Summer is a real tourist season in the life of Amsterdam. While the Dutch go on holiday in southern Europe and the city feels almost extinct, especially in August, thousands of visitors arrive. Probably the most attractive summer event in Amsterdam is the Grachtenfestival in mid-August – the Festival on the Canals with the whole series of concerts and performances, culminating in a major concert of Prinsengracht ships, right in front of the Pulitzer Hotel. Not only do musicians play and sing on the specially constructed construction of the barges, but members of the audience arrive by boat. Visitors can also enjoy echoing live music from canal banks and nearby bridges. Here are some popular summer festivals in Amsterdam:
List of Summer Events in Amsterdam
1. Holland Festival
Established in 1947, it is the largest international art festival held annually in Amsterdam. This summer festival in Amsterdam covers a wide range of cultural events in the fields of theater, opera, music, and dance, and also always brings interesting films and art performances.
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2. Taste of Amsterdam
Culinary festival for a long weekend. In the park, there is an exhibition with good food from the famous Amstelpark restaurants. An opportunity to meet their chefs and have a glass of good wine or champagne while enjoying another pleasant summer event in Amsterdam.
3. Dutch Raw Food Festival
Located at the Langerlust farm at the Gaasperplas lake the Annual Raw Food Festival offers workshops, markets, and lectures on the naturally grown raw food theme. You can try gourmet raw cuisine, juices, and wheatgrass. Talk about a natural lifestyle and buy fresh organic products. In the evening, a raw food-cooked dinner closes the event.
4. Amsterdam Day of Architecture
Day of Architecture Amsterdam is an Amsterdam summer event held over a weekend promoting the modern architecture of Amsterdam. Guided tours of Amsterdam’s latest architecture (Dag Van de Architectuur Amsterdam) are organized to present and narrate Amsterdam’s latest architecture and to present future changes in the city. The most interesting are the boat trips, where you can see that Amsterdam remains a city built on water. They also map out a special cycling itinerary along with the most interesting new buildings and have the opportunity to visit them indoors on Sundays.
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5. The Open Garden Days (Open Tuin Dagen)
The gardens of Amsterdam are perhaps the best-kept secret as they are barely visible from the street. At this best summer event in Amsterdam, you can visit about 30 gardens, some of which are private gardens. You can buy a ticket to enter all the gardens and there is a special canal boat that will take you from one place to another.
When:16 June, 17 June, and 18 June
6. International Theatre School Festival – ITS
The ITS festival presents the work of young theater performers, students from theater schools in the Netherlands, and selected European countries, differently each year. This popular summer event in Amsterdam will feature not only theatrical productions but also mime shows, dance performances, and operas by young artists. Workshops and attractive parties accompany the event.
7. Nachtrit Amsterdam
The sight is unique – an evening parade of 55 horse-drawn carriages, some of which are on top of a large horse-drawn carriage with luggage and passengers, all dressed 150 years ago, riding at a fast pace in Amsterdam’s Old Town. Every year in mid-summer, the Amsterdam Equipages Society (Dutch: Hoofdstad Aanspanning) organizes the Nachtrit (Night Riding) of historic horse-drawn carriages through the city. All participants in the ride, with hundreds of invited guests, stop at one of the city’s old squares to show off the authenticity of the carriages, the beauty of hundreds of horses, and their own elegance.
When: 8 July
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8. Kwakoe Zomer Festival
“Kwakoe” is a weekend event that takes place every Saturday and Sunday in July and August from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Dutch, it means about 20 days of pure dancing, eating, and anything else between them. Relax on a hot summer day with theater, music, film, literature, sports, and all the offerings at this very vibrant multicultural and family-oriented festival. The admission fee to enter this famous summer festival in Amsterdam is € 2.50.
When: 15 July – 6 August
9. Robeco Summer Nights Concerts (Robeco Zomerconcerten)
Informal and fun classical music concerts take place every summer – the Robeco Zomerconcert is held at the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Summer Nights concerts are sponsored, so tickets are relatively cheap – starting at € 12.50. An excellent opportunity to listen to classical music in one of the most famous philharmonic halls in the world.
When: July – August
10. Gay Pride Canal Parade
The most popular Amsterdam summer festival, which travels through the major cities of the Netherlands, usually at the end of the summer and closes its cycle with events in Amsterdam. In a specially built colorful theater tent set up in one of the city parks, a small theater and circus groups, comedians, and wizards perform for the attention of the mostly young audience.
When: 11 August – 27 August
For ten days, special venues in the heart of Amsterdam provide the backdrop for more than 80 classical music and jazz concerts. The concerts can be enjoyed outside the doors in the houses and gardens of the hospitable locals, as well as in the concert halls, historic buildings, museums, and the Prinsengracht area.
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