Grote Schijn boomstronk
Van Nelle Fabriek Iris van den Broek
Mathilde Simon profiel Rotterdam Centrum
Written by Mathilde Simon
October 15, 2023

Wondering what fun things you can experience in Rotterdam in October? Below we share the best tips to enjoy your autumn to the fullest. You can enjoy fun parties, beautiful exhibitions or wonderful shopping experiences both outdoors and indoors.

De Grote Schijn

From October 12 to 29 it is once again time for the Grote Schijn! During the autumn holidays you will walk the breathtaking route through the Kralingse Bos, where whispering trees, enchanting light projections and compelling sounds create a magical spectacle.

During the two kilometer long walk you will be amazed by the beauty of the forest, the music and the technology. Buy a ticket quickly before they sell out!

Grote Schijn boomstronk
Buy a ticket for the Grote Schijn
Be quick and get a spot for this beautiful spectacle!

Dress to Impress DogWalk in the Koopgoot

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, the Rotterdam Koopgoot transforms in a meeting place for dog lovers and their four-legged friends, in honor of Animal day. Expect an abundance of brightly dressed dogs of all shapes and sizes during this unique event.

Would you like to participate with your four-legged friend? Or do you love dogs and don't want to miss the spectacle? You are welcome!

Afrovibes Festival 2023

Afrovibes Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! The festival takes place from October 4 to 15 in several cities and is in Rotterdam at Maas theater and dance, Theater Zuidplein and the Kunsthal.

Afrovibes brings theater, dance, music and more from current makers and artists from both the African continent and the African diaspora in Europe. This edition, Afrovibes presents a programme around the theme Liquid Traces with performances from Rwanda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and South Africa, among others.

Dates & locations in Rotterdam

5 to 7 October: Maas theater en dans

12 October: Theater Zuidplein

15 October: Kunsthal

Afrovibes Christophe RAYNAUD DE LAGE
Afrovibes Christophe RAYNAUD DE LAGE
Afrovibes 2023
Buy your tickets here!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

The Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) takes place in Cinerama from October 31 to November 5. During this film festival you can watch the most beautiful and impactful films about nature from home and abroad. See you there?

Cinerama filmtheater Rotterdam Centrum

Maas Open Air

Still feel like having a summer party? On October 7 you can go to the second edition of Maas Open Air. This is an open-air festival in the Maaskantine. Both international and local artists play the last summer jams of the year here, such as Max Dean (UK), Locklead, Jamback, Boss Priester, Kim April, Migesa, B Rhythm and Makari. There is also a silent disco area on the beach.

Tickets for Maas Open Air
Buy a ticket for the last summer festival here.

Swan Market

The Swan Market will continue as usual, even after the summer months. To ensure that you can shop in a dry and warm place, the market takes place in October in the Van Nelle Fabriek. From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM you can shop the most unique items from creative entrepreneurs here. Think of things for your home, beautiful jewelry and nice gifts. A small contribution of €3 is requested for entrance.

Van Nelle Fabriek Iris van den Broek

Exhibition 'Verankerd?!' in the Maritime Museum

From October 13 there will be a new exhibition in the Maritime Museum called 'Verankerd?!' (in English: 'Anchored?!'). This is about migration by sea and arriving somewhere where you are unknown. A special exhibition, in which personal and moving stories of young Rotterdammers are shared.

Maritiem Museum Haven fotografie Jan van der Ploeg 26
Discover more about the exhibition here.
Mathilde Simon profiel Rotterdam Centrum
Written by Mathilde Simon
October 15, 2023