Amsterdam Free Things to Do this Summer

by Victoria Cawthorne

Amsterdam ccImage courtesy of Bryan_T on FlickrOne of the many great things about Amsterdam is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun. Amsterdam free things to do and a plethora of cheap flights are enticing thousands of travellers to take a budget break, to enjoy the numerous free festivals and events taking place this summer that showcase the best of what the city has to offer.

One of the summer’s most hotly-anticipated free events is De Parade, a travelling theatre festival that arrives in Amsterdam’s Martin Luther Kingpark on the 10th August. The park will be filled with colourful, activity-filled tents and restaurants to visit on each day of De Parade, and the festivities will culminate with a majestic Gala on the 26th.

Amsterdam also hosts numerous film festivals throughout the summer, including Pluk de Nacht which celebrates the independent, arthouse side of the industry. From 22nd August until 1st September this year you can enjoy many special cinema events as part of Pluk de Nacht, including free open-air screenings at the Stenen Hoofd near Amsterdam’s Central Station.

Have a Blast on a Budget

Gay Pride in Amsterdam ccImage courtesy of Comicbase on FlickrIf you’d like to check out one of the city’s terrific music festivals after arriving on cheap flights to Amsterdam, the Grachtenfestival is a great place to start. Kicking off on the 10th August this classical music festival is comprised of many free events, and performances are almost always in a stunningly memorable location to form a highlight of your visit to Amsterdam.

Of course even on those few days where there isn’t a festival or event scheduled to take place in Amsterdam this summer, there is still plenty to do that won’t cost a penny. Just strolling besides Amsterdam’s canals can be a satisfying way to spend an afternoon, and with the locals zipping past you on bikes you’ll enjoy seeing Amsterdam at your own pace.

Not that your budget will be too much of a concern, as you can find flights to Amsterdam for as low as £20.99 one way including taxes , and of course this budget-friendly city has a plethora of hostels and low-priced hotels to meet the needs of every traveller.


Victoria is a travel writer with a passion for music, theme parks, bikes, sewing, vegetarian food and road trips in camper vans. She has travelled extensively through Europe and North America and even lived abroad too, and has a natural passion for penning her experiences along the way.



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