Amsterdam Weekend Guide – September 8-10
This might be the penultimate weekend before autumn kicks off, but don’t you worry: Amsterdam’s still got plenty of summery events up its sleeve.
The second weekend of September boasts a beer fest, a theatre celebration, a creative dance event, a festival spanning the city’s rooftops and a chance for the public to check out the tech of tomorrow.
Amsterdam Fringe Festival
Vibrant performances and a lively atmosphere are the name of the game for this quirky theatre celebration. Amsterdam Fringe Festival boasts an array of homegrown and international theatre performers across a whopping 40 venues around the city, including clubs, theatres, boats, living rooms and even in the water itself!
The diverse programme features almost every type of theatre you can imagine: everything from live art and musical theatre to comedy and dance. The festival is a podium for young creators, giving them a stage for their often niche and revolutionary productions. One thing’s for certain: with the number of makeshift theatres popping up everywhere, you’re bound to stumble upon a hidden gem or two.
Amsterdam Maker Festival
3D printing, virtual reality, robotics and augmented reality are always hitting the headlines, but how often do we – as consumers – get to mess around with such cutting-edge tech? Not very often, truth be told. Amsterdam Maker Festival puts a stop to that, aiming to get everyone – whatever their age, knowledge or background – involved with new technology.
Innovative makers will show attendees how fun the art of making really is. And this year’s focus is on novelty in tech, so get ready to for tech workshops, hackathons, serious gaming sessions and more. There’s even a dedicated kids’ lab for the young ‘uns and a brew-your-own-beer workshop (ideally not for the young ‘uns!)
Valtifest isn’t your typical Amsterdam dance music romp. On top of a strong line-up of DJs playing dance, house and electro, you’ll also find a host of dubstep, hip-hop and even some great theatre and circus acts. Needless to say, variety, diversity and the unexpected take centre stage at this event.
This year’s musical line-up features renowned DJs such as Sander Kleinenberg, Grant Nelson and ROOG, but you can also catch the latest in local fashion. Each year, a couple of lucky fashion labels are selected to show off their latest catwalk innovations. The moral of the story at Valtifest is don’t be shy, let your hair down and – of course – let your imagination run wild.
The clue’s in the name with ROEF, which transforms Amsterdam’s rooftops into hip party zones, inviting reveller’s to take in the city’s most beautiful vistas while enjoying music, DJs and drinks. Participating venues include QO Amsterdam, The Student Hotel, W Amsterdam, NEMO Science Museum and the Butcher Social Club. Talk about nice views!
If you’re still not partied out after all those rooftops, the afterparty at Canvas has you covered, offering up summery vibes with disco, jazz and house until 4:00 am.
The Amsterdam Beerfestival
Summer is almost over, but don’t worry: the season’s kick-ass beer festivals will still have one last hurrah with the Amsterdam Beerfestival. Pension Homeland – a parkland oasis in the centre of the city – will be transformed into a beer lover’s dream, complete with DJs, acoustic music and good grub.
Local Dutch brewers have even produced some batches especially for the festival, including Oedipus Brewing‘s Dubbel, De Bebaarde Brouwer‘s Black Rye IPA and Poesiat & Kater’s Session IPA. It’s not just Dutch beverages on offer, though; there’ll also be some top-notch international brewers, including Lagunitas Brewing Co (USA), To Øl (Denmark) and Insel-Brauerei (Germany).
Fri, Sat & Sun // Pension Homeland // Free entry // Website // Photo: The Amsterdam Beerfestival