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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.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

From 1 June 2020 museums in the Netherlands 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.

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

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

Athletics/Running:
TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 45th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event is due be held on Sunday 18 Oct 2020 as long as social distancing measures are in place. The race 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. Saturday 17 Oct 2020, the longer walks start from the Olympic Stadium.

NN Rotterdam Marathon – Normally held in April, this is the rescheduled 40th edition of the Rotterdam marathon. Sunday 25 Oct 2020 as long as social distancing measures are maintainable.

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.

Rowing:
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:
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

Lift-Off Film Festival – Independent film festival showcasing emerging artists, to be held at LAB111 in Amsterdam. 4-10 Oct 2020.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – Major international conference and festival for electronic music. The festival has an extensive range of electronic sub-genres with 2,500 artists and 500 performances attracting almost 400,000 visitors; it’s also the world’s most important electric music conference for industry professionals with over 300 events and 600 speakers. 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 10-25 Oct 2020 at Westergas in Amsterdam.

Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music plus Japanese food. Expected 2-4 Oct 2020 in Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

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. Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, 4 Oct 2020.

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

KunstRai (Art Amsterdam) – Longest running art fair in the Netherlands (now in its 36th year) offering contemporary Dutch art for sale with more than 70 quality galleries. Rescheduled to 15-18 Oct 2020 at RAI Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Denim Days – Series of denim-related events for fashion fanatics, denim enthusiasts and professionals. At De Hallen Amsterdam, expected 25-26 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 – 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

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 concert from soprano Marion Dumeige is expected on 8 Oct 2020 (1230-1330).

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. Cancelled until further notice.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

The 1975 – 12 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Fish (Marillion) – 13 Oct, Paradiso
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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