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Events & Exhibitions Calendar January - What's on in Amsterdam - Amsterdam Welcome

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Events & Exhibitions Calendar January – What’s on in Amsterdam

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Events & Exhibitions Calendar January – What’s on in Amsterdam

In addition to new opportunities and good intentions, a new year also means new events, exhibitions and parties. That is why we have created a new Event Calendar especially for you, so you know what’s on this first month of 2018!

Awakenings New Year’s Day Special ( 31 December- 1 January )

The 7th edition of Awakenings new year’s day special is (like always) filled with more BPM’s then the other NY-specials. Join them for a crazy 12 hour ride on the fast and furious Awakenings techno-train. What’s a better start of the New Year than with Awakenings at the Gashouder and they will guarantee you for breathtaking techno moments in 2018!

New Year’s Dive ( First of January 1PM )

Start your year the traditional Dutch way! Every year thousands of people will take the risk and take a dive in the ice cold water to start there year. The original place to take a dive is in Scheveningen here will take more than 10.000 people the dive. But there are even some places in Amsterdam where you can dive in the water! For 11 times in a row there will be the New Year’s dive in the Sloterplas. At exactly 1pm all participants will jump in the cold water. Afterwards there will be some Glühwein and hot chocolate to warm yourself up again!
The best medicine and a great start of 2018! Other locations: IJburg 12 o’clock, Gaasperplas 1pm and Amstel 1pm.

Hortus by light (4 January )

Do you get an intense happy feeling every time the city lights up during these dark evenings? Then we have the perfect event for you that you in no way want to miss: the Hortus Amsterdam by Light days! This Botanical Garden offers a special evening program again this winter with a special tour and dinner. A number of nights in December and January, the garden and is open longer and lit up. They even have a winter terrace with Campfire and mulled wine or hot chocolate with rum and if you want to make your evening complete, have a 3-course dinner in the restaurant of the garden Orangery.

Hortus Botanicus - Amsterdam Welcome

Vinylmarkt The Jewish Jukebox ( 7 January 11-5 pm )

Organized by the Jewish cultural quarter. The museum cafe is transformed into a record fair. All genres of second hand records are available at the 18 stands present at the market. There will also be a lecture by Maarten Eaton about the history of vinyl records, starting from the invention of it in 1887.

First Art Fair ( 18 until 21 January )

A sparkling New Year’s Fair for modern art. The First Art Fair will be held in the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, the cruise port of Amsterdam. If you are an art lover, the different art styles from all over the world will make your day complete!

First Art Fair - Amsterdam Welcome

© First Art Fair

Ice skating in the Olympic stadium (18 January – 28 February ) 

Back in the days, in 1928 the Olympic summer games were organized for the first time in Amsterdam. Since 2014 it is possible to go ice skating for yourself in this legendary stadium! In addition to skating for visitors, the ISU WC Allround will be held from 9 to 11 March! Check the website for more information and tickets

Coolste baan - Amsterdam Welcome

© Coolste Baan van Nederland

National tulip day ( 20 January )

On the 20th of January, the tulip season will be starting again. On Dam Square in Amsterdam the official kickoff will be celebrated with the free tulip picking event. More than 1.7 billion Dutch tulips will be picked. The largest spring garden in the world ‘Keukenhof‘ is also in the Netherlands and will open its doors daily from March 22 to May 13.

Amsterdam Light Festival (ENDS 21 January)

Only one more month! Amsterdam is lit during the Amsterdam Light Festival. Enjoy a cruise through Amsterdam’s characteristic canals and be blown away by the amazing works of light-art by contemporary artists from all around the world. During the darkest days of the year the city is brightly illuminated with 40 sculptures, projections and installations using light as the universal language. As you float around the storybook canals, the reflections of these custom artworks – all created by select international artists – turn the canals of Amsterdam into dancing nighttime rainbows.

Thuishaven Wintercircus (21 January)

Thuishaven is a statement in the festival scene of Amsterdam. Hopefully, this Wintercircus gets a summer touch with a little sunshine on this Sunday in January. What’s better then to party all day with friends. Thuishaven Wintercircus is on from 11:00 – 23:00. The line up exists of DJ Turne, Eric de Man, Alexander Koning, Aron Friedman, Justes Maduro and some more amazing acts.


Van Gogh museum (until 7 January)
Nederlanders in Parijs 

For centuries Paris the city of light is a source of inspiration. Discover the French capital through the eyes of eight Dutch leading artists in the exhibition ‘Dutch in Paris 1789-1914. Van Spaendonck, Jongkind, Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondriaan. The exhibition is only on till 7 January so don’t miss out on Nederlanders in Parijs and go see it now!

Rijksmuseum (until 7 January)
Johan Maelwael

An exhibition about the Dutch first painter: Johan Maelweal. 50 breathtaking masterpieces all together for the first time. Maelwael was the most successful and best-paid artist in West Europe, that’s makes it even more special that the Rijksmuseum could borrowed these valuable art pieces from Musée du Louvre in Paris.

Matthijs Maris

For the fist time in approximately 40 years, the Rijksmuseum will have a exhibition of this bohemien artist. The work of Matthijs Maris has a unique style and that makes it even a big inspiration for the master of art, Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition consist 75 paintings, drawings and etchings.

Maggie Bentvelzen


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