An events calendar

This is a month-by-month list of events that are happening, or usually happen, in Amsterdam, or surrounding areas. Where possible, I’ve included the dates for 2019 but some dates are not yet published or will change. Check the event’s website for more up-to-date information! And this is totally not a comprehensive list – a mix of theatre, art, film, liquor, food, and music.


1: New Year’s Day

5: Jazzfest Minifest

16-20: First Art Fair

18-19: L & B Whiskey Weekend

19: National Tulip Day

19-20: Hotel Nacht

19-20: Vondelparkloop

20: every third Sunday of the month, begins Museum Markt

26-2 Feb: Impro Amsterdam


Ice * Amsterdam is on until the 3rd.

1-3: Little Italy

1-3: Mono Japan

5: Chinese New Year

7-10: Human Rights Weekend

16-24: Huishoudbeurs, a homemakers’ fair

20-24: Chocoa Festival

28-17 March: Opera Forward Festival


The Whiskey & Spirits Festival (relaunching in 2020)

1-3: The Amsterdam Coffee Festival

5-10: CinemAsia Film Festival

8-10: Cinedans - Dance on Screen Festival

12-16: Something Raw

14-24: Roze Filmdagen

16: Cross-linx Festival

22-24: Amsterdam Wine Festival

23: Jazzfest

23: Open Tower Day

23: Goois Jazz Festival

31: Pure Markt

National Restaurant Week


It’s flower season!

The Tulip Festival is on for the whole month.

3-7: Minimal Music Festival

6: The Cherry Blossom Festival in Amsterdamse Bos runs for two weeks to mark the coming of spring.

6: IAmExpat Fair

8-14: National Museum Week

10-14: Sounds of the Underground Festival

10-20: Imagine Film Festival

13: Record Store Day

13-7 July: World Press Photo Exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk

17-22: Kunst RAI Art

19: Good Friday

19-21: Awakenings Festival

from 21: the Springsnow Festival celebrating the city’s whirling elm seeds

21: Easter

22: Easter Monday

26: King’s Night

27: King’s Day


In May, the Openluchttheatre (open air theatre) starts in Vondelpark through the whole month.

4: National Remembrance Day

5: Liberation Day (4 en 5 mei)

18: We Are Lost Festival

18: International Gin Festival

22-25: Moving Futures, Dans Festival

25: 909

Lente Kabinet (2018: 26-27th)

26-2 June: Rollende Keukens

30: Ascension Day

31-2 June: Taste of Amsterdam

31-2 June: Best Kept Secret


ZOOmeravonden start at Artis Zoo, staying open till sunset.

1-2: Amsterdam Open Air

Sneakerness (2018: 3-4th)

7-9: Red Light Jazz

9: Whit Sunday

10: Whit Monday

14-16: Open Tuinen Dagen (Open Garden Days)

15-16: Houtfestival

29: Nomads Festival

Holland Festival

Robeco Summer Nights


1: Keti Koti Festival

5-14: Over het IJ

27-28: Milkshake Festival

27-28: Guilty Pleasure Festival

Pride Amsterdam starts on the 27th.


Dekmantel Festival

2-3: Pride Amsterdam, street parties and parades

3: Pride Amsterdam, canal parade.

9-18: Grachten Festival

10-11: Loveland Festival

14-18: Haarlem Jazz and More

14-22: Summer Dance Forever

15-18 (probably): Lowlands Festival

17: Prinsengrachtconcert

17-18: Latin Village

23-25: Mysteryland

World Cinema Amsterdam Festival

Amsterdam Fringe Festival


14-15: Open Monument Day

20-22: Unseen Festival


Muziek in het seven bruggen kwartier

Amsterdam Dance Event

3-6: Camera Japan

4: Adnight

9-13: KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival

10-12: Read My World

20: TCS Amsterdam Marathon


Bacchus Wijn Festival (2018: 23-25th)


International Documentary Film Festival

17: Sinterklaas arrives in Amsterdam


Beginning of the Amsterdam Light Festival until the end of January.


5: Sinterklaas

24: Christmas Eve

25: Christmas

26: Boxing Day

31: New Year’s Eve