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Events on Amsterdam Canals

Looking for special outings in Amsterdam? Events are regularly organized in Amsterdam that are best viewed from the water. Think Sail, Gay Pride, Amsterdam Light Festival. For many of these events Amsterdam Boat Rental offers customized packages. Check out the overview of these packages below.

Amsterdam Light Festival

1 December 2024 to 22 January 2025

Would you like to enjoy a uniquely illuminated city center during a cruise on the Amsterdam canals? Then the Amsterdam Light Festival is the time for a unique canal cruise.

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SAIL Amsterdam 2025

20 to 24 August 2025

Experience SAIL Amsterdam from the water? Enjoy the extraordinary armada of historic sailboats to modern yachts from the water. A ‘must see’ event for all water sports and boating enthusiasts.

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Every year on 27 April

Want to see Amsterdam’s big orange party from a completely different perspective? Then book a canal cruise during King’s Day. In a luxurious open boat, you’ll sail around the bustling city center. Relaxed from the boat, enjoy a snack and a drink on the canals in the midst of all the revelry.

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Concert on the Amstel

Every year on 5 May

Every year, the National Committee 5 May organizes the Concert on the Amstel as a festive conclusion to Liberation Day. You may have seen this from TV.

Would you like to be there this year and, like many dignitaries, admire the concert live, from the water? This is possible with Amsterdam Boat Tour. You can rent a luxurious open boat from us to enjoy the performances of famous artists and a renowned orchestra in comfort on the water.

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Pride Canal Parade – Amsterdam Gay Pride

Annual first Saturday of August

A piece of freedom and extravagance, inextricably linked to Amsterdam. If you really want to experience the Pride Canal Parade, do so from a boat.

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23 August to 1 September 2024

A canal cruise during the Grachtenfestival is an accessible way to experience young, talented musicians and classical music. The Grachtenfestival is the largest classical music festival in the Netherlands, set in the wonderful atmosphere and surroundings of Amsterdam’s canals.

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Prinsengracht Concert

Annually the third weekend of August

The Prinsengracht Concert is the musical highlight of the Grachtenfestival and one of the largest classical music concerts in the Netherlands. The uniqueness of the Prinsengracht concert is that the concert can be viewed perfectly from the water.

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