What's On in Amsterdam October 2018
Planning an autumn visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands? See what's on in October 2018 with our exclusive listings guide below. From museums and exhibitions, rock/pop and classical concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences plus anything else of interest to the visitor or expat.
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.
Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Ten Dutch masterpiece paintings are on show on Holland Boulevard at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Located in the newly refurbished zone between Lounges 2 and 3 (past security), the Rijksmuseum Schiphol is open 24 hours per day with free entry for passengers.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings.
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 highly recommended.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Classic Beauties featuring neo-classic art runs between 16 Jun 2018 and 13 Jan 2019. Also at the Hermitage is the permanent exhibition 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.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam's main modern and contemporary art museum.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.
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.
ARCAM – ARCAM presents a crash course (€7.50) on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism every Friday 1330-1415.
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
Ajax home matches at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam - to be announced.
TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 43rd edition of Amsterdam's marathon event will be held on Sunday 21 Oct 2018. The race starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.
Amsterdam City Walk – 11, 18, 26 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. Saturday 20 Oct 2018, the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 12 Oct 2018.
Ben Bril Boxing Gala – Ben Bril (1912-2003) was a Jewish Dutch boxer who fought at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and later survived deportation to a German concentration camp. This annual boxing and dinner show at Theater Carré is held in his memory. 12th anniversary edition due to be held mid-October 2018.
Grachtenrace – Up to 140 sloop boats race over a 22km course around Amsterdam's canals. The race starts near Jan Schaeferbrug (bridge) at IJhaven and the route takes in various canals including Herengracht, Leidsegracht and Singelsgracht. The finish is at Oosterdok by the Maritime Museum. 32nd edition is on due Saturday 13 October 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
Lift-Off Film Festival – Independent film festival showcasing emerging artists, to be held at LAB111 in Amsterdam. Expected Oct 2018.
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – Major international conference and festival for electronic music. The festival has an extensive range of electronic sub-genres with 2,500 artists and 500 performances attracting almost 400,000 visitors; it's also the world's most important electric music conference for industry professionals with over 300 events and 600 speakers. Runs 17-21 Oct 2018 (23rd edition) at various locations around Amsterdam.
KLIK! – KLIK Amsterdam international animation festival features shorts and features plus presentations, workshops and parties, 11th edition expected Oct 2018.
Cinekid – International film, television and new media festival for kids. Venues include Westergasfabriek and The Movies, expected Oct 2018.
PINT Bokbier Festival – The largest beer festival in Netherlands where you can try out some of the 100 types of bok beer from the tap. Attracting 10,000 visitors, 41st edition will be at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, expected Oct 2018.
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam
I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair (in its 16th year) organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, expected early Oct 2018.
VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, between 2-7 Oct 2018.
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.
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers to be held at the cabaret-style theatre Paleis van de Weemoed in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Oct 2018 at 2000.
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 - on occasional Thursday evenings at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. New 2018/19 season to be announced.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – New 2018/19 season of ballet and opera performances to be announced.
Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. 2018/19 season yet to be announced.
Other Events in Amsterdam
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
3D Print Canal House – See a canal house being constructed using 3D printing techniques and sustainable materials. The location is Asterweg 49, 1031 HM Amsterdam - get the free ferry across to Amsterdam North and walk beyond EYE Film. Visit by appointment only or take the walk-in tour (€7.50) which runs every first Wednesday of the month at 1500.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday in October at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). New season begins in Sep 2018, dates to be announced. For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk.
De Hallen – Free monthly choir concert in the passageway of De Hallen, date to be announced.
Dutch Opera & Ballet – New season of free lunchtime concert in the foyer every Tuesday at 1230. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra. Dates to be announced.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent - date to be announced.
Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300.
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs at Amstel Park on 14 Oct 2018 (1100-1800) and Park Frankendael on 28 Oct 2018 (1100-1800).
Sunday Market – Regular market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. On 7 Oct 2018 at Westergasfabriek (1200-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 21 Oct 2018 (1200-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Dates to be announced.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Shania Twain – 11 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Fat Freddy's Drop – 14 Oct, AFAS Live