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What’s On in Amsterdam September 2020

Check out what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for things to do during September 2020. Listings include special events, festivals, sports, museum exhibitions, concerts, gigs and anything else of interest for both visitors and expats!

The Dutch Government has brought in precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus. All events with over 100 participants have been banned until 1 June 2020. This means the temporary closure of all major Dutch museums and the postponement or cancellation of other events.

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.

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

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
2020/21 season fixtures to be announced

KLM Open – European Tour event (101st edition) will be held at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt (Den Bosch) on 17-20 Sep 2020.

Dam tot Dam Loop – Very popular fun-run event with 50,000 participants – the 35th edition takes place over the weekend of 19-20 Sep 2020. The main 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam is staged on Sunday 20 Sep 2020, 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 11 Sep 2020.

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 6 Sep 2020.

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. 3-13 Sep 2020, multiple locations in Amsterdam.

Jordaan Festival – Dutch musical singers gather in the streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood. Location de Appeltjesmarkt, the 46th edition to be announced.

Valtifest – DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop on the waterfront at Amsterdam Noord. Expected Sep 2020 (13th edition, venue/dates to be confirmed) 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. Dates to be announced.

West TAPT Festival – Beer festival at Rembrandt Park in west Amsterdam which includes food, games and live music. Dates to be announced.

Ambacht in Beeld Festival – Craft festival offering workshops, masterclasses and films covering a wide range of craft skills. At De Hallen in west Amsterdam, dates to be announced.

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 1 Sep 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

Mo Gilligan – The English stand-up comedian plays Melkweg Amsterdam on 19 Sep 2020.

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

IBC 2020 – International Broadcasting Convention, one of the world’s leading media, entertainment & technology events. Conference and exhibition at RAI Amsterdam, 11-15 Sep 2020.

[Unseen Amsterdam Photo Fair] – International photography fair with a focus on undiscovered talents and unseen works at Westergas in Amsterdam, 18-20 Sep 2020. Note, Unseen declared bankruptcy in early 2020 so it is not known if this year’s event will take place.

VT Wonen & Design Beurs – Large house and home consumer exhibition fair at Amsterdam RAI, between 29 Sep and 4 Oct 2020.

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 – 2020/21 season dates to be announced.

Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.

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 12-13 Sep 2020.

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 15 2020.

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). For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk. 2020/21 season dates to be announced.

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. 2020/21 season dates to be announced.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent. 2020/21 season dates 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 produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 13 Sep 2020 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 20 Sep 2020 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos, 27 Sep 2020 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 6 Sep 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 13 Sep 2020 (1100-1700); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 25 Sep 2020 (1100-1800); Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 27 Sep 2020 (1200-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 20 Sep 2020 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 12-13 Sep 2020 (0900-1630) with 750 stands indoors and outdoors.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) – 4/5/6 Sep, Carré
The Analogues – Hello Goodbye – 11/12 Sep, Ziggo Dome
Katie Melua – 27 Sep, Carré
Steven Wilson – 28 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.

>>>What’s On in Amsterdam October 2020

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