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What’s On in Amsterdam September 2023

Check out what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for things to do during September 2023. Listings include special events, festivals, sports, museum exhibitions, concerts, gigs and anything else of interest for both visitors and expats!

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam (September 2023)

Our House – A museum of electronic music culture in the centre of Amsterdam. Take a 75 minute digital storytelling journey and explore the evolution of dance music via interactive installations. The Defining Moments Exhibit covers 4 decades of electronic music from Kraftwerk to superstar DJ’s. Book Our House tickets here

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Our House Amsterdam

STRAAT – A totally unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000m² warehouse at NDSM wharf in Amsterdam which showcases some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book your STRAAT tickets here

straat museum amsterdam
STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Amaze Amsterdam – An immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages which varies from intense, interactive to relaxing. Excellent for a group activity. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here

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AMAZE Amsterdam

Fabrique des Lumières – Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. Main exhibition is Salvador Dalí, The Endless Enigma with works of the celebrated artist set to the music of the legendary Pink Floyd. Alongside there is the spectacular display Gaudí, Architect of the Imaginary. Runs 10 Mar 2023 to 7 Jan 2024. Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here

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Salvador Dalí @Fabrique des Lumières Amsterdam

Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. Realtime, a rotating showcase presenting a selection of artists using boundary-pushing technologies. Runs 15 May to 15 Nov 2023. Located in the Amsterdam North district. Book Nxt Museum tickets here

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Six Vermeers, following the highly successful Vermeer exhibition, there are 6 Vermeer paintings still on display between 7 Jun and 10 Oct 2023. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

RTXP Amsterdam – New art experience museum in Amsterdam which shows replicas of 50 of the world’s most famous paintings. Book RTXP Amsterdam tickets here

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RTXP Amsterdam

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. [For further insight, book an Anne Frank walking tour here]

WONDR Experience – A fun and immersive pop-up experience in Amsterdam for both adults and children alike. Book WONDR tickets here

The Upside Down Museum Amsterdam – Large interactive museum and Instagram experience which includes 25 mind-bending rooms. Located near RAI Amsterdam. Book Upside Down Museum tickets here

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Upside Down Amsterdam

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. Keith Haring: Amsterdam Notes, huge 125 foot long artwork made by the American artist in 1986 for the museum. On show 26 May to 5 Nov 2023. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now has a diverse works from the anonymous British street artist. Modern and Contemporary Masters features art from the likes of Warhol, Basquiat and Koons. Plus an exhibition of NFT art. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rembrandt House – Visit the house where Rembrandt lived and worked. Rembrandt’s Peacocks, an exhibition about Rembrandt’s still-life painting featuring dead peacocks. Runs 1 Jul to 15 Oct 2023. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A new video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Plastic Crush, exhibition about the world’s changing relationship with plastic, from useful product to plastic waste. Runs 5 Nov 2022 to 1 Sep 2024. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

Het Scheepvaartmuseum – National Maritime Museum presents Robbert Das, Water Sports in Perspective, exhibition of ship drawings by the illustrator and futurist. Runs 27 May to 22 Oct 2023. Book Scheepvaartmuseum tickets here

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Courtyard at Maritime Museum Amsterdam

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. You can find concrete ways to take positive action and shop for sustainable products. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

Royal Palace – Visit the grand Royal Palace on Dam Square including the impressive Citizen’s Hall. Book Royal Palace tickets here

FOAM Photography MuseumNext Level: Sara Cwynar S/S 23, exhibition from the New York-based visual artist. Runs 25 May to 27 Sep 2023. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis MarseilleWidline Cadet: Take This With You / Pran Sa Avèk Ou, exhibition of works from the Haitian visual artist. Runs 24 Jun to 22 Oct 2023.

StadsarchiefFamiri/Family Surinamese-Amsterdam stories from 1611 onwards, exhibition at the city archives runs 29 Jun 2023 to 14 Jan 2024. Free entry

EYE FilmmuseumWerner Herzog, The Ecstatic Truth, exhibition and extensive film programme around the work of the celebrated German filmmaker. Runs 18 Jun to 1 Oct 2023. Book EYE Film Museum tickets here

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

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Body Worlds Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam – Visit the ever-popular wax work museum on Dam Square. Book Madame Tussauds Amsterdam tickets here

madame tussauds amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. 31553580 (obsession) for Numbers & Schematics, exhibition about the world of logic, art and structure. Runs 22 Sep 2022 to 5 Nov 2023.

COBRA (Amstelveen) – The Other Picasso – Back to the Origin, exhibition of drawings, ceramics and etchings from Pablo Picasso. Runs 2 Jun to 8 Oct 2023.

House of Bols – The Cocktail & Genever Experience about the Lucas Bols brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575. Book House of Bols tickets here

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House of Bols Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts a small selection of works from the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers. Free entry

Amsterdam City Passes

These all inclusive passes may save you money on a well planned Amsterdam itinerary.

Most attractions + city transport
Includes some tour excursions
go city
I Amsterdam City CardGO City Amsterdam All-Inclusive Pass
1/2/3/4/5 days2/3/5 days
€60 – €125€84 – €124
70 attractions + transport + canal cruise + bike rentalOver 25 attractions/tours + canal cruise + bike rental
excludes Anne Frank House / Van Gogh Museum / tours
excludes Anne Frank House / Van Gogh Museum / transport
Book I Amsterdam City Card here Book GO City Pass here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands (September 2023)

Netherlands home international (Euro 2024 qualifier):
Netherlands vs Greece 7 Sep 2023 (2045) – Philips Stadion, Eindhoven

Netherlands women home international (UEFA Nations League 2024):
Netherlands Women vs England Women 26 Sep 2023 (2000) – Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff ArenA Amsterdam:
Ajax vs Feyenoord 24 Sep 2023 (1430)
Ajax vs FC Volendam 27 Sep 2023 (2100)

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Johan Cruijff ArenA Amsterdam

It is possible to take a classic stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Book Johan Cruijff Arena Tour tickets here

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 16-17 Sep 2023.

Jack’s World Series of Darts Finals – International PDC darts event will run at AFAS Live in Amsterdam over 15-17 Sep 2023.

Big Green Egg Open – Ladies European Tour event due at Hilversumsche Golf Club in Hilversum, over 3 rounds on 8-10 Sep 2023.

Amsterdam City Swim – Charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city featuring up to 3,000 participants. Expected 3 Sep 2023 at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam.

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 (September 2023)

De Parade – A travelling theatre festival which visits Eindhoven, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The Amsterdam event is due to take place at Martin Luther King park, expected 18 Aug to 3 Sep 2023.

Amsterdam Fringe Festival – The Dutch Theatre Festival shows the best of last season’s productions whilst the Fringe offers avant-garde theatre. Expected 7-17 Sep 2023 at various locations around Amsterdam.

ZeeZout Festival – Electronic dance music festival at Tuinen van West in Amsterdam. Expected 2 Sep 2023.

TAPT Festival Amsterdam West – Beer festival at Rembrandt Park in west Amsterdam. Scheduled for 15-16 Sep 2023.

KOHA (Klassiek Op Het Amstelveld) – Classical music open-air festival which gives a stage to young international classical talent. 15-17 Sep 2023 at Amstelveld Amsterdam. Free entry

Ambacht in Beeld Festival – Festival offering workshops, masterclasses and documentary films covering a wide range of craft skills. Scheduled for 23-24 Sep 2023 at NDSM Loods in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Wine Festival – Wine-themed event offering over 300 types of wines, workshops, tastings and live music. Runs 28 Sep – 1 Oct 2023 at Westergas Amsterdam.

Camera Japan – Japanese cultural festival which features film, art, music, architecture plus Japanese food. Expected 28 Sep – 1 Oct 2023 (18th edition) at LAB111 Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam (September 2023)

Amsterdam Tattoo Convention 2023 – International tattoo-themed event (17th edition) at NDSM Loods Amsterdam on 15-17 Sep 2023.

IBC 2023 – Influential media, entertainment and technology expo to be held at RAI Amsterdam on 15-18 Sep 2023.

Unseen Amsterdam – Major international photography fair at Westergas Amsterdam on 21-24 Sep 2023.

Record & CD Fair – Browse for vinyl records, CDs and music memorabilia at RAI Amsterdam, 24 Sep 2023.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam & Netherlands (September 2023)

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book a Boom Chicago show here

Stephen Lynch – The American comedian performs at Meervaart Amsterdam on 7 Sep 2023.

Jimmy Carr – The prolific UK comedian plays his Terribly Funny 2.0 stand-up show at Rotterdam Ahoy on 21 Sep 2023 and at AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 22 Sep 2023.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (September 2023)

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.

Candlelight Concert – Evening concert at the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam featuring Santo Servicio. Runs 7 Sep 2023 (1930-2030).

Open Air Cinema in Amsterdam (September 2023)

Pluk de Nacht Festival – “Seize the night” open-air film festival (free entry) showing a variety of unreleased international films, animations and documentaries. Venue is Het Stenen Hoofd with deckchair seating. Expected 23 Aug to 2 Sep 2023.

Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Amsterdam Dinner Cruise – 120 minute evening cruise around Amsterdam’s canals with a 4 course meal and drinks. Runs every Wed/Thu/Fri and sometimes Sat (1930) in September. Ticket numbers are limited so please check Amsterdam Dinner Cruise availability here

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Amsterdam Dinner cruise

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

Cirque du Soleil – The travelling company will perform its show OVO at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam over 7-10 Sep 2023.

European Heritage Days – Over a weekend many public buildings in the Netherlands open their doors to visitors including dozens of sites in Amsterdam. Known as Open Monumentendag in Dutch, this event runs over 9-10 Sep 2023.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 10 Sep 2023 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park, 17 Sep 2023 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 24 Sep 2023 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael. Free entry

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Pure Markt in Amsterdam

Sunday Market – Market events with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 3 Sep 2023 (1200-1800) at Westergas and 24 Sep 2023 (1200-1800) at Rokin. Free entry

Homeware Market – Monthly market (from the Sunday Market team) in the passage hall of De Hallen Amsterdam with home accessories, art, ceramics, jewellery and fashion. Runs 10 Sep 2023 (1100-1700). Free entry

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 17 Sep 2023 (1000-1800). Free entry

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 outdoor stands. 16-17 Sep 2023 (0900-1630). An indoor market with 400 stalls will be held 30 Sep to 1 Oct 2023 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam and Netherlands (September 2023)

Robert Jon & The Wreck – 6 Sep, Melkweg (OZ)
The Three Degrees – 15 Sep, Q-Factory
Snoop Dogg – 19 Sep, Rotterdam Ahoy
New Order – 23 Sep, Ziggo Dome
Temples – 26 Sep, Tolhuistuin
Holly Johnson – 27 Sep, Melkweg
50 Cent – 28 Sep, Ziggo Dome

Amsterdam Transport Passes

The following multi-day transport tickets can help you get to the various events in and around Amsterdam:

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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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