It’s summer in Amsterdam; sunny days, blue skies and high temperatures. The only thing you need is a list of things to do in Amsterdam in August! That’s where we step in; see below 10 Things To Do In Amsterdam In August.
1. Restaurant The Duchess
After Los Angeles, New York and Paris, Amsterdam finally has its own W hotel located near the Dam square, the W Amsterdam! Original ornaments, high ceilings, gold and marble make this hotel a very chic location. Part of the hotel is restaurant The Duchess. It’s the perfect place to have lunch, go for extensive dining or some late night cocktails. The dishes are inspired on the French-Italian kitchen. You can also enjoy your English Afternoon Tea, in ‘Alice in Wonderland’-style, with macaroons, éclairs and champagne. Go to The Duchess for a perfect afternoon or evening in style and grandeur.
When? Monday to Sunday
Where? Spuistraat 172
2. World Cinema
Don’t feel like going to the cinema in summer because you want to enjoy the lovely weather? Then World Cinema is something for you! During World Cinema you can see the best international movies in open air on various places in Amsterdam. Raining? No problem; you can also watch movies inside. With over 40 long and short movies there’s plenty to choose from. This year’s theme is Cine Caribe. So prepare for movies from Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Haiti.
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When? From 14 to 23 August
Where? Various locations downtown
3. Amsterdam Gay Pride
Highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride is the annual Boat Parade. It’s the showpiece of multiple festivities. 80 LGBT organizations get ready to show in a festive manner where they stand and fight for and have their own boat with a theme.
During the Boat Parade, the Amsterdam canals are loaded with boats. The Boat Parade is one of the biggest festivities in Amsterdam and draws hundreds of thousands of people. It’s truly a festivity for all. Whether you are gay or not, young or old, people flock to the center of Amsterdam to see the Boat Parade.
The route provides enough space for visitors to stand along the canals. Die hards arrive early in the morning for the best spot and bring their own chairs.
During the Boat Parade, boats sail from Westerdok to Oosterdok. The first boat is at 2pm on the Prinsengracht and the last boat will close the parade at the end around 6pm.
When? 1 August 2015
Where? From Westerdok to Oosterdok
4. Restaurant BAUT
Underpromise and overdeliver; the purpose of restaurant BAUT is to outdo in service and fine food. It is established across another hotspot Restaurant Citroën (see 10 Things In Amsterdam In July). The setting is industrial with lots of light colours, street art on the walls and a little bit of kitsch. Food from Chef Michiel van der Eerde is guaranteed to be delicious! You can choose to have multiple different small dishes. For every moment of the day or night BAUT offers you a relaxed hotspot for business and pleasure. Don’t forget to have a look at the great terrace.
When? Monday to Sunday
Where? Stadionplein 26-30
5. Canal Festival
Want to enjoy some classical music? Don’t miss out on the Canal Festival (in Dutch ‘Grachtenfestival’) which will be held from 14 to 23 August. With over 200 performances variating from music theater to jazz, this festival is held at unique locations (inside and outside) of historical and monumental value in the city centre of Amsterdam.
The biggest attraction of the festival is the so-called Prinsengracht concert on 23 August which is held on a huge floating stage in front of hotel Pulitzer. But there are also performances in gardens, on rooftops and at people’s homes. It’s a perfect opportunity to get the feeling of the local Amsterdam way of life.
When? From 14 to 23 August
Where? Rokin 75
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6. The Garden Which Is The Nearest to God
Located in Amsterdam’s Red Light district, the oldest building of Amsterdam the Oude Kerk (‘the Old Church’) has been transformed into a temporary art project. Internationally renowned Japanese artist Taturo Atzo transformed the roof of the Oude Kerk into a temporary panorama terrace, named ‘The Garden Which Is The Nearest to God‘. For over 10 weeks you can have a look at the Red Light district from a unique point of view. To enter the terrace you will have to climb a major scaffolding which is quite an experience. After that you are on one of the largest roof surfaces of Europe. There will also be recordings of several radio broadcastings.
When? From 27 June to 6 September
Where? Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23
This summer Amsterdam gets its own pop-up city beach, PlaygroundCS, across Central Station. Children can play in the sand at PlaygroundCS. But they also have thought of grownups. Although you can’t swim there, there are lots of other activities to do. For example, every morning after sunrise there are Tai Chi and yoga lessons or you can go and relax with a cup of coffee and a newspaper. At the bar there are cold drinks and nice food.
When? From 15 July to 26 August
Where? Stationsplein 1
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8. Exhibition ‘The Oasis of Matisse’
World renowned Stedelijk Museum is transformed into a colourful oasis of Matisse. The Oasis of Matisse (Henri Matisse is the founder of modern art) is an exhibition inspired by the nature of Morocco and Tahiti. During the exhibition (the largest one ever in the Netherlands) you will travel along Matisse’s showpieces and pieces of his contemporaries. At the end of the journey you will find his world famous clippings like ‘La Perruche et la sirène’ and ‘The Sheaf’. They say Matisse could not only paint with a brush, but also with scissors.
When? From 27 March to 16 August
Where? Museumplein 10
9. Sail Amsterdam
Amsterdam has always been surrounded by water with its historic canals and the rivers IJ and Amstel. Sail Amsterdam is one of the biggest attractions in Amsterdam. Every five years a entire fleet of tall ships and many other special boats and vessels sail along the River IJ before docking near the city center. Hundreds of thousands gather to wave in ships sailing into the city, as well as to experience maritime-themed performances, fun and concerts. Grab your chance to climb aboard on one of the ships!
When? From 19 to 23 August
Where? Piet Heinkade
10. Samples Sales Amsterdam
Summer sales are heading to an end, but luckily for the fashion addicts we still have the sample sales! So have a look at the August Amsterdam Sample Sales Guide.
By Linda Joosen