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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.

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

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

It is recommended visitors buy a ticket and time-slot online in advance.

STRAAT – A new and unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000 square metres warehouse at NDSM wharf and showcasing some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book your STRAAT tickets here

STRAAT Museum Amsterdam
STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition along with MOCO Masters (Warhol, Basquiat, Koons etc). Book your MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. You can find concrete ways to take positive action and shop for sustainable products. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

fashion for good museum amsterdam
Fashion For Good Museum

Amaze Amsterdam – A new immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here (open Wed-Sun).

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A new video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

rembrandts amsterdam experience
Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Remember Me, exhibition featuring over 100 Renaissance portraits, runs 1 Oct 2021 to 16 Jan 2022 at the Philips wing. Ellsworth Kelly sculptures in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, runs until 24 Oct 2021, free entrance. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here 

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts a small selection of works from the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum 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. The Potato Eaters, exhibition exploring the origins of the famous Van Gogh painting. Runs 8 Oct 2021 to 13 Feb 2022. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

van gogh museum gallery
Van Gogh Museum

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.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Tsars & Knights, a unique collection of suits of armour and antique weapons. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 9 Jan 2022.

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. Democracy, exhibition by fashion designer Duran Lantink inspired by American artist Andy Warhol. Runs 24 Sep 2021 to 6 Jun 2022.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 400 pieces. Bruce Nauman, large overview of works from the American artist spanning 50 years. Runs 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

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Stedelijk Amsterdam – Bruce Nauman exhibition

Rembrandt HouseHat on for Rembrandt, exhibition of contemporary photographic portraits of children paired with etchings by Rembrandt. Runs 17 Sep 2021 to 2 Jan 2022. Book Rembrandt House tickets here.

Amsterdam MuseumThe Golden Coach is an exhibition about the royal carriage originally built for Dutch Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. The coach has been fully restored and is on view in a specially built glass enclosure. Runs 18 Jun 2021 to 27 Feb 2022. You can book Golden Coach tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Healing Power, exhibition about healing traditions around the world. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 6 Jun 2022. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

De Nieuwe KerkMaison Amsterdam, large exhibition of historic fashion from the Amsterdam Museum collection along with contemporary designers. Runs 18 Sep 2021 to 3 Apr 2022.

Royal Palace – Visit the imposing palace on Dam Square including the magnificent Citizen’s Hall. Book Royal Palace tickets here

Maritime Museum – I Love Banda, photo exhibition by Isabelle Boon of youth in the isolated Banda islands in Moluccas, Indonesia. Runs 5 Jun to 7 Nov 2021. Willem van de Velde & Son, retrospective exhibition of the leading marine artists (father and son) from the 17th century. Runs 1 Oct 2021 to 27 Mar 2022. Book Maritime Museum tickets here.

Allard Pierson MuseumGoddesses of Art Nouveau, exhibition from the art nouveau movement (1890-1910) and its fascination with feminine beauty. Extended run 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021.

FOAM Photography Museum – Shigeru Onishi: The Possibility of Existence, the first European solo exhibition of the Japanese mathematician and artist. Runs 17 Sep 2021 to 9 Jan 2022. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis Marseille – Vincent Delbrouck Champú, exhibition from the Belgian photographer about teenage life in Cuba. Sohrab Hura Spill, overview of work from the Indian photographer. Both run 4 Sep to 5 Dec 2021.

GrachtenmuseumSecret of the Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The most famous works of art from Dutch history are revealed layer by layer. Extended run to 30 Oct 2021.

Stadsarchief – At home in the city, Celebrating 100 years of Tuindorp Oostzaan. Photo exhibition about Amsterdam’s first garden village. Runs 2 Sep 2021 to 9 Jan 2022.

Jewish Historical MuseumPhotographer in Exile: Fred Stein. Dresden, Paris, New York, exhibition of 200 photos from the social documentary and portrait photographer from the mid-20th century. Runs 9 Jul to 7 Nov 2021. Forget & Remember, exhibition from the Jewish artist duo Gil & Moti. Runs 5 Jun to 28 Nov 2021. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

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Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam – Fred Stein exhibition

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

Van Eesteren MuseumWe built this city on Rock and Roll, photo exhibition by Gijsbert Hanekroot about youth culture in the 50s, 60s and 70s and the central role played by rock and pop icons. Runs 5 Jun to 14 Nov 2021.

EYE FilmmuseumAll About Theatre About Film, exhibition from stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld about how film and theatre influence each other. Runs 3 Oct 2021 to 9 Jan 2022.

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Karel Appel 100, exhibition marking the 100th ‘birthday’ of Karel Appel (1921-2006). Runs 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021. Clandestine: The Photo Collection of Pedro Slim, photo exhibition with the human body as central theme. Runs 18 Oct 2021 to 27 Mar 2022.

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Netherlands home international (World Cup 2022 qualifier):
Netherlands vs Gibraltar 11 Oct 2021 (2045) at Feyenoord Stadion, Rotterdam

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs FC Utrecht 3 Oct 2021 (1215)
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven 24 Oct 2021 (1645)

You can also book a stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff ArenA online here

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.

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

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:
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

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Festivals in Amsterdam

Lift-Off Film Festival – International film festival showcasing emerging artists and featuring shorts, documentaries, animations and features. Runs 10-17 Oct 2021 at LAB111, 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 over 13-30 Oct 2021 at Pathé Amsterdam Noord and 40 locations around the country.

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

[X] I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. 2021 event is cancelled. Scheduled at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam on Sunday 9 Oct 2022.

[X] VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI. 2021 event is cancelled, scheduled for 2022.

Affordable Art Fair – International art fair with art objects under €7,500 for sale. At Kromhouthal on the north bank of the IJ, expected 27-31 Oct 2021.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 19 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 in October include opera Upload and children’s opera A Song For The Moon. There is also the ballet Mata Hari.

Other Events in Amsterdam

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

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 – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 2-3 Oct 2021 and 23-24 Oct 2021 with 400-500 indoor stalls.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Sam Tompkins – 25 Oct, Paradiso

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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