10 Things To Do In Amsterdam In August

Summer at its best! Make the most of summer with these 10 things to do in Amsterdam…

1. Andy Warhol – Beurs van Berlage

Popart it is! The art flow of the early sixties with its many prints. Andy Warhol was very famous with his “Factory” in New York. But you can definitely not leave out Keith Haring. The Beurs van Berlage exhibits a private collection owned by Lex Harding of works of Warhol and other popartists.

When? 2 July – 30 September 2017
Where? Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam


2. Bijlmerbios

Above you will find the new metro station, beneath an open air cinema! It’s the Bijlmerbios. Metro line 53 is riding above your head while you are sitting comfortly watching a movie at the Bijlmerbios. Raining? No worries the metro tracks will keep you dry. There will be short and longer movies displayed which symbolize the character of the neighborhood.

When? 25-27 August 2017
Where? Metro station Kraaiennest, Amsterdam


3. De Parade

De Parade is a travelling party of theatre, dance, mime and music acts. It starts in Rotterdam and after visiting the Hague and Utrecht, the tour ends in Amsterdam. The Martin Luther Kingpark transforms into an amusement park with tents, restaurants and a carousel.

When? 11-27 August 2017
Where? Martin Luther Kingpark, Amsterdam


4. Pluk De Nacht

Pluk De Nacht (seize the night) is an open-air film festival. How nice; it is free of entrance! The goals is, let as many people as possible enjoy movies that were not displayed in the Dutch cinema. You can watch the movies from your own beach chair.

When? 16-26 August 2017
Where? Steven Hoofd, Amsterdam


5. Swan Lake

Swan Lake is probably one of the most famous ballet productions. Now there is an unique collaboration between the Shanghai Ballet and England’s top choreographer Derek Deane. They have created the greatest Swan Lake of the world. Don’t miss it in the Royal Theatre Carré.

When? 22 August – 10 September 2017
Where? Royal Theatre Carré


6. Gay Pride

In August Amsterdam celebrates Gay Pride with a 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. Canals are loaded with boats and visitors are watching on the docks. Boats sail from Westerdok to Oosterdok. It is an colorful ensemble.

When? 5 August 2017
Where? From Westerdok to Oosterdok, Amsterdam


7. Silent Nigth Run

A unique experience; running through downtown Amsterdam in silence. Just running, doing some exercises, not talking to each other, just feeling the city and that at nighttime and in the dark. There is a warm welcoming at The Conservatorium Hotel.

When? 18 August 2017
Where? Start at The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam


8. Uitmarkt

The Uitmarkt is the opening of the Dutch cultural season. There are multiple free performances in downtown Amsterdam. At the Museum square (Museumplein) there is a large podium where you can enjoy parts of famous theatre productions. There is music, dance and cabaret. A perfect way to get a sneak peak of the Dutch cultural scene.

When? 25-27 August 2017
Where? Museum square and Leidscheplein, Amsterdam


9. Grachtenfestival

Want to enjoy some classical music? Go to the Grachtenfestival; multiple performances variating from music theater to jazz, inside and outside on very special locations of historical and monumental value. You can see a lot of young talented musicians. Ten days of classical music through the whole city of Amsterdam.

When? 11-19 August 2017
Where? Rokin 75, Amsterdam


10. Samples Sales Amsterdam

Keep an eye out for our Amsterdam August Sample Sale Guide to be published soon.


By Linda Joosen

(credit images: all photos have been sourced from the official event page websites listed above or separately aforementioned)


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