With autumn biting at our heels as summer slowly bows its way out for the year, it can be a great time for indoor events and things to do around Amsterdam. From exhibitions to film festivals, here’s a list of some of the best things to get up to this autumn.
Pop up week/ 18-28th
Pop up week festival is not just located at one site but also different locations throughout Amsterdam. Shedding light on the lesser known parts of the city, Pop Up Week holds around 250 events with food, drink, fashion, art, design, architecture, health, entertainment and more. Several of the events are completely free.
Discovery festival/ 26th
Discovery Festival revolves around the central theme of discovering new things. The 9th edition of the festival takes place at the Tolhuistuin for the very first time where there will be all sorts of scientific experiments, music, art and ideas. (€17,50/Pre-sale €15)
Annual Dutch Art Fair/ 27 & 28th
Annual Dutch Art Fair is held over the last week of September this year at the Beursplaza where all lovers of contemporary art can witness almost 200 artists display their works. Not only paintings but also graphics, photography, sculptures, glass and other mediums will be exhibited. (€15)
Bimhuis 40/ 1-5th
Celebrating their 40th year, Bimhuis will be putting on a range of activities and special events including musical performances by Kaja Draksler, Taksim Trio, Peter Evans Quintet, David Kweksilber Bigband, DJ Peter Kok, Wayne Horvitz European Orchestra, Dave Burrell and many more. (€25-€29)
Afrovibes Festival/ 8-12th
Afrovibes is an African cultural Festival at the MC Theater and Bijlmer Parktheater. Featuring unique and exceptional artists from the Netherlands and all over the globe, the festival showcases a huge selection of contemporary music, theatre, dance and design. The festival also takes place in Den Haag, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. (€15-35)
Camera Japan Festival/ 6-9th @Melkweg & 10-12th @Kriterion
Camera Japan is the largest Japanese film and anime festival in the Benelux and showcases talents within the Japanese film industry. The Festival will present two works, ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Why don’t you play in hell?’ starring actor Kunimara Jun. The festival also shows shorts, animation films, lectures, live performances, a pop-up mall and Japanese delicacies.
Strawberry Earth Fair/ 11 & 12th
Focusing on innovation in the fashion and design industries Strawberry Earth Fair will present the latest in sustainable fashion, design, film, food and more at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. The fair will showcase new start-ups, designers and brands including an exhibition ‘The Future of Design’. (€9)
Amsterdam Dance Event/ 15-19th
Amsterdam Dance Event is the world’s biggest club festival and features world-famous and established artists and DJs in the international electronic music scene. 450 events with more than 2000 artists over 100 locations across Amsterdam gives you five days of non-stop entertainment.
Amsterdam Music Festival/ 18th
For its second year Amsterdam Music Festival presents some of the biggest names in dance music at the Amsterdam Arena. An impressive line-up includes Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Wildstylez and W&W. VIP tickets still available.
PINT Bokbier Festival/ 24-26th
The biggest beer festival in the Netherlands takes place once again at the Beurs van Berlage for three days of beer swigging fun this October. Get your beer stein ready for over 50 different types of ‘Bok’ beer on tap. Originally a darker brew, nowadays it also comes in paler and amber tints. (€10)
Origin Chocolate Event/ 25th
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Presenting various gourmet chocolatiers and chocolate experts at Amsterdam’s Royal Tropical Institute, visitors can participate in chocolate tasting and experimentation with different combinations like tea, cheese and wine. Visitors can also discover how cocoa beans each have varying characteristics which effect their flavours. (
Amsterdam Halloween festival/ 29 – 1st Nov
An annual event, Amsterdam Halloween Festival provides a huge amount spooky events to celebrate Halloween in style. Events include Friday night roller skate, all night horrow movie marathon, a themed dinner in a mystery location, a party for kids, live music, the annual Halloween costume party and much more.
Museum Night/ 1st
Every year on the first Saturday in November 50 museums in Amsterdam keep their doors open well into the early hours of the morning. Visitors can visit the museums all night and participate in special events including workshops, concerts, tours and performances. Take note that you are not able to use your Museumjaarkaart for this event. (€18,50)
International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam/ 1-9th
International Storytelling festival provides a stage for Dutch and International storytellers. The idea of the festival is to increase awareness of the art of storytelling in the Netherlands. A theme usually plays a role in what direction the stories are told. Locations will be revealed closer to the date so watch the website to keep up to date www.storytellingfestival.nl
KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival/ 4-9th
KLIK! features a huge selection of animated films at this year’s animation festival in Amsterdam. Located at the EYE Film museum, for 5 days the festival will showcase top animated films, master classes, themed programmes, special guests, parties and more. (€30 day pass or €57,50 unlimited pass).
IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival/ 19-30th
The International Documentary Film Festival’s 27th edition brings together film, documentary lovers and talented film makers in one place. Hundreds of international documentaries provide inspiring stories and unique perspectives on different topics throughout the world. Keep up to date with ticket prices and info on their website www.idfa.nl
Turn on the Lights/ 21st
Amsterdam’s famous De Bijenkorf department store kicks off the festive season with the illumination of 300,000 lights decorating De Bijenkorf building. Also included is a magical theatrical show, special late night shopping event and more. At the beginning of December a huge illuminated Christmas tree is also placed in front of De Bijenkorf.
HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup/ 23-27th
The Cannabis Cup returns to Amsterdam for a 5 day celebration of international cannabis products. Booths are set up where companies try to impress the judges and every attendee has the opportunity to vote for their favourite strain. Ticket prices vary.