QO Amsterdam Ambassador Favorites

Out and about in Amsterdam – August

Our Amsterdam Ambassadors like to share their love and knowledge of the city with you. Offering you insights in things to do, places to visit and people to meet.

We take great pride in curating a list of events each month. When cultivating our list of “Amsterdam Favorites for the Month” we are always on the lookout for that off the beaten track, which in turn opens up a different and inspirational side of Amsterdam to you.

Therefore we connect you to the city and help shape your experience.

The festival season is still going strong and even more is coming. More artful and food related events will take place throughout Amsterdam. This month, we even have a  surprise for our guests. Read more to find out!

Sounds in the Harbor

Enjoy a string of open air concerts on a unique location. The stage is built along side an old shipping yard. The concert grounds open before the concerts start so that you can enjoy a delicious meal prior to the show.

Don’t miss Jessie J, James Bay and Thirty Seconds to Mars who will perform on various evenings. QO and City Sounds partnered up to give you a special discount. Get your discount here !

City Sounds

Date: 3, 4 and 6 August

Venue:  NDSM werf

Location: NDSM werf

Admission: 45 euro

Party in the canals

The magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), will not only be held around Amsterdam’s canals but also at various locations throughout Amsterdam.

This is one of the cultural highlights of the Amsterdam summer. Discover new talent and enjoy the ten-day festival of classical music and jazz at numerous beautiful locations.


Date: 9 – 18 August

Venue: Various locations

Location: Canals of Amsterdam and other locations

Admission: Various (some free)

Theater without walls

The parade is a unique collection of performances travelling around the country. Whether you’re a die-hard theatre aficionado or just along for the ride, you’ll find it here no matter what your pleasure is. Once on the festival terrain, you’ll find yourself enticed by artists giving outdoor performances in full regalia.

The festival offers visitors a variety of short and full-length performances, as well as performances in open-air and secret locations.

There’s always something new and surprising to look out for! 


Date: 9 – 25 August

Venue:  Martin Luther Kingpark

Location: Adres: Martin Luther Kingpark, 1079 LM

Admission: 8,50 euro

Bring on the juice

International artists keep it fresh alongside the best of the Dutch and local electronic, rap and soul scenes when Appelsap brings the flava to Flevopark, the otherwise quiet and peaceful park in Amsterdam.

Appelsap originally started as jam session between upcoming artists and is now a very popular festival in Amsterdam.


Date: 10 August

Venue: Flevopark

Location: Valentijnkade, 1098 XA Amsterdam

Admission: 43,50 euro

Outdoor Cinema

Every summer the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam presents a unique selection of unreleased independent arthouse cinema, documentary, animation and shorts, attracting both film enthusiasts and professionals.

The beautiful former harbour is the backdrop to open air screenings.

Pluk de nacht

Date: 15 – 25 Augustus

Venue: Het Stenen Hoofd

Location: Westerdoksdijk 705-C, 1013 BX Amsterdam

Admission: Free

 Fiesta de Comida

Get swept away by the culinary world of Latin America. Latin Food Festival will take you on a journey throughout the kitchens of Mexico, Brazil, Caribbean and so many more. Not only will you taste all the different cuisines, you will also hear Latin America.

Dance the night away on salsa & batatcha!

Latin Food Festival

Date: 17 August

Venue: DOK Amsterdam

Location: Joan Muyskenweg 14, 1096 CJ Amsterdam

Admission: Free

Pop up rooftop concerts

 The roof of NEMO Science Museum is open daily until 9 p.m with live music. Besides various Amsterdam brewers will come to present their beers in the form of a beer tasting.

Getting to the roof is very easy, just take the stairs from the street or via the elevator in the entrance hall.


Date: Every Thursday evening in August

Venue: Nemo

Location: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam

Admission: Free

Let’s go Dutch

 The Uitmarkt is a vibrant three-day celebration of the Netherlands’ cultural scene! It is the largest festival in the country and the official launch of the new cultural season, showcasing the very best in music, art, theatre, dance, opera, literature and cabaret performances.

This is the local party you don’t want to miss during your time in Amsterdam!


Date: 23 – 25 August

Venue: Museumplein & Leidseplein

Location: 1071 Amsterdam

Admission: Free

Party at the Amstel

Enjoy a drink or two at the Somerlust party, our annual neighborhood party. With plenty of room to dance, you can swing the night away with some lovely soul and jazz music. Taste all the flavors of the special soul menu. A range of diverse dishes will be served during the evening. Somerlust will take place at the beautiful location Aan de Amstel. While enjoying the view, let yourself be entertained by many performers. This night is full of entertainment.


Date: 24 August

Venue: Aan de Amstel

Location: Amstel Kwartier

Admission: 17,50 euro

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