Amsterdam Events 2016

Want to know what’s on in Amsterdam 2016? Check out this calendar of Amsterdam Events 2016. Please check the links for more information about the events of 2016 in Amsterdam. Dates for annual events will be added when a specific date has been set. Would you like something added to the Amsterdam calendar? Please send email via the contact form. This calendar of events in Amsterdam for 2016 is updated regularly.

For latest events in Amsterdam, keep posted on Twitter with @WhatsupwithA and Facebook. Also check out the Amsterdam Music Festival 2016 calendar and the calendar for open air cinema Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Events in January 2016

November 2015 – January 17
Amsterdam Light Festival (FREE)
Light art installations in open air

January 3
Sunday Market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Shopping for art, fashion and design

January 9 – 10
Flea market @ IJhallen (Amsterdam North, NDSM)

January 13 – February 7
Flamenco Biennale 

January 15
Whisky Weekend Amsterdam 2016 @ Posthoorn kerk

January 16
National Tulip Day @ Dam Square (FREE)
Massive temporary tulip field on Dam Square (+ free tulip picking!)

January 16- 17
Amsterdam Hotel Night 
Cheap hotel stays for Amsterdam residents

January 21 – 24
Realisme
@ Passenger Terminal Amsterdam
Annual art fair

January 23, 24
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goodsJanuary 29 – 30

Grauzone Festival @ Melkweg
New wave music, art and film

January 29 – 31
Food Soul Festival Amsterdam @ Kromhouthal (NDSM)
Culinary festival with food trucks and soul music

 

Amsterdam Events in March 2016

April 1 – 6
CinemAsia Film Festival @ De Balie
Festival with films from Asia

March 5
The spirit of Amsterdam @ Zuiderkerk
Whiskey Festival

March 5
I am Expat Fair @Westergasfabriek

March 6
Sunday Market Spring is in the air @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Shopping for art, fashion and design

 

Local Goods Market @ De Hallen, Amsterdam

March 10 – 20
Pink Film Days @ Het Ketelhuis,Westergasfabriek
Amsterdam gay & lesbian film festival

March 12 – 13
24H West @ Amsterdam West
All kinds of activities all over Amsterdam West (website in Dutch only)

March 12
Rollerdisco @ De Balie

March 12
Silent Walk Amsterdam (Stille Omgang) @ Spui (FREE)
Remembrance of ‘Amsterdam miracle’ (1345)

March 12 – 13
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

March 15 – 20
Cinedans @ Eye Film Museum
Dance on Screen Festival

March 15 – 25
Opera Forward Festival

March 18 -20
Amsterdam Coffee Festival Westergasfabriek

March 19
Open Tower Day
19 historical & modern towers open for the public

March 24-28
Foodfestival Amsterdam @ Rai

March 26 – 27 
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

March 23
Vondelfestival 2016 @ various locations around Vondelpark
Theatre & Cabaret (mostly in Dutch)

March 27
Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael (FREE)
Food festival


March 31 – April 3

Unfair Amsterdam 2016Westergasfabriek
Art fair for young artists

Amsterdam Events in May 2016

May 4 and 5
National remembrance day WWII  and Dutch Liberation Day @ Dam Square (FREE)

May 5 – 8 
Yummya @ Jaap Eden IJsbaan
Food festival with food trucks

May 5 – 8
Amsterdam Kookt @ Olympisch Stadion (FREE)
Food Festival and live music

May 5 – 8
Ibiza Hippie Market Las Dalias Westergasfabriek

May 7 – 8
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

May 7- 8 
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

May 8
Amsterdam Tweedride @ Amsterdam centre
Parade of bikers dressed up in tweed

May 12 – 16
Weekend of the Rolling KitchensWestergasfabriek (FREE)
Food festival

May 13 – 15
Amsterdam Trail 2016 @ Amsterdam galleries
Walking route along art galleries in Amsterdam Spiegel Quarter, Amstelveld and Jordaan, focus on tribal art

May 20
Rollerdisco @ Westerunie

May 21 
Soccer Rocker @ Sportpark Drieburg (East)
Football tournament with live rock music

May 21-22
24H Zuidoost @ Amsterdam Zuidoost
24 hr long program filled with music, theatre art, expo, food etc at venues in neighborhood Amsterdam Southeast (Bijlmer)

May 21 – 22
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

May 21-22
Festival Muze van Zuid @ Various locations around Amsterdam South
Classical music concerts

May 21 –  22 
Fête de la nature @ various locations all over The Netherlands
Walks, tours, excursions in nature

May 22 
Good Hair Festival @ Tropenmuseum
Hair demo’s, talks, tips & tricks, markt, free treatmens and Q&A with Lady Gaga’s hair stylist

May 24
Films with a view Summer Screenings (1st) @ Pllek (NDSM)
Outdoor film screening (EVERY TUESDAY)

May 25 – 30
Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival @ Eye & Pathé

May 25 – 29
Amsterdam Art Fair @ Museum Square

May 28
Harira, food and stories festival @ Erasmus Park (FREE)

May 28
Dutch protest against TTIP @ Beursplein

May 28 – 29
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

May 28
BierOost @ Jaap Edenbaan
Festival about special beer

Amsterdam Events in July 2016

ALL MONTH
Vondelpark Festival @ Vondelpark (FREE)
Every weekend music and performances

ALL MONTH
Artis Zoomeravonden @ Artis Zoo
Every Saturday till sunset live music

 

July 1
Remembrance abolishment slavery (Keti Koti) @ Oosterpark (FREE)

July 2 – 12
Over het IJ Festival @ NDSM
Theatre festival with food djs, etc

July 2
Japies Hof @ Jaap Edenhal
Live music, food, programme for kids

July 2 – 3
Oedipus International Beer Festival @ Oedipus Brewing

July 10
Pure Markt @ Amstelpark (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

July 14 – 17
Food Truck Festival TREK @ Amstelpark
Food festival

July 16
Nutella Festival @ Stadspodium (Westpoort, behind Westerpark)

July 16
The most Wuthering Heights Day ever 
People recreating Kate Bush hit song video


July 20 – 28
July 17
NeighbourFood market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Food Festival

Hortus Festival @ Hortus Botanicus & other
Classical music – 20th cent. American composers

July 23
Wild West Brew @ Bos en Lommerplantsoen (FREE)
Craft beer, food, music & live wrestling

July 23 – 24
Viva Las Vega’s Food Festival @De Hallen (Bellamyplein 51) (FREE)
Vegetarian food festival

July 23 – 24
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

July 31
Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

Amsterdam Events in september 2016

September 3
Food night @ Java Straat (FREE)
Food stalls, live music

September 4
Amsterdam City Swim
Participants swim the Amsterdam canals for charity (ALS)

September 10-11
Open Monuments Day (Heritage Days) @ many locations in Amsterdam (FREE)
Free access to monumental buildings

September 10 -11
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

September 11
Summer Breeze Latin Festival @ Vondelpark
S
alsa, merenque, latin dance workshops & shows

September 11
Pure Markt @ Amstelpark (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

September 11 -20
Fotoweek
Nation wide events about photography (website in Dutch only)

September 14 -18
Morgenland Festival @ Bimhuis, Tolhuistuin, Splendor
World music, literature, cinema, performance, debate and a student programme

September 16 – 18
The rebellious muse @ Kunstwest
Festival by Feminist Art Collective

September 16 – 25
Week of the African novel 

September 17
Smaakboulevard @ Sloterplas (Meer en Vaart) (FREE)
Food Festival

September 17 – 18
NeighbourFood market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Food & Flee Festival

September 22 – 25
Amsterdam drawing 2016 @ NDSM
Annual art fair for unique contemporary works of art on paper: gouache, collage, watercolour, paint, charcoal, pen or ink

September 23 -25
Unseen Photo Fair & Festival @ Westergasfabriek

September 24
Kinkerstraat Music Day @ Kinkerstraat  (FREE)
Live bands playing on Kinkerstreet

September 24
FoodShare Festival @ Marcantilaan plein, Amsterdam West (FREE)

September 24 
Weesperzijdefestival @ Weesperzijde (Along river Amstel)
Music, tours, kids’ program, tasting, bar, films

September 24
MercatorMarkt @ Mercatorplein (Amsterdam West) (FREE)
Market  and festival crossing Amsterdam and Meditteranean-African cultures: theatre, live music

September 24
Sinchi, altered states @ Pllek (NDSM)
Art / Photo Gallery, Children’s art and music workshops, Aboriginal music and films, Music Program of DJ’s and Live Music

September 24 – 25
Ruwe Diamantfestival 2016 @ Cinetol
New bands, artiss and filmmakers present their work

September 24 -25
BierWest Festival @ Rembrandtpark
Special beers festival

 

September 24 -25
24H Zuid/Zuidoost @ various locations in Amsterdam South/Southeast (mostly FREE)
Workshops, guided tours, performances, food and drink, music, parties

September 25
Tuinen van West @ Gardens @ Tom Schreursweg 48 (Nieuw-West)
Tasting, food trucks, demonstrations, workshops, singer-songwriters, bands, story tellers

September 25
Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

September 25
Markt van 1001 Smaken @ Centrale markthallen Foodcenter Amsterdam
Large food market with tasting

September 28
Fighting for Peace @ De Nieuw liefde
Documentary about young boxers in the favela’s in Rio.

September 25
Rotzooi, Fermentation Festival @ Mediamatic

Amsterdam Events in December 2016

ALL MONTH
December  – January 18 2017

Amsterdam Light Festival @ many public locations (FREE)
Route of illuminated artworks along streets and canals of Amsterdam

December 16 – 18

Nossa Kizomba festival @ Brasa Dance Studios
Films  of the history of Angolan music, African Fashion show,  art about Amsterdam, dance: Jazz, Semba, Housedance to Afrohouse.

December 17 – 18
NeighbourFood Market (FREE)

Amsterdam Events in February 2016

February 5
Mono Japan @ Lloyd Hotel
Japanese craft & design

February 6 – 8
Chocoa Festival @ Beurs van Berlage
Chocolate festival

February 7
Sunday Market Valentines edition @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Shopping for art, fashion and design

February 12
Evening market Valentine edition @ Roest (FREE)

February 13 – 14
Design>Icons Amsterdam @ Kromhouthal
60 international dealers showcasing their personal vintage furniture selection

February 19
Chinese New Year celebrations @ Amsterdam Chinatown

February 13 – 14
24H Oost @ various location in Amsterdam East (mostly FREE)
Workshops, guided tours, performances, food and drink, music, parties

February 27 -28
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

February 25
1941 February strike remembrance @ Jonas Daniel Meijerplein (Amsterdam Jewish District) (FREE)

February 27
MercatorMarkt @ Mercatorplein
Market

Amsterdam Events in April 2016

 

All MONTH
Tulips in bloom (Tulip Festival)

April 1 – 30
World Minimal Music Festival 2016 @ Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

April 2
World Pillow Fight Day @ Dam Square

April 6 – 16
Imagine Film Festival @ Eye Filmmuseum
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival (AFFF)

April 9
Cherry Blossom Festival @ Amstelveen (FREE)

April 9 – 10 
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

April 10
Pure Markt @ Amstelpark (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

April 13 – 17
Sotu Festival @ places around Vondelpark
Noise, indie rock, psychedelia, avant-garde, bass music, improv jazz and underground dance

April 15
Amsterdam Weekend of anatomy @ Vrolik Museum
Back-stage tours, a walking tour, lectures, workshops, anatomical demonstrations (all in English), drinks in the museum, and much more!

April 16 – 24
Museum Week @ div museums in The Netherlands
Special entry prices & events at over 400 museums

April 17
Meibock Festival 
Festival surrounding spring beers @ Posthoornkerk

April 19 – 24
Cinéma Arabe @ Rialto, De Balie, Podium Mozaïek, Studio/K
Contemporary films from arab countries

April 20 – 27
Nieuwmarkt Aprilfeesten @ Nieuwmarkt (FREE)
Food, beer, live music, acts

April 23 – 24
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

April 24
5th International Troubadours Day @ Ruigoord (FREE)

April 23 – 24
NeighbourFood market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Food Festival

April 24
Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

April 26 – 27
Bredeweg Festival @ Bredeweg, Amsterdam East (FREE)
Live music, food, family friendly

April 27
King’s Day (Koningsdag) @ all over the Netherlands (FREE)
National holiday, celebrating Dutch monarchy/king

April 25 – 28
Easter Weekend

April 23 – 29
April Feesten @ Nieuwmarkt (FREE)

April 30
Beltane @ Ruigoord

April 30
De Straatkaravaan (FREE)
‘Streetroomparade’: theater performance, live music, a moving karaoke and a diner at one long table in the middle of the street.

Amsterdam Events in June 2016

ALL MONTH
Vondelpark Festival @ Vondelpark (FREE)
Every weekend open air music and performances

ALL MONTH
Artis Zoomeravonden @ Artis Zoo
Every Saturday till sunset live music

 

June 2 – 5
Amsterdam Kookt @ Oosterpark (FREE)
Food Festival with live performances

June 2 – 5
Taste of Amsterdam @ Amstelpark (FREE)
High-end culinary festival

June 3 – 5
Red Light Jazz Festival @ Red Light District Amsterdam
J
azz festival at 25 different locations in the centre

June 10 – 19
Bacchus Wine Festival @ Amsterdamse Bos

June 11 – 14
Het Hoofdgerecht @ Het Stenen Hoofd (FREE)
Food on foodtrucks, cooking games, theatre, music

June 11 -12 
Local Goods Weekend Market @ De Hallen (Kinkerstraat) (FREE)
Sale of locally designed and produced goods

June 12 
Dutch Raw Food Festival @ Boerderij Langerlust (Gaasperplas)

June 12
Cannabis Liberation Day @ Flevopark (Free)

June 12
Pure Markt @ Amstelpark (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

June 13 – 14
World Heritage Weekend (Werelderfgoedweekend) @ various locations
Programme with walking, boat and bike tours surrounding Amsterdam UNESCO heritage sites

June 17 – 19
Amsterdam Open Garden Days @ various locations
Selected Amsterdam canal houses open their gardens


June 18 – 19
June 18 – 19
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

Yogafest @ Westergasfabriek

June 18 – 20
Neighbourfood market @Westergasfabriek (FREE)

June 23 – 24
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

June 25
Rooftop Movie Night @ NEMO
Open air cinema

June 26
4th Japan Market @ Lloyd Hotel (FREE)

June 26
Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

June 27?
Viva Las Vega’s Food Festival @ Oldschool, Gaasterlandstraat 5
Vegetarian food festival with veggie food workshops, music, movies, etc.

Amsterdam Events in August 2016

ALL MONTH
Vondelpark Festival @ Vondelpark (FREE)
Every weekend music and performances

ALL MONTH
Artis Zoomeravonden @ Artis Zoo
Every Saturday till sunset live music

 

 

Amsterdam gay pride 2016

July 23 – August 7
Amsterdam Gay Pride Festival  (pride week)

August 3 – 13
Pluk de Nacht Open Air Film Festival @ ‘t Stenen Hoofd (Donation)

August 4 – 6
Amsterdam Kookt @ NDSM (FREE)
Food Festival with live music performances

August 6
Gay Pride Canal Parade @ Amsterdam Canals (FREE)

August 6
Amsterdam Pizza Festival @ TBA

August 7
Amsterdam BBQ Festival @DOK (FREE)

August 7
Weed & Chill Festival @ Oosterpark (FREE)

August 7
Amsterdam Burger Festival @ TBA (FREE)

August 12 – 28
De Parade @ Martin Luther King Park
Traveling theatre festival

August 12 – 21
Amsterdam Canal Festival (Grachtenfestival) @ Amsterdam canals (FREE)
Classical music played on Amsterdam canals

August 13 – 14
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

August 14 – 23
World Cinema Amsterdam @ Rialto and De Balie (FREE)
World cinema also on open air locations, check site

August 14
Pure Markt @ Amstelpark (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

August 20
Netflix & Chill Festival  @ Thuishaven (Contactweg 150)
Open air cinema, BBQ, massage, camp fire, silent disco, live acts, speed dating and more…

August 20
Bodypainting Day @ Museumplein (FREE)
Live nude body painting

August 21
NeighbourFood market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Food & Flee Festival

August 24 – 27
Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam

August 26 – 28
Uitmarkt 2016 @ all over the centre of Amsterdam (FREE)
Showcase of the music, art, theatre, dance, opera, literature and cabaret performances to be seen in theatres in 2016 -2017

August 28
Wellness Festival 2016 @ tba

August 28
Pure Markt @ Park Frankendael (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

Amsterdam Events in October 2016

October 1
Vintage Market @ Javaplein (Amsterdam East) (FREE)

October 1 -2
IJ-Hallen @ NDSM
Huge flee market

October 5-9
Parool Film Festival @ De Filmhallen

October 9
Pure Markt @ Amstelpark (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

October 14 – 16
Camara Japan 
Japanese cultural Festival @ Kriterion cinema

October 15 – 16
NeighbourFood market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Food Festival

October 16 
TCS Amsterdam Marathon

October 16
Amsterdam City Walk 
Walking event

October 20 – 31
Amsterdam Halloween Festival @ div locations

October 29 -30
Amsterdam 24H Noord @ Many locations @ Amsterdam North
Shops, clubs and cultural institutions open their doors for 24 hours

October 29
Festival Jan Eef @ Jan Evertsenstraat (West)
Artists & musicians play at Jan Evertsenstraat

October 30
Pure Markt @ Frankendael (FREE)
Artisan, Dutch and international produce: mostly food but also designer, vintage, gifts

Amsterdam Events in November 2016

November 15
Entrance parade of Sinterklaas (FREE)

November 16 – 27
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2016 (IDFA) @ various locations

November 20
NeighbourFood market @ Westergasfabriek (FREE)
Food Festival

November 24 – 27
Amsterdam Art Weekend @ over 60 different locations
Lectures, films, artist talks, performances, gallery tours and parties

 

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