Things to do in Amsterdam... Guide

When in building a guide to Amsterdam. This has been updated January 24 2018. It lists things to do and links to our blog pages that are perfect for visitors and guests to Amsterdam.

This page is updated regularly  and is open to comment and suggestions. . It is not complete so please send your needs and suggestions.

To start with we have our popular general blogs packed with tips. Then we the major events and finally we have have listed by months events and things to do in Amsterdam.

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Top Ten Things to do in Amsterdam: a critical look

Overcoming the biggest problems Visitors have in Amsterdam

Things to do in Amsterdam: Local tips from famous Amsterdammers

Rijksmuseum critics: What you need to know before you visit

Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam: small and local

Best Places for real coffee and no smoke in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Jordaan: Saturday Market 

Amsterdam sightseeing guided tours: An Overview  

Amsterdam Guide to Dutch Design

Canal Cruise with a difference

Cool Bar near Dam Square not touristy: Bar Jones

Beer Bar Amsterdam: In de Wildeman

Cool Lunch Places for Couples

10 Things to do with Children under the age of 13

Best Beer and Brewery Tours of Amsterdam

Major Events:

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

Spring time is Tulip time and the worlds largest tulip garden opens on March 22, 2018 until May 13, 2018 . It is a must see and something everyone should see once in their lives.

Holland's Keukenhof Tulip Gardens Open

Clocks change forward 25 March

King's Day: formerly Queen's Day , 2014 was the first King's Day in many generations. In 2018 the date of the party is Friday 27 April.


The National Ballet - Don Quichot - 13 February until 4 March 2018


24 - 25 - Cocoa (chocolate festival) at the Beurs van Berlage of Amsterdam. Check out the program and pre-purchase tickets.

24 - Nacht voor de Nacht - 25 Amsterdam clubs are open for 1 ticket of 20 euros for one night of amazing DJs

Museum Exhibitions

Rembrandt House Museum - Rembrandt's Master Pupils - until 18 February

Amsterdam Museum - Rembrandt's Master Pupils - until 18 February

Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)

March 2018

3-4 - 1st weekend of March is the Spirit of Amsterdam - whisky event.

until 4 MarchThe National Ballet - Don Quichot

6 - 11 March- Cinemasia Film Festival

8 - 18 March - Roze Filmdagen - Amsterdam LGBTQ film festival

9 - 11 March Amsterdam Coffee Festival

5 - 21 March - Restaurant Week  Amsterdam restaurants provide a set course meal at discounted prices for lunch and dinner.

16 - 17 March - St Patrick's Festival Amsterdam

16 - 17 March - Amsterdam's Butoh International Festival - Japanese Dance

22 March -  Keukenhof Gardens open 22 March until 13 May

24 March Open Tower Day - book a spot and climb an Amsterdam tower for free. From 1 March you can book your spot on their new website.

25 March - Eye Film Museum Eyeshadow Program - Each month a movie is followed by a live music performance from the movie - March edition is - Drive (2011)

25 March - Clocks move forward 1 hour at midnight

28 March - 1 April - Awakenings - Easter Special

Museum Exhibitions


Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)


1 April - Awakenings - Easter Special

7 April - Cherry Blossom Festival - Amsterdamse Bos - 200 Cherry trees in nearby Amstelveen

9- 15 April - National Museum Week - museums throughout the country reduce their price.

15 April - Museumplein Market - Monthly market on Museumplein

22 April - Spring Beer Festival (Meibock Bier Festival) Cancelled for 2018

22 April - Ready, Set, Play - interactive story telling where the audience plays a part.

27 April - King's Day  Here is a list of museums and attractions that are open on King's Day 2018.

30 April - Symphonic Cinema - A Symphony orchestra plays a live soundtrack to a contemporary film

Museum Exhibitions


Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)


4  May- Remembrance Day

9 - 13 May - Amsterdam Rolling Kitchens Food Festival - Rollende Keukens 2018 - read our experience from previous years here at Food Festival on Wheels.

22 - 24 May- Amsterdam Rugby 7s International rugby tournament (event moved to June)

17 May - Restaurant Day Local amateurs open their doors to create their own restaurants

Museum Exhibitions


Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)


8 - 10 June - Amsterdam 7s Rugby Tournament

19 June - Beyonce and Jay Z stadium concert at Amsterdam Arena

Holland Festival

23-24 June - Strange Sounds from Beyond - music festival

Museum Exhibitions - June 2018


Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)



18 July - Vunzige Deuntjes


1st week Gay Pride

12 -21 Mid August Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival)

Last weekend of August Uitmarkt

Museum Exhibitions - August 2018



Open Monument Day

Jordaan Festival

Museum Exhibitions - August 2018

Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)

Museum Exhibitions - October 2018

Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)

Every Saturday - Encore & Voyage is an evening of Hip Hop, R&B and soulful house music. Held in the Melkweg in central Amsterdam ticket can be found on line at Melkweg.

7 - Museum Night Amsterdam

11 - St Martin's Day

31 October - 8 November - International Storytelling Festival.

14 - Rooftop Movie Night in  heated pool. For the first time Rooftop movies takes their event to Marnixbad swimming pool. Take you swimmers and enjoy food, cocktails and a movie. Movies are in English. Tickets only online at Rooftop Movie Nights.

14 - 15 - Future Festival - Two day long dance party  with 4 stages and 50 artists. Music is House beats and techno. Event is held in Amsterdam West.

15 -  Arrival of Sinterklaas - parade through Amsterdam for the arrival of Saint Nicholas

18 - 29 International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam

19 - Turn on the Lights - Amsterdam premium department stores unveils its building's light display for the holiday season with a show.

26 -29 - Amsterdam Art Weekend contemporary art fair with activities and exhibitions.

28 November - 17 January 2018 - Amsterdam Lights Festival public contemporary art light festival

27 - 29 Messterlijk Design, applied art and food festival

28 - 30 World Architecture Festival Awards - the Oscars of Architecture

Museum Exhibitions - November 2018

Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)


1 December- 17 January 2019 - Amsterdam Lights Festival public contemporary art light festival.

3 - 29 - National Opera performs Hansel and Gretel

5 -  Sinterklaas. Not a holiday or any noticeable events in Amsterdam but families will meet for a meal.

6 - Kerst Fair Sunday Market - local artisan market at Westergasfabriek

11 - 1 January National Ballet performs the Nutcracker and the Mouse King

13 - Pure Market

13 - Funky Xmas market

18 - 20 Amsterdamshe Kerstmarket NDSM Amsterdam North.

19 - 3 January - Winter Circus performs at the RAI centre.

19 -20 NeighborFood Market

19 - Valhalla Festival. A mixture of circus and dance music from 10:30pm until 7am.

20 - Pure Market

20 - Museum Market

31 - Awakenings dance party at Westergasfabriek 49.50 euro per person

31 - Freaqshow at Ziggo Dome 62.50 euro each

31 - Reaktor two day electronic dance music festival in old wearhouse

Museum Exhibitions - December 2018

Foam (Amsterdam photography museum)

When in Amsterdam....enjoy!