August in Amsterdam – Events & Festivals

August in Amsterdam, it’s summertime! Find out what’s on in Amsterdam during August, with our guide to the best events and major annual festivals in August. Please visit our What’s on in Amsterdam Event Calendar – August in Amsterdam for smaller events and club nights.

 Robeco SummerNights 2014, June 28 – August 31
 Vondelpark Open Air Theatre 2014, June 2 – September 14
 Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014, July 27 – August 3

August in Amsterdam - de ParadeDe Parade Theatre Festival

 2014, August 8 – August 24
 Martin Luther King Park
 The Parade Theatre Festival is a festival for all ages. The Parade travels to the big cities of the Netherlands and ends her trip in Amsterdam. Various colorful theater tents are build up in the park giving small theater groups, comedians and magicians a stage. Enjoy food, drinks and theatre in a great atmosphere. Lovely for children as well.

August in Amsterdam GrachtenfestivalGrachtenfestival

 2014, August 15 – August 24
 numerous unique locations, Canal Belt
 For ten days the Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) provides a stage for young talented musicians. More than 75 classical music and jazz concerts can be enjoyed in unique indoor and outdoor locations.

PrinsengrachtconcertPrinsengracht Concert

 2014, August 23
 This concert is one of the highlights of the ‘Grachtenfestival’ (Canal Festival); a spectacular classical outdoor concert on the ‘Prinsengracht’ canal built on a temporary platform directly on the water.

Mysteryland 150x150Mysteryland

 2014, August 23
 Floriade festival grounds, Haarlemmermeer (outside Amsterdam)
 Mysteryland is a large music festival with various electro music styles ranging from hip-hop and disco to famous international DJ’s in house and techno. More than 100 artists are performing on different stages for 60.000 people.

Pluk de Nacht 150x150Pluk de Nacht

 2014, August 6 – August 16
Het Stenen Hoofd, Amsterdam
 Pluk de Nacht (‘Seize the Night’) is a free open air film festival in Amsterdam showing unreleased national and international films and documentaries on a big screen. All films in English or subtitled. Free entrance.

Magneet Festival 150x150Magneet Festival

 2014, August 22, 23, 24 & August 29, 30, 31
 Oostpunt, IJdijk 10 – Amsterdam-Oost
 The Magnet Festival is a festival in Amsterdam for creative and free minds and the first crowd sourced festival of its kind in Europe. Everybody with a creative initiative is welcome to pitch their idea to the internet platform. If this idea is popular and possible, Magneet Festival co-creates and facilitates.


 2014, August 29 – August 31
 Museumplein, Leidseplein, Hobbemastraat & various theatres
 Start of the new cultural season as well as the largest cultural festival in the Netherlands. Information about all cultural institutions regarding their programs is available at stands on Museumplein and the Hobbemastraat will host a book market (Museum quarter). The Uitmarkt features 2,000 performers at more than 30 venues. Free entrance. 

 Weather forecast and climate for August in Amsterdam

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