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Event calendar August – What’s on in Amsterdam

Event calendar August – What’s on in Amsterdam

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Welcome to the Event calendar of August 2019! The warm weather has taken over Amsterdam and August kicks off in style with the Gay Pride. The streets, canals and clubs turn pink and Amsterdam celebrates love in every form. It is also a perfect month for open-air cinemas and larger events.

Continue reading and learn more about all the events and exhibitions that take place in Amsterdam in August!


PRIDE AMSTERDAM – July 27th until August 4th

YAAS! In the first week of August, Pride takes over Amsterdam! There are a lot of events organized and of course the world famous canal parade will take place this month! Pride Amsterdam starts the 27th of July and will take place until August 4th. The canal parade will take place on Saturday august 3rd .

Pride Amsterdam is one of the busiest weeks of the year in Amsterdam, so make sure to rent a bike or walk as most of the traffic gets rerouted around the parties. Read all about the activities around Pride Amsterdam in our latest blog!

Want to know how we celebrated pride last year? Watch the after movie!


NEMO Zomerdak – June 21st until September 5th

From 21 June to 5 September 2019, the roof of Science Museum NEMO is open daily until 9 p.m. On every Thursday evening there is live music on the roof! Nemo is a also science museum and a great place for kids to go to during a visit to Amsterdam. Nemo is located almost next to the central station and also in walking distance from the center.

NEMO - Amsterdam Welcome


World Cinema Amsterdam – August 15th until 24th

After Pride, Amsterdam is transformed into the stage of World Cinema. World Cinema Amsterdam screens the best independent films from Africa, Asia, Latin-America and the Caribbean, in- and outdoors. During World Cinema Amsterdam you can once again enjoy four beautiful films on the Marie Heinekenplein and/or during Vondelpark Open Air Theater. The films start when it is dark enough, around 9.30 p.m. The first outside film is on Wednesday 7 August. Admission is free, but a (small) contribution is greatly appreciated. You can learn more about this event and the schedule on their website!

Uitmarkt – August 23rd until 25th

The Uitmarkt is a well-known event among the locals, therefore there will be many Dutch activities. That does not mean that there is nothing to do if you do not speak Dutch! The Uitmarkt is the opening of the national cultural season. The 42nd edition is celebrated on and around Museum- and Leidse square. Do you want to know more about this event? They have a English content on their website.


Shelter; Festimi Soundsystem (All Night Long) – July and August

This summer, Shelter wants to give its guests a small token of appreciation. That’s why they’re letting you enter for free! Before 00:00 during club nights, not the external nights like Dekmantel Festival concerts and after hours. This will only be in the months of July and August so make sure not to miss it! The only thing you have to do is attend the facebook event of the night in question. This makes up for a very special Friday night, as friends of Shelter, the people of Festimi will return downstairs for an all-nighter! Expect the finest fringe selections ranging from house to wave to Italo and everything in between. Dress lightly… because it’s going to be hot. The Shelter is located under the Adam Lookout!

And be aware! Entry is not a guarantee


Pluk de Nacht Filmfestival – August 14th until 24th

Pluk de Nacht Filmfestival will take place at the Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam, this is very close to Central Station! As soon as it starts to get dark, around 9.00 p.m., things start off with a short film. When the sun has set, the feature film will start! Everyday there is a different movie from a different country. All of the films at Pluk de Nacht have had great success at big international festivals, but 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. To be assured of a good spot you can reserve a seat online. Is there no seat available on the day you’d want to go? No problem! If you arrive on time there will be plenty of other seats to be found around the terrain.

Admission is free!

Canal festival – August 9th until 18th

Every year in August Het Grachtenfestival (The canal festival) is organized for ten days. Het Grachtenfestival is the festival organized for classical music, jazz and music from different cultures.

The city of Amsterdam, from east to west and from north to south, serves as a backdrop. With more than 250 concerts at 90 different locations. 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.

Mysteryland – August 23rd until 25th

Mysteryland is the leading electronic music festival in Holland! Year after year Mysteryland attracts more than 100.000 festival friends with over 100 different nationalities. More than 300 artists perform on their 17 stages, covering all genres within the spectrum of electronic music: from House, Big Room, Bass, Techno, Deep-House, Trance, Trap and Minimal to Hardstyle, Hardcore, RnB and Hip Hop. Next to the dance floors, the various paths through forests and grassy fields will guide you to hidden chill out spaces, art installations, food courts and unexpected encounters with like-minded travelers. You can find more information about this festival on their website!


Glitter in the Air – July 27th until August 4th

Pride Amsterdam is all about diversity and the same applies to ‘Glitter in the Air’. This exhibition in ‘De Hallen’ shows kings and queens who take bizarre high heels and huge wigs to new heights. They know how to make feathers fly, how to look spectacular and demand the utmost of their denim and leather. Expect to be amazed at how they steal the show. Ultimately, it’s all about the only thing that matters: love. Glitter in the Air is a photo series that shows the beautiful and varied world of Brighton’s Gay Pride.

Van Gogh en de Zonnebloemen – until September 1st

How did Van Gogh’s famous painting of Sunflowers (1888) come about? What significance did Van Gogh attach to the work? How can we optimally preserve this masterpiece for the future? Discover from Friday 21 June to Sunday 1 September at the Van Gogh Museum why the sunflower was so important to Van Gogh. Plan your visit, book tickets online

Micro Art Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage – until December

This is the smallest exhibition ever in the Beurs van Berlage! The works are so incredibly small that they are almost invisible to the naked eye and you need a special magnifying glass to admire them! Think of a rose in a hollowed-out human hair, the famous Night Watch on a pumpkin seed, Santa Maria (the ship of Columbus consisting of 256 parts) with a total size of 3.4 millimeters!

© Twycer

DISCOVER REMBRANDT | His Life and All His Paintings – until August 31st

Experience all 350 of Rembrandt’s paintings together in their original size and in the order of their production! Discover Rembrandt – His Life and All his Paintings is a retrospective of Rembrandt’s complete oeuvre of paintings. The exhibition presents an ode to the greatest Dutch master ever. Approximately 350 paintings are now attributed to Rembrandt. Only 41 of them are in Dutch collections, the remainder have been spread over more than 18 countries. All paintings can be seen

– this exhibition is part of the Rembrandt Year – 

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