The best events in Amsterdam during October

It's that time of year again when slowly but surely Amsterdam transforms into a city full of beautiful colours - fall has come! Nights are getting shorter and we will have to change wardrobes again. Some people say Amsterdam is the prettiest during this season, and we kind of agree. We can't get enough of this picture - the leaves look just so pretty!

To get you even more excited about fall in Amsterdam, we have listed the best events for October. Go check it out!

1. Amsterdam Dance Event

16 until 20 October.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is probably one of the biggest dance events in the world and people from all over the world will come to the city to party, explore and get schooled about dance music. More than 1.000 events spread out over 5 days in around 200 venues.

Curious? Last month we wrote an article about some of the best events during ADE - go check it out! 

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2. 24H Amsterdam

Saturday 26 October.

Explore all of the East of Amsterdam during 24H Amsterdam. In each edition of 24H Amsterdam a different part of Amsterdam will be highlighted and hotels, bars, shops, churches, theatres, museums will open their doors and organise a lot of events during this day.

From doing early morning yoga to see a play in a local theatre to having a drink in the pub, there's something to do for everyone. Even if you have lived in Amsterdam for a long time already - go out and explore the most local stuff in the East of Amsterdam!

To see the full program go here, and make sure you attend the event on Facebook.

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3. TCS Amsterdam Marathon

Sunday 20 October.

It's time to go for a run again - A marathon kind of run! This year is already the 44th edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon and athletes from all over the world will come to the city to try to break their personal bests. 

45.000 people from 80 different countries will run a marathon that will start in the Olympic Station and will end there too. The parcour will go through some memorial places like Vondelpark, Amstel river, Rijksmuseum, and more.

It's too late to sign up for the run now - but watching and supporting the athletes is as much fun (and probably less painful too). Go to the official website for more information.

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4. Read My World Festival 2019

Thursday 10 until Saturday 12 October.

Read My World Festival is an event that focuses on literature from conflict regions in the world that often reach the frontpage of the newspapers.

In this year's edition literature from Marokko will be central with speakers as Fedwa Misk, Mahi Binebine, Mona Eltahawy, Abdellah Taïa, Yassin Adnan, Asmaa Azaizeh, Tsead Bruinja, Anneke Brassinga, Manon Uphoff, Karin Amatmoekrim and much more writers, speakers, journalists and artists!

Read My world Festival will be held in Tolhuistuin, in Amsterdam North. 

Go to to see the full program!

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