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What's On in Amsterdam October 2017


See what's on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in October 2017 with our exclusive single page listings guide.

From museums and exhibitions, rock/pop and classical concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences and anything else of interest to the Amsterdam visitor/expat. There are plenty of things to do in Amsterdam during the autumn.

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. Johan Maelwael, major exhibition at the Philips Wing of one of the most successful Middle Age painters. Matthijs Maris, retrospective of the 19th century artist featuring many of his idiosyncratic and mysterious works. Both run 6 Oct 2017 to 7 Jan 2018. Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, twelve monumental sculptures by the French artist Jean Dubuffet will be on display 1 Jul to 1 Oct 2017.

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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 The Dutch in Paris is an exhibition about the attractiveness of Paris to 19th century Dutch artists such as Jan Sluyters, Kees van Dongen, Piet Mondrian and Vincent van Gogh. Runs 13 Oct 2017 to 7 Jan 2018. Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh, exhibition from the contemporary Chinese artist who has specially created 5 new works inspired by Van Gogh. Runs 20 Oct 2017 to 25 Feb 2018.

Hermitage Amsterdam – New exhibition Dutch Masters opens 7 Oct 2017 and runs until 27 May 2018. Also at the Hermitage: Outsider Art Museum includes world-class art works by Dutch and international outsider artists; and permanent exhibition Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age.

Nieuwe Kerk We Have a Dream, major exhibition about three world-renowned 20th century figures - Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Runs 16 Sep 2017 to 4 Feb 2018.

StedelijkEdward Krasinski, first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the avant-garde East European artist featuring sculptures and installations. Running 24 Jun to 15 Oct 2017. Jana Euler, High in Amsterdam, The Sky of Amsterdam exhibition of the contemporary German abstract artist inspired by the digital age. Runs 20 May to 15 Oct 2017. De Stijl and Metz & Co, members of artistic movement De Stijl created furniture, interior textiles, packaging and design items for the Amsterdam department store Metz & Co. Exhibition runs 14 Oct 2017 until 28 Jan 2018.

MOCO Museum – This new modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) runs until 31 May 2018; Dalí: Genius exhibit runs until 28 Oct 2017.

Amsterdam MuseumGovert Flinck & Ferdinand Bol, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the 17th century painters. In collaboration with Rembrandt House museum. Runs 13 Oct 2017 to 18 Feb 2018.

Rembrandt House Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the 17th century painters. In collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum. Runs 13 Oct 2017 to 18 Feb 2018.

Van Loon MuseumFerdinand Bol, exhibition of 25 paintings from the 17th century Dutch Master who was the first resident of the house. Runs 6 Oct 2017 to 8 Jan 2018 at the museum coach house.

National Maritime MuseumThe World According to Blaeu, Joan Blaeu's large map of the world (1648) will be on view 14 Apr until 31 Dec 2017. Game Changers | Maritime Innovations, features 25 of the most beautiful, exciting and strangest inventions in Dutch maritime history. Runs 6 Oct 2017 to 1 Jul 2018.

Tropenmuseum Rhythm & Roots - from blues to hip hop, a journey of musical styles which have roots in Africa. Runs until 7 Jan 2018. Aleppo, before and after exhibition about the war-torn Syrian city, running 20 Apr to 31 Dec 2017.

Allard Pierson MuseumCrossroads, exhibition featuring a wide variety of objects found all over Europe during the Dark Ages. Runs 15 Sep 2017 to 11 Feb 2018.

Oude KerkIswanto Hartono, exhibition connecting the history of the Oude Kerk with Indonesia’s colonial past. Runs 29 Sep to 15 Nov 2017.

Huis Marseille Landscape with Tree by Jamie Hakesworth, photo exhibition from the British analogue photographer runs 9 Sep to 3 Dec 2017.

FOAM André Kertész – Mirroring Life, retrospective exhibition of the Hungarian avant-garde photographer, runs 15 Sep 2017 to 10 Jan 2018.

National Holocaust Museum – The newly opened museum presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Opened 2 Sep 2016, ongoing until end 2019. Identity Cards and Forgeries, presenting the story of 2 people closely involved with wartime identity cards. Jacob Lentz (inventor of the cards) and Alice Cohn (forger). Runs 30 Oct 2017 to 4 Mar 2018.

Jewish Historical MuseumThe Jewish Jukebox, a musical journey featuring 100 years of popular Jewish artists. Runs 30 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 2018. Charlotte Salomon, exhibition of gouaches from the young Jewish artist who died during World War 2. Runs 20 Oct 2017 to 25 Mar 2018.

Dutch Resistance MuseumGulag, terror and arbitrary rule in the Soviet Union, exhibition looking at forced labour camps in the Soviet Union. Runs 30 Jun to 12 Nov 2017.

EYE FilmApichatpong Weerasethakul & Cao Guimarães, exhibition of the prominent film directors runs 16 Sep to 3 Dec 2017.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)Kijk Amsterdam 1700-1800, a look at Amsterdam in the 18th century via an impressive collection of prints, drawings and records. Runs 15 Sep 2017 to 14 Jan 2018.

ARCAM – ARCAM presents a crash course (€7.50) on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism every Friday 1330-1415.

Museum of Bags and PursesAccessories are a Girl’s Best Friend, exhibition of the Rijkmuseum's extraordinary accessories collection. Runs 16 Sep 2017 to 28 Jan 2018.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.

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Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

World Cup 2018 qualification international:
Netherlands vs Sweden – 10 Oct 2017, 2045 (Amsterdam ArenA)

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Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs Sparta (Eredivisie, Dutch League) – 14 Oct 2017, 1830

TCS Amsterdam Marathon – 42nd edition to be held on Sunday 15 Oct 2017. 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 14 Oct 2017, the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium.

Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 13 Oct 2017.

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. 11th anniversary edition due to be held 16 Oct 2017.

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. 31st edition is on Saturday 7 Oct 2017.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate
– a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

I Am Not A Tourist – International's fair (in its 15th year) organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, Sunday 8 Oct 2017 1000-1700.

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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 3 Oct 2017 at 8pm.

Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music plus Japanese food. Scheduled for 29 Sep to 1 Oct 2017.

Lift-Off Film Festival – Independent film festival showcasing emerging artists, to be held at LAB111 in Amsterdam from 4-7 Oct 2017.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – International conference and festival for electronic music. 18-22 Oct 2017. More than 2,000 artists will be performing in 450+ events at multiple venues.

Cinekid – International Film, Television and New Media Festival for Kids. Venues include Westergasfabriek and The Movies, 15-21 Oct 2017, professionals event 24-27 Oct 2017.

PINT Bokbier Festival – The largest beer festival in Netherlands where you can try out some of the 90 types of bok beer from the tap. 40th edition will be at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam 27-29 Oct 2017.

KLIK! KLIK Amsterdam animation festival runs at the EYE Film Institute, 17-22 Oct 2017.

VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, between 3-8 Oct 2017.

Hans Klok The Dutch magician plays Theater Carré with his show House of Horror, 18-22 Oct 2017.

Riverdance 21st anniversary of the Irish dance show spectacular on 9 Oct 2017 at Theater Carré.

Dan Brown The popular author discusses the Dutch translation of his latest novel Origin. At Paradiso on 22 Oct 2017 from 1500.

Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. Norma (Bellini) is on 7 Oct 2017 (1900), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) on 14 Oct 2017 (1900).

Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Amsterdam's renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage - usually on Thursday evenings at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. Small Souls is performed on 12 Oct 2017 at 2000.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Eliogabalo (Cavalli), various between 12-26 Oct 2017; ballet about the turbulent life of Dutch spy and dancer Mata Hari between 14 Oct - 3 Nov 2017.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

Comedytrain International – Stand-up comedians Dave Fulton and Markus Birdman play Amsterdam Toomler on 22 Oct 2017 from 2030.

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

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday in October at 2000.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held every Wednesday at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). 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, Sunday 1 Oct 2017 at 1600.

Dutch Opera & Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer every Tuesday at 1230. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent - Thursday 19 Oct 2017 at 1230.

Our full guide to Free things to do in Amsterdam

Market events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs 1100-1800 at Amstel Park (8 Oct 2017) and Park Frankendael (29 Oct 2017).

Sunday Market Regular market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. 1 Oct 2017 at Westergasfabriek (1200-1800), 8 Oct 2017 at Rokin (1200-1800) and 27 Oct 2017 at Nieuwmarkt (1100-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 23 Oct 2017 from 1200-1800.

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 14-15 Oct 2017, 0900-1630 held inside.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Lady Gaga – 3 Oct, Ziggo Dome
J. Cole – 5 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – 6 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Gavin James – 6 Oct, AFAS Live
Chris Rea – 7 Oct, Carré
Chris Rock – 8 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Tanita Tikaram – 9 Oct, Paradiso
Andrea Bocelli – 14 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Gary Numan – 21 Oct, Paradiso
Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute) – 22 Oct, AFAS Live
Symphonica in Rosso (Simply Red) – 25/26/28 Oct, Ziggo Dome
KT Tunstall – 27 Oct, Melkweg
Zara Larsson – 31 Oct, AFAS Live

The Jacksons – 5 Oct, Ahoy Rotterdam
UB40 – 20 Oct, Ahoy Rotterdam

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