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What’s On in Amsterdam October 2021

Planning an autumn visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands? See what’s on in October 2021 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.

The Dutch Government continues bringing in measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Some events are cancelled [X] or may be cancelled/rescheduled at short notice.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

Museums in the Netherlands are closed until at least 25 May 2021. Once open again visitors need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance, masks are mandatory.

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. 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.

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.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – 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.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.

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:
Season 2021/22 to be announced

Athletics/Running:
TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 45th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event is due be held on Sunday 17 Oct 2021. The race which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.

Amsterdam City Walk – 10, 14, 17, 20, 26 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. On Saturday 16 Oct 2021 with 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 8 Oct 2021.

Triathlon:
Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around Bella Vista Park. Rescheduled to 3 Oct 2021.

Rowing:
Grachtenrace – Up to 140 sloop boats race over a 22km course around Amsterdam’s canals. 35th edition is scheduled for 9 Oct 2021.

Inline Skating:
[X] 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

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Festivals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – Major international conference and festival for electronic music. Runs 13-17 Oct 2021 (26th edition) at various locations around Amsterdam.

Cinekid – International film, television and new media festival for kids. Expected in the autumn school holiday (October 2021) at Het Ketelhuis, EYE Film, Studio K and de Meervaart in Amsterdam.

Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music plus Japanese food. Expected 30 Sep to 2 Oct 2021 in Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. Event is at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam on Sunday 3 Oct 2021.

VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, scheduled for 28 Sep and 3 Oct 2021.

Amsterdam Denim Days – Series of denim-related events for fashion fanatics, denim enthusiasts and professionals. Autumn 2021 event to be confirmed.

Affordable Art Fair – International art fair with art objects under €7,500 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, expected 28-31 Oct 2021.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Oct 2021 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here

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 – Productions for 2021/22 season 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.

TEDxAmsterdam 2021 – The speaker’s conference event is scheduled to take place on 29 Oct 2021. Location to be announced.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 10 Oct 2021 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park, 17 Oct 2021 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 31 Oct 2021 (1100-1700) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 3 Oct 2021 (1000-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 17 Oct 2021 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. September dates to be confirmed.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Concerts are subject to cancellation or postponement.

Dua Lipa – 5 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Deep Purple – 10 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Sam Tompkins – 25 Oct, Paradiso
Alanis Morissette – 31 Oct, 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.

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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