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What’s On in Amsterdam August 2020

If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in the late summer then check out our detailed listing below for what’s on during August 2020. From museums and exhibitions, sports events, festivals, city beaches, concerts and other things to do…

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here

Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts 10 paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol 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. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. The house and museum is open to visitors though you must pre-book online for a date/time slot.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.

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.

Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.

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

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 23 Aug 2020.

Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Jean-Luc Mylayne, The Autumn of Paradise, exhibition of 40 works featuring birds in their natural habitat. Runs 6 Jun to 30 Aug 2020.

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

iamsterdam card The 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 €60 to €115.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
2020/21 season fixtures to be announced

Athletics/Running:
Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 14 Aug 2020.

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

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam

Uitmarkt – 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. Free entry, 28-30 Aug 2020 (43rd edition). Location: Oosterdok and Marine-Terrein area of Amsterdam.

Kwaku Festival – The Kwaku festival is a colourful event held in south-east Amsterdam over consecutive weekends during the summer. The festival’s origins came about to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the Dutch Antilles and Suriname. It features live music, dance, DJs, a football competition and appetising ethnic food stalls.Expected July-August 2020 at Nelson Mandelapark, south-east Amsterdam.

De Parade – A travelling theatre festival which visits Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The Amsterdam event will take place over 2 weeks in the Rivierenbuurt district where theatre tents will be set up and dozens of performances take place. Plenty of activities for kids as well. Takes place 14-30 Aug 2020 at Martin Luther King Park, Amsterdam.

Appelsap Fresh Music Festival – The annual “Apple Juice” festival features progressive electronic music plus hip-hop and R&B from international artists and DJs. Expected Aug 2020 at Flevopark in east Amsterdam.

Loveland Festival – Big DJ dance festival event with a local and international line-up in the western suburbs of Amsterdam. 8-9 Aug 2020 at Sloterpark, Amsterdam.

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. To be held 28-30 Aug 2020 (27th edition) at the Floriade festival grounds, Haarlemmermeer (near Hoofddoprp).

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 Aug 2020. 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. With 250 concerts in 90 venues, perhaps the highlight is the free Prinsengracht concert on 15 Aug 2020 at the pontoon of the Pulitzer Hotel. Dates are 7-16 Aug 2020 (23rd edition), various locations around Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Foodie? Why not try a 3 1/2 hour food tasting tour around the historic Jordaan neighbourhood with a knowledgable food guide. You can book a tour here

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 4 Aug 2020 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book here

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

Amsterdam International Art Fair – The event’s 5th edition brings together some 150 exhibitors and 3,000 art works. Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, expected Aug 2020.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

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

Other Events in Amsterdam

Sail Amsterdam 2020 – Major international tall ships event held in Amsterdam every 5 years. With around 600 ships moored around the IJ, it has become Europe’s largest free-access nautical event. The 10th edition will be held 12-16 Aug 2020.

Pride Amsterdam 2020 – World famous LGBT cultural event held over a week (25 Jul to 2 Aug 2020), the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on 1 Aug 2020.

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

City Beaches in Amsterdam

NEMO terrace – Chill on the roof of the NEMO Science Museum (at Oosterdok 2) with cool views of Amsterdam.

Ijburg Strand – Blijburg aan Zee can be reached by tram 26 (end of the line) – a real sandy beach on the Ij water.

Strand West – City beach pavilion located at Stavangerweg 900 in west Amsterdam near Houthavens (Westerpark).

Strand Zuid – City beach pavilion located at Europaplein 22 near Beatrixplein and RAI.

Alternatively head over to real beaches at Zandvoort or Bloemendaal – great to watch the sunset and have a meal on a summer evening.

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

Vondelpark open air theatre – Free concerts running during the weekend (Fri-Sun), from June to August.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Dates to be announced, at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Dates to be announced.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Dates to be announced.

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Dates to be announced.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam & Netherlands

to be announced

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.

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