Things to do in Amsterdam... Guide

When in building a guide to Amsterdam. This has been updated November 16 2015 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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Cool Bar near Dam Square not touristy: Bar Jones

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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 20 2015 until May 17 2015 . It is a must see and something everyone should see once in their lives.

Holland's Keukenhof Tulip Gardens Open

Clocks change forward 30 March

King's Day: formerly Queen's 2014 will be the first King's Day in many generations.


7 - Spirit of Amsterdam - One day whisky event.

4 - 8 - Five Days Off - large electronic music festival that lasts for 5 days

5 - 15 - Restaurant Week  Amsterdam restaurants provide a set course meal at discounted prices for lunch and dinner.

6- 8- Cocoa (chocolate festival) at the Beurs van Berlage of Amsterdam. Pre-purchase tickets.

13 - 15 Giant Arcade Festival with lots of games, music, food and more games.

28 Open Tower Day - book a spot and climb an Amsterdam tower for free. From 5 March you can book your spot

29 March - Clocks move forward 1 hour at midnight

Museum Exhibitions

Late Rembrandt: Rijkmuseum


5 - 6 - Museum Weekend - museums throughout the country reduce their price.

15 - 17 - Spring Beer Festival (Meibock Festival)

25-26 April - Kings Day

Museum Exhibitions

Late Rembrandt: Rijksmueum


4 - Remembrance Day

22 - 24 - Amsterdam Rugby 7s International rugby tournament

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

13 - 17 May - Rolling Kitchens Festival


Holland Festival


1st week Gay Pride

12 -21 Mid August Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival)

Last weekend of August Uitmarkt


Open Monument Day

Jordaan Festival


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 2016 - Amsterdam Lights Festival public contemporary art light festival

27 - 29 Messterlijk Design, applied art and food festival


1 December- 17 January 2016 - 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

When in Amsterdam....enjoy!