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
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. Slavery, a major exhibition which focuses on slavery in the Dutch colonial period, spanning from the 17th to the 19th century. Runs 25 Sep 2020 to 17 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. 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. Tsars & Knights, exhibition about how 19th century Europe developed a growing nostalgia for the Middle Ages and how the Russian Tsars obtained a significant collection of medieval artworks, suits of armour and display weaponry. Runs 26 May to 8 Nov 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
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.
Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Vincent Delbrouck: Champú, exhibition of contemporary photos of Cuba. Runs 5 Sep to 6 Dec 2020.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
|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:
2020/21 season fixtures to be announced
TCS Amsterdam Marathon – The 45th edition of Amsterdam’s marathon event will be held on Sunday 18 Oct 2020. 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.
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 on 10 Oct 2020.
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. 1-5 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 (some free). 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 10-16 Oct 2020 at Westergas in Amsterdam.
Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music plus Japanese food. Expected Sep/Oct 2020.
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.
Amsterdam Denim Days – Series of denim-related events for fashion fanatics, denim enthusiasts and professionals. At Amsterdam Westergas, expected October 2020.
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, 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. 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 – Season 2020/21 to be announced.
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
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). 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. Season 2020/21 to be announced.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent. Season 2020/21 to be announced.
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. 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); Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 18 Oct 2020 (1200-1800); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 30 Oct 2020 (1100-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 18 Oct 2020 (1000-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 3-4 Oct 2020 (0900-1630) and 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2020 (0900-1630) with 500 indoor stands.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
The 1975 – 12 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Fish (Marillion) – 13 Oct, Paradiso
Deep Purple – 28 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: