Amsterdam: the best festivals of 2022

The festival season has officially begun! After a few years of couch life, we can finally get back to training our leg muscles and dance moves at the best festivals! Because I didn’t want to make this list endlessly long, I only listed my own favorite festivals for you. Maybe I’ll see you there! Amsterdam: the best festivals of 2022…

Amsterdam best festivals of 2022SWF | photo by Kirsten van Santen | Amsterdam best festivals of 2022

7 may – Obscure Rebirth – Westerunie
Just Emma, Volzigt, Sascha Cawa and Goro.
Their mission can be found in the colors of the dark…
22:00 – 05:00

14 may – Wolvenroedel: Float 4.0 – Markermeer
Seven hours of dancing on a 46-meter boat in the middle of the Markermeer. In case of bad weather, there is an indoor backup.
13:00 – 20:30

14 may – Butterflies in Babylon – NDSM werf
The atmosphere at Gardens of Babylon festivals is unique, colorful and fairy-tale like. Several events are planned, so keep an eye on their Facebook page.
12:00 – 23:00

28 may – Het Syndicaat – location not known yet
Kimonos, glitter and lots of color. Het Syndicaat parties are always great fun!
15:00 – 03:00

Photo by James Genchi

4 & 5 june – Open Air – Gaasperpark
Amsterdam Open Air joins forces with friends who collectively are Amsterdam’s most progressive creatives in the fields of music, fashion and art.
12:00 – 23:00

4 & 5 june – Lentekabinet – Recreatieschap het Twiske
Lineup: Cinnaman, Elias Mazian, Carista & Antal a.o.
12:00 -23:00

25 june – Nomads festival – Riekerhaven
Lineup: Philou Louzolo, Benny Rodrigues, Mafalda & Sandrien a.o.
12:00 – 23:00

leukste festivals 2022Photo by Kirsten van Santen | Amsterdam best festivals of 2022

9 juli – Vunzige Deuntjes Festival – Amsterdamse Bos
Dance with your squad and enjoy the best Hiphop, R&B, dancehall and Afro-tunes with the Vunzige-fam.
12:00 – 23:00

22 & 23 juli – Georgies Wundergarten – Ruigoord
Ruigoord is such an awesome place! Love Georgies and the mixed crowd. I have a lot of great memories of previous editions.
22 juli 15:00  t/m 23 juli 23:00

23 juli – Welcome to the Future – recreatieschap ‘t Twiske
Lineup: Joris Voorn, Bella, Dam Swindle, Deniro & Tom Trago a.o.
13:00 – 00:00

Amsterdam best festivals of 2022Photo by Kirsten van Santen 

30 & 31 juli – Milkshake festival – Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek
“For all who love.” Milkshake Festival is not just another dance festival, but a party where everything revolves around respect, freedom, love, tolerance and fun.
30 juli 12:00 t/m 31 juli 23:00

3 – 7 august – Dekmantel – Amsterdamse Bos
Five days, 120+ artists. Keep an eye on Instagram or the website for the lineup.
3 aug 13:00 – 7 aug 23:00

20 august – SWF (used to be Straf _Werk festival) – Havenpark 
Fantastic lineup with Âme, ARTBAT, Camelphat, Maribou State and Franky Rizardo.
12:00 – 23:00

Photo by Anthony DelaNoix | Amsterdam best festivals of 2022

3 september Zeezout festival – Tuinen van West
In terms of location, the Tuinen van West is not my favorite place for a festival, because the sound isn’t always optimal, but the lineup is great with Job Jobse, Gerd Janson, Philou Louzolo and Cinnaman.
12:00 – 23:00

3 september Valtifest – Kaap Amsterdam 
Each year a special theme with a corresponding dress code…. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on this year’s lineup and dress code! 
13:00 – 23:00

Amsterdam best festivals of 2022SWF | photo by Tim Buiting