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What’s On in Amsterdam November 2020

A look at what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November 2020. 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

Since 1 June 2020 museums in the Netherlands have reopened. Visitors generally need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance. Social distancing measures apply and walking routes are marked.

For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here

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. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts 10 paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers free of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. ‘Your loving Vincent’: Van Gogh’s Greatest Letters, exhibition running 9 Oct 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

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 you must pre-book online for a date/time slot.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Jewels! an exhibition which is part of the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features highlights from the fabulous jewellery collection of the State Hermitage. Extended run to autumn 2020.

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 17th Century.

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. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.

Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo 2020, renowned photo-journalism exhibition held annually at Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 1 Jun to 29 Nov 2020.

Amsterdam MuseumBeer, exhibition charting the history of the alcoholic beverage in Amsterdam covering many facets such as brewing, consumption, advertising and changing attitudes. Runs 10 Jul to 1 Nov 2020.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. BALI – Behind the scenes, an exhibition about the island on the Indonesian archipelago which looks at the environmental impact of tourism and the island traditions and culture. Runs 14 Feb 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Extended run to 3 Jan 2021.

Jewish Historical MuseumCharlotte Salomon in close-up, exhibition on the German-Jewish artist looking at the influence of film on her autobiographical Life? or Theatre? series of paintings. Extended until 22 Nov 2020.

FOAM Photography MuseumAlec Soth – I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, exhibition from the American photographer. Expected 11 Sep to 6 Dec 2020.

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

iamsterdam card The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass as well. It costs €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
2020/21 season fixtures and visitor measures to be announced

Athletics/Running:
Olympic Stadium Run – The Olympischstadionloop (43rd edition) is a 1km/5km/10km running event which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Scheduled for 8 Nov 2020.

Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 13 Nov 2020.

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. Expected 28 Nov 2020.

Boxing:
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. 14th anniversary edition due to be held in November 2020 (unconfirmed).

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

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam

IDFA 2020 – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Annual event (32d edition) showing a wide variety of thought-provoking documentaries. Main locations at Pathé Tuschinski, Het Ketelhuis, de Brakke Grond theatre. Runs 18-29 Nov 2020

Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend – The main contemporary Amsterdam Art Weekend event has been moved back to April 2021. However a small scale Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend will run 25-29 Nov 2020.

Amsterdam Light Festival – Heading into its 9th year, this event promises to light up the city during the festive season. Featuring a boat route which can best be seen by taking an evening canal cruise; or check out the the new land exhibition around Amsterdam’s Marineterrein. Expected 26 Nov 2020 to 17 Jan 2021.

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 €7,500 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, expected 29 Oct to 1 Nov 2020.

Sieraad Art Fair – International jewellery art fair at Westergas in Amsterdam. 19th edition due 5-8 Nov 2020 is cancelled and has been moved to November 2021.

PAN Amsterdam – Large international fair for art, antiques and design with over 100 galleries and dealers. 2020 edition has been cancelled, re-scheduled for 21-28 Nov 2021 at RAI Amsterdam.

IAMExpat Fair The Hague 2020 – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. At Grote Kerk (church) in The Hague, 7 Nov 2020). Annual Amsterdam event takes place in April.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

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

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – 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.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – 2020/21 season is being amended and some productions have been cancelled.

Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.

Other Events in Amsterdam

TEDxAmsterdam 2020 – The 12th edition of the speaker’s conference event is scheduled to take place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam in November 2020.

Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Expected to open mid-November 2020 and should run until early February 2021.

Sinterklaas Arrives – The Dutch version of Santa Claus (or St Nicholas) makes his annual arrival by boat in Amsterdam on Sunday 15 Nov 2020. This marks the start of the festive season – Sinterklaas is usually celebrated around 5 December.

The 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 helpers. The controversial Zwarte Pieten (“Black Petes”) have been changed to Schoorsteenpieten (“chimney soot Petes”) to appease recent political sensitivities.

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

Most of the free concerts offered by various venues in Amsterdam have been temporarily suspended.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free lunchtime concerts expected on 12/19 Nov 2020 (1230).

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 15 Nov 2020 (1100-1700) at Amsterdamse Bos and 29 Nov 2020 (1100-1700) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 1 Nov 2020 (1200-1800); Sinterklaas market on 29 Nov 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 8 Nov 2020 (1100-1700).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 15 Nov 2020 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Cancelled until further notice.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Skunk Anansie – 1 Nov, AFAS Live
The Analogues: John Lennon Dead at 40, Alive at 80 – 16 Nov, Carré
A-Ha – 18 Nov, AFAS Live
Nightwish – 23/24 Nov, Ziggo Dome
Status Quo – 25 Nov, AFAS Live
Zucchero – 29 Nov, Ziggo Dome

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:

• At the very top-end with 5 star luxury consider Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel Grand, Hotel De L’Europe and Conservatorium.

• Stylish, quality mid-range choices near the city centre include The Toren, Banks Mansion, The Hoxton, Kimpton-De Witt and Sir Adam Hotel.

• For those on a budget check out Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, Jaz Amsterdam (close to Ziggo Dome/ArenA) and Motel One.

>>>What’s On in Amsterdam December 2020

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.

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