With the summer rush over and autumn kicking in, there is more reason than ever to visit Amsterdam in September. Here’s the inside scoop as to what’s happening and why you should visit:

Open Monuments Day

If history and heritage is your bag, then you’ll specifically enjoy the Open Monuments Days. For two days only, some of the city’s most important buildings, monuments and private homes are made open to the public, all free of charge. The participating locations have been selected for their striking architecture, interesting interiors or unique story. For more information, please visit their website.

When: 8 & 9 September 2018
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

Unseen Amsterdam

Returning for the sixth edition at the Westergasfabriek is ‘Unseen’. This leading platform for contemporary photography brings together the leading contemporary art and photography galleries from all around the world for a unique exhibition and to discuss and debate the future of photography.

When: 21, 22 & 23 September 2018
Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Fringe Festival

Hosted alongside the National Dutch Theatre Festival (NTF) is the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. This 11-day festival offers undiscovered and untamed artists a platform to present theatre and dance at more than 30 locations across the city. For program & tickets, please visit the website.

Prepare to be surprised… in a good way!

When: 6 – 16 September 2018
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam, see website

City Swim & Dam tot Damloop

For all those wanting to get a work out in while in Amsterdam… you might want to jot down these dates: September 9th & September 23rd. During the Amsterdam City Swim, you’ll have the unique chance to dive in the canals and swim the iconic 2,000 meter course through the city center. But before you do, you’ll have to raise some funds for motor neurone disease (known als ALS in the Netherlands). If you’re more of a runner than a swimmer, then you can join 50,000 other enthusiasts for the 10 English Mile run to Zaandam.

When: 9 & 23 September
Where: Please see the City Swim & Dam tot Damloop websites for more information