August is the month of Amsterdam Pride and the city is buzzing. There’s loads of great things to do. From outdoor film screenings to classical music on the canals. Here’s our pick of the best!

1. Celebrate life and love at Amsterdam Pride! 

Amsterdam and its people are well known for their liberal nature. That’s why, when Amsterdam Pride rolls around each summer, the city is buzzing with life, fun and love. The Pride diary is packed with club nights, film screenings, talks and more throughout the city, culminating with the main parade on Saturday 5th August. Watch hundreds of party boats float along the city’s main canals spreading the messages that’s it’s OK to be whoever you want to be! We couldn’t agree more.

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When? 29th July – 6th August 2017
Where? City wide
How much? Check website for event listings / price (Main parade is free!) 

2. Enjoy the best in travelling theatre! 

A theatre festival to be reckoned with, De Parade Theater Festival is in its 24th year and shows no signs of slowing down. The travelling festival brings small theatre performances, dance, music and circus groups, comedians and magicians to all of the Netherlands’ big cities, ending with the final leg in Amsterdam’s Kingpark.

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When? 8th – 24th August 2017
Where? City wide
How much? Check website for event listings / prices 

3. Have a night out, high in the sky 

Visit our neighbours over at A’DAM Tower for their ‘Summer Nights’ event. Grab a cocktail and take in the stunning views across the city as the space transforms into Amsterdam’s highest nightclub.

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When? 12th August 2017, from 10pm
Where? A’DAM Tower 
How much? Free Entry

4. Catch the best in classical at Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

‘Grachtenfestival’ translates directly as ‘Canal Festival.’ One of the highlights of the Amsterdam cultural calendar, it’s a chance to see classical music performed at some of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canal-side (or on-canal!) locations.

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When? 11th – 20th August 2017
Where? City wide
How much? Check website for event listings / prices 

5. Get your dancing trainers on for Appelsap Fresh Music Festival

If beats are more your thing then Appelsap is the one for you. The otherwise quiet Flevopark is transformed into a jumping playground for lively festival goers ready to get their dancing trainers on. Listen up as international hip hop artists perform alongside the best in electronic, rap and soul.

When? 12th August 2017
Where? Flevopark
How much? Tickets 47.50€

6. Catch a film under the starry sky

Amsterdam isn’t known for it’s glorious summer weather, but when the weather is dry and the stars come out, Pluk de Nacht comes into its own. Head down to an idyllic waterside location, just a few minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal station, to enjoy an outdoor film screening on a big screen – right underneath the open sky. Deckchairs, campfires, cocktails and craft beer all available. What more could you want?

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When? 16th – 26th August 2017
Where? Flevopark
How much? Tickets 47.50€

7. Stretch it out with free yoga at Vondelpark

If you’re travelling and on a budget, it’s not always easy to fit in exercise. Why not come along to free yoga in beautiful Vondelpark, running every Saturday throughout the summer? Anne runs the classes and loves to combine the powerful vinyasa flow with the attitudes and breathing techniques associated with yin yoga.  Yes, it’s weather dependent (!) so make sure to head over to ‘T Blauew Theehuis’ facebook on Friday night to check if it’s going ahead.

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When? Every Saturday, August 2017 
Where? T Blauwe Theehuis, Vondelpark 5
How much? Free 

8. Dive into the mystery of Mysteryland 

Now running for over twenty years, Mysterland is one of the world’s oldest dance festivals. But don’t think that means it’s resting on its laurels. The festival is at the cutting edge of dance, dubstep, hip hop and electronica, bringing in top international names alongside small scale theatre-makers, art collectives, and spoken-word artists. Basically, it’s got it all and you’ve got to go at least one in your lifetime.

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When? 26th – 27th August 2017 
Where? Haarlemmermeer (5km from Schiphol Airport) 
How much? 109€ (Weekend ticket, no camping) 

9. Jump aboard the ClinkNOORD Bike Tour!

Our very own bike tour is here to show you an alternative side to Amsterdam. Whether you’re travelling on your own or with a group, hop on your bike and come out with us – it’s a great way to see the local area and meet new people! There’s some real gems in Amsterdam Noord just waiting to be discovered ..

When? 30th August 2017, 12pm 
Where? Meet at CatalystCAFE (behind reception at ClinkNOORD) 
How much? Free (Bike hire 13.50€, brings some € for snacks and drinks!) 

10. Enjoy the riverside views at Café de Ceuvel

Café de Ceuval is the ultimate urban retreat sitting on the banks of the River IJ. Constructed using a mixture of recycled materials, the building and its surrounding decking area have an organic feel, almost like they’ve always belonged there. Café de Ceuval serves up tasty and affordable food using locally produced ingredients. Come down on a hot summer’s eve, grab a drink and enjoy the view!

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When? Mon-Thu 12pm – 12am Fri – Sat 12pm-2am
Where? Cafe de Ceuval, Korte Papaverweg 4, 1032 KB
How much? N/A

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