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What’s On in Amsterdam August 2022

If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in the late summer then check out our detailed listing below for what’s on during August 2022. From museums and exhibitions, sports events, open-air cinema, concerts and other things to do…

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam (August 2022)

It is recommended visitors book a ticket and time-slot online in advance.

Fabrique des Lumières – Immersive exhibitions of classical, modern and contemporary artists using cutting-edge technology with light projections and music. Inaugural exhibition is Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion, with works from the Vienesse artist and his contemporaries. Runs at Westergas Amsterdam, 22 Apr to 31 Dec 2022. Book Fabrique des Lumières tickets here

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Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion at Fabrique des Lumières 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 150 artworks, all made on-site. Book STRAAT tickets here

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STRAAT museum Amsterdam

Amaze Amsterdam – A new immersive audio-visual experience with 7 stages. Located in an old industrial nightclub in Amsterdam’s West Port district. Book Amaze Amsterdam tickets here (open Wed-Sun).

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AMAZE in Amsterdam

Our House – A brand new museum of electronic music culture in the centre of Amsterdam. Explore the evolution of dance music via interactive installations. Book Our House tickets here

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

Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. XXL Paper, exhibition presenting some of the biggest works in the Rijksmuseum collection; Modern Japanese Lacquer. Out of the Box, exhibition of Japanese lacquer art featuring 70 objects. Both run at the Philips Wing 1 Jul to 4 Sep 2022. A Fragile Past: Meissen porcelain from the Oppenheimer family runs in the Gallery of Honour until 13 Nov 2022. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Gardens – This year’s annual sculpture exhibition features Barbara Hepworth, with an emphasis on her work from the 1960s and early 1970s. Free entry, runs 3 Jun to 23 Oct 2022.

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

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Colour as Language, retrospective exhibition of Etel Adnan’s colourful artworks in combination with those of Vincent van Gogh. Runs 20 May to 4 Sep 2022. Van Gogh Family Days run on Wednesdays and Saturdays (16 Jul to 28 Aug 2022) with special activities for kids. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here or book a private tour

The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam museums and attractions. It also includes a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. It costs from €27 per day. Read our full Iamsterdam City Card review here and learn how to maximise the card.

You can order your Iamsterdam City Card online 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.

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

Dutch Heritage Exhibition – The Hermitage museum on the Amstel (which has recently cut ties with the State Hermitage in Russia) is holding a series of exhibitions focussed on Dutch Masterpieces. The fourth and final exhibition is the The Tower of Babel (c1568) by Pieter Bruegel (from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam) on show 26 Jul to 28 Aug 2022.

Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained. Democracy, exhibition by fashion designer Duran Lantink inspired by American artist Andy Warhol. Extended run 24 Sep 2021 to 3 Sep 2022.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 400 pieces. Sedje Hémon / Imran Mir / Abdias do Nascimento, exhibition of these 3 international artists. Runs 2 Jul to 16 Oct 2022. Book your Stedelijk tickets here

MOCO Museum – The popular modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition along with MOCO Masters (Warhol, Basquiat, Koons etc). Book MOCO Museum tickets here

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MOCO Museum Amsterdam

Rembrandt’s Amsterdam Experience – A new 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 

Rembrandt HouseRembrandt Revival, exhibition about the Rembrandt-inspired etching revival which happened between 1850 and 1940. Runs 11 Jun to 30 Oct 2022. Book Rembrandt House tickets here

Maritime Museum – The clipper ship Stad Amsterdam will be moored at the Maritime Museum 19-21 Aug 2022 and can be visited with museum entry. Book Maritime Museum tickets here.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Book Tropenmuseum tickets here

De Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo Exhibition 2022, annual exhibition of the current affairs photography contest inside Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 15 Apr to 14 Aug 2022. Book Nieuwe Kerk tickets here

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World Press Photo (2022) in Amsterdam

Oude KerkPath, installation by Brazilian artist Antonio Obá touching on the history of Dutch-Brazil. Runs 12 May to 13 Sep 2022.

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

Van Loon MuseumTussen Gaasp & Gracht – stories from two city districts is an exhibition showing the connection between the multicultural Amsterdam Southeast area and the city centre. Runs 8 Jul to 2 Oct 2022.

FOAM Photography MuseumMous Lamrabat, Blessings from Mousganistan, exhibition of the Moroccan photographer. Runs 27 May to 16 Oct 2022. Book FOAM tickets here

Huis MarseilleThe beauty of the world so heavy: Dana Lixenberg, Sabelo Mlangeni, Lindokuhle Sobekwa & Dirk Kome. Runs 21 May to 4 Sep 2022.

EYE Filmmuseum – Eye Art & Film Prize – Meriem Bennani, Kahlil Joseph, Karrabing Film Collective, exhibition runs 11 Jun to 18 Sep 2022.

Jewish MuseumEvery Picture Tells a Story, photo exhibition featuring highlights from the museum collection. Runs 25 Apr to 4 Sep 2022. The Kiss of Life, filmmakers Arnoud Holleman and Batya Wolff present an image archive of Jewish family life. Runs 29 Apr to 2 Oct 2022. Eden and the Golden Rule, virtual reality exhibition with the theme ‘Don’t do anything to other people that you wouldn’t want them to do to you.’ Runs 7 Jul to 31 Dec 2022. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here

Hash Marihuana & Hemp MuseumStay Stoned: Madness, Cannabis & Tattoos, long-term exhibition running 18 Jun 2022 to 23 Feb 2023. Book 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

COBRA (Amstelveen) – The Other Story, large exhibition of Moroccan modern art. Runs 15 Apr to 18 Sep 2022.

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands (August 2022)

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruijff ArenA Amsterdam:
Ajax vs FC Groningen 14 Aug 2022 (1430)

Cricket:
One Day International Super League Series
Netherlands vs New Zealand 4/6 Aug 2022 – VCC, Voorburg
Netherlands vs Pakistan 16/18/21 Aug 2022 – V.O.C. Rotterdam

Swimming:
Amsterdam City Swim – Charity 2km outdoor swim event in the city featuring up to 3,000 participants. Scheduled for 28 Aug 2022 at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam.

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

Urban Sports:
Urban Sports Week Amsterdam – Various urban sports such as BMX, inline skating, skateboarding, freerunning, breaking and 3×3 basketball are featured in this event running over 18-28 Aug 2022.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

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Festivals in Amsterdam (August 2022)

Uitmarkt – Normally the largest cultural festival in the Netherlands taking place in central Amsterdam over a single weekend, marking the start of the new Dutch cultural season. Runs 26-28 Aug 2022 (45th edition) with stages at Museumplein and Leidseplein.

Kwaku Summer Festival – Large summer festival focussed around the culturally diverse Zuidoost (south-east) district of Amsterdam. Runs each weekend (16 Jul to 7 Aug 2022 at Nelson Mandela Park) with a broad range of activities including art and music, a football tournament and food offerings.

Dekmantel Festival – Electro music festival featuring a large line-up of cutting-edge artists. Held at 8 stages in Amsterdamse Bos and at various venues around the IJ river. Runs 3-7 Aug 2022.

Grachtenfestival – Canal festival featuring classical and jazz music performances throughout Amsterdam, many on unique stages on the city’s waterways. Scheduled for 12-21 Aug 2022 (25th edition), various locations around 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, expected 12-28 Aug 2022.

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.

Reggae Lake Festival – Reggae music festival to be held at Gaasperpark Amsterdam on 20-21 Aug 2022.

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).

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam (August 2022)

Amsterdam Magic Show – Highly rated magic and comedy show with international performers held monthly. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Thursday 4 Aug 2022 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 and Netherlands (August 2022)

Floriade Expo 2022 – The international horticulture exhibition (7th edition, held every 10 years) takes place in 2022 at the Floriade pavilion in Almere (20 mins by train from Amsterdam). There are 40 pavilions from different countries on show as well as local horticultural presentations. In 2022 the theme is ‘Growing Green Cities’. Runs 14 Apr to 9 Oct 2022. You can book Floriade Expo 2022 tickets online here

[X] Amsterdam International Art Fair – The event’s 5th edition will bring together some 150 exhibitors and 3,000 art works. The 2022 event has been moved to 2023 – with new dates 18-19 Aug 2023, venue to be announced.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam (August 2022)

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.

Van Loon Museum – The Amsterdam canal house museum hosts a series of classical concerts in its garden. The theme is of the current exhibition (Tussen Gaasp & Gracht) about the connection between the multicultural Amsterdam Southeast and the city centre. Runs 23-28 Aug 2022.

Vondelpark Openluchttheater – The open-air theatre in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark offers shows over every weekend in August. Each Friday night at 2030 there is a dance performance. Music shows (and the occasional Dutch comedy show) are held on Saturday afternoon and evenings and Sunday afternoons. Free entry

Open Air Cinema in Amsterdam (August 2022)

Movies at the Hermitage – The Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam hosts an open-air cinema in its spectacular courtyard with film screenings 17-28 Aug 2022.

NEMO Roof cinema – There will be an open-air cinema placed on the large roof deck at the NEMO Museum in Amsterdam offering great panoramic views. 19-20 Aug 2022.

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 24 Aug to 3 Sep 2022. Also held at Vrijhaven in Utrecht.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Pride Amsterdam 2022 – World famous LGBT event held over a week, the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel. Expected to return 30 Jul to 7 Aug 2022.

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

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 14 Aug 2022 (1100-1800) at Amstel Park, 21 Aug 2022 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 28 Aug 2022 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael. Free entry

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 7 Aug 2022 (1200-1800). Free entry

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 21 Aug 2022 (1000-1800). Free entry

IJ-Hallen – Large weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 outdoor stands. 13-14 Aug 2022 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam (August 2022)

The Proclaimers – 25 Aug, Melkweg
Passenger
– 27 Aug, AFAS Live

Summary: Amsterdam Daily Events Calendar (August 2022)

Looking for events or things to do in Amsterdam today or this weekend? Our calendar highlights selected upcoming events in Amsterdam on a day-by-day basis – handy for visitors or expats who want to take time out.

Day
Event
Mon 1 August 22
Tue 2 August 22
Wed 3 August 22Dekmantel Festival (Amsterdamse Bos)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Thu 4 August 22Amsterdam Magic Show (Rozentheater) [tickets]
Dekmantel Festival (Amsterdamse Bos)
Fri 5 August 22Dekmantel Festival (Amsterdamse Bos)
Kwaku Summer Festival (Nelson Mandela Park)
Sat 6 August 22Dekmantel Festival (Amsterdamse Bos)
Kwaku Summer Festival (Nelson Mandela Park)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Sun 7 August 22Sunday Market (Westergas)
Dekmantel Festival (Amsterdamse Bos)
Kwaku Summer Festival (Nelson Mandela Park)
Mon 8 August 22
Tue 9 August 22
Wed 10 August 22Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Thu 11 August 22
Fri 12 August 22
Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Sat 13 August 22IJ-Hallen flea market (NDSM wharf)
Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Loveland Festival (Sloterpark)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Sun 14 August 22IJ-Hallen flea market (NDSM wharf)
Pure Markt (Amstel Park)
Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Loveland Festival (Sloterpark)
Ajax vs FC Groningen (Johan Cruyff ArenA)
Mon 15 August 22Grachtenfestival concert (Johan Cruyff ArenA)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Tue 16 August 22Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Wed 17 August 22Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Thu 18 August 22Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)
Fri 19 August 22Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)

NEMO Roof Cinema (NEMO)
Stad Amsterdam clipper ship (Maritime Museum)
Sat 20 August 22Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)

NEMO Roof Cinema (NEMO)
Reggae Lake Festival (Gaasperpark)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Stad Amsterdam clipper ship (Maritime Museum)
Sun 21 August 22Museum Market (Museumplein)
Pure Markt (Amstel Park)
Grachtenfestival (multiple locations)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)
Reggae Lake Festival (Gaasperpark)

Stad Amsterdam clipper ship (Maritime Museum)
Mon 22 August 22Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)
Tue 23 August 22De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage (Hermitage)
Garden classical concert (Van Loon Museum)
Wed 24 August 22De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage
(Hermitage)
Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Garden classical concert (Van Loon Museum)
Thu 25 August 22The Proclaimers (Melkweg)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage
(Hermitage)
Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)
Garden classical concert (Van Loon Museum)
Fri 26 August 22Uitmarkt (Museumplein)
Mysteryland Festival (Haarlemmermeer)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage
(Hermitage)
Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)
Garden classical concert (Van Loon Museum)
Sat 27 August 22Uitmarkt (Museumplein)
Mysteryland Festival (Haarlemmermeer)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage
(Hermitage)
Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)

Passenger (AFAS Live)
Family Days (Van Gogh Museum)
Garden classical concert (Van Loon Museum)
Sun 28 August 22
Pure Markt (Park Frankendael)
Amsterdam City Swim (Marineterrein)
Uitmarkt (Museumplein)
Mysteryland Festival (Haarlemmermeer)
De Parade (Martin Luther King Park)
Movies at the Hermitage
(Hermitage)
Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)
Garden classical concert (Van Loon Museum)
Mon 29 August 22Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)
Tue 30 August 22Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)
Wed 31 August 22Pluk de Nacht Festival (Het Stenen Hoofd)

Amsterdam Travel/Transport Resources

Prepare for your trip to Amsterdam in advance.

Unlimited GVB Day/Multi-Day tickets – 1 to 7 day ticket (€8.50 to €37). Valid on all GVB transport (trams/metro/buses) in Amsterdam on a 24 hour basis. Book GVB 1-7 day tickets online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€17/€22.50/€28) combines airport train/bus journey with unlimited GVB transport in Amsterdam. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket – 1/2/3 day card (€19.50/€28/€36.50) for unlimited travel in entire Amsterdam region. Valid on a day (not 24 hours) basis on NS trains (in region), regional buses and Amsterdam GVB transport. Book online here and pick-up in Amsterdam.

Iamsterdam City Card – Tourist pass which includes a GVB multi-day ticket as well as admission to many Amsterdam attractions. 24/48/72/96/120 hour cards (€65-€135). Book the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Hotels Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which offers a wide selection of hotels and free cancellation if your plans change. It also has a range of Amsterdam hostels for those on a budget.

Taxi Sneleentaxi is a reliable taxi firm offering rides anywhere in the Netherlands – including around Amsterdam and to/from airports. It offers competitive fixed fares. You can book with Sneleentaxi here

International Trains – You can check timetables, prices and make bookings for all the international train services to/from the Netherlands at the NS International site

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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