Free Events in Amsterdam

activities, experiences and interesting places to visit for free

free things to do in amsterdam


Flamingos and spoonbills

Sneak a peek at the pink flamingos and white spoonbills at Artisplein, a freely accessible square next to the entrance to the zoo.

melkweg expo

Melkweg Expo

Visit an exhibition of innovative contemporary photography in a casual way. Free entrance via MILK café.

from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00

Rijksmuseum Gardens

The Rijksmuseum's gardens are a veritable oasis in which to peacefully enjoy nature at its most beautiful. OUTDOOR EXHIBITION

daily from 9:00 to 18:00

Lunchtime Concerts

Free lunch concerts in the beautiful Main Hall of The Concertgebouw.

usually on Wednesdays at 12:30

Vondelpark Open Air Theater

Free dance, music and cabaret performances in the park's band shell.

every weekend from May to September

Civic Guards Gallery

A public passage-way in the old centre of Amsterdam with enormous group portraits of civic guards from the 17th century. Also the world famous 370-year-old wooden Goliath and David can be found in this 'museum street'.

each day from 10:00 to 17:00

NEMO's Panorama Terrace

The NEMO panorama terrace is a 22m high roof and can be reached by climbing up the steps of the building – this is freely accessible to the public so there is no need to pay entrance fee to NEMO Science Centre.

during NEMO opening hours daily from 10:00 to 17:30


An enclosed courtyard with 2 churches and charming houses dating from the early 14th century.

opened each day from 9:00 to 17:00


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Cross the IJ River by Ferry

Get onboard of one of the free ferries to cross the IJ River and enjoy the breathtaking view of the former city border and old docklands.

24 hours a day, different ferry links

Free Tour of Amsterdam

2½-hour walking tour with an expert guide covering the main sights in the inner city.

every day from 10:00 to 15:00
free concert

Free Organ Concert

Students of the Conservatory of Amsterdam play the extraordinary Müller organ (from 1734) in De Waalse Kerk .

every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12:00 to 12:30

Friday Night Skate

Skate tour through the streets of Amsterdam

each Friday at 20:15 when the streets are dry

Amsterdam City Archives

Browse the city archives of the council, or watch old historic movies of Amsterdam, or see personal objects on display of famous Amsterdammers, like Johan Cruijff and Anne Frank. Housed in an impressive building.

closed on Mondays

Free Guided Diamond Tour

Learn about the 4 C's of diamond valuation, the origin of diamonds and see craftsmen at work. Tours available in more than 15 languages.

every day from 9:00 to 16:30

Choral Evensong

Take a break from the bustling city to enjoy a traditional Choral Evensong in the tranquil settings of the beautiful Saint Nicholas Church

every Saturday at 17:00 from September to June

Free Jazz Session

Every Tuesday night, both musicians and audience have free admission to a workshop on the Bimhuis stage (at 20:00) and a session (at 22:00) at the café.

every Tuesday from September to June
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Botanic garden Zuidas

Watch cactus plants of more than 100 years old, or visit the Chinese Penjing Garden in this small but charming botanical garden near VU Amsterdam.

every workday from 9:00 to 17:00
 temporarily cancelled 

Musical Treat during Lunch Break

Almost every Tuesday at 12:30 you can enjoy a free lunch concert in the foyer of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.