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
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. 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. 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. 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 Golden Age.
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.
Rembrandt House – Laboratory 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.
Museum Van Loon – On 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.
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.
Hollandsche Schouwburg – Perspectives 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.
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 Museum – Dominic Hawgood, Casting Out the Self, works from the multi-disciplinary UK artist. 12 Jul to 13 Oct 2019.
Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Berenice Abbott, Portraits of Modernity, large retrospective from the American photographer. Runs 7 Sep to 1 Dec 2019.
EYE Film – Andrei Tarkovski, retrospective exhibition about the Russian filmmaker and mystic. Runs 13 Sep to 6 Dec 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.
|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 match at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam:
New season 2019/20 fixtures to be announced
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.
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.
KLIKxHAFF Festival – KLIK Amsterdam and Holland Animation Festival will run a joint international animation festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Expected 1-14 Nov 2019 in 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. Expected 4-6 Oct 2019 at Kriterion and EYE Film in Amsterdam. Also held in Rotterdam 25-29 Sep 2019.
PINT Bokbier Festival – The largest beer festival in Netherlands where you can try out some of the 100 types of bok beer from the tap. Attracting 10,000 visitors, 42nd edition expected at Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, late Oct 2019 (unconfirmed).
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
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 – 2019/20 season shows to be announced.
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 occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). 2019-2020 season dates to be announced. 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. Almost every Tuesday 1230-1300, doors open 1215.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent.
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.
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