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August highlights in Amsterdam

Browse I amsterdam's August highlights for an idea of the festivals, performances and other special events in store throughout the month.

Amsterdam festivals, events & exhibitions in August

August in Amsterdam kicks off with flair as Amsterdam Gay Pride festivities fill the streets, clubs and canals. It's also a great month for outdoor cinema and major cultural festivals, including the Uitmarkt in the final weekend of August.



26/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
The Uitmarkt rings in the start of the new cultural season each year, inspiring, entertaining and astounding theatre, music, book ...

Amsterdam EuroPride 2016

Gay Pride returns in summer 2016 for a huge celebration of devotion towards equality for the gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex communities. And t...

World Cinema Amsterdam

World Cinema Amsterdam
19/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
Every August World Cinema Amsterdam brings indoor and open-air screenings to the Rialto cinema and nearby Marie Heinekenplein. For...

Appelsap Fresh Music Festival

Appelsap (Apple Juice) represents everything that's fresh. Spend a Saturday in August in the Flevopark's fresh air, with a refresh...

Robeco SummerNights

Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
01/07/2016 - 31/08/2016
Taking place from 1 July until 31 August 2016, the Robeco SummerNights series is an integral part of Amsterdam's summer cultural c...

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

Vondelpark Openluchttheater
29/07/2016 - 11/09/2016
From May through September every year, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre presents a programme packed with festivals, dance, cabaret,...

De Parade Theatre Festival

Martin Luther Kingpark
12/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
The Parade travelling theatre festival returns every summer to tour the Netherlands with a rich array of artistic surprises in tow...

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam
12/08/2016 - 21/08/2016
The magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), held annually in August on and around Amsterdam’s canals, is one of the cultura...

Pluk de Nacht

Stenen Hoofd
03/08/2016 - 13/08/2016
Amsterdam's open-air film festival Pluk de Nacht (Seize the Night) annually brings a round of free outdoor cinema to Amsterdam's w...

Landjuweel Festival

10/08/2016 - 15/08/2016
The vibrant Landjuweel Festival is one of the cultural highlights of the year in Ruigoord, a village that was squatted by a group ...

ARTIS ZOOmeravonden

Natura Artis Magistra
30/07/2016 - 27/08/2016
On Saturday evenings throughout summer, party animals in Amsterdam's Artis Royal Zoo gather expectantly in their enclosures as the...


Floriadeterrein in Haarlemmermeer
27/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
Each year, the Mysteryland dance festival transforms a patch of land 20 kilometres from Amsterdam into a magical place with fairyt...

Marten & Oopjen

02/07/2016 - 02/10/2016
Early this year, two Rembrandt portraits were bought together by parties from the Netherlands and France. From 2 July to 2 October...

Catherine, the Greatest

Hermitage Amsterdam
18/06/2016 - 15/01/2017
A collection of more than 300 paintings, sculptures and personal objects of Catherine the Great make their way from St Petersburg ...

Encore Festival

Summer is sure to be hotter than ever as the Encore Festival bounces out of its usual club night digs over at the Melkweg for a f...

Adriaen van de Velde

24/06/2016 - 18/09/2016
More than 60 paintings and preparatory drawings are on show in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum so visitors can get to know the works of Du...

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Amsterdamse Bostheater
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings seem forever on tour and the soul revivalists are favourites with Dutch audiences. Catch them at the ...

Louis C.K.

Ziggo Dome
A huge name in film and TV in 2016, American comic and actor Louis C.K. is finally making his way to Amsterdam for a suitably huge...

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

Joods Historisch Museum
29/02/2016 - 04/09/2016
Amy Winehouse, one of the most successful pop and jazz performers of recent times, takes centre stage at Amsterdam's Jewish Histor...

Neil Finn

Amsterdamse Bostheater
New Zealander Neil Finn brings his huge back catalogue of music from Split Enz, Crowded House and his solo work to the Amsterdamse...

Summer Dance Forever

Summer Dance Forever
16/08/2016 - 24/08/2016
The international Summer Dance Forever festival fixes the spotlights firmly on urban dance in the heart of Amsterdam.


NEMO Science Museum
22/04/2016 - 01/01/2017
Harness the elements and learn all about generating energy from renewable resources at NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. This ener...

Penone in the Rijksmuseum Gardens

10/06/2016 - 01/10/2016
Every year Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum presents a sculpture exhibition in its gardens. This fourth edition features the sculpture and ...

Whale Weeks

Het Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam
09/07/2016 - 28/08/2016
Learn about the largest mammals in the world and their sea-bound existence with the playful, interactive exhibition Walvisweken (W...

Pointer Sisters

Through soul, disco and pop, The Pointer Sisters have released songs like Automatic, I’m So Excited and Neutron Dance. They play A...

Song From Far Away

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
23/08/2016 - 27/08/2016
Toneelgroep Amsterdam revisit 'Song From Far Away' at Stadsschouwburg in summer 2016.

Amy Schumer Live

Heineken Music Hall
A massive star of stage and screen in 2016, comedian Amy Schumer is set to play it for laughs at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall o...


Grandaddy, one of America’s greatest indie bands of the ’90s and ’00s, is back! Catch them while you can at Paradiso in Amsterdam ...

Live at Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bostheater
07/08/2016 - 12/09/2016
As well as its sport and recreation facilities, the dazzling nature of Amsterdamse Bos is home to a picturesque open-air theatre t...


Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
17/08/2016 - 02/09/2016
Acclaimed Australian director Simon Stone and his dedicated cast tackle this classic tale of jealousy and revenge in a performance...

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