Every year, around 250 events take place at the Amsterdamse Bos. The forest’s beautiful, robust and intimate ambience provides the perfect setting for family activities, film and photo shoots, corporate outings and weddings as well as theatre, sports and dance events. Check out the Boskalender (Forest's Calendar, in Dutch) for upcoming events the Forest. Below you find a selection of what comes along in a year, to give an impression.
March: Bosscross and Bosloop
Annual 10.1-kilometre running event through fields, forest and over hills. Not suitable for setting a new personal record, but certainly a challenge. For more information, visit boscross.nl/nk-cross.
March: Drag Hunt
Drag hunting does not involve the hunting of animals. In drag hunts the hounds pursue a pre-laid trail of scent and the riders follow while overcoming obstacles along the way. The sight is spectacular. For more information, visit jachtverenigingsoestdijk.nl.
April: Dachau Remembrance
Annual remembrance of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp on 29 April 1945, held at the National Dachau Monument.
April (and more): Pure Markt
The Pure Markt (Pure Market) is one of Holland's most renowned markets; a source of exceptional, artisan, Dutch and international produce, food and creativity. Approximately 70% of their stalls are food related and the rest is a mix of designer, vintage and gift items. The Pure Markt is a traveling Sunday market with its base in Amsterdam and the market can be found at the Amsterdamse Bos several times a year.
May: Amsterdam Forest Marathon Walk
Annual four-day evening walk of five or ten kilometres, organised by the Aalsmeerse Wandelsport Vereniging. The walk starts at the Amsterdam Forest Visitors’ Centre. For more information, visit awv-aalsmeer.nl.
May: Diynamic Festival
Electronic music to a backdrop of the trees. For more info, visit diynamicfestival.com.
May: 909 Festival
Rolling techno beats, fairytale-like lighting and a magical atmosphere. 909 is an intimate, one-stage techno fest held at Amsterdamse Bos’s Kleine Speelweide from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, visit 909.nl.
June: National Youth Hockey Championships
National youth hockey championship finals. Head to the Wagener stadium for the best in Dutch youth hockey!
June: Midsummer Night’s Cross
Running event in the Amsterdam Forest held on the longest Friday of the year. The race starts at the main entrance to the Bos. Distances range from two kilometres (youth race) to 10 English miles (well trained runners).
June: Koninklijke Holland Beker
Rowing regatta on the Bosbaan in which rowers compete for the Holland Beker trophy. For more information, visit hollandbeker.nl.
July: Rough Golf Tournament
The Amsterdamse Bos will be turned into an 18-hole golf course for this tournament. For more information, visit amsterdamsebosgolf.nl.
July to September: open-air theater
Every summer, the Bostheater company offers a new performance at the open-air theatre in the Amsterdamse Bos. For more information, visit bostheater.nl.
July: OWW Swimming Competition
Open water swimming competition at the Bosbaan. For more information, visit http://noww.nl.
August Dekmantel Festival
Three-day techno fest at the Land van Bosse with festival campground. For more information, visit dekmantelfestival.com.
Annual recreational swimming competition in the Bosbaan. Open to anyone aged 12 and over with a swimming diploma. Swim distances are 2,000, 1,000 and 500 metres. For more information, visit bosbaanswim.nl.
September: National Canoe Sprint Championships
Short sprint event at the Bosbaan in which the country’s best canoeists compete for the Dutch championship. For more information, visit watersportverbond.nl/kano.
September: Finance Run
Annual 5- and 10-kilometre running event for the financial branche. For more information, visit financerun.nl.
September: Dragon Boat Race
An open canoe with a dragon’s head at the bow with 16 rowers paddling in unison to the beat of a drum is always a special sight. The programme includes 200 and 500-metre races as well as a 2,000-metre race. For more information, visit www.ehdc.nl.
October: Nacht van de Nacht
National annual event aimed at raising awareness about light pollution. Exciting activities in the dark for young and old alike are held in the Amsterdamse Bos. For more information, visit nachtvandenacht.nl.