Loop is an annual Amsterdam fun run. If you’re athletic, this is for you! 50 thousand people from all over the world come to Amsterdam to take part in this 10 mile run. If 10 miles sounds like too much, there is also a 5 mile night loop or a cycling loop. More info can be found here.

8. October

Rijksmuseum 80 years’ war
This year (2018) is 450 years since the end of the 80 years’ war. This war was how the Dutch Republic gained independence from the Spanish Empire. This exhibit showcases art that magnifies the pain, suffering, terror, and oppression from that time period. It runs from October 12, 2018 to January 20, 2019. More info can be found here.

9. November

Grab your skates and head to Museum Plein. Museum Plein is where the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and many others are located. This is also the home of the I AMSTERDAM sign. From mid November to mid February it is also the home of one of the largest outdoor ice-skating rinks in the Netherlands. Click here for more info.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands-Wandering Hello

10. December

December in Amsterdam is so much fun. There are so many things going on, like the Amsterdam Light Festival, Sinterklaas, Bijenkorf windows, etc. But my favorite is New Years Eve. It is crazy here. I mean mayhem in the streets crazy. There are fireworks going off from the minute you wake up in the morning on December 31 and parties happening all day. You’ll hear crazy loud booms called carbidschieten (google it, it’s crazy) and you’ll eat your weight in oliebollen and appelflappen. If you’re feeling really good in the morning of January 1, you could head to the Hague for the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s Dive) in the North Sea. Super cold, but you do get a nice warm Unox soup and orange hat after the dive.

There you have it! Come anytime of the year. There is always something fun happening in the city. To view my photos of Amsterdam click here.


Do you want to visit Amsterdam? Which of these would you enjoy?


xo, Erin Kay


10 Reasons You Should Visit Amsterdam in 2018-Wandering Hello

Comments (23)

  1. Mer


    This is a great line up for the year – I always look for these types of posts when I go abroad. I want to know all the little things to do. I love Amsterdam, I’ve been several times and it’s always been great 🙂

  2. Reply

    We did a DNA taste and I want to travel by DNA. We both had a little dutch roots, so I’ve been wanting to visit – and have been wanting to see the Holland festival for a long time. I didn’t realize there were so many other things. I may just have to move there for a while

    • Erin Kay


      I love it here! There is so much to see and do! Living here has made it easier to do everything I want to, instead of trying to cram it into a vacation.

  3. Reply

    They are all great reasons to visit. I know this isn’t technically Amsterdam but I also really want to visit Keukenhof Garden in season too. I love Amsterdam, such a great city!

    • Erin Kay


      Oh I love Keukenhof! What’s great about that is you can get a bus from Amsterdam to the Gardens!

  4. Reply

    Amsterdam is super charming! Have been there twice, but will definitely go back 🙂 Great sum up of happenings 🙂

  5. Kiwi


    I heard great things about Amsterdam! I love the festivals I would love to attend one of theirs.

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