On the Roof

On the Roof at HoogtIJWhat started 10 years ago as an ambitious idea from a passionate group of organisers has now grown into a popular music festival which takes over the rooftops of Amsterdam each Summer. Experience the most beautiful intimate concerts, with numerous genres covered from jazz to global sounds and improvised pieces.

July 2 to September 3 | HoogtIJ | view the artists

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

That festival feeling is very much still attainable, it's just spread out over the entire summer. Basking in the sun with a thirst-quenching drink in hand, enjoy live music, theatre, comedy and more at the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre. Every weekend a wide range of artists take to the stage including well-known and up-and-coming acts like Trijntje Oosterhuis, Thijs Boontjes and Henry van Loon.

Every weekend from July 2 to September 26 | Vondelpark Open Air Theatre | view the programme

Grachtenfestival

Amsterdam Grachtenfestival Jeroen C. van ZijpThis impressive showcase of classical music and jazz is always something a bit different. Young musicians and child prodigies from all over the world arrive in the Dutch capital to share their talent with a stunned audience. Performances take place at a range of locations across the city including at The Hermitage and Podium Mozaïek.

August 13 to 22 | various locations in Amsterdam | view the programme

Amsterdam Fringe

Amsterdam Fringe Festival APOS JomeciaIt's all about undiscovered talent at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, an 11-day showcase of theatre and dance. A wide range of artists is given the platform to display their independent spirit and creative freedom through the varied programming. There will be an extensive range of ‘Language No Problem’ shows.

September 2 to 12 | various locations in Amsterdam | view the programme

Dutch Theatre Festival

Every year the Dutch Theater Festival enchants and challenges audiences with a great selection of theatre, lectures and workshops. De Gliphoeve, for example, is a musical performance about the gap between black and white people in the Netherlands. Or, see the impressive De Zaak Shell, where theatremakers and journalists bring forward the most important voices from the climate debate.

September 2 to 12 | various locations in Amsterdam | view the programme

Parels van de Stad

At Parels van de Stad (Pearls of the City), nine of Amsterdam's most important event organizers come together to throw the party of the year. Unfortunately, this year's festivities won't be held at Blijburg Beach, but will continue in the Tuinen van West. The full line-up has not yet been announced, but Dutch stars such as Ronnie Flex, Cho and Poke will certainly shine on stage.

September 5 | Tuinen van West | buy tickets

Over het IJ Festival

Saris en den Engelsman Over het IJ festival AmsterdamThis festival boasts amazing theatre, poetry, improv, dance and delicious food. Specialising in location-specific theatre, you can catch one-off performances in the most unexpected of places.

9-18 July 2021| NDSM Wharf | view the programme

The Parade

Merijn Roubroeks Parade festival AmsterdamThere’s something for everyone at The Parade – whether you’re a die-hard theatre devotee or just along for the ride. Expect to see unique theatre, dance, mime, and musical acts in open-air and secret locations.

13-29 August 2021 | Martin Luther King Park | view the programme

Pride Amsterdam

Pride 2020 CR Liam McGarry via unsplashJoin the LGBTI community and celebrate. While the focus is usually on the Canal Parade which can’t take place this year, there are hundreds of other events, exhibitions and screenings to join in on. And it's not all parties: you can take the Pride Walk and find out about all the important LGBTI locations in Amsterdam. Happy Pride!

31 July - 8 August 2021 | various locations | view the programme

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