Hold your horses people, summer ain’t over just yet! Amsterdam is still racking up the cool outdoor events. From rooftop parties to outdoor film screenings, there’s no reason to go into your winter hibernation just yet.
Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Amsterdam this month:
What better way to spend a Sunday than by strolling around one of Amsterdam’s most charming markets? Inspired by London’s great markets like Notting Hill and Camden Lock, The Sunday Market at Westergasfabriek provides a platform for artists, designers and makers to showcase their wares to the public. Wander round and get inspired by the ceramics, fashion, jewellery and illustration on offer. And if hunger strikes there’s also plenty of stalls offering tasty food and drinks.
When? 3rd September 2017
Where? Westergasfabriek, 1014 BE
How much? Free
For 11 days in September, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival brings theatre and dance by up and coming actors, dancers and makers to more than 30 venues across Amsterdam. The festival opens up space for those with an independent spirit, on a quest for their own artistic freedom. You’ll find performances on tiny stages, unusual corners and maybe even in a garage or two! And if you don’t speak Dutch, don’t fear! There’s an extensive English and ‘Language No Problem’ program, so you’ll be able to enjoy what’s on offer, whatever language you speak.
ROEF aims to show you the untapped potential of Amsterdam’s rooftops. The team behind the festival want to create the largest rooftop paradise in the Netherlands, raising awareness of how green rooftops can be used to tackle over-crowding in cities and defend against changing climates. Various venues across the city are taking part, so you can hop from roof to roof enjoying an eclectic programme of performances and live music along with tasty cocktails and great summer tunes. Now, let’s just pray for that Indian Summer!
When? Friday September 8th 2017. 5pm – 11-pm
Where? Swap your ROEF ticket for a wrist band at NEMO Science Museum (Oosterdok 2) or Het Parool Theater (Wibautstraat 131, next to The Student Hotel).
How Much? Tickets €25
Valtifest, also known as the ‘wild child’ of Amsterdam’s summer of festivals, is back at NDSM Wharf this September. The lineup is impressive with an eclectic mixture of DJs playing electro, dance, dubstep, house, punk and hip-hop. At Valtifest, there’s something to suit, pretty much whatever you’re into. Make sure to take some time out from dancing to enjoy some of the e sideshow acts, which are often bizarre and bonkers – but absolutely worth a watch. Fancy dress at Valtifest is strongly encouraged, so let your imagination run wild and get into the swing of things with the best of them!
When? 9th September 2017
Where? NDSM Wherf, Amsterdam Noord
How Much? Tickets €40
Amsterdam has a rich history that’s well worth exploring. On Amsterdam Heritage Days locals and visitors will have the chance to step back in timey as the city casts open the doors to some of its most important buildings, private homes and monuments. The theme for this year is ‘Farmers, citizens and countrymen.’ The buildings involved have been chosen for their impressive architecture, interiors or because works of art contained in the buildings are connected to various crafts and trades.
When? 9th and 10th September 2017
Where? Various locations, check website
How Much? Free event
If you like your live music with a good dose of the great outdoors, then make sure to catch one of the fantastic open air concerts at Bostheater before the summer is out. The setting is a magical one, unlike no other in Amsterdam, and there’s some great September acts lined up to play. Grab your ticket quick, as the remainder of the concerts are likely to sell out soon!
When? 10th, 15th and 17th September 2017
Where? Amsterdam Bostheater, De Duizendmeterweg 7
How much? Tickets €22.50
Outdoor cinema has become a stalwart of any city summer. The Nieuw-West District of Amsterdam is getting in on the action as Hotel Buiten puts on 11 consecutive nights of great films – from silver screen classics to new-release blockbusters – completely for free, as part of the West Beach Film Festival. Grab a drink, a deckchair and settle in next to the tranquil setting of the Sloterplasbad swimming pool. And if it rains (as it quite often does in Amsterdam!) the film will be screened inside.
When? 14th – 24th September
Where? Noordzijde 41
How much? Free, but arrive early to guarantee a spot!
Art Battle is back at Pllek and we can’t wait! The very first Art Battle took place at the start of the summer and was a sure hit. Sixteen artists take part in a live painting contest. In three rounds of twenty minutes they strive to create the winning acrylic on canvas piece. The audience then decides who goes through to the next round. We love these events for bringing art alive in a casual and dynamic way, whilst revellers can enjoy snacks, drinks and music.
When? 17th September 2017
How much? Tickets €10.00 or €15.00 om the door
The Indian festival of Holi ushers in spring and the season of love. At Holi in Amsterdam this long-standing tradition meets ultimate dance party. Crowds gather to throw brightly coloured paints over each accompanied by a full day of DJ sets and live music. Grab your ticket and make sure to wear something you don’t mind getting dirty, because by the end of the day you’ll be head to toe in all the colours of the world!
When? 16th August 2017
Where? Stadspodium Amsterdam, Turbinestraat 12
How much? Tickets €29.99
’24 Amsterdam’ is a series of events that encourages both locals and visitors to explore each of Amsterdam’s distinct neighbourhoods. Each event takes place over the course of 24 hours with lots of restaurants, galleries, bars and cafes opening their doors for unique events. Venture down south to Amsterdam Zuid where you can check out a goat cheese making workshop, a craft tour in the trendy area of De Pijp and take a boat tour of Amsterdamse Bos in the wee small hours of the morning. Check out the full event listings here.
If these events sound like music to your ears, then why not book that last minute trip to Amsterdam to enjoy the last of the summer sun? You know you deserve it!
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