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August in Amsterdam

 August facts 
  • Many events and festivals take place during this month.
  • Many tourists are strolling the streets.
  • Hotels are usually full to capacity. Make your reservations in advance.
  • Mild temperatures and long days.

 August Festivals & Events 

August 4, 2017 | 12th edition

Drag Queen Olympics

the world's premier Drag Queen sporting affair. Drag queens are taking part in events including the Handbag Throw, the 100m Stiletto Sprint and the Limbo.

Drag Queen Olympics

July 15-August 6, 2017

Kwaku Summer Festival

Multicultural festival in the Nelson Mandelapark in Amsterdam Zuidoost with street food vendors, music, dance and football tournement.


July 29-August 6, 2017

Amsterdam Gay Pride / EuroPride

one of the biggest and most special gay prides around the globe! With street parties all weekend long, the best club circuit parties and of course the famous Canal Parade on Saturday.

Amsterdam Gay Pride

August 12, 2017 | 23rd edition

Dance Valley

Biggest and most popular open air summer dance festival in the Netherlands, just outside of Amsterdam. Free buses available from Station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

Dance Valley

August 15-20, 2017

Summer Dance Forever

yearly inner city urban dance festival with battles, theatre, seminars, workshops and parties.

Summer Dance Forever

August 11-27, 2017 | 27th edition

De Parade

A travelling circus full of performances, theatre, dance, magic, art and music of all kinds.

De Parade - Martin Luther Kingpark

August 11-20, 2017 | 19th edition


Largest classical music festival in the Netherlands. Stage for young musicians from all over the world, with smaller scale concerts in houses and monuments in the historical centre of Amsterdam and along the banks of the River IJ.

A large part of the concerts will be held outdoors and are free of charge. Classical music, water and architecture are the elements out of which the Grachtenfestival is composed.


August 25-26, 2017 | 43rd edition

Jordaan Festival

Big street festival, with many music performances on stage by mostly Amsterdam and Dutch bands and singers.

Jordaan Festival

August 25-27, 2017 | 40th edition


Opening event of the cultural season in Amsterdam, with free previews of upcoming theater, cabaret, musical and concerts at outdoor and indoor stages.


August 22-September 10, 2017

The Greatest Swan Lake in the World

Choreographer Deane's version of Swan Lake by the Shanghai Ballet with 48 Chinese ballerina's in Royal Theatre Carré



Vondelpark Open Air Theater

Free dance, music and cabaret performances in the park's band shell.

Vondelpark Open Air Theater

June-August, every Thursday night

NEMO Summer Roof

Live music by students of neighboring Conservatorium van Amsterdam on the roof of the NEMO building.



Trendy city beach next to the RAI in the south of Amsterdam (Amsterdam-Zuid), with several lounges, table tennis, table football, restaurant and a German-style Biergarten next to the water.

July 1-August 31, 2017 | 29th edition

Robeco SummerNights

Annual festival in the Concertgebouw, considered as one of the finest concert halls in the world because of its highly regarded acoustics. All concerts are low priced and the atmoshphere is informal.

Robeco Zomerconcerten Amsterdam


Electric Tram Museum Amsterdam

Go back in time with a ride on a historic tram from Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Vienna or Prague.

Tram Museum

May 19-September 17, 2017 | 5th edition


International Sculpture Biennial in the main streets of Amsterdam Zuid and Zuidas business district.


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Festivals & Events

Temperature in August
Average high: 22°C   72°F
Average low:  12°C   54°F

Sunrise-Sunset in August
August 1:    6:01 am - 9:33 pm
August 31:  6:50 am - 8:31 pm

Museum Agenda

Upcoming exhibitions Find out what exhibitions are organised when you will be in Amsterdam

Vondelpark in August

Sitting in the Vondelpark and watching passer-bys is an ideal way to spend a lazy summer day.

Practical information

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