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…
The Dutch Government has brought in precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus. All events with over 100 participants have been banned until 1 June 2020. This means the temporary closure of all major Dutch museums and the postponement or cancellation of other events.
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. Tsars & Knights, exhibition about how 19th century Europe developed a growing nostalgia for the Middle Ages and how the Russian Tsars obtained a significant collection of medieval artworks, suits of armour and display weaponry. Runs 26 May to 8 Nov 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 Kerk – Journey in Time, exhibition at Amsterdam’s New Church with a focus on its Medieval and Royal history. Runs 1-30 Aug 2020.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.
Amsterdam Museum – Beer, exhibition charting the history of the alcoholic beverage in Amsterdam covering many facets such as brewing, consumption, advertising and changing attitudes. Runs 9 Apr to 30 Aug 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. 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.
|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
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
2020/21 season fixtures to be announced
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.
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
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 Boom Chicago here
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam
Amsterdam International Art Fair – No 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 performs shows in Dutch which 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 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. 9 Aug 2020 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 16 Aug 2020 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos, 30 Aug 2020 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 2 Aug 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 9 Aug 2020 (1100-1700); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 28 Aug 2020 (1100-1800); Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 30 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. 22-23 Aug 2020 (0900-1630) with 750 stands indoors and outdoors.
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: