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What’s On in Amsterdam August 2021

If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in the late summer then check out our detailed listing below for what’s on during August 2021. From museums and exhibitions, sports events, city beaches, concerts and other things to do…

The Dutch Government continues bringing in ‘precautionary’ measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Some events are cancelled [X] or may be cancelled/rescheduled at short notice with limits on capacity.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

Museums in the Netherlands have been open since 5 June 2021. Visitors need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance.

STRAAT – A new and unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000 square metres warehouse at NDSM wharf and showcasing some 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT Museum Amsterdam

Amsterdam MuseumThe Golden Coach is an exhibition about the royal carriage originally built for Dutch Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. The coach has been fully restored and is on view in a specially built glass enclosure. Runs 18 Jun 2021 to 27 Feb 2022. You can book Golden Coach tickets here

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The Golden Coach at Amsterdam Museum

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Slavery, exhibition focuses on slavery in the Dutch colonial period from the 17th to the 19th century. Runs 5 Jun to 29 Aug 2021. Ellsworth Kelly sculptures in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, runs until 24 Oct 2021, free entrance. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts a small selection of works from the Rijksmuseum collection. The museum is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers free of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Here to Stay, exhibition about the artworks the museum has acquired in the last decade. Runs 5 Jun to 12 Sep 2021. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

Anne Frank House – Visit the canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. Take advantage of the lower numbers of visitors currently.

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. You can find concrete ways to take positive action and shop for sustainable products. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Tsars & Knights, a unique collection of suits of armour and antique weapons. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 9 Jan 2022.

Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow, exhibition exploring Chicago’s history of robust recognition and acceptance of self-taught art and artists. Runs 5 Jun to 5 Sep 2021.

NEMO De Studio – New off-site location of the NEMO Science Museum which presents exhibitions aimed at adults. Bits of You, inaugural exhibition featuring the digital world of data privacy and how algorithms make predictions on identity and behaviour. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 9 Jan 2022. Book your tickets to NEMO here

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Bits of You exhibition at NEMO Studio

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces. Bruce Nauman, large overview of works from the American artist spanning 50 years. Runs 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Healing Power, exhibition about healing traditions around the world. Runs 5 Jun 2021 to 6 Jun 2022.

Royal PalaceTrailblazers is a special exhibition celebrating 150 years of the Royal Award for Modern Painting. Runs 15 Jul to 3 Oct 2021.

Maritime Museum – I Love Banda, photo exhibition by Isabelle Boon of youth in the isolated Banda islands in Moluccas, Indonesia. Runs 5 Jun to 7 Nov 2021. Book Maritime Museum tickets here.

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I Love Banda exhibition at Maritime Museum Amsterdam

Allard Pierson MuseumGoddesses of Art Nouveau, exhibition from the art nouveau movement (1890-1910) and its fascination with feminine beauty. Extended run 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021.

FOAM Photography MuseumFOAM talent 2020, exhibition featuring works from specially selected international photographers under the age of 35. Runs 5 Jun to 6 Oct 2021.

GrachtenmuseumSecret of the Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. The most famous works of art from Dutch history are revealed layer by layer. Extended run to 3 Oct 2021.

StadsarchiefAmsterdam Rainbow City, 25 Years of Pride, exhibition about the history of the Pride Amsterdam and how it became a huge success. Runs in the Central hall from 9 Jul to 10 Oct 2021, free entrance.

Van Loon MuseumHerstory – Women, Stories, Change, exhibition of stories from a woman’s perspective by means of portraits, photographs, personal objects and books. Extended run 5 Jun to 30 Sep 2021.

Jewish Historical MuseumForget & Remember, exhibition from the Jewish artist duo Gil & Moti. Runs 5 Jun to 28 Nov 2021.

EYE FilmVive le cinéma! Art & Film, exhibition with 5 film directors from 5 continents. Runs 5 Jun to 5 Sep 2021.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness. Book Body Worlds tickets here

Luther MuseumCare! (Zorg!) – a small exhibition about the Lutheran Community of Amsterdam’s history of caring for the elderly, the underprivileged and orphans. Runs 5 Jun to 5 Sep 2021.

Van Eesteren MuseumWe built this city on Rock and Roll, photo exhibition by Gijsbert Hanekroot about youth culture in the 50s, 60s and 70s and the central role played by rock and pop icons. Runs 5 Jun to 14 Nov 2021.

Beurs van BerlageRenée Stotijn – Hidden art revealed, exhibition of recently discovered works of the late artist. Runs 25 Jun to 19 Sep 2021.

De HallenStudy for intimate archives, exhibition by visual artist Aimée Zito Lema running at Kleinste Galerietje at De Hallen Amsterdam 1 Jun to 31 Aug 2021.

COBRA (Amstelveen) – Cobra and Politics, exhibition of Cobra artists using their art to express political views and ideals. Runs 5 Jun to 26 Sep 2021. Karel Appel 100, exhibition marking the 100th ‘birthday’ of Karel Appel (1921-2006). Runs 5 Jun to 24 Oct 2021.

iamsterdam cardThe Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass as well. It costs €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Johan Cruyff Schaal (Cruijff Shield, winner Eredivisie vs winner KNVB Cup), season opener.
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven 7 Aug 2021 (2000) – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

Eredivisie Ajax home games at Johan Cruyff Arena:
Ajax vs NEC 14 Aug 2021 (2100)
Ajax vs Vitesse 29 Aug 2021 (1430)

Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 13 Aug 2021.

Amsterdam City Swim – Charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city featuring up to 3,000 participants. Scheduled for 29 Aug 2021 after the 2020 event was cancelled.

Inline Skating:
[X] Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion. Cancelled until further notice.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

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Festivals in Amsterdam

Uitmarkt – Normally the largest cultural festival (300 performances across 25 stages) in the Netherlands taking place in central Amsterdam over a single weekend, marking the start of the new Dutch cultural season. Scheduled for 27-29 Aug 2021 (44th edition) likely to be a more scaled down event.

[X] Milkshake Festival – Dance music festival over a weekend organised by Paradiso and AIR which includes a camping area. Event expected in August 2022 at Westerpark, Amsterdam, 2021 event was cancelled.

De Parade – A travelling theatre festival which visits Eindhoven, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The Amsterdam event is due to take place at Martin Luther King park 13-29 Aug 2021.

[X] Loveland Festival – Big DJ dance festival event with a local and international line-up in the western suburbs of Amsterdam. Scheduled to return 13-14 Aug 2022 at Sloterpark, Amsterdam. 2021 event is cancelled.

[X] Mysteryland Festival – Large electronic music festival event with multiple stages held over an August weekend just outside Amsterdam. Features over 250 artists and 100,000 visitors. Includes a well-equipped camping site. Scheduled for 26-28 Aug 2022 (27th edition) at the Floriade festival grounds, Haarlemmermeer (near Hoofddorp). 2021 event has been cancelled.

Pluk de Nacht Festival – “Seize the night” open-air film festival (free entry) showing a variety of unreleased international films, animations and documentaries. Venue is Het Stenen Hoofd with deckchair seating. Expected 25 Aug to 4 Sep 2021. Also held at Vrijhaven in Utrecht.

Grachtenfestival – Canal festival featuring classical and jazz music performances throughout Amsterdam, many on unique stages on the city’s waterways. Scheduled for 13-22 Aug 2021 (24th edition), various locations around Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Highly rated magic and comedy show with international performers held monthly. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 3 Aug 2021 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

[X] Amsterdam International Art Fair – The event’s 5th edition will bring together some 150 exhibitors and 3,000 art works. Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The event has been postponed and moved to 19-20 Aug 2022.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – Amsterdam’s renowned theatre company reopens in August and performs shows in Dutch which normally have live English surtitles above the stage on Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre.

Queen’s English Theatre Company – 2 Talking Heads plays by Alan Bennett – Bed Among the Lentils and A Chip in the Sugar – 6 performances over 26-29 Aug 2021 at the CC Amstel in Amsterdam.

Oosterpark Picknickconcerten – Classical concert by James Oesi (double bass) and Andrea Vasi (piano) playing Schubert, Debussy, Bach en Monti. At the bandstand (Muziekkoepel) at Oosterpark in Amsterdam, Sunday 29 Aug 2021 at 1230. Paid tickets (reservation necessary) only for seating inside the bandstand, otherwise free.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Pride Amsterdam 2021 – World famous LGBT cultural event held over a week, the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel. Expected to return 31 Jul to 8 Aug 2021 after the 2020 event was cancelled.

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

No free concerts at this time

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 15 Aug 2021 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 29 Aug 2021 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 8 Aug 2021 (1200-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 15 Aug 2021 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 14-15 Aug 2021 with 400 outdoor stalls.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Candy Dulfer – 30 Aug, Paradiso

Hotels in Amsterdam

You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.

Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations:

• At the very top-end with 5 star luxury consider Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel Grand, Hotel De L’Europe and Conservatorium.

• Stylish, quality mid-range choices near the city centre include The Toren, Banks Mansion, The Hoxton, Kimpton-De Witt and Sir Adam Hotel.

• For those on a budget check out Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, Jaz Amsterdam (close to Ziggo Dome/ArenA) and Motel One.

>>>What’s On in Amsterdam September 2021

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.

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