The Local Fun Things To Explore in September

A new month and another great dose of culture in Amsterdam. Here our picks by all the correspondents for the month of September.

Published by Mio on 31/08/2015

We’re almost nearing the end of summer. Amsterdam has hosted a great amount of the best (outdoor) events! And it’s not quite over yet. We welcome early autumn with some of these awesome events and festivals that our locals suggest for you.


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Fringe Festival: 40 locations throughout the city that highlights Amsterdam’s avant-garde drama theater productions. You can expect live art, (music) theater, dance and uninhibited energy.

There are 80 theater groups of unorthodox, national and international theater directors and artists. For the non-Dutch speakers there’s also an extensive ‘Language No Problem’ program, which means shows are either in English or make no use of words or language. About 50% of the shows are suitable for non-Dutch speakers. 

When: 3-13 September / Where: 40 locations throughout Amsterdam/ Link


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Jordaan Festival: experience authentic Amsterdam folk music during the 40th Jordaan Festival. Singer and bands are bringing the most beautiful torch songs. The festival also celebrates the rich history of the Jordaan neighborhood with cabaret, opera, games, a flee-market and an auction. You can continue the party in one of the many brown bars in the Jordaan.

When: 4-6 Sept / Where: Marnixstraat and Appeltjesmarkt / Link



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West’ival: is a cozy festival that puts forward intriguing, unique short and feature films. The festival also features two concerts with film projections visualizing the music, a stop motion workshop and an after party with DJ collective Malawi. Mercatorplein will be reimagined into a charming vintage ‘living room’ that will look it came straight of your granny’s house. West’ival acts as a stage for young filmmakers, but also acts as a social place where pleasure meets the eyes, ears and the taste buds with some delicious food and drinks.

When: 12-14 Sept / Where: Mercatorplein / Link



Unseen: is THE photo fair with a festival flair. Unseen has an extensive festival programme that celebrates the art of photography in all its beautiful forms. Unseen collaborates with many of the city’s institutions, academies, artists, and initiatives using photography in innovative and unconventional ways to create a programme that is sure to challenge, excite and inspire. You’ll enjoy photography works from renowned national and international galleries.

When: 18-20 Sept / Where: Westergas / Link



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Bankjescollectief: time for another edition for Amsterdam’s coziest and world’s largest open-air café Benches Collective. Anyone can ‘open’ or adopt a bench in front of their house, in their street or in the park and serve coffee and/or lunch. Discover the fun themes created by locals such as the ‘Ban Ki Moon bench’ (aka Peace bench) with the aim to gather as many nationalities as possible, or the ‘Shake ya bonbon! Bench’ with music, candle-light, blankets, cocktails AND Belgian chocolate, and many many more.

When: 6 Sept / Where: various locations / Link

Pop Up week: the Pop Up Foundation has a mission to beautify Amsterdam, with and for the people of Amsterdam and its visitors. It’s a perfect way to explore and discover “new and temporary” hidden gems in the city.  You can expect events at surprising locations throughout the city involving music, art, fashion, architecture, urban gaming, food & drinks, visuals, entertainment, and tours. Some examples are the Amsterdam augmented tour involving a Google glass DIY workshop or an old Amsterdam food tour with a meet, taste and greet with food entrepreneurs and much much more!

When: 1-30 Sept / Where: various locations throughout Amsterdam/ Link

24H Zuid/Zuidoost: 24H Amsterdam is an opportunity to experience the city in new ways in a blistering 24-hour period. This edition is showcasing South and South-East Amsterdam. Shops, clubs and cultural institutions throw open their doors for some special surprises. Some examples of one of the many activities are an ‘Get lost art route’, ‘nighttime forest safari in het Amsterdams Bos’, and ‘an after summer BBQ’.

When: 26-27 Sept / Where: various locations in South and South-East Amsterdam/ Link



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Amsterdam Dobbert: floating on the Amsterdam canals, not on a boat but on an inflatable duck, a funky green crocodile, or even in a large inflatable pool with your friends. An Amsterdam canal experience you don’t want to miss out on, and ends with a party at Strandzuid. You can get a ticket for €15,-  

When: 20 Sept / Where: starts at Muzenplein / Link


Food & Drinks

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Markt van 1001 smaken: the market of 1001 flavourslets you taste culinary delights from Peru to Taiwan. It’s the biggest ‘pop-up restaurant’ of the year. Famous is the annual Telegraaf Gouden Gehaktbal (Golden meatball) contest where over 40 participants compete in making the most delicious juicy meatball of Holland.

When: 27 Sept / Where: Foodcenter Jan van Galenstraat/ Link


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

- Mio -


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