Oh, how we  love October. The summer has really ended but if we are lucky we will get an amazing Indian Summer with the most gorgeous light and colors. The changing of the leaves, drinking a glass of red wine at the end of the day, pumpkins, apple picking and trying to find that damn fly amanita (that red mushroom with white spots) makes it one of my most loved months. October is also the month of one of our favourite events; the graduation show of the Design Academy in Eindhoven. It is just amazing to see what they can create and it will give you so much energy and inspiration. But, lovely October brings you so much more!

Here is our list of this months kid-friendly festivals and fairs.

October 2nd – 4 Amsterdam Eats Organic Food Festival @ Warehouse Elementenstraat, Amsterdam 

Amsterdam welcomes its first 100% Organic indoor Food Festival! Presenting itself in a daylight filled, beautifully decorated but edgy location with an intimate atmosphere, the festival combines a culinary experience with drinks and deep house music into a one of a kind happening. Amsterdam Eats is ideal for extended brunch and lunch, dinner or drinks, as well as a little dance for all deep house addicts among us. The event brings together a carefully selected range of food trucks and stalls, handpicked for their commitment to organically sourced food. From Asian to Italian, Dutch to French, traditionally cooked, to steamed and raw, there’ll be something for every curious foodie to enjoy. To wash it all down, there’ll be cocktails aplenty, quality wines and beers, and freshly squeezed juice and smoothies.Entrance is free and the entire family is very welcome! They have baby high chairs at your disposal, as well as a kid’s play corner. For more info check their site here.

October 4th Sunday Market @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 

Every first Sunday of the month there is the Sunday Market. The whole idea behind the Sunday Market is to promote and support both seasoned and up-and-coming artists and designers in the city. You can shop for art, kids stuff, fashion & design. There will be good foods and live music and loads of workshops and fun stuff to do for your kid. Entrance is free.

October 9th & 10th Strawberry Earth Fair @ Amsterdam Roest

Picture this. Around forty shops in one space, that combine ethics with aesthetics. Check who’s present at their website here. Enjoy products made with care for people and planet and food from the fields. Show off your wildest dance moves and bend your brains in the Big Nature Quiz with quizmasters Maxim Hartman and Tim den Besten. Friday 9 October: 16:00 – 01:00 and Saturday 10 October: 14:00 – 03:00. Entrance: Day ticket 16,50 euro’s.

From October 9th –  October 11th Vissch Culinair a Fish Festival @ Scheveningen

At this culinary festival, you van taste the fish freshly made directly from the North sea. Enjoy it with a glass of wine, real Scheveningen’s Beer and music. And all this at the industrial ‘Visafslag’ at the harbour of Scheveningen. Everybody is welcome and entrance is free! More info: www.vissch.nl

October 10 & 11 Local goods weekend market @ De hallen, Amsterdam 

Local products telling their story. Twice a month you can find, taste and buy local products from Amsterdam and around. There will be food and non-food. From hip bicycles, clothing and wooden sunglasses to homemade sausages, beer and chocolate. And if you are tired from looking at all the cool stuff and even cooler crowd, you can just have a glass of wine and a bite to eat at the Foodhallen.

From October 17-23 Cinekid Festival @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 

The Cinekid Festival is an annual film, television and new-media festival for children from 3 to 14 years old. Cinekid is the world’s largest media festival for children. It has feature films, children’s documentaries, short films, animations, television series, cross-media productions, interactive installations and set-ups as well as workshops. In between kids can play, climb, build and learn for hours at the MediaLab. For more info about the programming and tickets go to www.cinekid.nl

From October 17- 25 Dutch Design Week @ Eindhoven

For 9 whole days, DDW boasts 100 locations, presenting the processes, experiments and ideas, answers and solutions thought up by 2400 designers. Come and be amazed, surprised or astonished. Ask yourself new questions, draw inspiration for your own answers and allow the power of design to convince you. The highlight of the Dutch Design week, of course, is the graduation show from the Design Academy Eindhoven. A must visit for all who has a design-loving-heart. Website: www.ddw.nl

From October 29 – November 1st Affordable Art Fair @ Kromhouthal, Amsterdam 

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam is looking forward to an exciting 2015 edition with local and (inter) national galleries offering
a huge array of original artwork from established and emerging artists. With a plethora of new galleries, fresh artwork, and engaging activities, the upcoming 10th edition boasts more variety than ever before. Their aim is to make art as fun, accessible, and affordable as possible with all works under €6,000. Come along to explore and fall in love with art! Tickets are available at the door or you can buy them upfront online. Visit affordableartfair.com for more details.

Hope to see you there!


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