Top 10 Fun Events to Explore in November

Winter is coming but fear not… November might not be keeping you warm but it will keep you fuzzy. Our Amsterdam correspondents made a list of events to make sure of that.

Published by Mio on 04/11/2015

The month of November is not only about growing a moustache or about the arrival of Sinterklaas and the premiere of his rainbow-colored Pietjes. It’s also about exotic stories, dancing with van Gogh, and racing against Donkey Kong. Check out what Amsterdam holds more in store this month…


Museumnacht: is the Amsterdam version of a night in the museum. More than 50 museums (plus The Dutch National Ballet) are open from 7PM – 2AM. Enjoy live music, DJs, dance, performances, film, special tours and food and drinks alongside the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.

When: 7 November / Where: various locations in Amsterdam / Link:

Storytelling festival: everyone makes special journeys throughout their life, may it be mentally or physically. And that’s exactly what this year’s storytelling festival theme is about… journeys. Expect national and international crème de la crème story telling talents on stage. Some of them are migration stories, told by people who have had their own reasons to come to the Netherlands. They also took stories from their home country with them. Each story is unique, intriguing, funny, sad or beautiful. Have your pick…

When: till 8 November / Where: various locations / Link:

Amsterdam Light Festival: Luckily we don’t have to give in to dark winter nights thanks to the annual Amsterdam Light Festival. Amsterdam is being transformed into a city of light with the help of contemporary (inter)national light artists. Bundle up and get outside for the walking route or enjoy a unique view via the waterways with one of the boat tours.  

When: 28 November – 17 January / Where: see route here / Link:



Opening Ton Ton Club Westergasfabriek: Ton Ton Club, a cosy living-roomish place where you can challenge your friends for a game of Mortal Combat, with a beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other.  It’s the arcade hall Amsterdam never had, and it’s opening a second location at Westergasfabriek. Celebrate it with Mario Kart, Dance Dance Revolution or a game of Bishi Bashi. But also live DJs, Japanese and American snacks, and drinks. Doors will open from 20:00.

When: 6 November / Where: Westergasfabriek / Link:



IDFA: the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is the biggest documentary film festival in the world. It brings 250 national and international documentaries with a large variety of genres to the public. Especially the creative documentaries will have the limelight this year. Expect innovative and social relevant films that will give you food for thought.

When: 18-29 Nov / Where: various locations / Link:

Art & Design

Amsterdam Art Weekend: is about celebrating contemporary, and visual arts with a focus on discovering young talents. The extensive program involves about thirty galleries that will open their doors for the public for special performances, lectures, and artist talks. Museums and art institutions such as FOAM, EYE and Stedelijk Museum are also contributing in the shape of video art, performances, debates and exhibitions.

When: 26 – 29 November / Where: various locations / Link:

Meesterlijk: is the event for design, fashion, arts and food. The Dutch are famed for their design and now you can get your hands on unique products for sale directly from the extraordinary talented product and fashion designers themselves. To meet the designers and have them tell their story behind the product and how it was made even doubles the fun. 

When: 27 – 29 November / Where: Westergasfabriek / Link:


A City Made By People event #2: Whether you’re new in town or have lived here for years, it’s time to talk AMSTERDAM. The first edition has been a blast and we have teamed up again with The Makers Amsterdam & The Hoxton Amsterdam to bring in a variety of the city’s makers and movers to chat all things culture and lifestyle. Can't make it? We'll have the event on every 1st Thursday of the month.

When: 5th of November / Where: The Hoxton Amsterdam / Link:

Credits: Blijburg

Openingsbal Blijburg: the coziest city beach of Amsterdam has relocated and is celebrating its grand opening ball. Café Paviljoen Blijburg has two floors with a restaurant, a bar, a stage and a spectacular view. The feast will start on Saturday the 7th at 16:00 for the kids with an art project and from 21:00 onwards you can expect a great line-up of DJs who will play until deep at night. Sunday is reflection… end the weekend with classical music over brunch and later on a soul gospelly blues session by the Shakin’ Daisies.   

When: 7 & 8 November / Where: Blijburg / Link:


Movember Run: Movember is the hairiest month of the year. Men grow their moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. But there’s also a new way to do Movember by getting active and Move every day of Movember. To top it off there’s a Movember run at the end of the month where men and women can show off their hairy faces while raising funds with every step they take. 

When: 29 November / Where: Vondelpark / Link:

Enjoy the month of November. And remember, meet one of our locals for all the cultural insights during your visit.


- Mio -

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