Amsterdam Weekend Guide – August 4-6
August is finally here (when did that happen!?), which marks the halfway point of Amsterdam’s summer festival season. But don’t fret: there are still plenty of quirky, quaint and cool events on the horizon.
This weekend’s one for the books; we’ve got a delectable pizza-and-pasta festival, a bohemian celebration of art, a high-octane punk gig and – of course – the highlight of the Pride Amsterdam programme, the Canal Parade.
After a stellar kick-off last weekend, Amsterdam Pride is back this Saturday with Canal Pride, the programme’s main event. People from all over the globe flock to the Dutch capital for this world-renowned celebration of acceptance, equality and – naturally – pride.
Eighty lavishly decorated barges will be cruising their way along Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals, each proud passenger with a beer in one hand and a rainbow flag in the other. The parade’s head-turning themes, onboard DJs and gleaming smiles galore make for a truly one-of-a-kind experience that people will be talking about all year.
Comic & Vinyl Market
Back in the Eighties, comic books were seen as a hobby for geeks and freaks only. But not anymore: the onslaught of great Marvel summer blockbusters over the past five years – as well as a hipster-fronted resurgence of all things retro – has officially made comic books trendy, and it’s pretty great.
Make the most of it this Saturday at De Hallen, where local shops and individuals alike will be flogging their nerdy wares. There’ll also be a fine selection of vinyl records on offer – from a range of genres and decades, so whether you’re a collector or a curious newcomer, you’re sure to find worthwhile at this diverse market.
It all started as a late-Medieval Flemish poets’ festival, but Landjuweel Festival has since transformed into a fully fledged bohemian bonanza in Ruigoord, and it spans the entire weekend. Back in the Seventies, the area was a safe haven for gatherings of squatting artists; fast forward to forty years later, and it’s now a thriving art community densely packed with creativity and artistic innovation.
What happens when such a creative community throws a party? A festival like none other in the region. There isn’t a high-octane techno band or blaring DJ in sight at Landjuweel; it’s all about poetry, theatre nights, experimental art, spiritual workshops and surprises aplenty.
Amsterdam Pizza & Pasta Festival
From bitterballen to stroopwafels, you can get your hands on some truly tasty – or lekker, as a local would say– Dutch cuisine in Amsterdam. But sometimes, all you need is some good, hearty Italian grub. That’s exactly what you get at Amsterdam Pizza & Pasta Festival, where pizza-happy food trucks and pasta pros congregate at Dok for a celebration of all things Italian cuisine. Naturally, there are also vegan options, martinis, Italian ice cream and Disaronno cocktails. And of course there’s a wine & prosecco bar, too.
Pennywise, Face to Face and Good Riddance
Ever hang out at a skatepark or play a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game growing up? Then chances are you’ll have heard some of the bands gracing this punkstravaganza. The show features three of the biggest hitters of the Nineties skate punk scene: Pennywise, Face to Face and Good Riddance.
Prepare yourself for an evening of the catchiest, speediest and sleaziest tunes in punk. Newcomers PEARS, who are equally punktastic, will be providing support, giving attendees some hardcore to balance their punk palette.