What's On in Amsterdam November 2018
A look at what's on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November 2018. As winter approaches there are still lots of things going on in the city. Our listings include special events, festivals, sports, exhibitions, concerts and anything else of interest!
Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum's rich collection (including Rembrandt's Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. 80 Years’ War, exhibition showing how violence, rebellion and civil war, terror and oppression, religious persecutions and refugees led to the emergence of the present Netherlands and Belgium. Runs 12 Oct 2018 to 20 Jan 2019.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Gaugin and Laval on Martinique, exhibition featuring paintings of Paul Gaugin and Charles Laval created on the island. Runs 5 Oct 2018 to 13 Jan 2019. Van Gogh Dreams is narrative installation that allows you to enter the mind and heart of Vincent van Gogh. Runs 27 Jul 2018 to 13 Jan 2019.
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – The life of Buddha, the Path to the Present is a major exhibition which recounts the life phases of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha. Combining both ancient and modern art including pieces from Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. It runs 16 Sep 2018 to 3 Feb 2019.
Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam's Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. The house and museum is open to visitors though pre-booking is essential.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Classic Beauties: Artists, Italy and the Aesthetic Ideals of the 18th Century featuring neo-classic art runs between 16 Jun 2018 and 13 Jan 2019. Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age.
Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. ITE Art | Finnish collection Ammann, art from the backwoods of Finland. Runs 14 Jun 2018 to 13 Jan 2019.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam's main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces. Amsterdam, the Magic Center looks at art and counterculture movement in the city 1967-1970. Runs 7 Jul 2018 to 6 Jan 2019. Raquel van Haver, Spirits of the Soil major exhibition from the local artist including a series of monumental paintings. Runs 25 Nov 2018 to 7 Apr 2019.
Amsterdam Museum – 1001 Women in the Twentieth Century, exhibition of 120 remarkable women who played a key role in Dutch history in the last century. Expected 4 Oct 2018 to 10 Mar 2019.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Icy & Sot, A Moment of Clarity exhibition runs 1 Jun 2018 to 15 Jan 2019.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Fashion Cities Africa explores the urban fashion scene in Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi as well as Africans in the Netherlands. Runs until 6 Jan 2019.
Het Schip (Amsterdam School Museum) – Gaudí and the Amsterdam School, exhibition will highlight the many similarities between the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and the Amsterdam School. Runs 2 Oct 2018 to 1 Apr 2019.
Allard Pierson Museum – The World in Colour: Colour Photography before 1918 exhibition runs 21 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.
Stadsarchief – Amsterdam from the past, photo exhibition by Dolf Toussaint with street shots from the 1960s. Runs 13 Jul to 4 Nov 2018.
Huis Marseille – 4 exhibitions run 8 Sep to 2 Dec 2018 including Koos Breukel / Son, the Dutch portrait photographer presents photos of his son Casper since birth in 2000; Hellen van Meene / And everything goes on when you die, Dutch photographer looks at the grief and death in a world which keeps moving.
FOAM – Masahisa Fukase - Private Scenes, retrospective exhibition of the late Japanese photographer. Runs 7 Sep to 12 Dec 2018.
Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum) – Risk of explosion! is an interactive exhibition about the Dutch resistance's attack on the Amsterdam Registry Office in 1943. Runs 28 Mar to 11 Nov 2018.
National Holocaust Museum – Opened in 2016, this museum is under development and currently presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Ongoing until end 2019. Exodus. Illegal Palestine travellers, 1945-1948 documents the journey taken by hundreds of Dutch-Jewish youths. Runs 5 Oct 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.
Jewish Historical Museum – The Institute of Ongoing Things, an exhibition by the multidisciplinary artist Uri Katzenstein. Runs 29 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019.
Biblical Museum – Rebecca, That's Me, exhibition of works from the Jewish Museum in Berlin portraying biblical stories. Runs 6 Jul 2018 to 27 Jan 2019.
EYE Film – Ryoji Ikeda, key figure in electronic music and visual artist, curates a spectacular exhibition for Eye. Runs 15 Sep to 2 Dec 2018.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section
Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands
UEFA Nations League International:
Netherlands vs France – 16 Nov 2018, 2045 (Stadion Feyenoord, Rotterdam)
Ajax home matches at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Willem II (Eredivisie) – 3 Nov 2018, 1830
Olympic Stadium Run – The Olympischstadionloop (41st edition) is a 1km/5km/10km running event which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Scheduled for 11 Nov 2018.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 9 Nov 2018.
Movember Run Amsterdam – 5km charitable (and humorous) run around the Vondelpark in Amsterdam to raise funds for Movember. Also counts as the official Dutch Championship (NK) for running with a moustache. Scheduled for end Nov 2018.
Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.
See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam
Festivals in Amsterdam
IDFA 2018 – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Annual event (31st edition) showing a wide variety of thought-provoking documentaries. Main locations at Pathé Tuschinski, Het Ketelhuis, de Brakke Grond theatre. Runs 14-25 Nov 2018.
Amsterdam Art Weekend – Special contemporary art event with around 100 events in total (exhibitions, performances, film screenings and debates) at 40 locations around the city. Expected 22-25 Nov 2018 (7th edition) at various locations including Stedelijk Museum, EYE Film, Rijksakademie and Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Affordable Art Fair – 12th edition of the international art fair with art objects under €6,000 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, 31 Oct to 4 Nov 2018.
Sieraad Art Fair – International jewellery art fair (17th edition). Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 8-11 Nov 2018.
PAN Amsterdam – Large international fair for art, antiques and design. Amsterdam RAI, expected 17-25 Nov 2018.
IAMExpat Fair The Hague 2018 – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. At Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague, 10 Nov 2018. Annual Amsterdam event takes place in April.
Christie's Amsterdam Post-war and contemporary art auctions at pop-up venue at Westergasfabriek (Zuiveringshal West) in Amsterdam, 22-27 Nov 2018.
Meesterlijk – Event for beautifully designed and crafted products from furniture makers, fashion designers, glass artists, hat and shoe designers, food designers and leather crafters. Runs at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 30 Nov to 2 Dec 2018.
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago's Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 6 Nov 2018 at 2000.
Jimmy Carr – The prolific British stand-up comedian performs his Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Worldtour show at the theater Carré on 23 Nov 2018.
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam
Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Amsterdam's renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage - for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. Performances in November are: The Wood (8 Nov 2018); The Year of Cancer (15/22 Nov 2018); The Hidden Force (29 Nov 2018).
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera The Barber of Seville (Rossini), various between 10-30 Nov 2018; balletLa Dame aux Camélias, 4 Nov 2018; ballet The Little Big Chest, 3/4 Nov 2018; ballet Giselle, various between 6-24 Nov 2018.
Portuguese Synagogue Candlelight Concert – Features Sigrid Hagn & Janina Ibel, 22 Nov 2018 (1930).
Callas in Concert – Hologram show of the late 20th century soprano Maria Callas at Theater Carré in Amsterdam, 26 Nov 2018.
Orange Theatre Company – Amsterdam's English-speaking theatre company performs An Original Play about Brexit. Expected at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 9/10/11/16/17 Nov 2018.
Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. Marnie (Muhly/Wright) 10 Nov 2018 (1900).
Other Events in Amsterdam
TEDxAmsterdam 2018 – The 10th edition of the speaker's conference event is scheduled to take place at the Stadsschouwburg Theater in Amsterdam on 29 Nov 2018.
Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open 17 Nov 2018 until 3 Feb 2019.
Sinterklaas Arrives – The Dutch version of Santa Claus (or St Nicholas) makes his annual arrival in Amsterdam on Sunday 18 Nov 2018. His boat will sail along the Amstel river before arriving at the Maritime museum at midday. He then jumps on his white horse surrounded by his (controversial) helpers the Zwarte Pieten ("Black Petes") and heads to Dam Square and Leidseplein. This marks the start of the festive season - Sinterklaas is usually celebrated around 5 December.
Bijenkorf lights – Check out the lights and window displays at the Bijenkorf department store on Dam Square.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday in November at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). 2018-2019 season dates to be announced. For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk.
Dutch Opera & Ballet – These lunchtime concerts in the Opera & Ballet foyer present music by small groups of musicians, including members of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Almost every Tuesday 1230-1300, doors open 1215.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent - 2 concerts: Thursday 1/15 Nov 2018 (1230).
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs at Park Frankendael on 25 Nov 2018 (1100-1700).
Sunday Market – Regular market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. 4 Nov 2018 at Westergasfabriek (1200-1800); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on 30 Nov 2018 (1100-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 18 Nov 2018 (1200-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. 17-18 Nov 2018 (0900-1630).
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
Leon Bridges – 1 Nov, AFAS Live
Infloyd (Pink Floyd tribute) – 2 Nov, AFAS Live
Katie Melua (& Gori Women's Choir) – 2 Nov, Carré
David Byrne – 4 Nov, AFAS Live
Level 42 – 4 Nov, Paradiso
Turin Brakes – 4 Nov, Bitterzoet
5 Seconds of Summer – 5 Nov, AFAS Live
Maceo Parker – 7 Nov, Carré
Tom Odell – 8 Nov, AFAS Live
Caro Emerald – 9 Nov, AFAS Live
Enrique Igelesias – 9 Nov, Ziggo Dome
The Black Eyed Peas – 13 Nov, AFAS Live
The Four Tops & The Temptations – 14 Nov, AFAS Live
The Dire Straits Experience – 15 Nov, Carré
Nothing But Thieves – 15 Nov, AFAS Live
Mark Olson – 18 Nov, Q-Factory
The Analogues White Album – 21 Nov, AFAS Live
Kylie Minogue – 22 Nov, AFAS Live
Liam Gallacher – 23 Nov, Ziggo Dome
Boy George & Culture Club – 28 Nov, AFAS Live
Hotels in Amsterdam
You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.
Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations: