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What’s On in Amsterdam September 2021

Check out what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for things to do during September 2021. Listings include special events, festivals, sports, museum exhibitions, concerts, gigs and anything else of interest for both visitors and expats!

The Dutch Government continues bringing in ‘precautionary’ measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Some events are cancelled [X] or may be cancelled/rescheduled at short notice with limits on capacity.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

Museums in the Netherlands are closed until at least 9 February 2021. Once open again visitors need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance, masks are mandatory.

For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Vincent Mentzel: The Power of the Image, exhibition of the award-winning Dutch photo-journalist. XXL Paper is an exhibition featuring the museum’s largest works on paper. Both run 2 Jul to 5 Sep 2021 at the Philips Wing. 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 – Visit 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.

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.

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.

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

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 €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Season 2021/22 to be announced

Golf:
KLM Open – European Tour event due at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt (Den Bosch) over 16-19 Sep 2021, after the 2020 event was cancelled.

Athletics/Running:
Dam tot Dam Loop – Popular fun-run event which includes the world’s biggest 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam, normally attracting almost 50,000 participants. Due 18-19 Sep 2021, after the 2020 event was cancelled.

Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 10 Sep 2021.

CPC (City-Pier-City) Run – Half Marathon event in the Hague rescheduled from March to Sunday 26 Sep 2021. The route will include Scheveningen beach.

Motor Sport:
DTM Race  – The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters touring car series comes to the Assen circuit. Expected 17-19 Sep 2021.

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

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. Expeceted in September 2021 at varioust locations around Amsterdam.

Jordaan Festival – Dutch musical singers gather in the streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood. Location de Appeltjesmarkt, the 47th edition is expected in early September 2021.

Valtifest – DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop on the waterfront at Amsterdam Noord. Expected in September 2021.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 7 Sep 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

John Cleese – The legendary English writer/comedian comes to Theater Carré in Amsterdam on 13/14 Sep 2021 for The Last Time To See Me Before I Die.

Jimmy Carr – The prolific English stand-up comedian brings his Terribly Funny tour show to AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 26 Sep 2021.

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

IBC 2021 – International Broadcasting Convention, one of the world’s leading media, entertainment & technology events. Conference and exhibition at RAI Amsterdam, due 10-13 Sep 2021.

Unseen Amsterdam Photo Fair – International photography fair with a focus on undiscovered talents and unseen works at Westergas in Amsterdam, due 17-19 Sep 2021.

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 for 2021/22 season to be announced.

Music from James Bond – The Metropole Orchestra play the timeless Bond classics at Theater Carré on 12 Sep 2021.

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 should run over a weekend in September 2021.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 12 Sep 2021 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park and 26 Sep 2021 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 5 Sep 2021 (1000-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 19 Sep 2021 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. September dates to be confirmed.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Simple Minds – 4 Sep, Ziggo Dome
The Analogues (Hello Goodbye) – 10/11 Sep, Ziggo Dome
Richard Marx – 11 Sep, Carré
Snoop Dogg – 22 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.

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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