September: the month of shedding the old and embracing the new. The city is buzzing again after summer, and there are new books to read, new clothes to wear, new expos to see and new places to discover. A perfect month for a city trip, we say. Here’s a little list. Bring both your umbrella and sunnies and you’ll be A-okay in Amsterdam.
September 22, 23 and 24
This internationally acclaimed photography fair brings everything that is worth looking at from all over the world. Located in the Westergasfabriek in Westerpark. The location is perfect, not only is the circular hall that used to be an ancient factory easy to navigate but the surrounding Westerpark, with its amount of greens, red brick buildings and various cafés, is worth exploring too. Especially on a beautiful autumn day.
September 9 and 10
Amsterdam City Centre
An event that aims to celebrate Amsterdam’s rich history by giving the public free access to remarkable buildings and sites with great historical value. This year will be centered around Amsterdam’s relation with its surrounding countryside. The different routes and buildings (over 4000) paint the picture of a vibrant hub that has been attracting visitors of all kind for years already.
IJhallen Open Air Flea Market
September 16 and 17
One of the best ways to get to to know a city might be to browse through the junk of its inhabitants. The IJhallen, a huge flea market event at a wharf in Amsterdams North, is the best you can get in this respect. You will find loads of hipster girls selling their dungarees, old men selling old coffee-tables and moms selling kids clothes. If you don’t want to cross the IJ for your vintage, you can also go to the Noordermarkt on monday mornings, but remember; this is the last edition in the open air so if the weather is good, it’s a real nice outing.
Yes, September is about shedding the old, but you don’t have to shed it all. There are a couple of dinosaurs visiting our city in the fall in Amsterdam, and wouldn’t it be a shame to miss them…
- Neil Young, September 10 and 23 – Ziggo Dome
- Rolling Stones, September 30 – Amsterdam Arena