What to do in Amsterdam in September

September is ‘Back to School’ time, but when in Amsterdam, does the party ever really end?

Apparently not.  Here is our list of what to check out in the city this month.  Warning: there is going to be some partying on school nights ahead.  It just can’t be avoided.  Tell the teacher your hangover ate your homework.


3 – 13 September : Amsterdam Fringe Festival : The Amsterdam Fringe festival will be running in locations all over the city until the 13th of September. In venues large and small there will be theater, comedy, and dance.  If we were to recommend one show, we would say definitely check out Strange Divide.  Our Matthew, who works in The Lobby Restaurant of hotel V nesplein, will be performing in it, and we’re excited to check it out!

Bacchus Wine Festival

4 – 6 September : Bacchus Wine Festival : A three day wine festival in the Amsterdamse Bos.  Expect a chill vibe, food of all kinds, music, and wine (obvs), and a multi-media wine tasting experience called “Liquid Art” which is really intriguing us.

Jordaan Festival

4 – 6 September : Jordaan Festival : For this whole weekend, the Jordaan area is going to burst into a big street party with the Jordaan festival: lots of Dutch music sang by Dutch singers, and Dutch people loving Dutch things.   Doesn’t get any more Dutch than this!  Expect well-loved Dutch ballads and of course a sing-a-long or two.  This is a great time to experience just how small and “gezellig” this little Amsterdam village can be.  Great for the whole family.


5 September : Valtifest : Valtifest is a heavily themed festival which marks the end of the festival season every year, and is once again raiding the NDSM wharf with this year’s theme: ‘Wie je ook tent’ which we are not even going to try and explain in English.  Something to do with a mash of cultures.  Just throw on anything and go party. (The V crew went together a few years ago. Read about that here.)

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9 – 13 September : NEW NOW Festival : The annual NEW NOW festival presents artworks from 65 of Europe’s emerging artists at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. The artists work in all disciplines and come from art academies across Europe and beyond. The festival programme includes exhibitions, performances, workshops, films and artist talks. It promotes porosity between artistic disciplines and showcases them all, from music and dance, to photography and typography, architecture, painting, film and animation.

Magneet Festival

11 – 13 September : Magneet Festival :  “No spectators, only participants” Magneet Festival is the first festival of its kind- crowdsourced by the audience.  Anyone with a creative idea can submit it to the festival, and if chosen Magneet will facilitate and co-create the concept.  So expect creativity by the bucketful.

Amsterdam Heritage Days

12 – 13 September : Amsterdam Heritage Days : For one special weekend, the doors of iconic buildings in Amsterdam will be open to the public for tours, talks and exploring.  Hear the stories behind these historic locales, and take part in a side program that includes the World Heritage quiz in the Amsterdam City Archives or a shipbuilding lecture in the Oude Kerk.

Amsterdam Dobbert

20 September : Amsterdam Dobbert : A thousand or so people tubing through the canals in inflatibles…what could possibly go wrong?  Grab your blow-up crocodile and go find out.


26 September : Oktoberfest : Expect pretty much the same that you would find in Munich: beer, bratwurst, and babes in dirndls…only BETTER because it’s in the Netherlands at Bar Roest!  (Ha! Sorry German readers. …No we’re not.)


That should keep you busy for the month.

Have fun and see you around!


the V crew

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