Amsterdam and summer is a combination not to be missed and we’d recommend planning your summer visit around the inspiring Grachten Festival (Canal Festival). Now in its sixteenth year, taking place from 16-25 August on the UNESCO World Heritage canal ring, the Grachten festival is an explosion of music, arts and colour on the city’s waterways.

Grachten Festival 2Not limited to classical music, Grachten Festival showcases all musical sounds and styles through all-day and late night set and impromptu concerts and DJ sets, held on the water itself, as well as in parks and inside many of Amsterdam’s museums.


The highlight of the festival, on Saturday 24th August, is the Prinsengracht Concert – set on spectacular floating stage, to which concert-goers arrive on their own boats, from which to enjoy the music-filled night with wine and snacks.


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