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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’. Some events are tentatively restarting whilst others have been cancelled [X] or rescheduled.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

Museums in the Netherlands have been open since June 2020. Visitors generally need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance. Social distancing measures apply and walking routes are marked.

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. Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, exhibition exploring the beginnings of European baroque in Rome, with masterpieces from painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). Extended to 13 Sep 2020 in 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 – 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! an exhibition which is part of the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features highlights from the fabulous jewellery collection of the State Hermitage. Extended run until 27 Sep 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.

Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo 2020, renowned photo-journalism exhibition held annually at Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 1 Jun to 29 Nov 2020.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.

Amsterdam MuseumBeer, exhibition charting the history of the alcoholic beverage in Amsterdam covering many facets such as brewing, consumption, advertising and changing attitudes. Runs 10 Jul to 1 Nov 2020.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Reflecting Forward by Studio Irma, a digital immersive art exhibition also has an extended run. 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. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Extended run to 3 Jan 2021.

Rembrandt HouseHere: Black in Rembrandt’s Time, portraits of black people from the 17th century. Runs until 6 Sep 2020. Life/Time: Rembrandt, Abraham van Dijck and Aat Veldhoen, artistic depictions of older people. Runs 25 Sep to 29 Nov 2020.

VerzetsmuseumFashion on a Ration, exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum examining how fashion changed during the wartime period due to fabric shortages – in stark contrast to the throwaway society we live in today. Extended until 6 Sep 2020.

Jewish Historical MuseumCharlotte Salomon in close-up, exhibition on the German-Jewish artist looking at the influence of film on her autobiographical Life? or Theatre? series of paintings. Extended until 22 Nov 2020.

FOAM Photography MuseumVivian Maier – Works in Color, exhibition of the American street photographer. Until 13 Sep 2020. Alec Soth – I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating, exhibition from the American photographer. Expected 11 Sep to 6 Dec 2020.

Huis MarseilleJean-Luc Mylayne: The Autumn of Paradise, first solo exhibition of this French artist to be held in the Netherlands who focuses on photographing birds in their natural habitat. Runs 10 Sep to 22 Nov 2020. Note, Huis Marseille is closed 31 Aug to 9 Sep 2020.

StadsarchiefVondelingen, exhibition from the archives of a large Amsterdam orphanage on Prinsengracht from the early 19th century. Runs until 4 Oct 2020.

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

Cobra Museum (Amstelveen)Surrealism and Cobra, 2 exhibitions featuring the influences, similarities, contradictions and differences between Surrealism and Cobra. Runs until 27 Sep 2020.

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:
Ajax vs RKC Waalwijk 20 Sep 2020 (1645)
Ajax vs Vitesse 26 Sep 2020 (2100)

Internationals (Group 1 UEFA Nation’s League):
Netherlands vs Poland 4 Sep (2045) – Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam
Netherlands vs Italy 7 Sep (2045) – Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam

[X] Premier League – Invitational darts event featuring 10 of the top players. The rescheduled Dutch round at Ahoy Rotterdam for 9-10 Sep 2020 has now been cancelled.

[X] KLM Open – European Tour event (101st edition) due at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt (Den Bosch) on 17-20 Sep 2020 has been cancelled.

[X] Dam tot Dam Loop – Popular fun-run event which includes the world’s biggest 10 mile event from Amsterdam to Zaandam attracting almost 50,000 participants. The 35th edition due 19-20 Sep 2020 has been cancelled.

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.

[X] 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 2020 event due on Sunday 6 Sep 2020 has been cancelled.

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

Imagine Film Festival – Following the cancellation of the main April event, a hybrid festival edition will take place 28 Aug to 6 Sep 2020 online and at Kriterion and EYE Amsterdam.

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 at 26 different locations around Amsterdam.

Humans of Film Festival – Human interst film festival at LAB111 Amsterdam with this year’s theme ‘human perserverance’. 4-6 Sep 2020 at LAB111 Amsterdam.

[?] Jordaan Festival – Dutch musical singers gather in the streets of the Jordaan neighbourhood. Location de Appeltjesmarkt, the 46th edition is tentatively expected 4-6 Sep 2020 although no confirmation as of yet so looks like it could be cancelled.

[X] Valtifest – DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop on the waterfront at Amsterdam Noord. 2020 event is cancelled, a small Playa Valtifesta event at Blijburg beach is expected for 5 Sep 2020.

[X] Amsterdam Coffee Festival – A festival event for coffee lovers and industry professionals featuring artisan coffee, gourmet food stalls, barista demonstrations, live music and art exhibitions. The event scheduled for 11-13 Sep 2020 at Westergas, Amsterdam has been put back to March 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 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.

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

Recordplanet Record & CD Fair – The first event to be held at RAI Amsterdam since the ‘coronavirus’ lockdown measures. The vinyl and CD event is due 19 Sep 2020 over 2 sessions: 0900-1300 and 1330-1730, with a limit on visitor numbers.

[X] Unseen Amsterdam Photo Fair – International photography fair with a focus on undiscovered talents and unseen works at Westergas in Amsterdam, due 19-21 Sep 2020 has been cancelled.

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

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

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 2020 include opera FAUST and ballets Dancing Apart Together and Live.

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

Most of the free concerts offered by various venues in Amsterdam have been temporarily suspended.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300. Reservations are now mandatory to limit numbers.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Market event tentatively returns in September 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).

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. 400 stall outdoor market will be held on 12-13 Sep 2020 (0900-1630) and 26-27 Sep 2020 (0900-1630).

Vinokilo Vintage Kilo – Vintage clothes market event at De School Amsterdam on 24-26 Sep 2020.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Concerts for Sep 2020 have been cancelled or re-scheduled.

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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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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