Amsterdam events calendar for August

Wow, is it August already??! Summer is going by so quickly but that’s probably because we’re having so much fun! It’s all about festivals this month and a few quirky events you shouldn’t miss out on! This is the Amsterdam events calendar for August.

Summer Nights in Artis
When? June – July – Aug, Artis Zoo
What? Saturday evenings in the Zoo until the sun goes down.
Artis Zoo let’s people enjoy Saturday evening until the sun goes down by opening up their doors to the public. There will be performances, music, storytellers and you can learn about the animals and their nightly activities. Check the website for more info

Zoo nights in Artis

The Art of Banksy
When? 18th of June until 30th of Sept, Beurs van Berlage
What? Work from the legendary street artist Banksy
There will be around 85 art pieces on display at this exposition of street artist Banksy. You can see canvas, paintings, sculptures and installations. Get your tickets here.

The art of banksy Amsterdam
Banksy; Addressing daily issues

The Gay Pride Amsterdam
When? 6th of August, Canals of Amsterdam
What? Express yourself! Dress in pink if you dare..
The Canal Parade is the highlight of the Amsterdam Gay Pride, with elaborately decorated boots and crew and frantic visitors along the side.
On the first Saturday in August the participants on 80 boats provide a spectacular show with DJs, sensational themes and lots of fun, which is infectious to all spectators on the banks of the Prinsengracht canal and Amstel river. During the parade are also many smaller boats along the canals, which increase the fun.
The Canal Parade starts at 13.30h. in Westerdoksdijk port and goes through the Prinsengracht canal to the Amstel River. For all the parties check here.

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014 - Marokkaanse Boot

Vergulden Summer fest
When? 12th of Agust , Vergulden Eenhoorn

What? Celebrating summer in the garden of east bound De Vergulden Eenhoorn
Enjoy sangria cocktails, your feet in the grass, enjoy tunes from the vinyl mobile, silent disco and a tasty BBQ! For more info check Facebook.

Vergulden Eenhoorn August
The Vergulden Eenhoorn has a huge garden!

BBQ Festival
When? 7th of August, Dok Amsterdam
What? BBQ Festival with several BBQ food stands, beer stands
BBQ entertainment, many burgers (Meat, vega, chicken) Lounge area’s and the amazing BBQ smell! Oh and entrance is free! Facebook.

BBQ Festival Amsterdam august
It’s going to be perfect BBQ weather!

De Parade
When? 12th -28th of August, Martin Luther King Park

What? A playground for children and adults with food and theater
A little out of town and yet the whole of Amsterdam is coming to this theater festival like there’s no tomorrow! Enjoy beautiful, funny and amazing performances, drink wine, enjoy the carousel and eat tasty foods and sweets. The parade cost 7,50 euro but you have to pay for the shows separately.

De parade Amsterdam

“Is it August already?!”

Appelsap Festival
When? 13th of August, Oosterpark
What? Urban music festival
The best Hip Hop fashion is spotted here so dress your best and jump, drink and bounce along at this cool urban festival in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam East. Fat Joe is the headliner so get ready! Get your ticket here:

Appelsap 2016 in August

When? 12th of August, Tolhuistuin
What? Hiphop, Food & Drinks
The Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam North is always inventive when they organize events but sometimes a simple event is just as effective. Juicy is all about hiphop music, good food and tasty drinks. It starts at 5pm so the perfect after work location! Entrance is free! Check their events page for more info.

Juicy Tolhuistuin
Get your juice on!

Festival The Brave
When? 13th of August, Tuinen van West (gardens of west) / 1pm – 2am
What? singer songwriter festival
With 10 international acts from 8 different countries, this festival has a wide range of performances. Tickets are 15 euro for adults and 5 euro for kids.


Amsterdam Maker Festival
When? 19th – 28thth of August, Marineterrein
What? Enjoy crafs, buy them and learn how to make products
Makerfestival 2016 brings together over 200 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors. It’s show and tell! Everyone is invited, entrance is free!

Jordaan Festival
When? 26th – 28thth of August, Jordaan
What? The real Amsterdam festival in the heart of Amsterdam
Organized by locals with a heart for the city. The Amsterdam jordaan is an area where some of the most famous Dutch people grew up. This 3 day festival celebrates this area with folk singers and performances. If you want to experience the real Amsterdam feeling, you should have a look.

Amsterdam Jordaan

When? 26th – 28th of August, Leidsesquare/Museumsquare
What? Cultural festival in Amsterdam
With more than 350 free concerts and performances, the Uitmarkt is one of the best cultural happenings in the Netherlands. Performances are held outdoors and indoors at numerous theatres, museums and venues near the Leidsesquare and Museumsquare. For the full program check here.

Lucas Hamming at the Uitmarkt
Lucas Hamming will be one of the talents performing. Photo: Notre-Vue

Amsterdam Woods Festival
When? 26th + 27th of August, Amsterdamse Bos
What? A small cosey festival between the trees
Surrounded by a scenic forest, close to Amsterdam, visitors can enjoy new and upcoming indie, pop and rock music from local and international artists. Furthermore, Amsterdam Woods Festival presents a selection of music documentaries in collaboration with IDFA and Melkweg and offers a delicious food line-up. It’s the second edition so expect it to be good and well organized. Day tickets are €40,-. More info available online.



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  • Jonna@Burgertrutjes
    Posted at 19:11h, 04 August Reply

    Appelsap festival en het BBQ festival lijken me erg leuk!

  • Elien
    Posted at 19:40h, 12 August Reply

    Wauw leuke opsomming, altijd handig om ze op een rijtje te hebben!
    X Elien

    • Wander-lust
      Posted at 14:20h, 15 August Reply

      Bedankt Ellen, ik hoop dat je er iets aan hebt!

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