Experience the city like a local and trade the beach for the Amsterdam canals this summer!  We share with you our top four must-visits this August:

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam
Would you like to join an unique music experience? The Grachtenfestival is a summer event that honors classical music, jazz, and music from other cultures. Brisk performances of young talents from all over the world take the stage in an extraordinary setting. We know at least one performance that should be on top of your list: our very own annual Prinsengrachtconcert! For more info visit the website.

When: August 9-18
Where: Several locations in Amsterdam & Pulitzer Amsterdam

De Parade Amsterdam
Delight in colorful festivities! De Parade is a travelling festival inspired on the traditional circus. The Parade offers theatre, dance, mime and workshops for all ages. Drinks, food and free live music performances is also available. In short: 17 days full of fun! For more info and tickets, click here.

When: August 9-25
Where: Martin Luther King Park

Pluk de Nacht festival
Get nostalgic at Pluk the Nacht festival! At Amsterdam’s city beach located next to Central Station you can watch movies on a large screen, overlooking the IJ. Discover the latest animated movies, documentaries and (short) feature films. The festival is free of charge, though you can support them by having a drink at the bar or by making a small donation. The program will be released at the end of July. Make sure to reserve your beach chair!

When: August 14-24
Where: Stenen Hoofd

Uitmarkt
Every last weekend of August, the Uitmarkt traditionally opens the new cultural season with a diverse range of performances. From classical music to hip hop and from dance to theatre, you pick! There is also a book market and children can enjoy themselves at the Uitmarkt Junior. Be sure to visit the highlight of the Uitmarkt, a musical sing-a-long! Click here for the full program.

When: August 23-25
Where: Museum Square & Leidseplein