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Events in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam you can go to concerts, events or festivals almost every day. Amsterdam offers a diverse array of world-class entertainment. With so many festivals, cultural events, theaters, clubs, concert halls and intimate venues, there's something for everybody in Amsterdam.

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Draaiorgelfestival

Op de Dam in Amsterdam vindt sinds 2003 het jaarlijkse Draaiorgelfestival Amsterdam plaats. Dit festival wordt georganiseerd om aandacht te vragen voor het draaiorgel als Amsterdams cultuurgoed. Tussen 10.00 uur en 17.00 uur ...

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Heritage Days

Saturday 10 — Sunday 11 September 2016

Open Monuments Day is held every year halfway through September, when thousands of monuments in the Netherlands are free to the public. The participating monuments can be recognized by the Open Monuments Day flag as shown here. Open Monuments Day is organized to encourage people to know more about their historical ...

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Civic Guard Day

Schuttersdag, Amsterdam, #141 The annual Schuttersdag (Civic Guard Day) of Amsterdam with approximately 600 shooters from Amsterdam and beyond. With a march right through the heart of Amsterdam to the ...

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Funfair in Amsterdam

Wednesday 12 — Sunday 23 October 2016

Who didn’t like it as a child to be swirled around in a carousel or to get sticky from some cotton candy. In Amsterdam it is still possible twice a year. Opening hours: - Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 24:00 hrs - Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 to 23:00 hrs

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Marathon Amsterdam

Sunday 16 October 2016

The marathon in Amsterdam is known for its fast, flat and historic parcours. The route is full of Amsterdam's attractions. As the road passes by the world famous Rijksmuseum on Museumplein, the Tropical Museum, stately mansions, Dutch ...

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Amsterdam Dance Event

Wednesday 19 — Sunday 23 October 2016

Over 2.000 artists from around the globe performing in 80 of the best clubs in Amsterdam, ADE's festival has grown into the world's biggest club festival for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres. ADE offers 320.000 clubbers 5 days of guaranteed partying with ...

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Museum Night

Saturday 5 November 2016

On Saturday night in a first week of November each year Amsterdam’s museums open through the night from 19:00 till 02:00 hrs. More than 50 museums open their doors with a special program for young people, based on their own collection and ...

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Ice rink Leidseplein

Middle of November to early January

Also this year in Amsterdam it's slipping and sliding, laughing, falling and getting up again. But above all enjoying the ice rink on the beautiful Leidseplein. The ice rink will be setup in winter atmosphere again, just like every year. There are 'Snow cannons', LED illuminated ...

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Arrival of Saint Nicholas

Sunday 13 November 2016

The tradition of Saint Nicholas bringing gifts to children, celebrated in many countries, is an extraordinary occasion in Amsterdam. Saint Nicholas surrounded by his servants arrives on a deck of a ship to Amsterdam. Later, the whole parade in a festive way ...

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IDFA - International Documentary Filmfestival of Amsterdam

Wednesday 16 — Sunday 27 November 2016

International documentary festival screens 200 documentary films and videos.

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Christmas Market

Late November to early January

For a Christmas atmosphere with Christmas shopping, ice skating and hot chocolate you can visit the following squares in Amsterdam: Dam Every year in December there is traditionally a big Christmas tree on the Dam square. This 20-meter high ...

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PAn Amsterdam – Art and Antique Fair

Sunday 20 — Sunday 27 November 2016

The biggest national antique fair in the Netherlands takes place in Amsterdam, and lasts for the full week. No wonder, as can be no hasty decisions made in the timeless fields of art and antiques. pAn takes place at the RAI congress and exhibition center. Last years showing also more of modern ...

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Ice Amsterdam

November

Fun on the ice in Amsterdam. The greatest place to skate a few laps, come to the ice rink at the Museumplein. The smoothest ice rink will be in front of the beautiful Rijksmuseum again, surrounded by cozy stalls with wintry ...

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Light Festival Amsterdam

Thursday 1 December 2016 — Sunday 22 January 2017

In the center of Amsterdam there are plenty light sculptures to view and are appealing buildings put in the spotlights. The Amsterdam Light Festival is a cultural event where it's all about light and water. Boat and ...

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New Year's Eve

Saturday 31 December 2016

New Year is another wild celebration. The Dutch often stay home with their families until midnight, and many clubs and bars open just then. The spots that are seriously crowded include Leidseplein, Rembrandtsplein and Nieuwmarkt. Many venues offer New Year parties. From ...

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2017

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Tulip Day

The Dutch tulip season officially gets underway in January every year as the Tulip Day comes to Amsterdam! Everyone is invited to pick their own tulip for free from a specially constructed ‘picking garden’ at the Dam. Tulip Day sees Dutch tulip growers create a massive temporary ...

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Chinese New Year

Saturday 28 January 2017

This festival takes place from the Zeedijk to China town. Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world and marks the beginning of the new lunar year. Therefore it's an annual recurring festival also in Amsterdam which takes place near the Nieuwmarkt in the center of the city. ...

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National Museum Week

Saturday 8 — Friday 14 April 2017

During this Museum week about 450 museums are to visit. There are extra activities such as workshops, guided tours, tastings, children's treasure hunts, musical performances and the possibility to dress up. This year's theme is: "Let yourself be mesmerized by a museum piece."

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Imaginefilm Festival

The Imaginefilm Festival promises a week full of fantasy, anime, thriller, cult, horror and sci-fi. Screenings this year are at Pathe Tuschinski.

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Funfair in Amsterdam

End April

Who didn’t like it as a child to be swirled around in a carousel or to get sticky from some cotton candy. In Amsterdam it is still possible twice a year. Opening hours: - Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 24:00 hrs - Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 to 23:00 hrs

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King's Day

Thursday 27 April 2017

Amsterdam King's Day is officially the national celebration of the birthday of the King, but this in reality is only an excuse to party hard. The celebrations takes place all over the Netherlands, but have a special atmosphere in big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam ...

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Nationale Dodenherdenking

Thursday 4 May 2017

Jaarlijks vindt op 4 mei op de Dam de Nationale Dodenherdenking plaats. De burgemeester van Amsterdam loopt samen met honderden mensen in een stille tocht vanaf het Museumplein naar de Dam. Om 20:00 is iedereen 2 minuten stil om de mensen te herdenken die in de Tweede ...

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National Mills Day

Tweede weekend van mei

Since 1974 the event is held every year on the second Saturday in May. It is a day when as many mills as possible are running. The National Mills Day has now become an annual event. Besides turning and grinding, all kinds of activities take place at a large number of mills, from baking pancakes to music festivals. More ...

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Taste of Amsterdam

Late September

A culinary festival during the prolonged weekend in Amsterdam. Exhibition stands in the park with good food from the renowned Amsterdam restaurants. An occasion to meet their chefs and to drink a glass of good wine or champagne.

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Holland Festival

Early June

Holland Festival is the biggest in the Netherlands performing arts festival of international character. It brings events from all over the world on the fields of music, opera, theatre and dance, also draws attention to chosen films and art shows. Holland Festival also organises interesting conferences and workshops.

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Kunst RAI

End of June

Kunst RAI is a modern art fair, which is organized each year for five days in the RAI exhibition and conference centre, in the south of Amsterdam. It is a big fair, with more than 120 galleries from the Netherlands and an increasing number of the foreign galleries, mainly from Western Europe ...

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Open Garden Days

Third weekend of June

Amsterdam’s gardens are perhaps its best kept secret as they’re rarely visible from the street. For this weekend you can visit around 30 gardens, some of which are private gardens. You can buy one ticket that gives you entry to all the gardens, and there is a special canal boat to take you from one location to another.

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Summer Concerts

July – August

Each summer, informal and entertaining classical music concerts - the Robeco Zomerconcerten take place at the prestigious location of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Summer Concerts are sponsored, so the tickets are relatively cheap. This is an excellent opportunity to listen to classical ...

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Roots Festival

Eerste weekend van juli

Each summer, the Amsterdam Roots Festival presents a wide range of global music and non-western culture. During the Amsterdam Roots Festival will the audience be offered a selection of performances, masterclasses and special projects at different locations.

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Kwaku Festival

End July

'Kwakoe' is a weekend event that takes place every Saturday and Sunday, in July and August. In Dutch terms, that makes for about 20 days of pure dancing, eating and anything else in between. Wind down on a hot summers day with theatre, music, film, literature, sport and everything on offer at this very buzzing ...

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Gay Canal Pride Amsterdam

Early August

The Gay Canal Pride festival presents an extensive programme with sports, cultural activities and parties. The highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Canal Pride is the canal parade on the second saturday during the event, which is a carnivalesque, cultural and slightly naughty boat parade ...

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Grachtenfestival

Mid August

The grachtenfestival: For five days, special locations in the heart of Amsterdam form the backdrop for more than 80 classical concerts. The concerts can be enjoyed in houses and gardens of hospitable local inhabitants and in concert halls, historic buildings, museums and out of doors in the ...

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De Parade

Early August

Nowadays, the parade stands proud as one of the few travelling festivals in the world. Inspired by traditional circuses, the park offers a brilliant kaleidoscope of brightly coloured tents making it simply picture perfect. De parade may look like an old-fashioned fairground but it promises a very action packed 17 days of ...

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Prinsengrachtconcert

Third weekend of August

A traditional free open air classical music concert held on Prinsengracht every year in August sinds 1981. The concert is held on a temporary built stage directly on the canal’s water in front of the Hotel Pulitzer. Spectators traditionally arrive on their boats with wine and snacks. There is a unique romantic ...

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Uitmarkt

Last weekend of August

Considered to be the largest cultural event in Amsterdam, the Uitmarkt is definitely worth a visit. Organised every year during the last weekend of August, it celebrates the official opening of the Dutch Cultural and offers performances, concerts, exhibitions, drama, countless workshops and a ...

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Jordaan Festival

End of September

A big inner city street festival celebrating the diversity of this former working class district. Features this year include drum bands, a children's festival, opera and cabaret, a boules competition, a flea market and an auction.

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