October – December 2021

— October —

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)
ADE is the gateway to the international electronic music scene. As the world’s biggest club festival and Europe’s leading electronic music conference, it’s a true dance lovers’ Mecca. The line-up features world-famous headliners alongside an enormous list of rising stars in a suitably diverse programme that includes electro, acid, techno, trance, house, hip-hop and jungle. More than 2,500 artists descend on 140 locations across the city. This year ADE will be extending its 25th anniversary of last year, so it is sure to be a rager. Various locations, 13 to 17 October 2021

TCS Amsterdam Marathon
When it comes to running events, you could say Amsterdam has a personal best: the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Held annually in mid-October, the event draws elite runners from around the world. Whether you’re taking part in the race itself or coming along to support friends and family, the Amsterdam Marathon is a great reason to visit the Dutch capital. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere in Amsterdam around marathon time, as more than 40,000 people descend on the city to race, cheer on the runners, and enjoy everything else that the city has to offer. Across town, 17 October 2021

— November —

A Night at the Museum Amsterdam
Various locations, 6 November 2021
Museum Night Amsterdam returns to the city in November 2021. See Amsterdam’s museums in a completely new light – after dark! Spend a night at the museum during this annual event that sees Amsterdam’s cultural attractions spring to life as the sun sets. One wristband gets you entry to over 50 museums big and small until 2 am, where you’ll find all exhibits open as usual with the added pull of live music, DJs, food and drink, special events and unique surprises. No matter what you choose to do you’ll find an infectious convivial spirit across the city.

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— December —

Amsterdam Light Festival
Various locations
Amsterdam Light Festival is a highlight of the holiday season and 2021/2022 marks its tenth edition. As in previous years, a whole host of Dutch and international artists will contribute to the festival, creating spectacular light sculptures in Amsterdam’s east. Each year, hundreds of ideas are submitted by designers, architects and artists from around the world. A selection committee then chooses about 30 artworks that make up the festival’s installations. The sculptures can be spotted all over the city centre, illuminating and transforming familiar monuments in magical and unexpected ways. Due to the current circumstances, this year’s edition ‘When Nature Calls’ has been fully adjusted and offers a new theatrical walking experience instead of the boat tour.

*The 2021/2022 dates have not been confirmed yet but you can check back here later in the year for those details.

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ICE*Amsterdam
Museumplein, December 2021 – February 2022
ICE*Amsterdam presents a unique ice skating experience on Amsterdam’s Museumplein, with the Rijksmuseum as a phenomenal backdrop! It’s set to bring some seasonal sparkle back to Amsterdam. ICE*Amsterdam is the ideal place to enjoy some typical Dutch wintertime fun. Head along for a spot of skating or simply to watch the action and take in the great atmosphere. Brasserie Winters is located next to the rink: a charming wooden chalet offering a range of delicious Dutch and international dishes.

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