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What's On in Amsterdam September 2017


Check out what's on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for things to do during September 2017.

Listings include special events, festivals, sports, museum exhibitions, concerts, gigs and anything else of interest for both visitors and expats!

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. The following 3 exhibitions run 17 Jun to 17 Sep 2017:  Small Wonders, exhibit of carved miniatures; New Realities. Photography in the Ninenteenth Century, major retrospective exhibition from the extensive Rijksmuseum collection; Sea Views, exhibition of contemporary seascape photos. Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, twelve monumental sculptures by the French artist Jean Dubuffet will be on display 1 Jul to 1 Oct 2017.

Van Gogh Museum In the Forest: Van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot is an exhibition of wood views and landscapes. Runs 7 Jul to 10 Sep 2017.

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Hermitage Amsterdam – Exhibition 1917. From Romanov to Revolution is running 4 Feb until 17 Sep 2017. 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.

Amsterdam MuseumPuck & Hans, the first retrospective exhibition of the iconic Dutch fashion duo. Runs 9 Jun until 3 Sep 2017.

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.

StedelijkChris Beekman, De Stijl Defector, exhibition of the politically active artist from the early 20th century. Runs 8 Apr to 17 Sep 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. Edward Krasinski, first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the avant-garde East European artist featuring sculptures and installations. Running 24 Jun - 15 Oct 2017.

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

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.

Rembrandt House Rembrandt and Jan Six. The Etching and the Friendship, exhibition about the bond between the 17th century artists. Runs 6 May to 3 Sep 2017. Rembrandt’s Etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection, second part of the etchings exhibition runs 26 Jul to 17 Sep 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.

Huis Marseille Andres Serrano, exhibition from the American photographer; Lionel Wendt, collection of prints from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), both run 10 Jun to 3 Sep 2017. Landscape with Tree by Jamie Hakesworth, photo exhibition from the British analogue photographer runs 9 Sep to 3 Dec 2017.

FOAMGordon Parks - I Am You, major retrospective exhibition of the African-American photographer runs 16 Jun to 6 Sep 2017. 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. From Oblivion, photo exhibition from German-Jewish photographers Annemie and Helmuth Wolff who fled to Amsterdam in the 1930s. Runs 27 Mar to 3 Sep 2017.

Jewish Historical MuseumFrom Fauvism to Surrealism: Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Hungary, runs 29 May to 24 Sep 2017. The Jewish Jukebox, a musical journey featuring 100 years of popular Jewish artists. Runs 30 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 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.

Oude KerkSarah van Sonsbeeck, exhibition looking at the relationship between the old church and the sea. Runs 19 May to 17 Sep 2017.

EYE FilmMartin Scorsese – The Exhibition about the world renowned director will run 25 May to 3 Sep 2017. Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Cao Guimarães, exhibition of the prominent film directors runs 16 Sep to 3 Dec 2017.

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.

Beurs van Berlage The Prints of Andy Warhol and other PopArtists, see prints from Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and others, runs 2 Jul to 30 Sep 2017.

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

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Experiential exhibition featuring dramatic dispalys from the world of Harry Potter. This international expo visits the Netherlands for an extended run until 2 Sep 2017. Location is Berlijnplein (next to Cinemec) in the city of Utrecht, near train station "Utrecht Leidsche Rijn".

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Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

World Cup 2018 qualification international:
Netherlands vs Bulgaria
– 3 Sep 2017, 1800 (Amsterdam ArenA)

Ajax home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Ajax vs PEC Zwolle (Eredivisie, Dutch League) – 9 Sep 2017, 2045
Ajax vs Vitesse (Eredivisie) – 23 Sep 2017, 1830

KLM Open – European Tour event will be held this year at The Dutch links course in Spijk (Gorinchem) on 14-17 Sep 2017.

Dam tot Dam Loop – Very popular fun-run event with tens of thousands of participants - the 33rd edition takes place over the weekend of 16-17 Sep 2017. The main 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam is staged on Sunday 17 Sep 2017, with staggered starts at Prins Hendrikkade.

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Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Sep 2017.

UFC Fight Night – Mixed martial art event at Ahoy Rotterdam on Saturday 2 Sep 2017.

Amsterdam City Swim – Charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city scheduled for Sunday 3 Sep 2017.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (20:30, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.

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Other Events in and around 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 Sep 2017 at 8pm.

Artzuid – International art sculpture route in the south of Amsterdam from 19 May to 17 Sep 2017. The 2.5km route takes in Apollolaan, Minervalaan, Churchilllaan and the Zuidas business district.

Amsterdam Fringe Festival – The Dutch Theatre Festival shows the best of last season's productions whilst the Fringe offers avant-garde theatre. 7-17 Sep 2017, multiple locations in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam in-water Boat Show – Boating event held at the new Amsterdam Marina. 29 Aug to 3 Sep 2017.

Four Seasons Art Fair – Independent arts festival (inaugural edition) showcases works from up to 130 artists. 31 Aug-3 Sep 2017 at Loods 6 in Amsterdam.

Pacha Festival – Dance music festival event at ArenA park in Amsterdam, likely Saturday 2 Sep 2017.

Valtifest 2017 – DJs perform dance, house and electro at NDSM-wharf on Saturday 9 Sep 2017.

West Beach Film Festival – Open-air film festival at the Sloterplasbad swimming pool in the west of Amsterdam (take tram 7 or 14) showing different feature films. Free entrance and and scheduled for 14-24 Sep 2017.

IBC 2017 – International Broadcasting Convention. Conference and exhibition at RAI Amsterdam, 14-19 Sep 2017.

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NEU NOW 2017 – International arts festival (9th edition) which features emerging talent from Europe. 14-17 Sep 2017 at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Puur Fair 2017 - Event promoting sustainable living which covers aspects such as mobility, energy, apparel, food, baby, recreation and lifestyle. To be held on 17 Sep 2017 at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Ambacht in Beeld Festival – Craft festival offering workshops, masterclasses and films covering a wide range of craft skills. 22-24 Sep 2017 at De Hallen in west Amsterdam.

Unseen Photo Fair – International photography fair with a focus on undiscovered talents and unseen works. 22-24 Sep 2017 at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Rock the Opera – The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra perform greatest hits from bands like AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. 27 Sep 2017 (2015) at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. Carmen is on 17 Sep 2017 (1100).

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

Ricky Gervais – British comedian brings his Humanity World Tour show to AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 8/9 Sep 2017.

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. Medea is performed on 7 Sep 2017 at 2000.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera La Forza Del Destino (Verdi), various between 9 Sep - 1 Oct 2017; ballet Ode To The Master between 15-30 Sep 2017.

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

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 at 2000.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held every Wednesday at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). New season begins on 6 Sep 2017. 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 3 Sep 2017 at 1600.

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. 19/26 Sep 2017.

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent - Thursday 21 Sep 2017 at 1230.

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 (10 Sep 2017) and Park Frankendael (24 Sep 2017).

Sunday Market Regular market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. 3 Sep 2017  at Westergasfabriek (1200-1800), 10 Sep 2017 at Rokin (1200-1800) and 29 Sep 2017 at Nieuwmarkt (1100-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 17 Sep 2017 from 1200-1800.

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 16-17 Sep 2017, 0900-1630, last outdoor edition of the year.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Amsterdam

Metallica – 4/6 Sep, Ziggo Dome
Tori Amos – 13 Sep, Carré
Mike & The Mechanics – 14 Sep, Melkweg
John Legend – 22 Sep, Ziggo Dome
Neil Diamond – 10/23 Sep, Ziggo Dome
The Sisters of Mercy – 27 Sep, Paradiso
The Rolling Stones – 30 Sep, Amsterdam ArenA

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Pink Project (Pink Floyd tribute) – 16 Sep, Ahoy Rotterdam

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