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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, city beaches, concerts and other things to do…

The Dutch Government has brought in precautionary measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. All large events and festivals have been banned until 1 September 2020.

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

As of 1 June 2020 museums in the Netherlands have reopened. Visitors generally need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance. Social distancing measures apply and walking routes are marked.

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. Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, exhibition exploring the beginnings of European baroque in Rome, with masterpieces from painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). Extended to 13 Sep 2020 in 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. In the Picture, exhibition featuring 75 portrait works from Vincent van Gogh and the likes of Edvard Munch, Charley Toorop, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne and Helene Schjerfbeck. Extended run until 30 Aug 2020. 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. Jewels! an exhibition which is part of the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features highlights from the fabulous jewellery collection of the State Hermitage. Extended run to autumn 2020.

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.

Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo 2020, renowned photo-journalism exhibition held annually at Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 1 Jun to 29 Nov 2020.

Oude KerkAdrián Villar Rojas: Poems for Earthlings, immersive installation by the Argentine artist. Runs until 16 Aug 2020.

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

Amsterdam MuseumBeer, exhibition charting the history of the alcoholic beverage in Amsterdam covering many facets such as brewing, consumption, advertising and changing attitudes. Runs 10 Jul to 1 Nov 2020.

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. BALI – Behind the scenes, an exhibition about the island on the Indonesian archipelago which looks at the environmental impact of tourism and the island traditions and culture. Runs 14 Feb 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Extended run to 3 Jan 2021.

Rembrandt HouseHere: Black in Rembrandt’s Time, portraits of black people from the 17th century. Runs until 6 Sep 2020.

VerzetsmuseumFashion on a Ration, exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum examining how fashion changed during the wartime period due to fabric shortages – in stark contrast to the throwaway society we live in today. Extended until 6 Sep 2020.

Jewish Historical MuseumCharlotte Salomon in close-up, exhibition on the German-Jewish artist looking at the influence of film on her autobiographical Life? or Theatre? series of paintings. Extended until 22 Nov 2020.

Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Viviane Sassen Venus & Mercury, solo exhibition of the Dutch artist. Runs until 30 Aug 2020.

FOAM Photography MuseumVivian Maier – Works in Color, exhibition of the American street photographer. Until 13 Sep 2020. On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World, 27 contemporary artists who use innovative visual techniques to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Runs until 2 Sep 2020.

StadsarchiefVondelingen, exhibition from the archives of a large Amsterdam orphanage on Prinsengracht from the early 19th century. Runs until 4 Oct 2020.

EYE FilmChantal Akerman Passages, major solo exhibition of the feminist avant-garde filmmaker. Runs until 30 Aug 2020.

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

Cobra Museum (Amstelveen)Surrealism and Cobra, 2 exhibitions featuring the influences, similarities, contradictions and differences between Surrealism and Cobra. Runs until 27 Sep 2020.

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 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. Cancelled until further notice.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

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. This year’s event due 28-30 Aug 2020 (43rd edition) will be a hybrid event with online performances and small indoor locations with a limited audience.

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. 2020 event is cancelled, 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. The 2020 event which was due at Martin Luther King Park, Amsterdam is cancelled.

Appelsap Fresh Music Festival – The annual “Apple Juice” festival features progressive electronic music plus hip-hop and R&B from international artists and DJs. 2020 event is cancelled.

Loveland Festival – Big DJ dance festival event with a local and international line-up in the western suburbs of Amsterdam. 2020 event is cancelled, 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. 2020 event is cancelled, 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 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. Scheduled to go ahead with a reduced number of venues, dates are 7-16 Aug 2020 (23rd edition), various locations around Amsterdam.

Imagine Film Festival – Following the cancellation of the main April event, a hybrid festival edition will take place 28 Aug to 6 Sep 2020 online and at Kriterion and EYE 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 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.

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam

Amsterdam International Art FairNo event during 2020. 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.

Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.

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 due on 12-16 Aug 2020 has been cancelled. Sail is scheduled to return in 2025.

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

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. New measures mean access is for NEMO museum visitors only or by paying a fee (€3.50).

Pllek – Cafe-restaurant with city beach at NDSM wharf in Amsterdam North.

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

DOK Amsterdam – New city beach area and restaurant located just off the Amstel river near Overamstel metro station.

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. 2020 events are cancelled.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300. Reservations are now mandatory to limit numbers.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Cancelled until September.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Tentatively scheduled for 2 Aug 2020 (1200-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 16 Aug 2020 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Cancelled until further notice.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam & Netherlands

most concerts have been postponed or cancelled.

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 2020

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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