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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 are closed until at least 20 April 2021. Once open again visitors need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance, masks are mandatory.

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

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Vincent Mentzel: The Power of the Image, exhibition of the award-winning Dutch photo-journalist. XXL Paper is an exhibition featuring the museum’s largest works on paper. Both run 2 Jul to 5 Sep 2021 at the Philips Wing. 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 – Visit the canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation.

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.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – 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.

FOAM Photography Museum – Shigeru Onishi – The Possibility of Existence, the first solo exhibition of the Japanese mathematician photographer in Europe. Runs 30 Apr to 25 Aug 2021.

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 €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

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 13 Aug 2021.

Swimming:
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.

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 2021 at Nelson Mandelapark, south-east Amsterdam.

De Parade – A travelling theatre festival which visits Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. The Amsterdam normally takes place over 2 weeks in the Rivierenbuurt district where theatre tents are set up and dozens of performances take place. Due in August 2021 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 in August 2021 at Flevopark Amsterdam.

Loveland Festival – Big DJ dance festival event with a local and international line-up in the western suburbs of Amsterdam. Scheduled to return 7-8 Aug 2021 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. Scheduled for 27-29 Aug 2021 (27th edition) at the Floriade festival grounds, Haarlemmermeer (near Hoofddorp).

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 in August 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

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, expected 20-21 Aug 2021.

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.

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

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

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 8 Aug 2021 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park 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 1 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 –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. August dates to be confirmed.

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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