Top Things to do in Amsterdam in October

Keep updated with the coolest events taking place in the Dutch capital...

Article by Shereen Sagoo

  • 20 February 2018
  • • 37 min read

Are you planning a trip to the Dutch capital in October? Keep up to date with the best things to do in Amsterdam with our monthly round up of what's on each and every month. There's always something exciting going on in Amsterdam whether it's music festivals, markets, exhibitions, sports events, public holidays or seasonal events. We'll keep this page updated so you're covered whatever month you visit the city...

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October 2019

IJ Hallen Flea Market

5th - 6th October

Avid flea market goers will want to head to the North of Amsterdam. The once abandoned buildings of the former shipyard at the NDSM, have been transformed into a vibrant creative social hub filled with art studios, trendy bars and hip restaurants. On the 5th and 6th of October the large warehouses and outdoor areas transform into Europe's largest flea market. 

You can find everything there from vintage dealers to pop up car boot traders and local food delicacies.

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AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT 2019 

16th October to 20th October

The world famous Amsterdam Dance Event is an autumn must. It’s the biggest event of the season, bringing about 300,000 people into the city every year and it’s always epic. From 16th to 20th October Amsterdam will basically turn into one giant party, with over 200 venues across the city opening their doors to the biggest electronic music fans in over 1000 events. Keep an eye out for venues flying the festival’s iconic yellow banner or plan ahead and check out ADE’s program.

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AWESOME SOUND WAVE

17th October

One of the biggest events of 2019 ADE is this one by Carl Cox. Get your tickets in advance and watch him put on an epic show along with some of his favourite famous and up-and-coming artists. It’ll be taking place at Warehouse Elementenstraat on the Thursday night of ADE where you can expect a line-up including Hannes Bieger, Christopher Coe, Mat Playford and way more take to the decks.

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MACEO PLEX x LONE ROMANTIC SHOW ADE

17th October

For those early risers or all nighters out there be sure to head to Amsterdam’s industrial west where you’ll find renowned vibe supplier Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic party kicking it from 9am until 10pm. He’s brought together some of the best old school and new school heroes and they’ll be going off in one of the most iconic venues from Amsterdam’s 90’s scene the Warehouse. 

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SOUND - FLEET (ADE BOAT PARTY SERIES) 

16th October

Ain’t no party like an epic boat party! Sound Fleet have commended the Pure Line ship and decked it out with a killer sound system and spectacular visuals to create the most epic boat parties you’ll find in Amsterdam. They’ll be setting sail with events spanning across the 5 days of ADE offering up a unique way to enjoy Amsterdam skyline while vibing to a host of EDM DJs. Tickets are only €20 and you can climb aboard for day sessions, evening parties or go all out until 6am.

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SUNDAY MARKET AT THE WESTERGAS  

6th October

Next to the beautiful Westerpark you’ll find a complex of 19th century buildings that once supplied gas to the city. Now known more for pumping out big events and festivals the former gas works is a buzzing cultural hub with exhibitions, food markets, restaurants, cafe’s and even a vintage arcade come bar. On Sunday the 6th of October the Westergas will host a Designers Market with many independent designers setting up stalls - it’s the perfect place to find a unique souvenir. You’ll find everything from art work, photography, ceramics, fashion and even interior design items.

ORIGIN CHOCOLATE 

21st October

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings at Origin Chocolate, this event housed in the beautiful setting of Amsterdam’s Tropical Museum focuses on everything chocolate. There will be live music, workshops and tastings where you can try the world's best chocolates and pair them with everything from tea, whiskey and even cheese. This years event has a focus on sustainability and there will be exhibitions delving into the darker history of slavery and cocoa trade.

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BOAT RACE ON THE CANALS

12th October

The Grachten race in Amsterdam is an annual event that sees more than 140 small rowing boats compete in a race through Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. The route encircles the city leaving you with many great vantage points to check out the action. Probably the most iconic spot to watch the event is on one of the old bridges that cross the Amstel River in the centre of the city. If you want to see the winners cross the finishing line head over to the Olympic Stadium, located in Amsterdam Zuid. The impressive stadium was built in the Amsterdam Modernist Style for the 1928 Olympics.

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HALLOWEEN

26th October

The Westerunie will be invoking all dark spirits to come and dance at Amsterdam’s biggest Halloween party on Saturday the 26th. The 11th edition will be taking the guise of a Japenese Horror Story - be prepared to encounter Japan’s scariest demon; Kuchisake Onna also known as the “Slit- Mouthed Woman”. 

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VONDELBUNKER FESTIVAL

4th - 6th October

Party in a Cold War bunker! Blink and you might miss it, hidden away under a bridge in the Vondelpark is a door that leads to a subterranean Cold War bunker. Built in the late 40s, it’s now a cultural space and brewery that regularly hosts concerts, cinema nights, art exhibits, performances and dinners. From the 4th to the 6th of October 2019 the bunker is showcasing its first Vondelbunker Festival. With a weekend lineup including live music, DJs, workshops, art, culture and a celebration of the free spaces of Amsterdam. 

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September 2019

Valtifest 

7th September 

Valtifest isn’t just a giant music festival, this year it’s gonna involve shouting about plastic - raising awareness to give up plastic by creating the whole festival out of, you guessed it, recycled plastic. Expect dance, electro, house, dubstep, hip hop and punk artists all taking to the Valtifest stages. Dress up in your own recycled plastic creations, just make it as colourful as you can!

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Live at Amsterdamse Bos 

Until 27th September 

It’s your last chance to catch Live at Amsterdamse Bos! After a summer full of live music and theatre in the open air theatre, it all packs up on 27th September. Buy tickets quick for what’s left - whatever it is, it’s guaranteed to be great. 

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Amsterdam Fringe Festival 

5th - 15th September

Know all about Edinburgh Fringe? Well Amsterdam’s got its very own version coming to town! For 10 days in September, expect comedy, dance, theatre, art and more live performances happening all across Amsterdam. Buy your tickets in advance to the best shows on the programme and enjoy the best of Dutch entertainment. 

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Open Monuments Day 

7th - 8th September

For 2 days in September, Amsterdam will be celebrating the city’s rich history by opening the doors of important monuments, buildings, and private homes for free to the public. Spend time exploring and learning about these different places and why the city thought it was a good choice to include in Open Monuments Day. Then make the most of lectures, walks and boat and cycling tours on offer, too.


Amsterdam City Swim 

8th September

On 8th September, nearly 2,000 people will be jumping into Amsterdam’s canals and swim to raise money for motor neurone disease. If you want to show your support, only the start of the route requires tickets, otherwise find a spot along the canal and cheer on the swimmers to live DJs. 

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Klassiek op het Amstelveld 

14th September

This free festival on Amstelveld Square is a perfect day out if you enjoy classical music. A number of up-and-coming talents as well as established musicians will take to the stage to perform amongst choirs and orchestras with food stalls going on alongside it all. 

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Unseen Amsterdam 

20th - 22nd September 

Unseen Amsterdam is a cutting-edge photography exhibition showcasing work by local and international photographers. The exhibition at Westergas will display new, contemporary forms of photography and how the camera can capture the most important issues in modern society. 

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Dam tot Damloop 

21st - 22nd September 

Every September, thousands of runners take to the roads of the Netherlands to complete the 10 mile course stretching from Amsterdam to Zaandam. Show your support and go along for the awesome atmosphere it brings every year with live music and entertainment all day long.

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AUGUST 2019

VONDELPARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

Until 8th September

Festivals, dance, cabaret, stand-up comedy, live music… Get down to Vondelpark Open Air Theatre to make the most of the final weeks of incredible entertainment in Amsterdam’s most famous park. There’s still loads to come!

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LIVE AT AMSTERDAMSE BOS

Until 27th September 

Summer’s here, so sit outside and enjoy some incredible theatre acts and musicians in the great open air! The Amsterdamse Bos Open-Air Theatre is a great spot to spend a hot summer’s evening, so check out their website to see what’s on until it shuts up again in late September.

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COMEDYTRAIN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER FESTIVAL

Until 10th August

Amsterdam’s best comedy acts will be showing the city how it’s done by bringing all the laughter to Comedy Train International Summer Festival. The famous stand-up comedy fest line-up is packed with unbelievable talent who’ll make you cry with laughter. If you’re a fan of good live comedy, this is for you!

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PRIDE AMSTERDAM

Until 4th August

Celebrate Pride in Amsterdam until August 4th in one of the best cities in Europe! There’s tons of things going on in this year’s Pride from a Canal Boat Parade (on 4th August) to street parties and various events around the city.

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GRACHTENFESTIVAL AMSTERDAM

9th - 18th August

Grachtenfestival is Amsterdam’s annual music festival showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent to the world of classical music. For 10 days, the festival is spread out at various locations around Amsterdam, so you’ll never be too far away from some incredible young rising stars.

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DE PARADE THEATRE FESTIVAL

9th - 25th August

Theatre festival with interesting acts, outdoor performances, food and drinks.

August means it’s time for De Parade Theatre Festival, bringing a whole host of hilarious, interesting and heartwarming acts to Amsterdam. Enjoy the performances in the great outdoors with a bottle of wine and something to eat. The festival is only from 9th to 25th August so make sure you book tickets soon!

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APPELSAP FRESH MUSIC FESTIVAL 

10th August

Appelsap Fresh is one of Amsterdam’s most popular music festivals, welcoming a massive line-up of hip hop, r&b and bass acts to the stages. Located in east Amsterdam at Flevopark, book your tickets now before they’re a sell out.

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WORLD CINEMA AMSTERDAM

15th - 24th August 

Screenings of the best independent movies from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, in and outdoors, World Cinema Amsterdam is one of a kind. For those fascinating about film, this 9 day festival is a must.

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PLUK DE NACHT

15th - 25th August

One of the best ways to spend a balmy August evening? A free outdoor cinema by Amsterdam’s waterside. Pluk de Nacht is an open-air film festival introducing some incredible films which were showcased at international film festivals, but never made it to the Dutch big screen.

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SUMMER DANCE FOREVER

20th - 28th August 

Dance battles, workshops, club nights and more… Summer Dance Forever is one for the dance lovers to enjoy. Watch some unreal dancers take to the stages at Paradiso, Melkweg, OBA and more.

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MYSTERYLAND 

24th - 25th August 

Just a short train away from central Amsterdam, Mysteryland is one for the music lovers this summer. The fairytale surroundings, themed stages, open fields, exhibitions, acts… It all makes up what real festival lovers are looking for! Expect big names like Martin Garrix, Diplo, Sam Feldt, Alison Wonderland and way more on the line-up list.

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JULY 2019

PRIDE AMSTERDAM

27th July - 4th August

Amsterdam is one of the best cities in Europe to celebrate Pride. It’s the only city in the world with a Homomonument. This year, Pride Amsterdam will have the usual multi-coloured street parties with people hopping onto the canal and bringing a sea of colour to the city. Celebrate equality and join the LGBTQ community for one of the biggest parties in Amsterdam!

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LIVE AT AMSTERDAMSE BOS

Until 27th September

Sit back and enjoy a theatre show or some music at the Open Air Theatre Festival in Amsterdam. Just a short trip outside the main part of the city, the crowd is always buzzing at the shows in Amsterdamse Bos, especially on a warm summer’s evening with a drink in hand. Check out their website to see what’s on.

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ARTIS ZOOMERAVONDEN

Until 31st August

Artis Zoo stays open until sunset every Saturday for visitors to experience the zoo after closing times combined with live acts, storytelling and park tours.

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VONDELPARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

Until 8th September

The Open Air Theatre festival in Vondelpark with festivals, dance, cabaret, children’s theatre, stand-up comedy and music. There are different events for each day of the week so whether you fancy a dance to live music or you’d rather sit and watch a show, there’s something on for everyone.

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AMSTERDAM ROOTS FESTIVAL

2nd - 10th July

Roots Festival prides itself on its incredible diversity in music and cultures from around the world. Every year it welcomes new, up and coming talent as well as some big names you might’ve heard before. Check out their website for the line-up in 2019.

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COMEDYTRAIN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER FESTIVAL

3rd July - 10th August

Fancy a laugh? ComedyTrain is a famous international comedy festival with stand-up comedy performances that’ll have you in tears. Showing at Amsterdam’s best comedy club, Toomler, check out their website to get your ticket in advance.

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OVER HET IJ FESTIVAL 

5th - 14th July

Hop on the free ferry to Amsterdam Noord (north) and you’ll find yourself in amongst Over Het IJ Festival. This one is a theatre festival that combines performance with food - could it get any better?

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TREK FOOD FESTIVAL

12th - 14th July

TREK food truck festival is back for another year, grilling, frying, steaming and whipping up some of the tastiest street food in Amsterdam. Combining food and drink with live music, theatre and more, this is one for everyone.


KWAKU FESTIVAL

13th July - 4th August

Kwaku Festival is a traditional multicultural gathering bringing people and cultures together with food, drinks, dance, music and sports. Held on Nelson Mandelapark, the vibrant, multicultural gathering is always a hit. Buy your tickets online.

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MILKSHAKE FESTIVAL 

27th - 28th July

Milkshake Festival is Amsterdam’s annual 2-day music festival brought by two of the biggest clubs in the city. Paradiso and AIR know how to throw a party, so expect some unreal music with an awesome festival atmosphere.

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JUNE 2019

TASTE OF AMSTERDAM

Until 3rd June

A three day food festival with culinary dishes, drinks, entertainment, music, tastings, workshops and food markets.


OPEN GARDEN DAYS

14th - 16th June

Private gardens of canal houses are open for visits for one weekend only. If you're in the city make the most of it!

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ARCHITECTURE DAY AMSTERDAM

14th - 16th June

On this day visitors can experience the city’s architectural highlights via tours and  special events.

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HET BACCHUS WIJNFESTIVAL

7th - 16th June

Wine festival where visitors can enjoy wines from all over the world, mobile catering, DJ acts and live music.

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VONDELPARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

2nd June - 8th September

Theatre festival in Vondelpark with festivals, dance, cabaret, children’s theatre, stand-up comedy and music.

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ARTIS ZOOMERAVONDEN

1st June - 31st August

Artis Zoo stays open until sunset every Saturday for visitors to experience the zoo after closing times combined with live acts, storytelling and park tours.

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DOEK FESTIVAL

14th - 16th June

Are you a jazz lover.? This Jazz festival plays host to some of the city's best jazz musicians that deliver improvisation acts.

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ROEF FESTIVAL

7th - 8th June

Want something fun to do this summer? Check out this Rooftop festival in Amsterdam taking place in different ocations with live music, theatre acts and silent disco’s.

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LIVE AT AMSTERDAMSE BOS

Until 27th September

Open air theatre festivals with theatre acts, singer-songwriter acts and pop acts.

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MAY

TASTE OF AMSTERDAM FESTIVAL

31st May - 3rd June

Head to Amstel Park for four days of eating and drinking. Food lovers will absolutely love this festival where some of Amsterdam’s best chefs serve up small plates of their most popular, famed dishes. This is your chance to experience a flavour explosion. There will also be wine tasting, entertainment and a farmers market. Tickets to one day is €12.50.

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HEMELTJELIEF FESTIVAL

30th May

This fun family festival takes place every Ascension Day with an enormous musical and theatrical line-up and plenty of events and activities taking place at the NDSM Wharf. Ascension Day in the Netherlands marks the time when Jesus ascended to heaven for the final time following his crucifixion and resurrection. It takes place on a Thursday each year and is a national public holiday. The Hemeltjelief Festival is open from 11:00 until 23:00.

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SPRINGSNOW FESTIVAL

Throughout April and May

A true celebration of Spring and nature. In the April-May, the city’s streets are covered with a beautiful pink blanket of blossom - and that’s when the Springsnow Festival returns. To get a look at the pretty ‘Spring snow’, there will be an Elm route to follow - an 8km route where you can choose to either walk or cycle to enjoy the blossom from the elm trees. The route starts from the elm arboretum in Amsterdam Noord, and ends at the Hortus Botanicus one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.

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KEUKENHOF GARDENS

Open until May 19th

Keukenhof Gardens opens again where you can head to Lisse and experience the blossoming of colourful tulips in spring time. Keukenhof Gardens is perfect day trip from Amsterdam and it’s only open for eight weeks each year - so don’t miss it if you’re lucky enough to be in the Netherlands during this time. In fact, you can explore the full Flower Strip by bike, one of the most colourful cycle routes in the world where you can see even more flora.

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HEAD TO THE CITY’S PARKS

In March, the weather warms up nicely in Amsterdam making it perfect for a walk in the city parks. The Dutch capital is home to several beautiful parks where flora will be blooming and trees blossoming come springtime. Head to Amsterdam Bos for a nature packed cycle, have a tasty BBQ in Oosterpark or sit by the lake in Vondelpark after a few hours of museum hopping.


WHERE TO WATCH THE FA CUP FINAL

The FA Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19 May 2018 but if you’re in Berlin that day, don’t worry. Belushi’s will be screening the match live!


909 FESTIVAL (PICTURED)

May 26th

Fancy a techno music festival under the sun? Make sure you buy tickets to the electric 909 Summer festival taking place in the forested park of Amsterdamse Bos at the end of May. With a killer lineup of artists and DJs in the techno scene taking the stage, it’s the perfect way to enjoy music, nature and summer. Tickets are €39.50. It’s set to be big.

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REMEMBRANCE AND LIBERATION DAY

4th - 5th May

Liberation Day follows the day after Remembrance Day and is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Liberation Day is a national day of celebration throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands so if you’re in the city on the 5th, expect a wide variety of entertainment and events taking place around the city to commemorate the liberation of The Netherlands during World War II. With big concerts (the Amstel concert), music, giant feasts and more, this day is all about celebrating freedom.


ROLLING KITCHENS

Food on wheels has never tasted so good. This May, the rolling kitchens are literally rolling on four wheels to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam for this 5 day culinary festival. Think dozens of food trucks and mobile kitchens open for business, all in one place - the perfect place for foodies to enjoy traditional Dutch delicacies or food from around the world. We’re most excited for the street pizzas and seafood. Entry to this open-air food fest is free, just bring some money for the grub!

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VONDELPARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

Running throughout summer

Every summer, the Open Air Theatre arrives in Vondelpark, where you can catch an outdoor performance or concert for free! The large stage hosts a range of talent from stand up comedians, up-and-coming musicians, classical music and theatre productions. The perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. While the open-air theatre is free, voluntary donations are accepted.


APRIL 2019

KING’S DAY

27th April

King's Day (Koningsdag) is held on 27 April every year in Amsterdam for the King’s Birthday. It’s one of the biggest and colourful annual festivals in the whole country, full of fun traditions. There will be Kings Day parties at night, day time events, street markets, open-air fun and brightly decorated boats going down the city’s canals. Different neighbourhoods will be hosting different events, so there will be something going on wherever you are. People come from all over the world to celebrate King’s Day so get involved!

10 Facts About King's Day in Amsterdam


SPRINGSNOW FESTIVAL

Throughout April and May

A true celebration of Spring and nature. In the April-May, the city’s streets are covered with a beautiful pink blanket of blossom - and that’s when the Springsnow Festival returns. To get a look at the pretty ‘Spring snow’, there will be an Elm route to follow - an 8km route where you can choose to either walk or cycle to enjoy the blossom from the elm trees. The route starts from the elm arboretum in Amsterdam Noord, and ends at the Hortus Botanicus one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world.

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DGTL FESTIVAL

19th - 21st April

DGTL is the first massive festival of the year, playing host to a mix of well established artists, up-and-coming DJs and live acts who will be taking to 6 different stages over the festival period. Taking place on bank holiday weekend, the festival will be serving up some big house sounds. It’s set to be epic.

If you have tickets and need a comfy bed close to the festival grounds, we’ve got you covered. Check out the 10 reasons why you should stay at St Christopher’s at the Winston (our award winning hostel) during the festival for a much needed rest in between the music - or to continue the party after.

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IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL

10th - 20th April

One for the movie lovers. The Imagine Film Festival is an international film festival in Amsterdam screening a huge selection of imaginative films at selected cinemas for a week. The Imagine Film Festival offers the capital more than 50 feature films and 35 short films with the fantastical at heart.

Tickets are now on sale.

For the full programme, find out more


TULIP FESTIVAL

Throughout the whole of April

The Tulip festival celebrates the blooming tulips inside the city of Amsterdam. The aim of the festival is to plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. To reach that goal, over 800.000 tulips have been planted in the city. Many Amsterdam museums participate in the Amsterdam Tulip Festival, to make sure you will see a great amount of tulips in bloom during Easter in Amsterdam. The tulips can be found at 85 different locations around the city.

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IAMEXPAT FAIR 2019

6th April 2019

Here’s one for you expats! If you have a passion for travel and planning to move to Amsterdam, The IamExpat fair in a one-day event connecting the expat community in Amsterdam with various stands, workshops and presentations. Taking place at the Westergasfabriek, the fair will be holding 90 workshops to give you advice on renting properties, mortgages in the Netherlands and meeting with hundreds of recruiters if you’re looking for work in the city.

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EASTER MONDAY

If you’re visiting Amsterdam over Easter weekend there are plenty of fun things to do. Use our guides to make your Easter holiday full of fun. Check out our video on VIDEO: How to Spend 48 Hours in Amsterdam


KEUKENHOF GARDENS

Opens 21st March

Keukenhof Gardens opens again in March where you can head to Lisse and experience the blossoming of colourful tulips in spring time. Keukenhof Gardens is perfect day trip from Amsterdam and it’s only open for eight weeks each year - so don’t miss it if you’re lucky enough to be in the Netherlands during this time. In fact, you can explore the full Flower Strip by bike, one of the most colourful cycle routes in the world where you can see even more flora.

Find out more


HEAD TO THE CITY’S PARKS

In March, the weather warms up nicely in Amsterdam making it perfect for a walk in the city parks. The Dutch capital is home to several beautiful parks where flora will be blooming and trees blossoming come springtime. Head to Amsterdam Bos for a nature packed cycle, have a tasty BBQ in Oosterpark or sit by the lake in Vondelpark after a few hours of museum hopping.


MARCH 2019

KEUKENHOF GARDENS

Opens 21st March

Keukenhof Gardens opens again in March where you can head to Lisse and experience the blossoming of colourful tulips in spring time. Keukenhof Gardens is perfect day trip from Amsterdam and it’s only open for eight weeks each year - so don’t miss it if you’re lucky enough to be in the Netherlands during this time. In fact, you can explore the full Flower Strip by bike, one of the most colourful cycle routes in the world where you can see even more flora.

Find out more


HEAD TO THE CITY’S PARKS

In March, the weather warms up nicely in Amsterdam making it perfect for a walk in the city parks. The Dutch capital is home to several beautiful parks where flora will be blooming and trees blossoming come springtime. Head to Amsterdam Bos for a nature packed cycle, have a tasty BBQ in Oosterpark or sit by the lake in Vondelpark after a few hours of museum hopping.


CINEMASIA FILM FESTIVAL

5th - 10th March

The perfect festival for film buffs who want to learn more about Asian cinema. Book tickets to the CinemAsia Festival where you can experience films from 40 filmmakers from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia & Vietnam. With documentaries, short films, feature films and more, you can buy tickets from €8.

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AMSTERDAM COFFEE FESTIVAL

1st - 3rd March

Coffee lovers will be excited to be in Amsterdam at the start of March for the Coffee Festival. Taking place over 3 days, you can expect to be amidst 100 artisan roastmasters, equipment makers, gourmet street food stalls, live DJs and more. Some of Europe’s best baristas are set to host workshops and tastings, with hot things to watch (and drink); we recommend the Latte Art Live show or Coffee mixologists shaking things up. What better way to get a caffeine fix? Entry price: €12.

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OPEN TOWER DAY

23rd March

After a successful run last year, Amsterdams’ Open Tower Day is back. For one day only, tourists and locals will be able to have access to amazing panoramic views from the city’s most monumental towers that are opening its doors to the public. You’ll be able to climb a selection of participating historical and modern towers, including churches, spread throughout the city - and it’s free. Some towers have limited space so be sure to register first...

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LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL

14th - 24th March

Taking place at Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek and the Ketelhuis cinema every March, the LGBTQ Film Festival (better known as Roze Filmdagen) has earned a fantastic reputation for producing the very best of LGBT cinema. You can watch quality LGBT cinema in the form of short films, feature films and documentaries that caters to a broad audience, a chance to see a side of movie making that mainstream cinema lacks. Check out what’s on below.

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OPERA FAST FORWARD FESTIVAL

1st - 10th March

The Opera Fast Forward Festival in Amsterdam is a wonderful opportunity to witness the magic of an opera at the city’s best theatre and ballet venues. As part of the festival, there will be also be talks, DJ events, performances and more Tickets from €17.


FREE THINGS TO DO

There are plenty of free things to do in Amsterdam so save some euros and follow our tips on how to boss the city on a budget. From free museums, attractions and beautiful green spaces, the best things in life really are free.


ST PATRICK’S DAY

17th March

Wherever you are in Europe, you will almost always be able to find an Irish party and sea of green on St Patrick’s Day, and Amsterdam is no exception. As always, an Irish parade, hoards of leprechaun hats and plenty of Guinness and whisky is the plan for this year, so Irish or not, head to some of the  The Best Pubs and Bars to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Europe


FEBRUARY 2019

ICE AMSTERDAM (PICTURED)

Until 3rd February

Your last chance to take to the ice for a skate. Ice Amsterdam will stay open until the 3rd February. Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum.

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FREE THINGS TO DO

There are plenty of free things to do in Amsterdam so save some euros and follow our tips on how to boss the city on a budget. From free museums, attractions and beautiful green spaces, the best things in life really are free.


VALENTINE’S DAY

14th February

Heading to Amsterdam on Valentine’s Day? The city definitely has a romantic side so wine and dine your loved one and the best restaurants and bars in the city. Or do something extra special and take a canal cruise under the stars. Check out the best things to do in Amsterdam for Valentine’s Day...

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CHINESE NEW YEAR

5th February

Head to Dam Square on 5th February to celebrate Chinese New Year. Expect fantastic celebrations and colourful displays. If you want to do something a little more peaceful, retreat to the Fo Guang Shan He Hua, one of Amsterdam’s Buddhist temple’s, which usually has a special programme going on every Chinese New Year. When you feel peckish head to one of Amsterdam’s many Chinese restaurants; we recommend the Sea Palace, a floating chinese eatery. Just make sure to book in advance.


WHERE TO WATCH THE SIX NATIONS

6 Nations kicks off on February 1st. Need somewhere epic to watch the rugby in Amsterdam? Well, Belushi’s Bar right in the heart of the city has you covered. The bar will be hosting the longest Happy Hour (running from open ‘till midnight on game days with 2for1’s on selected beers and spirits). The bar and kitchen will be open serving up delicious burgers, wings, bar snacks as well as international and local brews.


THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM ON A RAINY DAY

In February, there’s a good chance it might rain when you visit Amsterdam but not to worry. There are some really cool things to do indoors if the heavens decide to open. To help you guys, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Amsterdam on a rainy day...

Things to do in Amsterdam on a Rainy Day


6 BEST MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM

February is one of the best times to go museum-hopping in Amsterdam. Being off peak season, the crowds and queues have died down and the whole museum experience becomes more relaxing. These are the best museums in visit in Amsterdam...

6 Best Museums in Amsterdam


GO FOR A LONG CYCLE

When in Amsterdam do like the locals do and get on a bike. In a city that has more bikes than cars, it would be rude not to. There are some really awesome cycle routes in Amsterdam, so rent a bike from Black Bikes and get some fresh air on either a short bike round through the city or a longer countryside cycle. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro cyclist, we’ve got cycle route for everyone...

5 Best Cycle Routes in and Around Amsterdam


JANUARY 2019

AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL

Until 20th January

At The Amsterdam Light Festival you can witness 35 illuminated artwork creations in all their glory dotted around the city and its canals. You’ll get to experience the city in a whole new light with colorful and beautiful lights everywhere. To experience the festival in the best way possible, there are two specific routes you can take to follow the trail of lights. One perfect vantage point is from the water with a Canal cruise, and the other is back on solid land at the Marineterrein Amsterdam.

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NATIONAL TULIP DAY

19th January

January officially marks the start of the Dutch tulip season. Dutch tulip growers create a massive garden on Dam Square just for the even, bursting with around 200,000 colourful tulips. Head to Dam Square on the 19th January and join thousands of people who pick their own tulip to celebrate the day.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE ‘80 YEARS’ WAR’ EXHIBITION AT RIJKSMUSEUM

Until 20th January

If any culture vultures are coming to Amsterdam in January, you won’t want to miss your last chance to see the 80 Years War Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. Closing on the 20th January, get in there before it’s too late to discover how violence, rebellion, civil war, religious persecutions and refugees led to the emergence of the present Netherlands and Belgium.

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ICE AMSTERDAM

Until 3rd February

It’s starting to feel like the festive season with Amsterdam’s best ice rink opening its doors in November. Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open until 3 Feb 2019.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE VAN GOGH DREAMS AT THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM

Until 13th January

If you’re a Van Gogh fan, it’s your last chance to see the incredible Van Gogh Dreams exhibition. This narrative installation allows people to see inside the mind and heart of Vincent Van Gogh. It’s your turn to really get to know of the world’s best Dutch artists to have walked the planet…

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NEW YEAR’S DAY

1st January

On New Year’s Day, the Dutch like to take part in an annual tradition called the New Year Dive where thousands of people from the Netherlands take to the ice cold sea and lakes wearing orange hats. In Amsterdam, people brave the cold and take a dip into the Amstel River. Are you gonna join in?

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PARADISO CHOIR DAYS

19th and 20th January

Usually Paradiso is one of Amsterdam’s best nightclubs playing hosts some of the coolest DJ’s, parties and live sets in the city. But for two days each year the pop venue transforms into a home for choirs - and we’re not surprised because this popular spot was formerly a church. There will be around 140 choir performances throughout the weekend of 19th January. The audience can enjoy new music every 15 minutes!

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AUSTRALIA DAY AT BELUSHI’S BARS

Aussies! Just cos you’re on the other side of the world for Australia Day 2019, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on an epic Australia Day party in Europe! Join us at Belushi’s Bars in Amsterdam on Saturday 26th January for the time of your life surrounded by awesome people, unreal music and live sport straight from Straya. Belushi’s will have DJs at night plus plenty of Aussie Beers and Food on offer.


FREE THINGS TO DO

There are plenty of free things to do in Amsterdam so save some euros and follow our tips on how to boss the city on a budget. From free museums, attractions and beautiful green spaces, the best things in life really are free...


JUMPING AMSTERDAM

24th - 27th January

One for the horse lovers. Jumping Amsterdam in an international equestrian event that takes place in the city every January. Bringing in the best horse riders from around the globe, Jumping Amsterdam will combine a mix of dressage, show jumping, evening entertainment and plenty of bars and food options.

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DECEMBER 2018

PURE WINTER MARKET

Sunday 19th and Sunday 23rd December

This popular winter market in Amsterdam has announced its dates for December which will be Sunday 19th (Amstelpark) and Sunday 23rd (Frankendael). There will be over 90 vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. You’ll find plenty of delicious food as well as Christmas gifts and wintery treats!


ICE*AMSTERDAM (PICTURED)

From 17th November - 3rd February

It’s starting to feel like the festive season with Amsterdam’s best ice rink opening its doors in November. Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open 17 Nov 2018 until 3 Feb 2019.


CHRISTMAS TREE ON DAM SQUARE

8th December lights turn on

The elaborate 20m tree on Dam Square is truly impressive. Towering high, this tree has been decorated by 40,000 LED Christmas lights. That’s 4000 METRES. Aka the size of the some of the world’s highest mountaintops. The lights are turned on the 8th December 2018.


NEW YEAR’S EVE

31st December

Planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam? Well, good choice. The city is hosting some of the best parties in Europe. The official countdown to the New Year will take place at Kop van Java where the sky will light up with fireworks. DJs will be playing from 11pm. Beer tents and DJs will get you in the mood for the biggest countdown in Amsterdam and set you up for the best NYE ever. Then head to party at Belushi’s bar and enter 2019 with good vibes!


CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Get festive at Amsterdam’s Christmas markets where you will be sure to feel the cosy, warm and happy vibes of Christmas. There are several brilliant Christmas markets taking place in and around Amsterdam for 2019. Check them out.

Best Christmas Markets in Amsterdam 2018


AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL

Until 20th January

You’ll definitely want to take photos if you’re in Amsterdam during the Light Festival where you can witness 35 illuminated artwork creations in all their glory dotted around the city and its canals. A spectacular Amsterdam where you’ll get to experience it in a whole new light. To experience the festival in the best way possible, there are two specific routes you can take to follow the trail of lights. One perfect vantage point is from the water with a Canal cruise, and the other is back on solid land at the Marineterrein Amsterdam.


WHERE TO WATCH THE PREMIERE LEAGUE

You’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. Belushi’s also serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.


AMSTERDAM WINTER PARADISE

21st - 30th December

From 21st - 30th December, The RAI in Amsterdam will transform into a beautiful winter wonderland for you to enjoy and have some fun with your friends. This delightful Christmas event is not just a market, but a whole festive experience including ice skating (with 2 huge ice rinks this year), amazing views of the city from a ferris wheel, bonfires and snow sledding.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Get some Christmas shopping done in Amsterdam amongst the twinkling fairy lights and extravagant window displays. The Nine Streets Christmas Lights are beautiful, Nine Streets (Negen Straatjes) is the place to head for your Christmas shopping. This is the prime shopping spot in Amsterdam where boutiques and clothing shops line the city’s 3 main canals.


NOVEMBER 2018

MUSEUM NIGHT AMSTERDAM

Saturday 3rd November

The Museum Night Amsterdam is an evening event that culture vultures have all been waiting for. Taking place on the first Saturday in November every year, around 50 museums in the city open their doors after dark from 19:00 to 02:00, with special events, workshops and tasty food. It’s an opportunity to see some of the most famous museums in Amsterdam in a whole new light including the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and Artis Aquarium. €19.95 for a ticket for access to all participating museums.

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AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

1st - 4th November

The Affordable Art Fair located at the Kromhouthal is perfect if you’re an art fan on the hunt for a beautiful piece of art that won’t break the bank. With over 1000 pieces of contemporary art to fall in love with as well as refreshments and workshops to enjoy, if you have always wanted to buy a fantastic art piece, this event is for you. Browse paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from local, regional and international galleries, all priced between €100 – €6,000.

Entry from €7.50

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TURN ON THE LIGHTS

15th November

Amsterdam lights up for the festive season. The free event on Amsterdam’s Dam Square sees the illumination of hundreds of thousands of energy-efficient LED lights on the outside of the of the luxury department store, the Bijenkorf. Watch the lights switch on on the 15th November, accompanied by a firework display.


AMSTERDAM ART WEEKEND

22nd - 25th November

All things arty comes to Amsterdam in November for the Amsterdam Art Weekend. From 22nd - 25th November you can enjoy over 100 exhibitions, performances, tours and screenings spread across 50 of the city’s contemporary art spaces.

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SINTERKLAAS ARRIVES IN AMSTERDAM

18th November

Sinterklaas aka Saint Nicholas comes to Amsterdam in mid-November with a horse parade going through the city. When Sinterklaas arrives, it officially marks the start of the festive season. This much-loves Dutch character look a lot like Father Christmas bringing presents and special treats for the children. Sinterklaas travels all the way from his home in Spain to come to Amsterdam where he stays until early December.

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WHERE TO WATCH THE PREMIERE LEAGUE

You’ll want an awesome venue to watch your team play in the Premier League. Head to Belushi’s sports bar in the heart of Amsterdam for the best atmosphere, cheap drink deals and full live coverage of every single game in the tournament. Belushi’s also serves up the best pre-game grub from wings, nachos, badass burgers and other tasty bar snacks.


FREE THINGS TO DO

There are plenty of free things to do in Amsterdam so save some euros and follow our tips on how to boss the city on a budget. From free museums, attractions and beautiful green spaces, the best things in life really are free...

Check out the  11 Free Things to do in Amsterdam (all year round)


WELCOME TO THE FUTURE FESTIVAL

Saturday November 24th

An epic indoor techno and house festival in Amsterdam that takes place on over 3 stages. Welcome to the Future Festival is the perfect event for house heads that starts at 12am and ends at 2am. The line up includes some of the hottest DJs including Nastia, Pig & Dan, Wesley Roberts, Space and Time + more. The early bird and regular tickets have sold out but latecomer tickets are still available at €42.75.


MOVEMBER RUN AMSTERDAM

November 24th

The Movember Run raises money for prostate and testicular cancer research. Taking place on 24th November, watch participants take to the streets to help the cause. Better yet, join the race to raise awareness if you’re feeling up to running 5k. The theme is Wild Wild West so expect runners to be rockin’ up as cowboys and cowgirls. Show them your support and watch the race!

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ICE*AMSTERDAM

From 17th November - 3rd February

It’s starting to feel like the festive season with Amsterdam’s best ice rink opening its doors in November. Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open 17 Nov 2018 until 3 Feb 2019.

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