Things to Do in Amsterdam in October

This post covers things to do during October in Amsterdam, including family-friendly, nighttime, and free or cheap activities.




This top 10 list contains big concerts, sports, theatre, tours, free activities, and other events to attend in Amsterdam during October. 

Take a look at our other popular Amsterdam posts: 


Free Walking Tours in Amsterdam

This post lists all the free walking tours in Amsterdam in the city center and Red Light District as well as alternatively-themed tours and food tours. 



Free walking tours are technically free – there’s no set upfront fee.

They end up being pay-what-you-wish tours, as it is recommended that you pay what you felt the tour was worth at the end of the walk with your guide.

According to online reviews, most guests pay anywhere from €5 – €15 per person. 

Keep in mind that these free walking tours are popular due to their reputations and affordability. Therefore, some are geared more toward the younger, backpacking crowd.

If you want to avoid a younger-skewing tour, you might want to consider a small-group walking tour

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

When you purchase one of these passes you’ll get bundled discounts on multiple popular Amsterdam attractions, including free tours of the Red Light District.  



  • The Holland Pass options include both a City Centre and a Red Light District small group tour. 
  • The Amsterdam Pass also has a Red Light District walk as well as a City Centre walk included. 


Back to Top



These free walking tours concentrate on Amsterdam’s city center.



Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Tourist attraction passes offer bundled discounts on popular tours and attractions. When you purchase one of these passes you’ll save up to 50% on retail prices, and they often come with free tours. 

  • The Holland Pass options include several walking tours, including a tour of Amsterdam’s city center. 
  • The Amsterdam Pass also has multiple walking tours, one through the city center. 

Audio Tour

If you would like to walk on your own schedule, why not go on a self-guided audio tour? This free mp3 tour also comes with a downloadable map.

Sandemans New Europe Amsterdam Tour

This pay-what-you-wish tour will last about 3 hours and take you through Dam Square, past Anne Frank House, and give you the short highlights of the Red Light District.

You’ll get to know the city with a thorough overview. They have 7 start times throughout the day.

FreeDam Tours

Take one of the 4 daily options for starting times for your 2.5 – 3-hour walk with an enthusiastic, local guide. You’ll learn about the city’s history, present-day culture, and reputation for being one of the world’s most liberal cities. 

Strawberry Tours Historical Centre Tours

Strawberry Tours has one pay-what-you-like tour of the historical center of Amsterdam every day at 10:30 am.

They offer both English- and Spanish-speaking guides. You’ll learn about the economic and political events that shaped what Amsterdam is today. 

Free Walking Tours Amsterdam

This walking tour always has local Dutch guides leading their three, 2-hour walks per day in the city. They’ll cover the Royale Palace, drug policies, history of trade, and an overview of the Red Light District.  

Original Amsterdam Free Tour

Head to Dam Square at 14:00 (2:00 pm) every day to join the 2.5-hour Original Free Amsterdam tour focusing on Royal and economic history, myths and true stories about Amsterdam, The Old Church, and more. 


Back to Top



The Red Light District of Amsterdam is world-famous and the subject of much fascination. Here are a few free tours that focus on this district. 



Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

When you purchase one of these passes you’ll get bundled discounts on multiple popular Amsterdam attractions, including free tours of the Red Light District.  

Self-Guided Tour

Learn about the Red Light District at your leisure with a free audio tour. You can go at your own pace and start whenever you want.

Free Amsterdam Tours

Learn the when, how, and why of the city’s Red Light District on Free Amsterdam Tours’ walk through this neighborhood.

This tour runs daily at 16:00 (4 pm).

Strawberry Tours

Red Light District Small-Group Strawberry Tours will teach you about the history of the neighborhood – how it went from posh to inhabited by working-class sailors and prostitutes. 

Paid Small Group Tours

If you’re looking for a more personalized tour, you can pay for a small-group tour of the Red Light District with a number of companies.


Back to Top



Looking for something a bit more unique and different? These alternative Amsterdam tours usually have a different theme than the usual history-and-culture tours. 

Free Amsterdam Tours

If you’re interested in learning about more than just the most popular tourist destinations, this Free Alternative Tour of Amsterdam is a good option.

You’ll learn about Dutch traditions, restaurants, street art, and the UNESCO canal belt.

Departs daily at 13:30 (1:30 pm).

Strawberry Tours

The Free Undiscovered Amsterdam Tour runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 15:30 (3:30 pm) and will show you some of the less-crowded spots of the city. 


Back to Top



These food tours are also pay-what-you-wish to attend! Keep in mind, however, that you should have cash on hand if you want to purchase more of your favorite treats.



Free Amsterdam Tours

This Free Food Tour of Amsterdam will let you in on the food culture of the city, introduce you to bitterballen, and show you the best places to purchase chocolate.

It runs every day at 10:30 am with a maximum of 20 people.


Back to Top



Enjoy free walking tours in other cities around the world with Free Tours by Foot and our recommended companies.

United States


Back to top


Where to Store Luggage in Amsterdam

In this post, we list the many options in Amsterdam for storing your luggage from lockers at airports and train stations to the growing trend in shared economy “Airbnb-style” storage. 





Best Amsterdam Bike Tours

This is a comparison of the various bike tours, both within and outside of the city, bike rentals as well as money-saving deals available to you in Amsterdam. 


The Netherlands is an excellent country to cycle thanks well-marked bike paths and very few hills!

Thus, unsurprisingly, there are many different companies offering bike tours of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside. (more…)

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a super fun and family-friendly city! In this article, you’ll find great things to do with the kids including free activities, open-late attractions, restaurants, and interesting museums.




With so much to do and see in Amsterdam, you need a game plan. That’s why we have our top 10 favorite family-friendly things to do in Amsterdam listed here.

And if you’re looking for a convenient way to get around the city, check out our post about hop-on-hop-off buses and boats!

1) Kid-Friendly Sightseeing Tours

How do you get your children involved in the local culture? Take them on a sightseeing tour! (more…)

What to Do at Night in Amsterdam

What is there to do when the sun goes down in Amsterdam? Here we have a list of great activities including our top 10, free things to do, and open-late museums and restaurants.




With so many options, what do you choose? Here is our list of the top 10 things to do at night to help you narrow it down. 

Several of the items and activities listed below are also included in one or another tourist attraction discount pass

TIP: Check out our monthly posts which include other activities that are not included here

(1) Sightseeing Tours

Amsterdam is a breathtaking city with architecture steeped in history and a unique culture.

We recommend you see as much of the city as possible, and the most efficient way to do that is with a sightseeing tour! (more…)

Things to Do in Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Amsterdam’s Red Light District is the subject of much fascination, but it isn’t all about prostitution. This post will tell you what the District is all about, things to do, available tours, and dining options.




Also known as De Wallen, this district is the oldest neighborhood in the city and full of things to do, see, and eat.

The neighborhood can be a bit misunderstood due to its reputation. (more…)

Van Gogh Museum Tickets & Discounts

This post covers tickets and discounts to the Van Gogh Museum as well as information about planning your visit here. If you’re ready to purchase tickets, click here.




Without a discount pass, general admission to the museum is €19.

TIP: If you’re looking to visit the Van Gogh Museum, it’s worth noting that admission is included with multiple tourist passes. (more…)

What to Do for Free in Amsterdam

This post will include a variety of free things to do in Amsterdam, including a Top 10 list. We also cover free things to do at night as well as free, family-friendly activities. 




In the following section, we will provide a list of the ten most popular things you can do for free in Amsterdam. 

If you’re looking to save some money on popular attractions in the area, make sure to read our post comparing each Amsterdam tourist pass. (more…)

Best Travel Deals for Black Friday 2018

This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!Name Your Own Price Walking Tours

Keep in mind that our name your own price walking tours are always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!

In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!