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Amsterdam Events Guide – what’s on and when

There is usually always something happening in Amsterdam, below is a list of the annual events held each year plus links to “what’s on in Amsterdam” sites which show daily listing of everything happening in Amsterdam on a nightly basis.


Picasso- Master of Line exhibition

Cobra Museum, Amstelveen

The Ottomans

Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam on Dam Square.

Every winter the Nieuwe Kerk church hold an exhibition devoted to treasures from other countries and cultures. Recent years have seen titles like The Black Pharaohs, Mexico – Iourney to the land of the gods and The Way to Heaven


Auto RAI

10-20 February (Every 2 years)

Amsterdam’s international motor show, takes place every two years at the Amsterdam RAI centre

Amsterdam Boat Show

28 February – 5 March (Every year)

The Amsterdam Boat Show takes place every year at the Amsterdam RAI Boats in all shapes, sizes and budgets from a small dingy to huge yacht.


Remembrance Day, remembering the war dead . The Dutch Royal Family attend the celebrations help on Dam Square every 4th of March.


Queens night / day April 27th.

Over half a million Dutch people all dressed in orange and getting drunker by the hour.

Huge street markets open all over the city and houses open up stalls from their houses and sell all sorts. Must be seen before you die type of thing.

World Press Photo

24 April – 18 June( Every year)

Every year the very best international professional news photographers enter their wears for the World Press Photo competition, the most prestigious in its field. The winning photos and runners-up then form a large touring exhibition that visits 85 countries around the world but always beginning here, in Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk.


National Windmill Day11th May – , Amsterdam’s six working windmills open to the public for to see inside a real working windmill.

Kunst RAI International Art Fair

May 3rd to 7th Every year)

The International Art Fair, held each year at Amsterdam’s RAI centre is a magnet for gallery owners and collectors from all over the world who converge on this fair to buy new works by contemporary artists. Over 100 galleries present their exhibits, including paintings, glass, jeweler and ethnographic’s.


Pinkster Tennis Tournament

2nd to 5th June / Dates to be confirmed yearly

Every year Amsterdam hosts The Pinkster Tennis Tournament the top date on the Gay and Lesbian Tennis summer circuit. The tournament attracts a lot of competitors from around the world to the Goldstar arena with it’s clay courts. Hosted yearly by the Smashing Pink club, this friendly yet competitive sporting event is one of the biggest gay and lesbian tennis tournament in the world if not the biggest.


Dance Valley Festival

14-15 July(Every year)

Dance Valley is the biggest open-air dance festival held in Holland and the best in Europe.

Each year over 50,000 clubbers descend on the countryside of an idyllic nature reserve just outside Amsterdam, the Spaarnwoude Recreation Ground, for a party to remember.


Amsterdam Gay Pride. Huge canal festival held on the Prinsengracht canal . Also may other concerts and shows held all over the city.

Canal festivalalso on the Prinsengracht is the Grachtenfestival (canal festival), over 70 classical concerts play on a floating stage on the canal. Boat owners tie their boats together and sit and listen. At times you could hear a pin drop it’s so quite. Amazing at night time on a fine evening.


IBC (International Broadcasting)

7-12 September (Every year)

The IBC 2006 electronic media conference and exhibition centre is one of the world’s leading broadcast technology events held anywhere and with more than 1000 companies demonstrating their products and services it’s no wonder you cannot get a hotel room in Amsterdam September 6th to 12th yearly.

Car-Free Day

18 September (T.B.C) (Every year)

First started in 1998, Amsterdam car free day is organised by the City council to raise environmental awareness. The entire centre of the city becomes a car-free zone for a day and a cyclists heaven


Amsterdam Marathon15th October yearly – – 26 mile fun run. (ha Ha)

The Canoe Tour of Amsterdam /De Kano Toertocht door de Grachten

9th October (Every year) is an evening tour of Amsterdam’s canals by several hundred illuminated canoes and kayaks. It makes quite a sight with the them all maneuvering their way round the Amsterdam waterways and all illuminated by 1000’s of fairy lights.

Amsterdam Dance Event

19-21 October (Every year)

By day the Amsterdam Dance Event is Europe’s most important conference on dance and electronic music. By night it’s it turns into a festival that draws talent from across the dance music spectrum to some of Amsterdam’s best dance venues around the city including Escape, Melkweg and Paradiso.


Cannabis Cup. Held every year. Around 2000 tourists (Mostly American) come over to sample the different weeds and hash and then judge/vote on which they think is the best. Serious shit as the winning coffeeshop is guaranteed 1000′ of sales of the winning weed.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

23 November – 3 December (Every year)

The International Documentary Film Festival is held yearly in various venues around the city and is one of the leading documentary festivals held anywhere and annually screens over 180 films in different formats and theme programmes.


25th Dec Christmas Day,, A lot of places close throughout the city but every year more and more seem to open.

31st Dec New Year’s Eve, street parties, , Dam Square, and Fireworks on Nieuwmarkt.

Dam square throws a party and Nieuwmarkt square goes firework crazy, This is NOT an organised event but just locals doing their own thing. 3 or 4 hours of not stop fireworks. Can be a bit scary at times as people are just setting them off all around you.

For a list of EVERY EVENT happening in Amsterdam by month

Event Tickets / Concerts

If you wish to attend a concert, show

orother Amsterdam event during your stayyou can purchase most ticketsatTicket UnlimitedorTicket Master(Both sites in English).Tickets Unlimited sell tickets for many events which tickets have already been sold out for, but you got to be prepared to pay for them.

If you’re looking for Jazz in Amsterdam this is the siteThe JazzServer

If you are trying to organise an event – Check out Amsterdam Events

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