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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 measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Some events are cancelled [X] or may be cancelled/rescheduled at short notice with limits on capacity.

The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass and bike rental as well. It costs €65 to €130. You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

Museums in the Netherlands have been open since 5 June 2021. Visitors generally need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance.

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

STRAAT Museum Amsterdam
STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition along with MOCO Masters (Warhol, Basquiat, Koons etc). Book your MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam MuseumThe Golden Coach is an exhibition about the royal carriage originally built for Dutch Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. The fully restored coach is on view in a specially built glass enclosure. Runs 18 Jun 2021 to 27 Feb 2022. Book Amsterdam Museum Golden Coach tickets here

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The Golden Coach at Amsterdam Museum

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 your Fashion For Good tickets here

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Fashion For Good Museum

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Ellsworth Kelly sculptures in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, runs until 24 Oct 2021, free entrance. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here 

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 of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Here to Stay, exhibition about the artworks the museum has acquired in the last decade. Runs 5 Jun to 12 Sep 2021. 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. Take advantage of the lower numbers of visitors currently.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Tsars & Knights, a unique collection of suits of armour and antique weapons. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 9 Jan 2022.

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. Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, exhibition exploring Chicago’s history of robust recognition and acceptance of self-taught art and artists. Runs 5 Jun to 5 Sep 2021.

NEMO De Studio – New off-site location of the NEMO Science Museum which presents exhibitions aimed at adults. Bits of You, inaugural exhibition featuring the digital world of data privacy and how algorithms make predictions on identity and behaviour. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 9 Jan 2022. Book your NEMO tickets here

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces. Bruce Nauman, large overview of works from the American artist spanning 50 years. Runs 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

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Stedelijk Amsterdam – Bruce Nauman exhibition

Rembrandt HouseHat on for Rembrandt, exhibition of contemporary photographic portraits of children paired with etchings by Rembrandt. Runs 17 Sep 2021 to 2 Jan 2022. Book your Rembrandt House tickets here.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Healing Power, exhibition about healing traditions around the world. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 6 Jun 2022. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

De Nieuwe KerkMaison Amsterdam, large exhibition of historic fashion from the Amsterdam Museum collection along with contemporary designers. Runs 18 Sep 2021 to 3 Apr 2022.

Royal PalaceTrailblazers is a special exhibition celebrating 150 years of the Royal Award for Modern Painting. Runs 15 Jul to 3 Oct 2021. Book Royal Palace tickets here

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Royal Palace Amsterdam – Trailblazers exhibition

Maritime Museum – I Love Banda, photo exhibition by Isabelle Boon of youth in the isolated Banda islands in Moluccas, Indonesia. Runs 5 Jun to 7 Nov 2021. Book Maritime Museum tickets here.

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Maritime Museum Amsterdam – I Love Banda

Allard Pierson MuseumGoddesses of Art Nouveau, exhibition from the art nouveau movement (1890-1910) and its fascination with feminine beauty. Extended run 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021.

FOAM Photography MuseumFOAM talent 2020, exhibition featuring works from specially selected international photographers under the age of 35. Runs 5 Jun to 6 Oct 2021. Shigeru Onishi: The Possibility of Existence, the first European solo exhibition of the Japanese mathematician and artist. Runs 17 Sep 2021 to 9 Jan 2022. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis Marseille – Vincent Delbrouck Champú, exhibition from the Belgian photographer about teenage life in Cuba. Sohrab Hura Spill, overview of work from the Indian photographer. Both run 4 Sep to 5 Dec 2021. Note Huis Marseille is closed 1-3 Sep 2021.

GrachtenmuseumSecret of the Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The most famous works of art from Dutch history are recreated layer by layer. Extended run to 3 Oct 2021.

StadsarchiefAmsterdam Rainbow City, 25 Years of Pride, exhibition about the history of the Pride Amsterdam and how it became a huge success. Runs in the Central hall from 9 Jul to 10 Oct 2021, free entrance.

Van Loon MuseumHerstory – Women, Stories, Change, exhibition of stories from a woman’s perspective by means of portraits, photographs, personal objects and books. Extended run 5 Jun to 30 Sep 2021.

Jewish Historical MuseumPhotographer in Exile: Fred Stein. Dresden, Paris, New York, exhibition of 200 photos from the social documentary and portrait photographer from the mid-20th century. Runs 9 Jul to 7 Nov 2021. Forget & Remember, exhibition from the Jewish artist duo Gil & Moti. Runs 5 Jun to 28 Nov 2021. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

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Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam – Fred Stein exhibtion

EYE FilmVive le cinéma! Art & Film, exhibition with 5 film directors from 5 continents. Runs 5 Jun to 5 Sep 2021.

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

Luther MuseumCare! (Zorg!) – a small exhibition about the Lutheran Community of Amsterdam’s history of caring for the elderly, the underprivileged and orphans. Runs 5 Jun to 5 Sep 2021.

Van Eesteren MuseumWe built this city on Rock and Roll, photo exhibition by Gijsbert Hanekroot about youth culture in the 50s, 60s and 70s and the central role played by rock and pop icons. Runs 5 Jun to 14 Nov 2021.

Beurs van BerlageRenée Stotijn – Hidden art revealed, exhibition of recently discovered works of the late artist. Runs 25 Jun to 19 Sep 2021.

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Cobra and Politics, exhibition of Cobra artists using their art to express political views and ideals. Runs 5 Jun to 26 Sep 2021. Karel Appel 100, exhibition marking the 100th ‘birthday’ of Karel Appel (1921-2006). Runs 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021.

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Netherlands home internationals (World Cup 2022 qualifiers):
Netherlands vs Montenegro 4 Sep 2021 (2045) at Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
Netherlands vs Turkey 7 Sep 2021 (2045) at Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs SC Cambuur 18 Sep 2021 (2000)
Ajax vs FC Groningen 25 Sep 2021 (1630)

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

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

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Festivals in Amsterdam & Netherlands

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 25 Aug to 4 Sep 2021. Also held at Vrijhaven in Utrecht.

Amsterdam Fringe Festival – The Dutch Theatre Festival shows the best of last season’s productions whilst the Fringe offers avant-garde theatre. Expected 2-12 Sep 2021 at various locations around Amsterdam.

Valtifest – DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop on the waterfront at Kaap Oost (Zeeburgereiland) in Amsterdam. Expected on 4 Sep 2021.

DGTL Festival – Global electronic music festival with mix of art installations and sustainability projects. Amsterdam edition expected 11-12 Sep 2021 at NDSM-wharf.

[?] 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, to be confirmed.

Bollywood & Indian Food Festival – Event featuring food and entertainment at Club Atelier Amsterdam on 26 Sep 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

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

Kunst RAI – 36th edition of the large international art fair at RAI Amsterdam. This year will have a focus on Japan. Due 8-12 Sep 2021.

IAMExpat Fair 2021 – One-day event connecting the expat community with various stands, workshops and presentations. Westergas in Amsterdam, 11 Sep 2021.

Sneakerness Amsterdam – Sneaker and trainer international fair to be held at Kromhouthal Amsterdam on 11-12 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 in September include operas Der Zwerg and Missa in Tempore Belli; plus ballet Toer.

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.

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 should run over 11-12 Sep 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 – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 18-19 Sep 2021 with 400 outdoor stalls.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Tom Jones – 6 Sep, Ziggo Dome
The Analogues (Hello Goodbye) – 10/11 Sep, Ziggo Dome
Gilbert O’Sullivan – 25 Sep, Carré

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 2021

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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