Spring is in full swing in Amsterdam! As the weather starts getting warmer and all the events going on in April encourage people to leave their houses again after the long winter. You could say that April is the best time to visit Amsterdam. Check out all events and exhibitions taking place in May. It is the month that the flowers are in bloom.
Rembrandt year route
The perfect day out for art lovers. This route takes you past places that were important to Rembrandt during his lifetime and became significant after his death. You can visit his last house, the places where he painted his famous works and churches that were very important to him. Click here to see the map.
– This exibithion is part of the Rembrandt year –
13 April The annual Flower Parade
The annual Flower Parade (Bloemencorso in Dutch) is a feast brimming with beautiful colors and delicious perfumes. Twenty huge floats and thirty lavishly decorated cars follow a 42 kilometre route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from Holland and abroad are drawn to the colourful flower spectacle every year. Come early to find a good spot along the road and get the most from the Flower Parade.
The Flower Parade starts on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. and finishes in Haarlem at 9 p.m. Around 3.30 p.m. the Flower Parade passes the Keukenhof.
April 8- April 14 National Museum Week
During National Museum Week, hundreds of well-known and less famous museums can be visited. There are countless activities in museums throughout the country. You can attend a special guided tour or workshop, visit lectures, and explore the exhibitions created especially for the event.
Every April, many Amsterdam museums participate in the National Museum Week, where they organise more than 2.500 unique tours, special entry fees and workshops.
Some of the showpieces from the last few years included, for example, the diary of Anne Frank in the Anne Frank House and the widest dress in the country in the Rijksmuseum. During this week, many museums choose to lower or even waive their entry fees, so this is your chance to see some amazing historical pieces without breaking the bank! Many museums also organise activities especially for children.
31 March – 30 April Amsterdam Tulip Festival
To celebrate the blooming of the tulip inside the city of Amsterdam, the tulip festival brings the typical Dutch flower back into the city. The aim is to plant one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. To reach that goal, over 800.000 tulips are to be 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 tulip fever strikes again. During the Tulp Festival Amsterdam, hundreds of thousands blooming tulips can be admired in dozens of venues all over the capital.
21 April Easter Amsterdam brunch
Typically taking place on Easter Sunday, getting together with family (or close friends) is a very common Easter activity in the Netherlands.
For dining out, many restaurants around Amsterdam will offer a special menu for Easter brunch. In Amsterdam, the Hard Rock Café annually hosts a special buffet brunch featuring egg-decorating and face painting for children.
21 April Awakenings Easter Special
The best way to celebrate Easter is to visit Awakenings Easter 2019. At Awakenings, the best names from the techno scene will give you an unforgettable (Easter) party. It will be a night to remember. For the real techno fans, this party is a true tradition for which they like to let the Easter eggs stand. Keep the night of Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22 free in your agenda and come to Amsterdam.
27 April Kings day
On 27 April, all of Holland is a party! From the biggest cities down to the smallest villages, the entire country celebrates King’s Day. There are street markets everywhere, where people sell all kinds of miscellany and (home-made) treats. Bands are playing on every street corner, every pub is serving beer outside and all around, people are dancing in their orange outfits. Tradition dictates that the Royal family visits one or two cities in Holland on this day, so with any luck, you might see them yourself!
King’s Day is certainly celebrated in the capital of Holland, Amsterdam. There are activities everywhere in the city; there is a huge street market of stalls where people sell all kinds of stuff and. The canals are full of boats with partying people, and for those who enjoy a good dance, there are plenty of big parties with famous DJs.
6 April – 11 August 2019 Maria Lassnig Ways of Being – Stedelijk Museum
The Austrian artist Maria Lassnig made her name with her ‘Körperbewusstseintbilder’, or ‘body awareness’ paintings. This temporary exhibition in Amsterdam’s modern art museum, features more than 200 loaned artworks, with key pieces such as Du oder Ich, Woman Power, Krankenhaus, Dame mit Hirn and her last self-portrait Selbstporträt mit Pinsel.
13 April – World Press Photo 2019
Each year, professional press photographers, photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over the world are invited to submit their top news-related pictures from the previous year. The best works are assembled into a travelling exhibition of over 200 images, creating an overview of how press photographers tackle their work around the globe and how the press relates news through images.
7 March – 18 November Treasures from Storage
The Rijksmuseum is offering a rare glimpse into the treasures in its collection that usually lie hidden in it’s storage depot. Treasures from Storage presents a selection from a different part of this remarkable collection in five galleries.
17 – 22 April – KunstRAI
The KunstRAI will celebrate its 35th edition in 2019! Participating galleries will show their autonomous paintings and sculptures, photography and new media. KunstRAI is the longest-running art fair in the Netherlands. Offering art lovers the chance to get their hands on the latest and greatest in the scene. Alongside the regular gallery-centred stands, booths are devoted to individual artists allowing visitors to dive deeper into their work.
So, what are you waiting for? Come visit Amsterdam in April!
As the city awakens from its wintry spell, trees along the canals burst with greenery, tulips come into colourful bloom and Amsterdam’s parks and terraces fill with people seeking out those first rays of sunshine.
Find out all things to do in March in our monthly Amsterdam Welcome event calendar
21 March – 19 May – Keukenhof
Smell the flowers when the Keukenhof will open their doors again. For decades, Keukenhof is one of the most popular destinations for visitors all over the world! Smell the flowers and visit the world’s largest spring garden at Keukenhof 2019. Enjoy the abundance and perfume of more than 7 million bulbs in bloom! Benefit of direct and easy travel from Amsterdam centre to Keukenhof in just 55 minutes. This year the Keukenhof will be entirely dedicated to Flower Power. The theme of 2019 connects flowers with people from all over the world, who together enjoy tulip fragrances and colors. Flower Power assimilates with bright colors, hippies, peace & music, in other words the atmosphere of the early 70’s. Therefore, a perfect theme to celebrate the 70th Keukenhof.
Events1 -3 March – Amsterdam Coffee Festival
Featuring more than 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers and gourmet food stalls, Amsterdam Coffee Festival is the perfect event for caffeine lovers. Attend a workshop given by some of Europe’s best baristas, grab some coffee-inspired cocktails and enjoy live music, entertainment and art. So if you love a good cup of joe then get ready for the Amsterdam Coffee Festival! Look out for the festival spilling the beans again at the Westergasfabriek in March. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to end the day buzzing.
6 – 10 March – HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
Discover the many aspects of water sports and to get up to speed with the newest boats and nautical products at HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show traditionally opens the leisure boating season of The Netherlands. Every spring approximately 37,500 starting and experienced water sports enthusiasts alike meet in Amsterdam to discover the many aspects of water sports and to get up to speed with the newest boats (up to 10mtr) and nautical products. Basically everything one could need to prepare for the next watersports season. HISWA-visitors also have free access to the Funsports Xperience, an indoor funsports event offering everything in the field of windsurfing, kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddling, wakeboarding and much more besides.
11 – 17 March – Amsterdam Cocktail Week
Attention cocktail lovers, Amsterdam Cocktail Week is back! The Amsterdam Cocktail Week takes place from 11 – 17 March, during which the finest bars in Amsterdam welcome you with specially designed signature cocktails, seminars, workshops and special events. Each participating bar has created two signature cocktails that represent their specific style. The first cocktail is based on an alcoholic spirit while the second cocktail is non-alcoholic. The best bars of Amsterdam will teach you all about the art of cocktail shaking. To help you get around town a special illustrated city map will be available from January on, with all participating bars and the program. All bars will pay just as much attention to the creation of non-alcoholic cocktails. Think exciting flavour combinations and surprising ingredients.
14 – 16 March – Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival
The Roze Filmdagen (literally: Pink Film Days) have been a constant factor in Amsterdam’s gay and lesbian cultural landscape since 1996. It takes place at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek and the Ketelhuis cinema every March. With its top-draw programming, the Roze Filmdagen festival has earned an excellent reputation amongst its visitors, as well as with filmmakers and festivals abroad. The Roze Filmdagen aim to highlight all aspects of quality LGBTQ cinema for a broad audience: feature films, documentaries and shorts, that are missing in the regular cinematic offerings.
11 – 27 March – Restaurant Week
Among the wealth of participating establishments are Michelin-starred restaurants, lauded celebrity dining haunts and trendy eateries. Amsterdam, like elsewhere in the country, turns into a diner’s mecca twice a year for Amsterdam Restaurant Week. The idea is simple: eat, drink and be merry at no added expense. It’s a great opportunity to sample some of Amsterdam’s finest dining establishments by trying discounted menus that won’t leave a nasty taste in your mouth. Snag a restaurant’s signature dish and you may just leave feeling enlightened.
Reservations can be made in advance from about a month before the event (note: book as quick as you can – this event sells out fast!). Check the National Restaurant Week website for more information and reservations.
22 – 24 March – Amsterdam Wine Festival
The Amsterdam Wine Festival takes place at the Westergasfabriek twice a year. The Amsterdam Wine Festival covers more than 5,000 m2 of wine experience and is an absolute must for anyone who loves wine. Each country has its own area with an extensive selection of wines, which you can order by glass. Take part in the large wine quiz, a grape pitch contest or a workshop led by a wine grower.
23 March – Open tower day
Amsterdam has many monumental towers that overlook its skyline, but the public rarely ever gets to experience the special views of the city from inside them. However, that all changes during Open Tower Day every spring. After a successful edition last year, the Open Tower Day returns to Amsterdam to once again invite the public to climb a selection of both historical and modern towers spread throughout the city.
Exhibitions1 March – 26 May – Van Gogh museum – The Joy of Nature: Hockney & Van Gogh
For the first time, this spectacular exhibition offers an extensive and colourful exploration of the common ground between the work of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney. The world-famous art of David Hockney (1937) is colourful and colossal. Hockney is inspired by nature, he makes use of bright colours and experiments with perspective. Van Gogh also dealt with this. The resemblances between the two artists are no coincidence. Vincent van Gogh was a great source of inspiration for David Hockney. Discover more parallels in the exhibition Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature. In the exhibition Van Gogh’s masterpieces will be shown alongside works by Hockney. Hockney’s imposing Yorkshire-landscapes are a central part of the exbhition, with The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate (2011) as highlight.
18 of January – 30 September Moco museum – Connecting Time
Moco Museum in Amsterdam is hosting New York-based artist Daniel Arsham’s solo show ‘Connecting Time’. The works draw on a range of disciplines, incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Moco Museum is the first museum in the Netherlands to present Daniel Arsham’s work, How cool is that? Entering the installation spaces of this exhibition, such as the Amethyst Ball Cavern feels like stepping into an alternate reality. The show also includes Arsham’s never before presented interactive installation Calcified Room, consisting of a domestic space furnished in mid-century style but created to appear strangely petrified.
15 February – 10 June 2019 Rijksmuseum – All the Rembrandts
For the first time, the Rijksmuseum will showcase its entire collection of Rembrandt works. That’s about 22 paintings, 60 drawings and some 300 of his best prints, making for an all-encompassing survey of this master’s works. The exhibition brings to light a number of themes that Rembrandt was fascinated with along with many self-portraits. These showcase his growth as an artist. Subjects of his portraits include his mother, his family and acquaintances, and his wife Saskia who he portrays with empathy on her sickbed. He was also intrigued with beggars, street musicians, vagrants and actors.
Its valentine’s day! Do you want to spend this day with the one that you love but don’t know what to do? February 14th is a big day for couples or friends and there’s definitely a lot of pressure to plan the perfect date. We will give you some options for fun and romantic date ideas on this wonderful day.
Sail away together
The chances of a sunny Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam are small of course, but together on a boat through the famous canals in Amsterdam is still one of the most romantic things is there are, right? Share a kiss under the Skinny Bridge because the story goes that you will stay together forever after sharing this special moment.
Enjoy the music
Watching a movie together is always something nice to do but what if you could see the movie with live music? At the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam you can swoon away at Classics at the Movies on Valentine’s Day. Including Rossini and Mahler. The performance is done by the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Feel free to close your eyes and dream away in each other’s arms and enjoy this special night!
Watching the stars is always something magical to do but what if you could watch the stars and learn something more about it? Come with your loved one or invite your Valentine to the meeting point at ARTIS. In the Planetarium you are introduced to cosmic couples, such as tight double stars and clashing galaxies and you explore the attraction between earth and moon. But be aware… the real star might be next to you all along.
Bet on love
Are you and your date love excitement and a night out? Then come along with your loved one or date on Thursday, February 14 at Holland Casino to enjoy additional prizes and entertainment. Bet on love and who knows you will finish the evening as a real winner…
Classics for the win
Fancy a movie for the night? There is a new release version on 4K of the movie classic When Harry Met Sally from 1989. Right, 30 years old! But we have never forgotten the restaurant scene, right? You can see this movie at LAB111 and combine it with a early dinner at Strangelove for a perfect date night.
Dine with a view over the Amstel
Do you have plans for the day but don’t know what to do for dinner? Well imagen this; you with your favourite person together on the porch, possibly a blanket when it is cold, view over the beautiful Amstel river and an aperitif in your hand. And after this lovely moment you can dine together in at the cozy Amstel boat house. Sounds like a plan?
We’ve mentioned this one already in our event calendar for the month of February but we will remind you again. Are you a romantic and madly in love but is the ‘eternal loyalty’ still too early for you? You can now marry on Valentine’s Day for just one day. Wed & Walk arranges everything from the rings to the flowers and even the wedding photo is thought of. Almost like it’s real.
The cold month February is here! But also he shortest month of the year. A lot is about to happen and we don’t want you to miss anything. So let’s have a look at all the events which will take place in February!5 February – Chinese New Year – Amsterdam
While we had our New Year’s a month ago in China they celebrate New Year’s on 5 february. It’s a major holiday where all the families come together, you eat special meals, lots of fireworks and gift giving.
In Amsterdam we celebrate the Chinese New Year as well. In the Amsterdam neighborhood ‘Nieuwmarktbuurt’ is a Buddhist temple where the New Year’s celebrating takes place. And of course the food can’t be forgotten there are many Chinese restaurants in the area.
On 14th of February its Valentine’s day. Of course you want to spend the day with your loved one and you want to make it special but how? There are a lot of things to do in Amsterdam
Wed and Walk Marry for one day
Wed and Walk will ‘marry’ the two of you, not legally binding of course, but with everything a real wedding needs! The fairy tail lasts until the sun sets the next morning… then you are free as a bird again! You don’t need to prepare anything but your reservation! last minute bookings, text us and they try to make it happen!
Ctaste dinner in the dark
at Ctaste you will experience a real blind date. In this restaurant on the Amsteldijk you do not dine by candlelight, but in the pitch darkness. Ctaste offers an amazing dining experience in the dark: hear, feel, smell, talk, listen, imagine, experience and enjoy. A restaurant with a Wow-factor. Tasting and enjoying are central, whether you come for a luxurious dinner, high wine, high beer, high tea, brunch or chocolate tasting. You can find more information on their website
Events1-3 February Little Italy Westergasfabriek
On 1, 2 and 3 February, the Amsterdam Westergasfabriek is completely dedicated to Italy. Discover the taste and specialties of some of the biggest regions in Italy. If you think of going on a trip to Italy, you can ask all your questions and let you inform at one of the travel stands. These people know all the ins and outs on how to have the perfect time in Italy. Come to Little Italy event for
holiday inspiration, the tastiest Italian tastings and the best workshops. Check out the event here
23 February – Overwinteren Festival
Do you want to embrace the cold? Do you love the winter? Come to the Overwinteren Festival and enjoy the winter like never before! From the morning till the night you can walk through the winter market, eat warm food and drink glühwein. And a festival is not a festival without the live music, from disco hits to deep house and techno they have it all. Dance by the igloo stage or by the chalet stage and remember all the stages will be heated.
1 – 3 February – Mono Japan
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam welcomes for the third time Mono Japan, an ode to and design. Mono Japan offers Japanese brands a platform to present their work in Europe. For three days Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is a platform for design professionals.
Exhibitionsuntill 10 February YPF – Piano Concours
Talented pianists from 12 to 29 years old come to Amsterdam to perform at the Amsterdam Conservatory during the international piano competition. During ten days you can attend various concerts and recitals. On 9 and 10 February there will be a spectacular finale in the Muziekgebouw het IJ.
This Is My Story 6 February till 27 October – Bijbels Museum
Hear 12 adults talking about a difficult time in their life and how the Bible helped them to go through that time. All the 12 adults are coming from christian currents. Photographer Cigdem Yuksel makes the stories from the 12 adults come alive through audio, video and photography. You can see Cigdem work in the Bijbels Museu in Amsterdam!
Rembrandt’s social network – Museum The Rembrandt House
Always wanted to know about more about Rembrandt’s friends, family and relationships? How they pleyed a role in his life and work? In this very special exhibition you will be one step closer to Rembrandt’s private life. You will get to see the informality of Rembrandt’s paintings which has never seen before in Holland. The exhibition consists of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, books and documents of his friends, family and himself. The highlight of this exhibition is a personal portrait of his son Titus.
– This exibithion is part of the Rembrandt year –
‘Topmodel Thea; Muse of many artists till March 5th– Ateliers Westerdok
This very popular model posed in many inspiring sessions at various studios and academies in Amsterdam and beyond. Illustrators, painters and sculptors who have made studies of Thea are invited to participate in this exhibition.
Rembrandt van Rijn lived and painted in a special time in the seventeenth century better known as the Dutch Golden Age. In 2019 it will be 350 years since Rembrandt died. To honor one of the most impactful artist of the 17th century, several museums in collaboration with the NBTC organize ” 350 years of Rembrandt and the Golden Age ”. Museums in Amsterdam and The Hague renewed exhibitions on all aspects related to the life and art of this prestigious artist.
Just a little fact in regard to the Rembrandt year! Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden, 1606. When he enrolled at Leiden University in 1620, he used the name: ” Rembrandus ” only in 1633 he wrote the name ” Rembrandt ” for the first time under one of his paintings. Before that time his name was written without ”T”, but what the official spelling variant is still remains a mystery.
We’ve made a list for you just so you know where you can find all the exhibitions. Keep an eye out for our monthly event kalender. Here we will tell you more about the activities around the Rembrandt year along with other activities in Amsterdam.
Rembrandt privately – Stadsarchief Amsterdam (7th December 2018 – 7th April 2019)
Alle Rembrandts – Rijksmuseum (15 February – 10 June 2019)
Rembrandt’s Social Network – Rembrandthuis (1 February – 19 May 2019)
Inspired by Rembrandt – Rembrandthuis (7 June – 1 September 2019)
Rembrandt – Velázquez, Rijksmuseum (11 October 2019 – 19 January 2020)
Labaratorium Rembrandt – Rembrandthuis (21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020)
Rembrandt and the Mauritshuis – Mauritshuis (31 January – 15 September 2019)
Imagery about Johan Maurits – Mauritshuis (4 April – 7 July 2019)
Nicolaes Maes – Mauritshuis (17 October 2019 – 19 January 2020)
Museum The Rembrandt House:
Go back in time and experience the life of Rembrandt, walk through his kitchen, his living room, admire the works of the master himself and his well-known pupils. The most unique thing is the workroom, where from 1639 until 1658 Rembrandt made his masterpieces. That means that the painting “The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq” better known as “The Night Watch” is also painted in Amsterdam.
When you visit this special museum, pay attention to the fact that Rembrandt (including his famous pupils such as Ferdinand Bol and Flick) also spent their days in this house. A lot of history has been made within these walls!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… When I read this quote I hear Andy Williams singing in my head.
December is a month of joy, happiness, and to finish what you started. There will be al lot of things happening in the city so let’s start making some new memories today!
Find out all things to do in December in our monthly Amsterdam Welcome event calendar
Amsterdam Light Festival:
From the 29th November 2018 until the 20th of January 2019, experience Amsterdam in a different light. Literally. This year, The Amsterdam Light Festival’s theme is ‘the Medium is the Message’, the famous statement by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The role of light in conveying a message and the city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories are central to this edition. This Water Colors Cruise is on for a limited time only.
The Amsterdam Light Festival consists of over 40 sculptures covered in twinkling lights, dotted throughout the city. They’ll be illuminating the waterfront from this winter, turning the city into a flickering wonderland. This is one of the best times to take a canal boat tour of Amsterdam.
TIP: Do you want the best view of the Amsterdam Light Festival? Book a seat in an open of covered boat an do a 75 minutes cruise through the canals of Amsterdam with the special Water Color Cruise arangement! More information
22nd and 23th of December – Christmas market Amsterdam – NDSM
Christmas shopping during the night? That might be impossible, BUT at the ”Amsterdamsche Christmas market” everything seems possible! In the industrial atmosphere of the old NDSM wharf you can shop, watch some Christmas movies and test creativity with the DIY workshops.
15 December – Sissy-Boy Christmas market – Amsterdam North
Sissy-Boy, a famous Dutch conceptstore will organise a special Christmas Market this year. It will return with a market at there head-office in Amsterdam North! The theme is ”Journey of Wonders” let’s get ready for a lot off Glitter and Glamour!
16 December – Funky X-Mas Market – Westergasfabriek
The place for your funky Xmas will return again this year! For the 10th year running you will find lots of beautiful stands full of original creations. Of course there is great food & drink (mulled wine), live music and more…
12:00 – 18:00 Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 27, 1014 DA AMSTERDAM
Events:22 December – Valhalla – RAI Amsterdam
Valhalla is back! This yearly event in Amsterdam will make December even more special. Take out your dancing shoes and dance the night away. Valhalla Festival is a house and techno festival in Amsterdam. The festival takes place at the RAI Amsterdam and is the most incredible night circus in Amsterdam. They describe it as ‘a magical myth for anyone who dares to believe’. Every year, Valhalle festival presents an enviable line-up with groundbreaking talents, with which Valhalla is certainly confirmed as a party tradition of the capital. All night … Valhalla festival!
20 – 22 December and 25-29 December – Winter Parade – Zuiderkerk
For the first time the Zuiderkerk will organize a big Christmas diner for everyone! A table of 120 meters is the symbol of solidarity, happiness, freedom and peace. The chefs and the waitresses climb together with the artists to prepare and serve your meal. During dinner we present a full program and the evening is festively closed by the Silent Disco, with a dance on the table!
21 – 30 December – Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs – RAI Amsterdam
What gives us that typical winter feeling? Right, ice skating, sledding, glühwein and if there is fresh snow then a snowball fight can not be missed. During the Christmas holidays you can do this every day in the RAI Amsterdam during the Amsterdamse Winterparadijs. With an ice rink of more than 2,200 square meters, the largest temporary ice rink of the Netherlands is also presenting on this amazing winter festival! In short, if you are in Amsterdam during the period of 21 – 30 December, you can not miss a visit to the Amsterdamse Winterparadijs! Fore more information and tickets click here
Visit Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and embark on an interactive experience with the greatest artists that ever existed. Art has never been so much fun! The new ‘IamArt’ will allow you to form part of the unique art produced by Dutch Masters like Piet Mondriaan, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. Get lost in one of Escher’s paintings and produce your own work of art in Herman Brood’s studio. Come face to face with great artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and accompany Mona Lisa in one of the best known masterpieces ever created. #IAMART
What would you do if you are uninspired? Then you take some time off and will look for distractions, as did artist friends Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval. In 1887 they traveled to the Caribbean island, Martinique, and made some wonderful works there. The warm and colorful paintings can still be seen in the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam until January 13th 2019.
Rembrandt, perhaps the best-known artist of all time! Discovered the influence that he showed even 200 years after his death in French 19th century art.From elegant French ladies, Parisian cityscapes, impressive landscapes and artistic posters, all this beautiful etching can now be seen in the Rembrandt house.
80 years’war. The Birth of the Netherlands till 20th of January 2019 – Rijksmuseum
This year is the 450th anniversary of the outbreak of the Eighty Years’ War, and to mark the event the Rijksmuseum is holding an exhibition entitled ’80 Years’ War. The Birth of the Netherlands’. From 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019, satirical cartoons, items of clothing, weapons and paintings by Bruegel, Rubens and Ter Borch will be our ‘eyewitnesses’, telling the story of how the Dutch nation was born.
The Amsterdam Museum is located in one of the Netherlands’ oldest and most well-known orphanages. From 1580 to 1960, tens of thousands of children grew up in this historical piece of Amsterdam, in 1975, it was transformed into a museum. The Amsterdam Museum presents ‘Where orphans used to play’ a rich history of the former orphanage, including articles and images about the orphanage as well as interviews with orphans. When you have visited this exhibition, the museum and this piece of Amsterdam would never be the same.
A new month… The days are getting colder and autumn has started. but that doesn’t mean that there are no new exhibitions and events this month! Find out what to do in the chilly and a bit spooky month October
Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 17 – 21 October 2018
This year with more artists at more locations, the festival gets bigger and bigger. With more than 350.000 visitors each year is ADE the biggest club festival in the world. 5 days long brings ADE all electronic music lover together. If you want to visit one of the locations, we advise you to buy your tickets way before! Check out the full program on the website. Or see where the parties will happen through Facebook!
@tomdomscom via ADE
AMF (Johan Cruijff Arena) 20th October 2018 9PM – 6AM
We Own The Night
The biggest indoor festival, uniting people from all over the world. Even the biggest DJ’s like David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will be present at AMF and makes it the biggest party you have ever seen.
CAMERA JAPAN is a festival of Japanese film, but if you want to learn more about the culture of Japan, this is the place to be! Discover Art, music, dance, fashion, food, and much more. Taste and feel the Japanese culture, film, and food like no one else in the Benelux!
Everyone has heard of the Eighty Years’ War, which began 450 years ago. But what is the significance of that war, why is this conflict still important for the Netherlands? In the exhibition 80 Years War, cartoons, tapestries, weapons, paintings by Brueghel, Rubens and Ter Borch, among others, appear as ‘eyewitnesses’ in the story of the origin of the Netherlands.
Stacii Samidin shoot the café
Commissioned by the Rijksmuseum, photographer Stacii Samidin presents various Dutch cafés with their own regulars, customers and castles in the picture Document Netherlands. This exhibition can be seen from 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019.
2019: The year of Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum
This might be the most important exhibition of the year! Never before the Rijksmuseum did use an exhibition of all Rembrandt’s works from the collection: 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 prints. Together they give an unparalleled image of Rembrandt as a human being, of what he saw around him, what fascinated him, how he told his stories and how innovative he was in his work. His penetrating self-portraits, intimate drawings, striking representations of emotions and everyday scenes show that Rembrandt is still one of the greatest artists today.
Gauguin & Laval op Martinique (5 October – 13 January 2019)
This autumn, the Van Gogh Museum will present the special exhibition ‘Gauguin & Laval on Martinique’. In 1887, the artist friends Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval lived and worked in Martinique. For the first time, the colorful works they made there are shown together.
Metahaven: EARTH is the first major overview exhibition of Metahaven. Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden are internationally known as Metahaven with their work that crosses the boundaries between art, design and film. Films and installations can be seen in the exhibition. The new Eurasia film (Questions on Happiness) is also premiered. This work was commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (ICA), and is being screened at both locations at the same time.
Lily van der Stokker: Friendly Good ( 27 October – 24 February 2019)
Lily van der Stokker has built up an extensive and idiosyncratic oeuvre with her exuberant, decorative drawings and monumental wall paintings. In her works she refers to beauty, friendship and friendliness, but also to everyday activities such as cleaning, tidying up and doctor’s visits. She does so without irony or cynicism.
Halloween party Melkweg (26 October)
Ready for a scary night at the Melkweg? Brace yourself for the most frightening party of the year. This year the Melkweg is going bigger and scarier than ever before.
Music Bingo at ClinkNoord (6 October)
BINGO promised a lot of fun and tears. Go to the ZincBAR for Music Bingo!
The game is really easy…
Pick up a bingo card at the bar
When you hear a song that’s on your card mark it off
first one to get a line of songs wins a prize. We’ll carry on all night if we have to!
Rembrandt Art market ( Every Sunday in October)
The Rembrandt Art Market takes place every Sunday in October at Rembrandtplein, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. The Rembrandt Art Market also makes a trip to the Halls in Amsterdam West once a month. Look on the agenda for the days.
Come and look at beautiful art in different disciplines, such as paintings in oil and acrylic, pen drawings, digital art and etching. Sculptures in bronze, glass and ceramics. Photography on Art paper, linen and behind acrylic. Wood carving, art work and jewelery. In short, a multitude of types of art, something for everyone.
Since May 2016, is The A’DAM LOOKOUT the new iconic viewing point in Amsterdam and famous from the moment it’s doors were opened. The tall tower, formerly known as ‘The Shell tower’, offers in addition to fantastic views also many different indoor activities.
The A’DAM LOOKOUT is a real ‘must visit’ in Amsterdam, just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the London Eye in London. At the A’DAM LOOKOUT you will get the best view of Amsterdam. In this 100m high tower you can discover everything you did not know about Amsterdam, with a breathtaking view and some food and drinks of course. The lookout tower offers a spectacular 360º view of Amsterdam that spans the historic city center, the port area and the polders to the north. While visiting the A’DAM LOOKOUT, you will also receive a free digital picture of you visiting the A’DAM LOOKOUT.
Within 22 seconds you reach the top of the tower, and don’t think that the A’DAM LOOKOUT will give you even one dull moment. In the elevator you will see an impressive light show so you’ll be at the top in no time! On the 20th floor is the panorama restaurant where you can enjoy a great view over Amsterdam while enjoying a snack and drink. On the 22nd floor, the roof of the A’DAM LOOKOUT, the real view awaits you. Here in the open air and is a breathtaking view over all corners of Amsterdam, the harbors of Amsterdam Noord, the busy city, canals and the unique polder landscape. And don’t worry there is also a rooftop bar available at the skydeck!
For the daredevils among us
Not exited enough? The A’DAM LOOKOUT offers Europe’s highest swing ‘Over the Edge’. Daredevils and thrillseekers will swing 100 meters high, back and forth over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam literally under your feet. Here you can enjoy the unrivalled view over our capital city while the adrenaline flows through your body. Apart from the A’DAM LOOKOUT entrance ticket, you also need a separate ticket for the Over the Edge swing. A swing ride will cost you only €5 and is available at the box office and on the roof at entrance of the swing.
Well, we hope you have a good insight about the A’DAM LOOKOUT and the experience you will get there. Are you ready to go up the A’DAM LOOKOUT? If so, you can buy all your tickets here and experience the breathtaking view of the A’DAM LOOKOUT.
The best time to visit the tower is before noon and after six o’clock in the evening. Before noon will give you a sight of Amsterdam where everybody will slowly go to work and give you a clear view. And after six o’clock in the evening will show you the beautiful lights and the sunset of Amsterdam from above.
The days getting longer and warmer, August is the perfect month where you can spent your days outside and visit the best Events and Festivals with you friends and family!
Especially for August there is so much going on in the city, that we added the highlights to this new Event Calendar, so check it out!
Amsterdam Gaypride (4 and 5 August)
In the first weekend you already got the best event for the rest of the month!……. Amsterdam Gay Pride is from 28 July till 5 August 2018, with the Canal Parade and street parties taking place between 3 & 5 August. Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest gay events in the world. You will find parties on the street everywhere, the best dance parties and of course the famous Canal Parade through the historic Amsterdam Unesco canal belt on Saturday.
Gay pride is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Amsterdam, so make sure to rent a bike or walk as most of the traffic gets rerouted around the parties.
Top photo: @ellenlaurenroche
CANAL PARADE AFTER MOVIE | PRIDE AMSTERDAM 2017 - YouTube
Zoomeravond at Artis (every Saturday in August )
In August ARTIS is open every Saturday until the sun goes down. There are workshops for children and performances (see program below) by up-and-coming music talents.
Sit down with friends or family and have a picnic in the grass, or order pizza at the outdoor kitchen. You can even learn how to make your own bokashi or listen to stories about cycles in nature. The best thing is to end your day with a tour through the park at sunset.
You can not start your Sunday better than with a yoga class on the roof of the A’DAM Tower with a great view over the whole of Amsterdam. The yoga class is on the roof of the A’DAM Lookout and here you start an intense and energetic lesson in which you can get a kick start of the morning.
This yoga class is suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. After the yoga class, the Panorama Restaurant Moon and the Rooftop Bar are open and you can stay for as long as you want.
Vondelpark Openluchttheater is taking place in the summer months, at the cultural hotspot of Amsterdam; The Vondelpark. Every season there are no less than 150 performances by young talents and well-known artists. In August there is a diverse program with dance, (youth) theater, film, cabaret and lots of music. Every year the Open Air Theater is visited by over 100,000 people from the neighborhood, from Amsterdam, from all over the Netherlands and far from abroad. All performances in the Vondelpark Openluchttheater are freely accessible.
Chillida in Rijksmuseumtuinen – Rijksmuseum
In the exhibition Chillida in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, a collection of nine exceptional sculptures from different periods can be seen, exemplifying his ideas on fullness and emptiness, interior and exterior, gravity and balance. Highlights are Arco de la Libertad (1993) and Homenaie a Calder (1979).
On Saturday 28 July, 25 August and 22 September there is a free tour of Chillida for blind and visually impaired visitors from 2 to 3:30 pm, where you can listen to the story, but also touch the artworks.
Vogue x Chillida - YouTube
The little orphanage – Children on adventure in a 17th century orphanage – Amsterdam Museum
What has been a museum since 1975, was the Burgerweeshuis for 400 years. Learn about what life was like in a 17th-century orphanage with special objects and striking stories. You will be taken on a ride through history which stimulate all your senses.
Maria Austria. Living for Photography – Jewish Cultural Quarter
Until 2 September 2018, an exhibition will be on display at the Jewish Historical Museum about the well-known Amsterdam-Jewish photographer Maria Austria (1915-1975). Here, for the first time, her extensive and versatile oeuvre from the years 1930-1975 is shown all together.
In contrast to earlier exhibitions, a fuller picture of her photography is presented, with many unknown and rediscovered work, including portraits and reportage photography. Very impressive is a series of 150 photographs of the Secret Annex (het achterhuis), made in 1954 by order of Otto Frank.
Verhalen uit het Stadspaleis – Royal Palace
For 370 years the Royal Palace – until 1808 the city hall of Amsterdam – has been a witness of the great history of the country. Famous kings, scientists and artists have been wandering through the halls and galleries for centuries.
But who worked behind the scenes on the building? Who made the bronze bells for the tower, the roof of the Burgerzaal, the chandeliers for the palace? And who used the building day by day when it finaly stood there? Who was locked in the cells and who played the carillon?
Hortus Botanicus Festival (1st of August till 9)
The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. With its rich history, the Hortus is an oasis of peace in the middle of the busy city. During the Hortus Festival there are (free) mini-concerts in the garden, composing workshops for children and two concerts a day. With, among others, Ragazze Quartet, Berlage Saxophone Quartet, Rianne Wilbers, Cora Burggraaf, Doelen Ensemble and Nicole Jordan, Maarten van Veen and of course the Hortus Ensemble.
During the festival you can visit the Hortus Café in the Orangery, between 17:30 and 19:30, for a three-course concert menu
”Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival” ( 23rd of August till 26)
It was perhaps the best newcomer of last year, and this year we will be able to finish the summer during the Amsterdam terraces festival again! And this time the organisation has chosen a larger location for this year’s edition: the Rembrandtpark. More space means of course more hotspots that will represent their terrace at the Amsterdam Terrassen Festival 2018. And also more spots where you can get some good food.
Pluk de Nacht Film Festival (15th of August till 25)
From August 15, the Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam will be home to open air film screenings. As the sun sets, sit in your deckchair, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy a slice of undiscovered cinema. 2018 marks the fifteenth edition at the Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam.
All of the films at Pluk de Nacht have had great success at big international festivals, but still never reached Dutch theatres. Pluk de Nacht shows remarkable documentaries, animation, short and feature films that were not release in the Netherlands or, if they were, only reached a small audience.
Grachten Festival (10th of August till 19)
Everything starts with music at the Grachtenfestival. Young musicians from all over the world will surprise you with their own musical story.
The beautiful canals in the centre of Amsterdam form the perfect backdrop for classical music. The Canal Festival’s concerts are performed on stages by or even on the water, as the musicians stand on pontons and the audience listens from the canal side or from their own boats. Drawing in thousands of lovers of classical and contemporary music from all over the world, this festival is a highlight on Amsterdam’s cultural agenda.
This summer there’s a complete new and unique attraction in Amsterdam: The Amsterdam Historical Tram, in which Willem takes you back in time. The time when horse and carriage were still part of the usual image of the Amsterdam streets, where merchants traded their fresh fruit and vegetables, and also the time when there was little tourism in Amsterdam. It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?
The first and last time the Olympic games were held in Amsterdam was in 1928, more than 2,000 athletes from 46 different countries took part. But how did these athletes all come from the city center to the south of Amsterdam? They went by electric tram, for this is also where tram Willem was built for. Willem is the tram that will take you along the most beautiful streets of Amsterdam during a ride in the Amsterdam Historical Tram. In the tram Willem will tell you everything about what he was in the time that he was allowed to make his trips everyday. Unfortunately, Willem never had the chance to transport the athletes to the Olympic area; the tram was delayed and was completely ready for use one year after the Olympic Games…
During a ride with Willem you will enjoy a delicious Dutch tasting at the Amsterdam Proeflokaal in the Olympic area. The tasting consists of three parts, however what they consist of I will keep to myself!. After the tasting you ride past the most beautiful canals of Amsterdam, so keep your camera at hand and let yourself be dragged back in time.
But now, in 2018 Willem has been removed from the depot to show everyone his city every Saturday and Sunday! The Tram departs from probably the most famous spot in the city: Dam Square, and will leave 5 times per day starting at 10 AM. Be quick since there are only limited seats available per ride!