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October highlights in Amsterdam

Browse I amsterdam's October highlights for an idea of the festivals, performances and other special events in store throughout the month.

Amsterdam festivals, events & exhibitions in October

Autumn is turning Amsterdam a beautiful orange and amber as the days get shorter and cooler, but that just means the city packs more in. The music venues are busy with touring bands, museums fill up as people begin looking for indoor activities and intriguing festivals inspire the curious.


24H Noord

24H Amsterdam is an opportunity to experience the city in new ways. The Noord edition takes place on 29 October 2016, showcasing the north of Amsterda...

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the gateway to the international electronic music scene. As the world's biggest club festival a...

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

When it comes to running events, you could say Amsterdam has a personal best: the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Held annually in mid-October, the event draw...


14/10/2017 - 20/10/2017
The Cinekid Festival is an annual film, television and new-media festival for children across the Netherlands, attended by more th...

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum
21/10/2016 - 29/01/2017
Enter the world of Charles-Francois Daubigny, a 19th-century painter who influenced Van Gogh and other famous Impressionists. The ...

Camera Japan

13/10/2017 - 15/10/2017
The largest multidisciplinary Japanese cultural festival in the Benelux, Camera Japan presents a heady mix of film, art, music and...

Frans Post. Animals in Brazil

07/10/2016 - 08/01/2017
The exhibition 'Frans Post: Animals in Brazil' showcases Brazilian landscapes from the 17th century at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterda...

AMF Amsterdam

Amsterdam ArenA
In October 2016, some of the biggest names in electronic dance music are expected to once again invade the Amsterdam ArenA for ano...

Cello Biënnale Amsterdam

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
21/10/2016 - 29/10/2016
Cello Biënnale Amsterdam, the world’s biggest cello festival takes place in Amsterdam every two years, bringing an impressive line...

Amsterdam Halloween Festival

Amsterdam Halloween Festival
20/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
Amsterdam Spook have been providing partygoers in Amsterdam with their Halloween fix since 2000. Morbidly hanging on to the belief...

Hercules Segers

07/10/2016 - 08/01/2017
Hercules Segers is one of the most intriguing artists of the Golden Age and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses the largest collec...

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival

EYE Film Instituut Nederland
24/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
The KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival features a massive selection of top-quality animated films that go well beyond Walt's work....

PINT Bokbierfestival

Beurs van Berlage
27/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
The largest beer festival in the Netherlands, the PINT Bokbier Festival is an annual fixture in Amsterdam. The festival returns to...

Afrovibes Festival

Diverse Locaties / Various locations
Afrovibes is an African cultural and performing arts festival that tours the Netherlands every autumn, traditionally stopping off ...

Ai Weiwei – #SafePassage

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
16/09/2016 - 07/12/2016
Amsterdam photography museum Foam presents a large-scale solo exhibition by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. #SafePassag...

The Buddha

23/09/2016 - 31/01/2017
Having drawn 70,000 visitors in Leiden, this eye-catching exhibition brings the story of the Buddha to the Tropenmuseum in Amsterd...

'I Am Not a Tourist' Expat Fair

Beurs van Berlage
Whether you’re new to the Netherlands, recently arrived or about to make the big move, jot down Sunday, 2 October 2016 in your dia...

90 Years Miss Monroe

De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
01/10/2016 - 05/02/2017
In the year that would have marked her 90th birthday, this exhibition pays tribute to a true celebrity icon: Marilyn Monroe. It ca...

Catherine, the Greatest

Hermitage Amsterdam
18/06/2016 - 15/01/2017
A collection of more than 300 paintings, sculptures and personal objects of Catherine the Great make their way from St Petersburg ...

Dream Out Loud

Stedelijk Museum
26/08/2016 - 01/01/2017
The Stedelijk Museum sets out to introduce the lesser-known talent of 26 artists in the large group exhibition, Dream out Loud, sh...

Pride Photo Award

Oude Kerk Amsterdam
10/09/2016 - 16/10/2016
Running from 10 September till 16 October 2016 at Amsterdam’s historic Oude Kerk, this exhibition showcases the results of the ann...

Read My World

Read My World is the international literature festival of Amsterdam. Going beyond the commonplace, it explores the boundaries of l...

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