Living the Dutch life - August 2019

Carnivals, Festivals, Pride & Music!


Go out on the water and listen to the sounds of classical music on the Amsterdam canals 9-18 August. During the Grachtenfestival the most unlikely spots will be transformed into stages for performances by young talent and established artists from all over the world. More than 250 concerts, ranging from classical and jazz to multicultural music, will take place at 90 different locations. The Prinsengracht Concert is one of the most romantic moments of the Grachtenfestival, also the annual highlight of the event, and will be broadcast on television.

Balloon Fiesta

Visit the impressive hot air balloon festival in Barneveld 21-24 August. The Balloon Fiesta is a unique experience giving young and old the opportunity to view over 35 unique hot air balloons of special shapes and sizes as they take-off. The balloons will slowly drift towards the cities of Apeldoorn and Arnhem and then return to the festival ground. So you will most likely get a glimpse of the balloon spectacle even if you cannot make it to the grounds. Every evening a magical laser show and Nightglow will form the highlight of the programme. During this show the balloons will be lit up as lanterns and lasers along to music.


Be surprised by the richly varied programme offering the best of arts and culture at different venues throughout Amsterdam 23-25 August. Uitmarkt is the largest cultural festival in the Netherlands and free of charge. The event features more than 300 performances for every type of audience, such as theatre, literature, dance, classical music, jazz and performances for children. The festival aims to enhance cultural participation in the Netherlands. Over three days the event attracts a number of 500.000 visitors!

Jazz in de Gracht

Find yourself a spot along The Hague’s canal side to wait for the floating Jazz Festival to pass by on characteristic flat bottom boats, 29-31 August. It is a unique experience that only few countries offer! The festival is free of charge and also offers other music styles, such as blues, funk and soul. Alongside the canals you will find all kinds of food trucks and cafés/bars. Many residents around the area gather across the waterways to enjoy the festive atmosphere. 


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