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What’s On in Amsterdam September 2019

Check out what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for things to do during September 2019. Listings include special events, festivals, sports, museum exhibitions, concerts, gigs and anything else of interest for both visitors and expats!

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. Long Live Rembrandt is part of the year long Rembrandt celebration. This summer exhibition has been developed by contributions and ideas from the public. Runs 15 Jul to 15 Sep 2019. 12 x Erwin Olaf, 12 works from the Dutch photographer are placed in dialogue with classic Dutch paintings. Runs 3 Jul to 22 Sep 2019. 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. Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, the story behind Van Gogh’s renowned painting runs 21 Jun to 1 Sep 2019. 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! a new exhibition and 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. Daniel Arsham – Connecting Time, solo show from the New York-based artist incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Runs 18 Jan to 30 Sep 2019. Yayoi Kusama, MOCO exhibits the works ‘Night of Stars’ and ‘Pumpkin’ from the eccentric Japanese artist from 22 Mar to 30 Sep 2019. 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.

Royal PalaceThe Universe of Amsterdam, an exhibition about the maps inlaid onto the floor of the Citizen’s Hall which are the largest in the world. On show will be maps and atlases from the 17th century. Runs 29 Jun to 22 Sep 2019.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Cool Japan showcases the world’s fascination with all things Japanese – from Hello Kitty to Tokyo fashion. Runs 28 Sep 2018 to 1 Sep 2019.

Rembrandt HouseInspired by Rembrandt, 100 Years of Collecting by The Rembrandt House Museum. Part of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, this exhibition features the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Runs 7 Jun to 1 Sep 2019. Laboratory Rembrandt – Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled, exhibition using scientific analysis which provide insights into Rembrandt’s works. Runs 21 Sep 2019 to 16 Feb 2020.

RAI Amsterdam – In Discover Rembrandt, His Life and All his Paintings you can experience all 350 of Rembrandt’s paintings in their original size reproduced in digital format. Runs 6 Jul to 1 Sep 2019 at Elicium Ballroom, RAI Amsterdam.

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)Journey in Time 2019 is the annual summer exhibition with a focus on the history of the church. A daily organ concert will be held 1200-1230. Runs 13 Jul to 14 Sep 2019.

Amsterdam MuseumFashion Statements, exhibition of fashion identity past and present with over 75 historical costumes on show. Runs 18 Apr to 8 Sep 2019.

Stadsarchief – The Amsterdam City Archive presents 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.

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 Loon – 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.

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 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 featuring 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 MuseumSilver Lake Drive by Alex Prager (retrospective), 14 Jun to 4 Sep 2019. Dominic 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.

Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Deana Lawson, first large solo exhibition of the acclaimed American photographer in Europe and Elspeth Diederix: When Red Disappears, Dutch nature photographer presents under sea images taken in Zeeland, both run 8 Jun to 1 Sep 2019. Berenice Abbott, Portraits of Modernity, large retrospective from the American photographer. Runs 7 Sep to 1 Dec 2019.

EYE Film – William Kentridge, exhibition of 10 pieces by the South African artist. Runs 3 Jun to 1 Sep 2019. Andrei Tarkovski, retrospective exhibition about the Russian filmmaker and mystic. Runs 14 Sep to 6 Dec 2019. Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann, screenings of films from the US director run 30 Aug to 18 Sep 2019.

Museum of the Canals – Temporary exhibition showing work from couture hat maker Renée Mathilde and artist Ellen Meuwese. Runs 20 Aug to 13 Sep 2019 to coincide with Amsterdam Fashion Week.

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

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
AFC Ajax vs SC Heerenveen – 14 Sep 2019, 1830 (Eredivisie)
AFC Ajax vs Lille OSC – 14 Sep 2019, 2100 (Champions League)
AFC Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard – 25 Sep 2019, 2045 (Eredivisie)
AFC Ajax vs FC Groningen – 28 Sep 2019, 2045 (Eredivisie)

KLM Open – European Tour event (100th edition) will be held at The International course in Amsterdam on 12-15 Sep 2019.

Dam tot Dam Loop – Very popular fun-run event with 50,000 participants – the 35th edition takes place over the weekend of 21-22 Sep 2019. The main 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam is staged on Sunday 22 Sep 2019, with staggered starts at Prins Hendrikkade. There are also Dam to Dam Walk and Dam to Dam Cycle events.

Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 13 Sep 2019.

Amsterdam City Swim – Charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city featuring up to 3,000 participants. The swim is from from Marine Etablissement Amsterdam to the Keizersgracht/Reguliersgracht. The program runs 0900-1700 on Sunday 8 Sep 2019.

European Championships – Ahoy in Rotterdam hosts part of the European Volleyball Championship which will take place 13-16 Sep 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 & Netherlands

Amsterdam Fringe Festival – The Dutch Theatre Festival shows the best of last season’s productions whilst the Fringe offers avant-garde theatre. 5-15 Sep 2019, multiple locations in Amsterdam.

Jordaan Festival – Dutch musical singers gather in the streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood. Location de Appeltjesmarkt, the 45th edition is due to be held 6-8 Sep 2019.

Valtifest – DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop on the waterfront at Amsterdam Noord. Expected 7 Sep 2019 (12th edition) at Kaap Oost, Amsterdam.

Manifesto Film Festival – International film festival featuring films which are socially and culturally though-provoking. At various venues across Amsterdam including EYEFilm, Rialto and Het Ketelhuis. 6-8 Sep 2019.

West TAPT Festival – Beer festival at Rembrandt Park in west Amsterdam which includes food, games and live music. 20-21 Sep 2019.

Ambacht in Beeld Festival – Craft festival offering workshops, masterclasses and films covering a wide range of craft skills. At De Hallen in west Amsterdam, 28-29 Sep 2019.

Amsterdam Wine Festival – The autumn edition focuses on the harvest of northern hemisphere wines. With workshops, masterclasses, bands and DJs. At Westergas in Amsterdam, expected 27-29 Sep 2019.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Foodie? Why not try a 3 1/2 hour food tasting tour around the historic Jordaan neighbourhood with a knowledgable food guide. You can book a tour here

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 3 Sep 2019 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

‘Allo ‘Allo! – Live theatre performance of 2 episodes of the popular BBC comedy at Badhuistheater in Amsterdam. 6/7 Sep 2019.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book here

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

IBC 2019 – International Broadcasting Convention, one of the world’s leading media, entertainment & technology events. Conference and exhibition at RAI Amsterdam, 12-17 Sep 2019.

Unseen Amsterdam Photo Fair – International photography fair with a focus on undiscovered talents and unseen works at Westergas in Amsterdam, 20-22 Sep 2019.

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 September are Pagliacci-Cavalleria Rusticana (opera) and Best of Balanchine III (ballet).

Candlelight Concert – Evening performance which this month is organised by the Leo Smit Foundation. At the Portuguese Synagogue on 26 Sep 2019 (2000). Book here

Other Events in Amsterdam & Netherlands

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

Open Monument Day – Over a weekend many public buildings in the Netherlands open their doors to visitors including dozens of sites in Amsterdam. Open Monumentendag runs 14-15 Sep 2019.

Prinsjesdag (Den Haag) – Ceremonial event where the Dutch King rides in the Golden Carriage from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal in The Hague to give a speech on behalf of the government. Sep 17 2019.

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

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

Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). Concert dates this month are 11/18/25 Sep 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 17/24 Sep 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 19/26 Sep 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 produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 8 Sep 2019 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 22 Sep 2019 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 29 Sep 2019 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 1 Sep 2019 (1200-1800). Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 8 Sep 2019 (1200-1800). New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 27 Sep 2019 (1100-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 15 Sep 2019 (1200-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 stands. 7-8 Sep 2019 (0900-1630) and 21-22 Sep 2019 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) – 3/4 Sep, Carré
Skunk Anansie – 6 Sep, Paradiso
Ariana Grande – 11 Sep, Ziggo Dome
John Illsey (Dire Straits) – 14 Sep, Paradiso
Jon Bellion – 25 Sep, Paradiso
Cher – 30 Sep, 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:

• 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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