Amsterdam Weekend Guide – September 15-17
It’s finally here: the last weekend of the summer. It’s been an excellent season, filled with some truly great food, music, creative and celebratory events – as well as some truly game-changing festivals. But it’s not over yet!
This weekend we’ve got an artsy showcase, a celebration of craft beer, open-air film screenings, a creative festival in Museum Quarter and a glimpse into some of Zuidoost’s coolest cultural attractions.
24H Amsterdam gives the city’s visitors and locals a chance to venture off the beaten path and experience some of Amsterdam’s true hidden gems. This weekend’s Zuidoost edition invites all to check out the area’s main draws in fresh new ways and uncover some hip unknown spots.
The programme features an array of fun-filled events (and a few weird and wonderful ones!) There are music, art and cinema showcases, but there’s also an integration session, a bike tour and even a hidden golf course. Need some more 24H Zuidoost inspiration? Check out our tips for foodies, recommendations for art lovers, scenic Zuidoost cycling route and our tips for that authentic Zuidoost experience. You can see the full programme here.
Saturday // Various locations in Amsterdam Zuidoost // Prices vary for each event (many are free) // I amsterdam event page
Neu Now Festival
This international art festival features young artists from across Europe, with a particular focus on up-and-coming talent. Each year, a panel of in-the-know experts selects the best and brightest art students in the continent, across a diverse mix of disciplines and styles. The result: an art showcase that aims to kick start the careers of the next generation of artists. Who knows, you might even bump into the next Rembrandt or Van Gogh!
Through workshops, talks, performances and film screenings, this empowering event gives tomorrow’s artists the chance to exhibit their creativity to an international audience. And this year’s exhibitors are some of the most creative yet, with art covering everything from sustainable surface synergy to an outdoor living room!
West Beach Film Festival
This free event gives Amsterdammers the chance to get in on that open-air cinema craze – all while taking in the stunning vistas of the Sloterpas. But if the prevailing weather is anything to go by, we might get a rain shower or two. Not to worry, though – if that autumnal rain makes another early appearance, the films will be screened inside.
Drinks will be available from the nearby Hotel Buiten bar, and there’ll be food trucks on site selling an array of tasty treats and snacks. This weekend’s films are Western-thriller Brimstone (2016) on Friday, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016) on Saturday and drama The Salesman (2016) on Sunday. And it’s first come, first served, so get there early if you’re interested!
Museum Quarter Festival
The inaugural edition of the Museum Quarter Festival boasts a programme packed full of music, food, fashion and art, and – as the name suggests – it’s all been organised by the local entrepreneurs at Amsterdam’s world-famous Museum Quarter. The festival is free, but there’s a €10 VIP pass available that grants access to unique tours, a luxury taxi, a free drink and a goodie bag. Not too shabby!
The programme features tours of the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Concertgebouw, and the Van Gogh Museum is hosting a creative walk-in workshop. On top of that, OGER and Gassan Diamonds will be flaunting their crafty wares, Van Gils and Ace & Dik Jewelers will be hosting special in-store activities, and Marc Cain will even be organising a catwalk show!
Okay, so we’ve established that this weekend is the last one of the summer – but the beer lovers over at Délirium Café Amsterdam still have one more epic beer fest left before we embrace the autumn breeze (as well as the onslaught of hoodies, beanies and yoga pants that come with it.)
The two-day event combines the best of Dutch beer – well-known and unknown alike – with a selection of top-notch live music, including covers of The Who and The Beatles. But it’s not just Dutch brewers taking centre stage; there’s also a selection of Belgian, German, Spanish and Austrian crafters. As always, there’ll be plenty of delectable grub on the menu too.
Want to know what else is going on? Check out this weekend’s cultural agenda on I amsterdam.