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. The varied range of shows is performed on hundreds of locations throughout Amsterdam. Whether it's pop, classical, rock, dance, world music, jazz or hip-hop, there is always great performances found in this city.



Amsterdam has many discos and nightclubs, where live and recorded music entertains the dancing crowds. Many Dutch DJs such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Afrojack or Hardwell, are known throughout the world. In Amsterdam, fans of electronic music can experience a perfect night with the great line up of top DJ's who play all kinds of dance and urban music. The most famous clubs and music venues in Amsterdam are the Melkweg, the Paradiso and the Escape.

Furthermore, just like in any other metropolis, there are many annual national and international dance, R&B, jazz, rock and pop concerts in Amsterdam. Most of the major events are held in the Amsterdam Arena, Ziggo Dome and the AFAS Live. Other concert venues include the Westergasfabriek, the Westerpark and the Java Island.

Classical music

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

Amsterdam has several weekly classical music concerts. The city is the home of two symphony orchestras, the Royal Concert Hall Orchestra, and the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra. The 125 year old Royal Concert Hall Orchestra is internationally renowned for decades as "the best orchestra in the world." Both orchestras regularly perform at the Koninklijk Concertgebouw (Royal Concert Hall) at the Museumplein.

The in 1888 completed Koninklijk Concertgebouw (Royal Concert Hall) is, due to the exceptionally acoustics, pronounced as one of the best three halls in world for symphonic music. Annually, more than 750,000 music lovers visit the Koninklijk Concertgebouw (Royal Concert Hall), making it also one of the busiest concert halls in the world.

The Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, a few minutes from the Central Station, offers a platform for music theater, opera, chamber music, symphonic orchestras, songs, jazz, improvisation, dance and electronic. The theater is also one of the most modern, and well-equipped concert halls in Europe.

Theater Carre

Furthermore, many classical music concerts are held at the Beurs van Berlage, Carré and the RAI Hall. Several concerts also take place in churches, with permanent series of organ concerts in the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Sometimes there are quintessential Dutch concerts held on the water, with both orchestras and audiences on ships and boats, such as the Prinsengracht concerts.


Kleine Komedie

Amsterdam is a paradise for anyone who loves live theater performances. In world class theaters, you can go for performances from musicals to opera, from cabaret to live theater and from modern dance to classical ballet. Amsterdam has the largest offer of live theater performances in the Netherlands. DeLaMar Theater, Royal Theater Carré and the Stadsschouwburg (City Theater) offer a stage to 'big' productions. Theaters like Frascati, Bellevue, Brakke Grond, Meervaart, MC Theater and the Ostadetheater guarantee a spot for smaller theater performances. However, Tuschinski's a must for the ultimate cinematic experience. The Tuschinski Theater was built in 1921, and is considered one of the most beautiful movie theaters of Europe. Each year, the program is diverse and full of surprises again.

In the relatively compact city of Amsterdam, you’re always near one of the many theater venues. Most major theaters are centered around the Leidseplein, and are in easy walking distance from each other. The easiest way is to go along the theater offices, where you can see the programs, ticket prices and availability.