Looking for fun things to do this weekend? We've got you covered with this action-packed lineup of exciting events taking place in the Amsterdam Area over 23-25 August.

All the fun of the fair


Summer is waning, which can only mean the beginning of the new cultural season in Amsterdam. This massive festival showcases, highlights and previews upcoming theatre, music and many more art-focused events in a vibrant fair-like atmosphere. Check out our top tips of what to see and do at Uitmarkt with a focus on language-no-problem events.

23-25 August // Uitmarkt

Seed bank


Mathieu Asselin’s widely appreciated exhibition Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation is in its final weeks at The Ravestijn Gallery. Now is your chance to catch this exhaustively researched project that looks at the effects of commercial pesticides on the environment; on people, including farmers; and on animals. It is not for the faint of heart, but a definite must-see.

Until 31 August // The Ravestijn Gallery

Musical mayhem

MysterylandMysteryland is a hedonistic music festival where disco and dubstep, hip-hop and house, and techno and electro come together for a weekend of aural pleasure for devoted punters. A patch of land in nearby Haarlemmermeer transforms into a magical playground reminiscent of a scene in a fairy tale. While music is the focus, there’s also a hypnotic programme featuring side-shows by artists, theatre-makers and spoken-word performers.

23-25 August // Floriadeterrein in Haarlemmermeer

Food trucks and fabulous fun


Venture west into one of Amsterdam's parks to discover Erasmus Culinair, an intimate food-truck festival at Terrasmus. Alongside Joe’s Kitchen, Oma Moes, The Rolling Rolls and other tuck trucks, you’ll find fabulous live music from eight-piece band WRLDBEAT, a funk-fusion band inspired by latin, hip-hop, reggae and soul. There’s also a beatbox workshop for the kids on Sunday morning and more music as the day rolls on and tasty treats are served.

25-26 August // Erasmuspark

Final call

Singer Laren

This weekend is your last chance to catch Singer Laren’s German Expressionist exhibition. Featuring works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Emil Nolde, Käthe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann, the paintings on show burst with vibrant colours that reflect the artists’ inner emotions. Course brushwork, bold colour and strong forms make for compelling images that present a picture of Germany during and between the two world wars.

Until 25 August // Singer Laren

Inspired to see more? Don't miss our complete What’s On guide for a full overview of events.