What’s on in Amsterdam? August, week #4

What’s on in Amsterdam? August, week #4

Amsterdam 23rd-25th August

The sky has rallied itself into a last burst of summer. We’ve learned our lesson. Let’s make the most of the final days of August. We’ve got an eclectic collection in store for you this week. There’s water games, reggae festivals, tripping in the woods, and comedy to name but a few. Read on to find out what’s on in Amsterdam in week #4 of August. See how many you can get in the diary, and come back on Sunday evening with stories to tell.

After Work Volleyball

People playing beach volleyball
  • Thursday 18:00
  • Free!
  • Oost

What happens when you stick a bunch of amateurs on the sand and give them a bouncy ball to play with? Well, you’ll have to come along to find out for sure. But experience has shown us there are some beautifully missed spikes, audacious but ultimately fruitless dives, and a bit of running to reclaim a runaway ball. We kick off at 6pm and play until the idea of a cold beer becomes impossible to resist. Check out our app for details and come join the chaos. 

Rooftop Movie Nights

People watching a movie on a rooftop in the evening with a view over Amsterdam
  • Friday 21:30
  • 15-20
  • Oud-West

Looking to spice up your cinema experience? We’ve got just the place. Every Friday this summer, this stunning rooftop is decked out with beanbags, beach chairs and seductively named ‘lovers seats’. The views over Amsterdam are made more spectacular as evening turns to dusk and dusk to night. This Friday there’s a special ‘surprise movie night’, so it theoretically could be anything from Harry Potter to The Shining – my guess is Love Actually but perhaps that’s wishful thinking. Food, beer, and cocktails are on sale in case you need a little Dutch courage. Bring some warm clothes and grab your tickets here


  • Friday 12:00 - Sunday 23:00
  • Free!
  • Centrum

Calling all aquatic gladiators! The water games are afoot! They’ve got X-diving (whatever that is) beach water polo, synchronised swimming, and (my personal favourite) the Open Mokum Championships Bomb. So whether you’re the lean and limber swimmer or prefer to bob along, there’s something for everyone. There’s live music, food, and drinks to keep you fuelled up as you watch or participate. Not to be missed.


Uitmarkt with people walking over green lawns and space for music
  • Friday 18:00 - Sunday 23:00
  • Free!
  • Oud-Zuid/Centrum

Uitmarkt is the biggest cultural festival in the Netherlands. For three days, Leidseplein and Museumplein are awash with music, dancing, theatre, literature, and everything in between. As the summer draws to a close, Uitmarkt marks the beginning of the new cultural season. Swings and roundabouts eh? It’s beautiful, it’ surprising, and it’s free. What have you got to lose?

Day of the mushroom stories: The field "trip"

People sitting in the forest with lanterns and beautiful light coming through the trees
  • Saturday 14:00 - 23:00
  • 5
  • West

This Saturday, Rembrandtpark hosts the next installment of the Psychedelic Society’s program of events. The day features a series of talks about the mind, the self, and tantric sex. As the sky darkens, the fires and lanterns are lit, and stuff might get a little weird (in a good way)! You are instructed to bring food and drink to share and your own legal (wink wink) psychedelics. Tickets (a contribution to costs of supplies for the event) can be bought here.

Craft Beer and Standup Comedy

Standup Comic performing to the audience with the De Prael Brewery Logo
  • Saturday 21:15 - 23:15
  • 12
  • West

‘I drink to make others more interesting.’ Hemingway’s pithy dictum might well be fitting for this mixer of standup and tasty beer. Whether the comedians tickle your humour or not, you’ve always got booze to fall back on. Bear in mind that this event is in English, so if that’s not your first language be prepared for some silly words and a hearty spoonful of sarcasm. Tickets here.

Reggae Lake Festival

Reggae Lake Festival stage with hundreds of people in the sun
  • Saturday 13:00 - Sunday 23:00
  • 70 (weekend ticket)
  • Zuid-Oost

Whilst reggae is no stranger to the beautiful shores of Gaasperplas, the awesome proportions scheduled for this weekend are set to be spectacular. The lineup includes Ziggy Marley, King Shiloh, and Kenny B (who recently took Vondelpark Openluchttheatre by storm) to name a few. Bring your best smokes, and chill by the lake as soft melancholic melodies wash over you. Saturday/Sunday/Weekend tickets available here.


Midzomermarkt with market stalls selling food and clothing, and people walking down
  • Sunday 9:00
  • Free!
  • Oost

Dappermarkt has been going since 1910, and never stops delivering. It’s impossible to define just what it is and just what it does. It is recognisable more by the extraordinary range of things to eat, to wear, or to put in your house, and the wide-reaching variety of cultures represented. This Midsummer edition draws even more sellers and buyers. It’s advisable to get there near the start so you can get the best the market has to offer and scoop up a few cheeky bargains. 

De Tulp Yard Sale

De Tulp Yard Sale
  • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
  • Free!
  • De Pijp

Whilst the oncoming Autumn will strip away the greenery from our streets, we needn’t let the same be said for our houses. Green up and keep the summer going indoors. The already tropically-minded De Tulp is hosting the monthly yard sale of De Tuinen Van. There are plants for sale from only €1, increasing from there in size, exoticness, and price. It’s the ideal spot for a drink afterwards with your new low-maintenance pet before you head off into the sunset together. 

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