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Events & Exhibitions Calendar August – What’s on in Amsterdam

Events & Exhibitions Calendar August – What’s on in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Gaypride Events August Amsterdam Welcome Event Calendar What to do weekend summer

The days getting longer and warmer, August is the perfect month where you can spent your days outside and visit the best Events and Festivals with you friends and family!

Especially for August there is so much going on in the city, that we added the highlights to this new Event Calendar, so check it out!



Amsterdam Gaypride (4 and 5 August)

In the first weekend you already got the best event for the rest of the month!……. Amsterdam Gay Pride is from 28 July till 5 August 2018, with the Canal Parade and street parties taking place between 3 & 5 August. Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest gay events in the world. You will find parties on the street everywhere, the best dance parties and of course the famous Canal Parade through the historic Amsterdam Unesco canal belt on Saturday.

Gay pride is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Amsterdam, so make sure to rent a bike or walk as most of the traffic gets rerouted around the parties.

Top photo: @ellenlaurenroche

Zoomeravond at Artis (every Saturday in August )

In August ARTIS is open every Saturday until the sun goes down. There are workshops for children and performances (see program below) by up-and-coming music talents.

Sit down with friends or family and have a picnic in the grass, or order pizza at the outdoor kitchen. You can even learn how to make your own bokashi or listen to stories about cycles in nature. The best thing is to end your day with a tour through the park at sunset.

28 juliPlay-along theater, the ARTIS vet tells you more and Charl Delemarre
4 augustusPuppet cabinet, the ARTIS animal caretaker tells you more and MOOON
11 augustusPuppet cabinet, the ARTIS astronomer tells you more and Kris Berry
18 augustusChildren’s yoga, the ARTIS biologist tells your more and Ntjam Rosie
25 augustusPuppet cabinet, the ARTIS volunteer talks about bat mitts, night of the Bat and Herman in a box of Goat’s Quark
Artis Zoomeravonden August Event Calendar What to do Summer Weekend Amsterdam

© Artis


Lookout Rooftop Yoga ( 12th of August)

You can not start your Sunday better than with a yoga class on the roof of the A’DAM Tower with a great view over the whole of Amsterdam. The yoga class is on the roof of the A’DAM Lookout and here you start an intense and energetic lesson in which you can get a kick start of the morning.

This yoga class is suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. After the yoga class, the Panorama Restaurant Moon and the Rooftop Bar are open and you can stay for as long as you want.

A'Dam Lookout morning yoga event calendar august amsterdam what to do weekend© A’dam Lookout via Tripadvisor

Vondelpark Openluchttheater (every weekend)

Vondelpark Openluchttheater is taking place in the summer months, at the cultural hotspot of Amsterdam; The Vondelpark. Every season there are no less than 150 performances by young talents and well-known artists. In August there is a diverse program with dance, (youth) theater, film, cabaret and lots of music. Every year the Open Air Theater is visited by over 100,000 people from the neighborhood, from Amsterdam, from all over the Netherlands and far from abroad. All performances in the Vondelpark Openluchttheater are freely accessible.


vondelpark openluchttheater Summer August Event Calendar Amsterdam What to do

© Vondelpark Openluchttheater


Chillida in Rijksmuseumtuinen – Rijksmuseum

In the exhibition Chillida in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, a collection of nine exceptional sculptures from different periods can be seen, exemplifying his ideas on fullness and emptiness, interior and exterior, gravity and balance. Highlights are Arco de la Libertad (1993) and Homenaie a Calder (1979).

On Saturday 28 July, 25 August and 22 September there is a free tour of Chillida for blind and visually impaired visitors from 2 to 3:30 pm, where you can listen to the story, but also touch the artworks.

The little orphanage – Children on adventure in a 17th century orphanage – Amsterdam Museum

What has been a museum since 1975, was the Burgerweeshuis for 400 years. Learn about what life was like in a 17th-century orphanage with special objects and striking stories. You will be taken on a ride through history which stimulate all your senses.

Maria Austria. Living for Photography – Jewish Cultural Quarter

Maria Austria met camera Jewish Cultural Quarter Exhibition Event Calendar August Summer Amsterdam Welcome

© Henk Jonker-MAI

Until 2 September 2018, an exhibition will be on display at the Jewish Historical Museum about the well-known Amsterdam-Jewish photographer Maria Austria (1915-1975). Here, for the first time, her extensive and versatile oeuvre from the years 1930-1975 is shown all together.

In contrast to earlier exhibitions, a fuller picture of her photography is presented, with many unknown and rediscovered work, including portraits and reportage photography. Very impressive is a series of 150 photographs of the Secret Annex (het achterhuis), made in 1954 by order of Otto Frank.

Verhalen uit het Stadspaleis – Royal Palace

For 370 years the Royal Palace – until 1808 the city hall of Amsterdam – has been a witness of the great history of the country. Famous kings, scientists and artists have been wandering through the halls and galleries for centuries.

But who worked behind the scenes on the building? Who made the bronze bells for the tower, the roof of the Burgerzaal, the chandeliers for the palace? And who used the building day by day when it finaly stood there? Who was locked in the cells and who played the carillon?


Hortus Botanicus Festival (1st of August till 9)

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. With its rich history, the Hortus is an oasis of peace in the middle of the busy city. During the Hortus Festival there are (free) mini-concerts in the garden, composing workshops for children and two concerts a day. With, among others, Ragazze Quartet, Berlage Saxophone Quartet, Rianne Wilbers, Cora Burggraaf, Doelen Ensemble and Nicole Jordan, Maarten van Veen and of course the Hortus Ensemble.

During the festival you can visit the Hortus Café in the Orangery, between 17:30 and 19:30, for a three-course concert menu

”Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival” ( 23rd of August till 26)

It was perhaps the best newcomer of last year, and this year we will be able to finish the summer during the Amsterdam terraces festival again! And this time the organisation has chosen a larger location for this year’s edition: the Rembrandtpark. More space means of course more hotspots that will represent their terrace at the Amsterdam Terrassen Festival 2018. And also more spots where you can get some good food.

Pluk de Nacht Film Festival (15th of August till 25)

From August 15, the Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam will be home to open air film screenings. As the sun sets, sit in your deckchair, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy a slice of undiscovered cinema. 2018 marks the fifteenth edition at the Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam.

All of the films at Pluk de Nacht have had great success at big international festivals, but still never reached Dutch theatres. Pluk de Nacht shows remarkable documentaries, animation, short and feature films that were not release in the Netherlands or, if they were, only reached a small audience.

Grachten Festival (10th of August till 19)

Everything starts with music at the Grachtenfestival. Young musicians from all over the world will surprise you with their own musical story.

The beautiful canals in the centre of Amsterdam form the perfect backdrop for classical music. The Canal Festival’s concerts are performed on stages by or even on the water, as the musicians stand on pontons and the audience listens from the canal side or from their own boats. Drawing in thousands of lovers of classical and contemporary music from all over the world, this festival is a highlight on Amsterdam’s cultural agenda.

grachtenfestival Amsterdam What to do Event Calendar Amsterdam Welcome

© Jeroen C van Zijp


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