10 Things to do in Autumn

by Tanja

Autumn is a beautiful season in Amsterdam. Time to go out and to enjoy the last warm rays of the sun, admire the colours and the messy streets. In 2020, because of Corona, it is even more recommended to spend time outside. Here are things to do in Amsterdam in autumn. For kids and adults. Indoor and outdoor.

Warming Up Festival 12 – 16 October

A festival that is fun for kids and adults is Warming Up Festival. The festival takes place at Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin, just a quick ferry across the IJ waters.  There are live performances, installations, workshops, exhibitions, and theater.


For kids, there is a special program that suits each age. The theme is recycling and sustainability. Check the website for the program and to see what old stuff you can bring to turn it into something totally awesome.  

‘Your Loving Vincent’: Van Gogh’s Greatest Letters

Vincent van Gogh is not only a painter, during his often difficult life, he also wrote many letters. The Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum owns most of these letters. This fall you have the chance to see the letters in this temporary exhibition in Amsterdam 2020 Your Loving Vincent.

Drawing in Amsterdam

Drawing outside is a simple and Corona-proof way to explore your creativity, meet people and spend some time outide. And especially in autumn, colours are vivid and worth drawing.

There are few ways to join in the drawing fun in Amsterdam. At the Tekenlab you go outside on two Sunday afternoons: 18 October and 1 November.

On 14 October you may bring your whole family to draw at Amsterdam’s Amstelpark. Dutch artist Liesje van den Berk gives guidance. It’s totally free. Sign up at zone2source.net/nl/line-off-line.

The Big Draw is organized for the 5th time already. This draw festival takes place in the Amsterdam neighborhood the Baarsjes (West). The feast of drawing takes place on the weekend of 31 October/ 1 November. The workshops are all free and the work exhibited.

Live/ Human Conditions performance 16 – 18 October

It’s not easy finding things to do in Amsterdam in Corona times. But there are things to do. Like Live /Human Conditions at Hembrugterrein. This is a dance performance by the all-ages company of Dance Connects Company. Like all events in Amsterdam, be aware tickets run out quickly, as there are only a small number of viewers allowed.

Night of the Night 24 October

Each year, environmental organisations organize the Nacht van de Nacht. Everywhere companies and local governments turn off the lights to ‘shine a light on’ the consequences for the environment of all those lights. All kinds of activities are at night.

IDFA Documentary Film Festival 16 Nov. – 6 December 2020

The Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival IDFA is planned to go ahead. Films, talks, and media project take place not just in participating cinemas in Amsterdam and in some other Dutch cities, but also online.

Fewer seats are available, so make sure you book your tickets for IDFA online ahead.

Eat an oliebol

Dutch oliebol street stand
Dutch oliebollenkraam at Kinkerstraat, Amsterdam.

The Spanish have churros, the Belgians have their waffles, the Dutch have oliebol. The oliebol, also known as Dutch Doughnut is basically a big ball of dough with raisins, deep-fried in hot oil.

Oliebollen are sold in the streets of Amsterdam at mobile stalls known as oliebollenkraam at stations and squares. The Dutch oliebol is traditionally eaten at New Year’s Eve, but they are available from autumn in Amsterdam.

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Elizabeth Williams October 19, 2012 - 08:19

I agree one of the 10 things to do in autumn is to swim in Zuederbad just to get away with the autumn fever.

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