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What’s On in Amsterdam (August 2024)

If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in the late summer then check out our detailed listing below for what’s on during August 2024.

From museums and exhibitions, sports events, open-air cinema, concerts and other things to do…

Museums, Exhibitions & Attractions in Amsterdam (August 2024)

Amaze AmsterdamBest Seller An immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages which varies from intense, interactive to relaxing. Excellent for a group activity. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here

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AMAZE Amsterdam

Our House – A new museum of electronic music culture in the centre of Amsterdam. Take a 75 minute digital storytelling journey and explore the evolution of dance music via interactive installations. The Defining Moments Exhibit covers 4 decades of electronic music from Kraftwerk to superstar DJ’s. Book Our House tickets here

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Our House Amsterdam

STRAAT – A unique experience. The world’s biggest street art and graffiti museum in a 8,000 square metres warehouse at NDSM wharf and showcasing some 180 artworks, all made on-site. Book STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT museum Amsterdam

Nxt Museum – The first “new media art” museum in the Netherlands which has large-scale, multi-sensory immersive exhibitions. Book Nxt Museum tickets here

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Van Gogh MuseumBest Seller Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Matthew Wong / Vincent van Gogh: Painting as a Last Resort, exhibition of the late Chinese-Canadian artist who had much in common with Van Gogh. Runs 1 Mar to 1 Sep 2024. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

RTXP Amsterdam – New art experience museum in Amsterdam which shows replicas of 50 of the world’s most famous paintings. Book RTXP Amsterdam tickets here

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RTXP Amsterdam

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. [For further insight, book an Anne Frank walking tour here]

WONDR Experience – A fun and immersive pop-up experience in Amsterdam for both adults and children alike. Book WONDR tickets here

The Upside Down Museum AmsterdamBest Seller Large interactive museum and Instagram experience which includes 25 mind-bending rooms. Located near RAI Amsterdam. Book Upside Down Museum tickets here

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Upside Down Amsterdam

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now has a diverse works from the anonymous British street artist. Modern and Contemporary Masters features art from the likes of Warhol, Basquiat and Koons. Plus an exhibition of NFT art. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rembrandt House – Visit the house where Rembrandt lived and worked. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A video art experience about the life of the famous painter and reconstruction of Rembrandt’s studio on Rozengracht. Book Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience tickets here 

Wereldmuseum Amsterdam – Ethnographic museum (formerly Tropenmuseum) featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Book Wereldmuseum Amsterdam tickets here

Fashion For Good Museum – Learn where your clothes come from and discover the innovations shaping the future of fashion. Book Fashion For Good tickets here

De Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo Exhibition 2024, annual exhibition of the current affairs photography contest inside Amsterdam’s New Church. Expected during Aug 2024, dates to be announced.

Royal Palace – Visit the grand Royal Palace on Dam Square including the impressive Citizen’s Hall. Book Royal Palace tickets here

House of Bols – The Cocktail & Genever Experience about the Lucas Bols brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575. Book House of Bols tickets here

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

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Body Worlds Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds AmsterdamBest Seller Get your celebrity fill by visiting the ever-popular wax work museum on Dam Square. Book Madame Tussauds Amsterdam tickets here

Amsterdam Dungeon – Interactive show featuring excellent actors and audience participation. Takes you through dark dungeon-themed rooms from Amsterdam’s murky past – scary but with a comic element. Book Amsterdam Dungeon tickets here

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo – One of the city’s premier visitor attractions – a magnificent zoo set in a large park in the picturesque Plantage area of the city. Book Artis Zoo tickets here

ARTIS Groote Museum – The fascinating new Groote Museum allows you to explore your place in the living world with beautifully presented installations and exhibits. Book Groote Museum tickets here

ARTIS Micropia – The world’s only museum dedicated to microbes and micro-organisms. Book Micropia 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 entry

Amsterdam City Passes

These all inclusive passes may save you money on a well planned Amsterdam itinerary.

Most attractions + city transport
Includes some tour excursions
Includes Van Gogh Museum
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€60 – €125€59 – €124€67
70 attractions + transport + canal cruise + bike rentalOver 25 attractions/tours + canal cruise + bike rentalRijksmuseum + Van Gogh Museum + canal cruise
excludes Anne Frank House / Van Gogh Museum / tours
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Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands (August 2024)

Football:
Johan Cruijff Schaal (Johan Cruyff Shield)
to be announced

Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff ArenA Amsterdam:
2024/25 fixtures to be announced

It is possible to take a classic Ajax stadium tour of the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Book Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium Tour tickets here

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Johan Cruijff Arena – get pitchside on the stadium tour

Motor Sport:
Formula 1 – The historic circuit at Zandvoort (near Amsterdam) will host the Dutch Formula 1 Grand Prix race over the weekend of 23-25 Aug 2024 with the main race on 25 Aug 2024.

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 (August 2024)

Dekmantel Festival – Electro music festival featuring a large line-up of cutting-edge artists. Runs 26 Jul – 4 Aug 2024 (10th edition) at 8 stages in Amsterdamse Bos and at various venues around the IJ river in Amsterdam.

Kwaku Summer Festival – Large summer festival focussed around the culturally diverse Zuidoost (south-east) district of Amsterdam. Runs each weekend at Nelson Mandela Park with a broad range of activities including art and music, a football tournament and food offerings. Expected in Jul-Aug 2024 each weekend.

Grachtenfestival – Canal festival featuring classical and jazz music performances throughout Amsterdam, many on unique stages on the city’s waterways. Scheduled for 9-18 Aug 2024 (27th edition), various locations around Amsterdam.

Loveland Festival – Big DJ dance festival event with a local and international line-up in the western suburbs of Amsterdam. Scheduled for 10-11 Aug 2024 at Sloterpark, Amsterdam.

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, 16 Aug to 1 Sep 2024.

Reggae Lake Festival – Reggae music festival to be held at Gaasperpark Amsterdam, expected to return 17-18 Aug 2024.

Valtifest – DJs perform dance, house, electro and hip-hop on the waterfront at Kaap Amsterdam. Expected 24 Aug 2024.

Mysteryland Festival – Large electronic music festival event with multiple stages held over an August weekend just outside Amsterdam. Features 300 artists and 100,000 visitors. Includes a well-equipped camping site. Scheduled for 30 Aug – 1 Sep 2024 (29th edition) at the Floriade festival grounds, Haarlemmermeer (near Hoofddorp).

De Opening – Formerly known as Uitmarkt, this festival in Amsterdam over a single weekend marks the start of the new Dutch cultural season. Expected at the end of August 2024 at various locations around Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam (August 2024)

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam. Dates to be announced.

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

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (August 2024)

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.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater – The open-air theatre in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark offers shows over every weekend in August. Free entry

Open Air Cinema in Amsterdam (August 2024)

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 over 21-31 Aug 2024. Also held at Vrijhaven in Utrecht, 2-10 Aug 2024.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dinner Cruise – 120 minute evening cruise around Amsterdam’s canals with a 3 course meal and drinks. Runs every Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat (1930) in August. Ticket numbers are limited so please check Amsterdam Dinner Cruise availability here

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Amsterdam Dinner cruise

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

Pride Amsterdam 2024 – LGBT event held over a week, which includes a canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel. Expected to return 27 Jul to 4 Aug 2024.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 11 Aug 2024 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 18 Aug 2024 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 25 Aug 2024 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael. Free entry

Sunday Market – Market events with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 4 Aug 2024 (1200-1800) at Westergas and 11 Aug 2024 (1100-1700) at De Hallen. Free entry

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 18 Aug 2024 (1000-1800). Free entry

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 stands. 17-18 Aug 2024 (0900-1630) and 31 Aug-1 Sep 2024 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam (August 2024)

Kula Shaker – 9 Aug, Amsterdamse Bos Theater
The Teskey Brothers – 31 Aug, Ziggo Dome

Amsterdam Transport Passes

The following multi-day transport tickets can help you get to the various events in and around Amsterdam:

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