Whats On

What’s On in Amsterdam October 2019

Planning an autumn visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands? See what’s on in October 2019 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

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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. Rembrandt-Velázquez, exhibition which puts Rembrandt into an international context by placing 17th-century Spanish and Dutch masterpieces in dialogue with each another. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 19 Jan 2020. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Louise Bourgeois in the Rijksmuseum Gardens is an outdoor exhibition of sculptures, freely accessible to the public and running 24 May to 3 Nov 2019.

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. Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art, examines the style and technique of the French artist and how he influenced the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Munch and Dalí. Runs 4 Oct 2019 to 12 Jan 2020. 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.

Nieuwe KerkThe Great Suriname Exhibition, major winter exhibition at the New Church on Dam Square telling the story of the country of Suriname and its inhabitants. It includes over 300 objects, artefacts, photos and documents as well as multimedia presentations. Runs 5 Oct 2019 to 2 Feb 2020.

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. Runs 14 Sep 2019 to 15 Mar 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.

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

National Maritime Museum – 2 new permanent exhibitions opened May 2019. Main Gallery: Republic at Sea has 50 objects highlighting the strong connection between the maritime world and Dutch society. Also Maps & Marvels features an outstanding collection of Dutch cartography works plus assorted wall maps, globes, atlases and travel reports.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 23 Aug 2020.

Allard PiersonBes, Little God in Ancient Egypt, an exhibition about the popular god from ancient Egypt represented as a dwarf-like figure with large head, big belly and crooked legs. Runs 18 Oct 2019 to 8 Mar 2020.

Rembrandt HouseLaboratory Rembrandt – Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled, part of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, this exhibition uses scientific analysis which provide insights into Rembrandt’s works. Runs 21 Sep 2019 to 16 Feb 2020.

Stadsarchief (City Archives) – Let’s Fly Away! 100 Years KLM, exhibition celebrating the centenary of the Dutch national airline with historic archive photos. Runs 11 Jul to 6 Oct 2019, free entry. Modern Perspectives. Photo & Film Amsterdam 1920-1940, exhibition highlighting the visual creativity in Amsterdam during the interwar period. Runs 18 Oct 2019 to 16 Feb 2020.

NEMOFuture Food, an exhibition about what people will be eating in the year 2050. Held at the new NEMO Studio location at the Marineterrain in Amsterdam. Runs 10 Jul to 6 Oct 2019.

Museum Van LoonOn the Suriname canals – Van Loon & Suriname (1728-1863), exhibition highlighting the involvement of the wealthy Van Loon family with the Suriname plantation economy. 5 Oct 2019 to 13 Jan 2020. Stéphanie Saadé: The Travels of Here and Now, installation by the French-Lebanese artist inspired by the 18th-century wallpaper paintings by Jurriaan Andriessen in the museum’s Drakensteyn room. On show 6 Sep to 4 Nov 2019.

VerzetsmuseumFashion on a Ration, exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum examining how fashion changed during the wartime period due to fabric shortages – in stark contrast to the throwaway society we live in today. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 2 Jun 2020.

National Holocaust Museum – Opened in 2016, this museum is under development and currently presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Ongoing until end 2019. The Persecution of the Jews in Photographs: The Netherlands, 1940–1945 runs 28 Jan to 6 Oct 2019. Bullets Betrayal and Letters: Chronicle of a Jewish Family, exhibition which highlights the history of an Amsterdam family. Runs 28 Oct 2019 to 2 Feb 2020.

Hollandsche SchouwburgPerspectives of the Holocaust, a penetrating installation with audio, video, photos and virtual reality which tell of Holocaust survivors’ experiences. [Note, some images are shocking and are not suitable for under 16s.] Runs until 1 May 2020.

Jewish Historical Museum – Rembrandt’s Masterpiece from the Israel Museum, exhibition about Rembrandt’s painting St. Peter in Prison (St. Peter Kneeling). Runs 13 Sep to 10 Nov 2019. Amsterdam, City of Diamonds, an exhibition on 400 years of the diamond industry in Amsterdam and how Jews played an important role. Runs 27 Sep 2019 to 1 Mar 2020.

Biblical Museum – Expected: This is my story. About faith, hope and inspiration. Exhibition about young people and Christianity. Runs 9 Feb to 27 Oct 2019.

FOAM Photography MuseumDominic Hawgood, Casting Out the Self, works from the multi-disciplinary UK artist. 12 Jul to 13 Oct 2019. Brassaï, retrospective exhibition of the key 20th century French-Hungarian photographer. Runs 13 Sep to 4 Dec 2019. Lorenzo Vitturi, Materia Impura, exhibition from the Italian artist-photographer. Runs 18 Oct 2019 to 19 Jan 2020.

Huis Marseille Photography MuseumBerenice Abbott, Portraits of Modernity, large retrospective from the American photographer. Runs 7 Sep to 1 Dec 2019.

EYE FilmAndrei Tarkovski, retrospective exhibition about the Russian filmmaker and mystic. Runs 14 Sep to 6 Dec 2019.

Bags and Purses MuseumTalent Invasion, specially curated exhibition featuring 21 young talented designers. Runs 8 Sep to 27 Oct 2019.

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

Cobra Museum (Amstelveen)Cobra 70: A multi-headed snake, exhibition celebrating 70 years of the colourful, expressive post-war art movement. Runs 8 Nov 2018 to 13 Oct 2019. New Nuances, exhibition showing the work of 8 women artists in and around the Cobra movement. Runs 12 Jul to 1 Dec 2019.

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 €60 to €115.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

International match (Euro 2020 Qualification group C):
Netherlands vs Northern Ireland – 10 Oct 2019, 2045 (Stadion Feyenoord, Rotterdam)

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
AFC Ajax vs Chelsea – 23 Oct 2019, 1855 (Champions League)
AFC Ajax vs Feyenoord – 27 Oct 2019, 1645 (Eredivisie)

TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 44th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event will be held on Sunday 20 Oct 2019. The race starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.

Amsterdam City Walk – 11, 18, 27 and 33 km walking events held the day before the Amsterdam marathon taking in the highlights of the city. Saturday 19 Oct 2019, 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 11 Oct 2019.

UEC Track Cycling European Championships – The Omnisport in Appeldoorn hosts this year’s European elite track cycling championships. 16-20 Oct 2019.

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. 33rd edition is due 12 Oct 2019.

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

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. 7-12 Oct 2019.

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 16-20 Oct 2019 (24th edition) at various locations around Amsterdam.

Cinekid – International film, television and new media festival for kids. To be held 19-25 Oct 2019 at Westergas in Amsterdam.

Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music plus Japanese food. Runs 3-6 Oct 2019 at Filmtheater Kriterion in Amsterdam. It is also previously held in Rotterdam on 25-29 Sep 2019 at locations WORM and LantarenVenster.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair (in its 17th year) organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, 6 Oct 2019.

VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, between 1-6 Oct 2019.

Amsterdam Denim Days – Series of denim-related events for fashion fanatics, denim enthusiasts and professionals. At Amsterdam Westergas, 21-27 Oct 2019.

Affordable Art Fair – 12th edition of the international art fair with art objects under €6,000 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, 31 Oct to 3 Nov 2019.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 1 Oct 2019 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

The Good Soldier Svejk –  A mainly English theatre production of the satirical dark comedy set in Austria-Hungary in WW1 will be performed at the Badhuistheater Amsterdam. Runs 31 Oct and 1/2/3 Nov 2019.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book 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 – Production highlights in October are Così Fan Tutte (opera) and Romeo and Julia (ballet).

Candlelight Concert – Evening performance by young violinist Noa Wildschut. At the Portuguese Synagogue on 24 Oct 2019 (1930). Book here

The Barber of Seville – The popular Rossini opera will be performed at Theater Carré in Amsterdam on 31 Oct and 2 Nov 2019.

Other Events in Amsterdam

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

Halloween Movie Night – Special screening of the film The Nun (2018) will be held at the Koepelkerk (part of the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel) on 31 Oct 2019 at 2030.

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday in October at 2000.

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). Concert dates this month are 2/9/16/23/30 Oct 2019. For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk.

Dutch Opera & Ballet – These lunchtime concerts in the Opera & Ballet foyer present music by small groups of musicians, including members of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Concerts this month on Tuesday 1/8/15 Oct 2019 and run 1230-1300, doors open 1215.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent. There are 2 Thursday lunchtime concerts this month on 10/31 Oct 2019 at 1230.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality local and seasonal produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 13 Oct 2019 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 20 Oct 2019 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 27 Oct 2019 (1100-1700) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 6 Oct 2019 (1200-1800). Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 13 Oct 2019 (1200-1800). New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 25 Oct 2019 (1100-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 27 Oct 2019 (1200-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. 5-6 Oct 2019 (0900-1630) and 26-27 Oct 2019 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

The Analogues: 50 Years Abbey Road – 5 Oct, Ziggo Dome
John Mayer – 9/10 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Kiefer Sutherland – 10 Oct, Melkweg
Brit Floyd – 40 years of The Wall – 12 Oct, AFAS Live
Nick Howard – 12 Oct, Paradiso
UB40 – 13 Oct, AFAS Live
New Order – 17 Oct, AFAS Live
Il Divo – 22 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Wolf & Moon – 29 Oct, Cinetol Amsterdam
Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: Hologram Tour – 31 Oct, RAI Amsterdam

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.

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