On Saturday evenings throughout summer, party animals in Artis gather expectantly in their enclosures. Yep, ZOOmeravonden at Artis Royal Zoo lets visitors learn what the animals get up to after hours by staying open until sunset on every Saturday in June, July and August.
Activities and live music
During ZOOmeravonden, Artis offers plenty of activities for families, children and the creature curious. Some animals may be sleeping but for those still wide-eyed, why not steal an up close and personal encounter with the furry and feathered kind? There are special guided tours, face painting, scavenger hunts, puppet shows and animal talks. Meanwhile, live music performances by well-known performers often appeal to adult crowds. You can even book a ready-made picnic to collect at the gate.
- Beach party at Amsterdam’s Blijburg city beach -
The annual festival Costa del Soul presents an eclectic mix of minimal, techno, disco, house, soul, funk and hip-hop. To celebrate Blijburg’s 10th birthday the festival returns for a special 2-day edition on 15 & 16 June.
The 9th edition of Costa del Soul promises numerous stages catering for a variety of musical tastes as well as artistic and theatrical offerings that lend a lively element of street culture to the corner of IJburg.
Entrance cost 30 euros for Saturday only, 17.50 euros for Sunday only or 40 euros for a weekend ticket. Head to the Costa del Soul website for the line-up and advance tickets.
“This upcoming Saturday, 18th May, Pacha Festival comes to town! After a successful opening last year, the renowned club brand is back with the second edition of the dance music festival on Amsterdam’s Java-eiland.
With the Amsterdam skyline providing the stunning backdrop, the Pacha Festival combines a unique setting with slamming DJs and live sets, the popular Ibiza hippie market and – hopefully – a decent dose of sunshine!”
On Sunday it is Bevrijdingsdag (Info for non-dutch readers: The Dutch Liberation Day which is celebrated each year on May 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II).
All around the country there are Bevrijdingsfestivals – click here to find a festival in your area.
Personally I will visit Bevrijdingspop in Haarlem – gezellig with great music, many yummy food stands & a good atmosphere. A great ending to a sunny weekend!