What’s on in Amsterdam? August, week #1

What’s on in Amsterdam? August, week #1

Amsterdam 2nd - 4th August

The stakes are high this weekend! Pride and Dekmantel are sweeping across the city faster than those ominous black clouds. It’s hard to work out what to do with so much choice, especially when you’re trying to hit refresh on buienradar faster than your shitty internet will allow. Let us help you with that. There’s plenty of useful info to be found in our recent post on PRIDE week. Here, on the other hand, you can read about our top picks of what’s on in Amsterdam in this extraordinary first weekend of August.

NEMO Zomerdak

NEMO Zomerdak with musicians in the sun
  • Thursday 17:30 - 21
  • Free!
  • Centrum

I remember being pretty disappointed when I found out NEMO Science museum had nothing to do with Finding Nemo. In time I will get over this. However, discovering they have live music on their beautiful deck every Thursday evening is going to speed up that recovery process no end. The deck is a stunning place to be on a warm afternoon, and there’s drinks and snacks available as you soak up the good vibes. This week is a gay pride special with the Beaver Sisters 😮 

Bradu's Jam Session LIVE @ Zoku

Drum kit with drummer and people jamming along
  • Friday 18 - 22
  • Free!
  • Oost

This Friday, Zoku is going to be drawing in musicians from across the city to jam together over a few beers. They haven’t drawn our attention to any particular requirements for ability, so I’m taking to mean enthusiasm is more important than talent. The focus is going to be on African, Funk, R&B, and Hip Hop, so if any of these genres speak to you, then stop playing, strumming, or rapping in your bedroom and bring your skills to the party! 

Kwaku Summer Festival

People walking through Kwaku festival
  • Friday 17 - 23 Saturday/Sunday 14 - 23
  • 9 (per day, advance ticket)
  • Bijlmer

Coming to Nelson Mandela Park this weekend is the largest multicultural festival in the Netherlands. There are over a hundred foodstands, and more than 250 artists bringing the tastes and sounds of their roots to Bijlmer. The cuisine ranges from Surinamese to Antillean, African to Caribbean. There’s even a chance to test your own skills in front of an audience at the open mic stage (perhaps if you’re full of confidence after your jam session at Zoku or a bit of Dutch courage…)

Thuishaven Zomer

  • Sunday 13-23
  • 18.50
  • West

If tech house is your thing then why not head over to Thuishaven this Sunday. It’s a solid bet for mini beach festival vibes, and there’s plenty of variety to be had from their three stages. Satori – better known as the man who sells out warehouses with the drop of a hat – is playing a ten hour set on the main stage which will be worth dipping in and out of to hear his deep progressive stance on the genre. Only a few more weeks of their summer program and then you’ll have to wait another whole year before you can dance in the trippy glow as the sun sets. 

Dekmantel Festival

Dekmantel Festival at night with people dancing and lightshow
  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 30 - 70
  • Amsterdamse Bos

In addition to an already event-filled weekend due to the Pride events all around the city, Amsterdam will also be the host of the 7th edition of the Dekmantel Festival. For all of the Amsterdam Techno-Music lovers, this event series is a must!

The main Festival itself will be taking part in the stunning and natural surroundings of the Amsterdamse Bos from Thursday the 31st of July until Sunday the 4th, but the event stretches out into a whole week of musical celebrations around the city with various locations throughout the city such as the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Bimhuis, Shelter Amsterdam, Tolhuistuin  and the Eye Filmmuseum.

Pikaplant Outlet

  • Friday 16 - 20, Saturday 12 -17
  • Free!
  • Oost

In case you hadn’t noticed: houseplants are cool now!

With the rising trend of Indoor plants, the Pikaplant Outlet is hosting their first ever sale with up to 30% on their plants as of €3 per plant. This unique sale gives you the opportunity to pick up your first or some new plants for your personal oasis.

Come by to pick out your plants and enjoy some drinks!

Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

Open Air Concert Stage with people standing and dancing in the sun
  • Friday - Sunday
  • Free
  • Oud-West

Once again the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre will put on a big show this upcoming weekend. Every year this event takes place from June until September, presenting a variety of creative performances ranging from music and comedy to dance and cabaret. This yearly event started in 1974, combining the previous ‘Vondelpark Parties’ and so-called ‘Happenings’.

The entry for this event is free and open to anyone, including all ages.

Make sure not to miss the dance performance by New Dance Studios on Friday the 2nd (20:30). The program is carefully choreographed by artistic director Glenn Westphal, whose talented dancers take to the stage this weekend.


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