Thuishaven Zomer


Coming right at the end of summer is Thuishaven Zomer, a festival where DJ Satori will play a 10-hour set. Known for his blend of techno and trance fused with electronica and organic instrumentation, this is sure to be the remedy party-goers need. Check their site for details and ticket information. In the meantime, you can reserve a table or beach bed on their sunny terrace and enjoy other DJ sets, nibbles and drinks throughout summer.

6 September // Thuishaven

De Parade

De Parade Amsterdam

For the past thirty years, De Parade has presented a dazzling array of theatre performances across the land. While their original celebrations won’t be going ahead this year, they will stage a small series of performances at Amsterdam’s Tolhuistuin over three days. Kids performances take place in the afternoon, the dinner programme starts at 17:00 and the more adventurous productions begin in the garden from 20:30. Sounds fun!

30 July to 1 August // Tolhuistuin


ZeeZout Festival Amsterdam

Currently scheduled for 5 September, ZeeZout brings together top DJs for a day of killer tunes. The focus is local this year, which means you’ll get an in-depth perspective on the Dutch electronic music scene. DJs include David Vunk, Suze Ijó, San Soda and many others who will create the fun and make you dance. Should the festival be postponed due to COVID-19 measures, ZeeZout will move to 2021. Keep an eye on their website for all the details.

5 September // Tuinen van West

Grachten Festival

Grachtenfestival opening Amsterdam Ronald Knapp

The Grachten Festival is going ahead this year but with a reduced programme due to COVID-19 regulations. That’s great news for fans of music al fresco as you’ll still be able to get your dose of classical, world and jazz music at a range of locations across the city.

8-16 August // Various locations

The Magic Milkshake Soirée

The Magic Milkshake Soiree

If you’re one of the very lucky few who got tickets to the sold-out Magic Milkshake Soirée, then you’ll be treated to some astounding shows with themed meals and a general air of fabulousness. We’re green with envy!

24-25 July // Café Restaurant Bureau

Haarlem Jazz Festival

Haarlem Jazz Festival CR Franklin van der Erf

Great news for fans of jazz music, the Haarlem Jazz Festival is going ahead this year but with an amended programme. The free sit-down event will unfold in the city’s historic centre, and easily is accessible for everyone. What’s not to love?

19-23 August // Various locations

Pride Amsterdam

Pride 2020 CR Liam McGarry via unsplash

Sadly the main festival won’t be taking place this year but a number of other events will. Join the LGBTI community and celebrate Pride 2020 by taking part online with Pride TV or joining one of their events. It’s all about flags this year with residents encouraged to fly the Rainbow flag from 25 July to 2 August. Plus, you can take a self-directed Find All Flags tour, an alternative to the Pride Walk. It will take you to important LGBTI locations in Amsterdam. Happy Pride!

25 July to 2 August //  Various locations

Amsterdam Fringe Festival

Amsterdam Fringe Festival APOS Jomecia

It’s all about undiscovered and untamed makers at Amsterdam Fringe Festival. The varied programme features a wide range of artists and performers with an independent spirit. Thankfully, the 2021 edition is going ahead which means 11 big days of inventive theatre and dance. About half of the programme is suitable for non-Dutch speakers. 

3-13 September // Various locations

Dutch Theatre Festival

Amsterdam theater

Each year the Dutch Theatre Festival presents a stellar selection of theatre, talks and workshops as part of this exciting festival devoted to creativity. It’s all about providing audiences with ground-breaking performances and stage shows that immerse, challenge and enchant. Don’t worry, many performances are in English or don’t require you to be a master of the Dutch language. 

3-13 September // Various locations

On the roof

On the Roof at HoogtIJ

Head to HoogtIJ in Amsterdam Noord this summer for a series of intimate concerts on the roof. Sit back as local musicians treat your ears to an aural experience as you take in exceptional views, hopefully with a stunning sunset as a backdrop on the evening you attend. Social distancing rules apply so book your tickets online first. Seats are limited.

3 July to 18 September //

Check What’s On for more festivals but be aware events may change or be cancelled.