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What’s On in Amsterdam October 2020

Planning an autumn visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands? See what’s on in October 2020 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 ‘precautionary’ 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 have been open since June 2020. 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. Ed van der Elsken: Crazy World, images from the Dutch photographer’s personal work archive. Runs 30 Oct 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. 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 featuring a selection of his best letters, displayed alongside world-famous paintings. Runs 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. New exhibition Tsars & Knights, a unique collection of suits of armour and antique weapons. 17 Oct to 31 Dec 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. Reflecting Forward by Studio Irma, a digital immersive art exhibition also has an extended run. 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.

Rembrandt HouseLife/Time: Rembrandt, Abraham van Dijck and Aat Veldhoen, artistic depictions of older people. Runs 25 Sep to 29 Nov 2020.

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.

Huis MarseilleJean-Luc Mylayne: The Autumn of Paradise, first solo exhibition of this French artist to be held in the Netherlands who focuses on photographing birds in their natural habitat. Runs 10 Sep to 22 Nov 2020.

StadsarchiefVondelingen, exhibition from the archives of a large Amsterdam orphanage on Prinsengracht from the early 19th century. Runs until 4 Oct 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

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs SC Heerenveen 17 Oct 2020 (1845)
Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard 31 Oct 2020 (1845)

Internationals (friendly):
Netherlands vs Mexico 7 Oct 2020 (2045) – Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam

[X] TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 45th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event due be held on Sunday 18 Oct 2020 has been cancelled. The race which starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium will return in October 2021.

[X] 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. Saturday 17 Oct 2020, the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium. This year’s event is now cancelled.

Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 9 Oct 2020.

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. 34th edition is tentatively scheduled for 10 Oct 2020.

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

Festivals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – Major international conference and festival for electronic music. This year’s event will be smaller and also features online content. Runs 21-25 Oct 2020 (25th edition) at various locations around Amsterdam.

Cello Biennale Amsterdam – Ten day long international music festival revolving around the cello with over 100 events. Runs 22-31 Oct 2020 at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

Cinekid – International film, television and new media festival for kids. Expected 7-23 Oct 2020 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 1-4 Oct 2020 in Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

[X] I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair (in its 18th year) organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. Event at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, 4 Oct 2020 has been cancelled.

[X] VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, between 29 Sep and 4 Oct 2020 has been cancelled.

Amsterdam Denim Days – Series of denim-related events for fashion fanatics, denim enthusiasts and professionals. The 2020 event will be online only over 30-31 Oct 2020.

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.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 6 Oct 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 – Productions in October 2020 include operas Ritratto, Kriebel and Goud! plus Back to Ballet shows.

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

Other Events in Amsterdam

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 – Lunchtime concerts from soprano Marion Dumeige on 8 Oct 2020 (1230-1330) and Alexander Warenberg 15 Oct 2020 (1230-1330). Note, last time we checked a €5 charge was being applied!

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300. Reservations are now mandatory to limit numbers.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 11 Oct 2020 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 18 Oct 2020 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 25 Oct 2020 (1100-1700) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 4 Oct 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 11 Oct 2020 (1100-1700).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 25 Oct 2020 (1000-1800).

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

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Concerts are subject to cancellation or postponement.

Brit Floyd – 30 Oct, AFAS Live

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 November 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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