The canals of Amsterdam will once again play host to the Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) this summer. From the 9th to the 18th of August you will be able to enjoy many different music styles on the canals. Classical, jazz and many more music styles. It is a platform for young artists. With more than 250 concerts at 90 different locations, this is a must-do this summer.

Fun for everyone

Had enough of museums and shopping? There’s plenty to do in Amsterdam, even in summer. The Grachtenfestival is a yearly reoccurring festival with concerts for everyone. They even have activities for the smallest of children. For example the special baby concert on the 11th of August. For the slightly older children, they have Animal life in the bush.

The GrachtenfestivalPrijs

The Grachtenfestival is especially important for new up and coming artists. It’s a platform for them to showcase their talent. Besides that, they compete for an award: the Grachtenfestivalprijs (Canal Festival Award). In the months before the festival, a jury looks at the performances of the musicians, but their performance during the festival is the deal-breaker. The winner gets to organize a program for the next Canal Festival.

Personal favourites

You will often find the best concerts on the river Amstel. The one we’re looking forward to is the Tribute to Billy Holiday that will take place there on the 11th of August. For many of the concerts you have to buy tickets, but there are also free activities. For example the festival opening on the 9th of August, but also the jam sessions that happen every day at 22:00 o’clock at Het Compagnietheater.

Do you know which concert you’re going to watch? Or do you prefer shooting Instagrammable pictures of the canals? If that’s the case take a look at our article about the bridges of Amsterdam.

You’ll be surprised!

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