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Things to do for locals

Living in Amsterdam means there’s always something to do. In addition to Amsterdam’s regular cultural calendar, always chock-full of gigs and plays and festivals, some events are particularly nice for locals, from food festivals to comedy shows, architecture tours to book presentations and Sunday markets to kids’ film events. Browse our selection below.

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Chinese New Year

Dam 1
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
Dam
16/02/2018
In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on 16 February. Festivities traditionally take place on Amsterdam's Dam Square and around the hist...

Nine Months Fair

Europaboulevard 22
1078 RV AMSTERDAM
RAI Amsterdam
21/02/2018 - 25/02/2018
For five days every year, the cavernous RAI Amsterdam is transformed into a paradise for (prospective) parents during the Nine Mon...

Sunday Market

Westergasfabriek
1014 BE AMSTERDAM
Sunday Market
04/03/2018 - 02/12/2018
Sunday Market is an art, fashion and design market, where designers, artists and other creatives sell their wares directly to the ...

IamExpat Fair

Polonceaukade 27
1014 DA AMSTERDAM
Westergasfabriek
07/04/2018
The IamExpat Fair is designed to connect expats and local businesses in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. The fair takes ...

Innenschau [Revisited]

Meer en Vaart 300
1068 LE AMSTERDAM
Theater De Meervaart
05/04/2018 - 07/04/2018
Swedish director Jakop Ahlbom revisits his acclaimed performance 'Innenschau' at the Meervaart from 17 to 20 January 2018, and als...

Amsterdam City Swim

Kattenburgerstraat
1018 JA AMSTERDAM
Marine Etablissement Amsterdam
02/09/2018
Every September the canal cruise boats and other vessels make way for up to 2,500 brave swimmers (and another 500 kids) as the Ams...

Amsterdam Fringe Festival

Diverse locaties/various locations
1073 TN AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam Fringe Festival
06/09/2018 - 16/09/2018
Amsterdam is firmly in the grip of performing arts as summer draws to a close each year and the Dutch Theatre Festival and the acc...

UNESCO World Heritage Weekend

Herengracht
1016 CJ AMSTERDAM
UNESCO Werelderfgoedweekend
08/09/2018 - 09/09/2018
Each year, the nine Dutch UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which includes Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, literally and metaphorically open th...

Amsterdam Heritage Days

Diverse locaties
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
Diverse locaties in Amsterdam
08/09/2018 - 09/09/2018
The Amsterdam Heritage Days annually explore and celebrate the city’s rich history by casting open the doors of important building...

Amsterdam Maker Festival

Kattenburgerstraat 5
1018 JA AMSTERDAM
Marineterrein
08/09/2018 - 09/09/2018
The Amsterdam Maker Festival is the ultimate hands-on event offering a large, open-plan workplace for craftspeople to show off the...