August in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Events Calendar

Monthly calendar for Amsterdam with festivals, special events, concerts, cultural happenings, fairs, film & media arts, sports and entertainment. Exhibitions in museums and galleries are listed in the Exhibitions Calendar

August 3

Drag Queen Olympics

Drag Queens are taking part in events including the Handbag Throw, the 100m Stiletto Sprint and the Limbo.

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July 14-Aug 5

Kwaku Summer Festival

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

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July 28-August 5

Amsterdam Gay Pride

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

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August 11

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.

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August 9-14

Opera in the Garden: La Voix Humaine

Special outdoor concert in the great canal house garden of Museum van Loon

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August 10-19


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.

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August 14-19

Summer Dance Forever

Inner city urban dance festival where dancers from around the world gather, with dance performances, next level battles and workshops.

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August 16-25

World Cinema Amsterdam

Watch the best independent films of Africa, Asia, Latin-America and the Carribean, in- and outdoor.

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August 25

Bosbaan Swim

Annual recreational swimming competition in the open waters of the Bosbaan at the Amsterdamse Bos.

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August 24-26


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

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August 24-27

Jordaan Festival

Enjoy 3 days of live Amsterdam folk songs and great Dutch artists.

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July 1-August 31

Robeco SummerNights

Annual festival in the Concertgebouw, with low priced concerts in an informal atmoshphere.

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August 17-September 2

De Parade

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

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Vondelpark Open Air Theater

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

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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.

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