Leafy, breezy Amsterdam may be at its photogenic best in the autumn months, when brown cafés, generous helpings of appeltaart and masterpiece-packed museums really come into their own. Cosying up becomes an art form in the city – and party-loving Amsterdammers know how to make the most of the nights drawing in, too. From family-friendly food festivals to the world’s biggest clubbing event, here’s the best of the city’s after-dark events for your diary.
Head to hip Amsterdam Oost for the 11th edition of this multi-cultural food fest. Javastraat transforms for one night only into a buzzy street party complete with smoking BBQ grills, street dancers and ice-cold brews. 1 September 2018.
This annual rendezvous for party people brings together 200,000 revellers in more than 160 clubs for a five-day surrender to electronic beats. Expect all-day parties, industry talks and gear demos, plus headlining performances from the likes of David Guetta and Bonobo. 17–21 October 2018.
More than 10,000 beer-lovers are expected at the latest edition of the Netherlands’ biggest beer festival. On offer are more than 100 tipples from breweries large and small, plus bar snacks and live music. Arrive early to be sure of getting to the bar. 26–28 October 2018.
50 of the city’s most intriguing cultural venues – from the Rijksmuseum to the Pipe Museum – open their doors from 7pm to 2am. Each one goes all out, with music, drinks and workshops. Don’t overlook the smaller galleries and plan ahead, as tickets often sell out. 3 November 2018.
Luxury store De Bijenkorf starts the festive season in dazzling style. Alongside 600,000 lights, there’s a theatrical son et lumière (expect giant marionettes and stunt performers) and fireworks. Stay till 10pm for late-night gift buying. 15 November 2018.