De Parade, the travelling theatre festival visits Amsterdam on 10-26 August 2012
The festival offers visitors a variety of theatre performances. The majority are in Dutch, but also for non-Dutch speakers, the Parade is an enjoyable experiencewith live music and culinary delights in a unique ambiance. There are also special children´s activities in the afternoons.
Location: Martin Luther Kingpark, Amsteldijk 1079LM Amsterdam
Open: Mon-Tue-Thu from 15.00-01.00, Wed & Sun 14.00-01.00, Fri 15.00-02.00 and Sat 14.00-02.00. Free entrance till 16.00, after that € 7,00 to enter the festival grounds (children & 65+ free). You will have to pay €2,00 to €10,00 to see a particular performance. More info on: www.deparade.nl/english
The Parade boat brings you to the festival from the centre of town. It leaves from the Stopera. More info on: www.blueboat.nl/en/specials/paradeboot
Soaring tempartures? Go to one of the city beaches in Amsterdam to enjoy the good weather
During the summer, the city can be hot and stuffy. By car you can easily drive to the sandy beaches of the North Sea in about 30-40 minutes. Some examples are: Scheveningen, Zandvoort and Wijk aan Zee. However, you do not need to leave Amsterdam to visit the beach. Around town there are several urban beaches offering sand, food & drinks without leaving town.
Strand West, a city beach located near the Houthavens (wood docks) in the Westerpark district. Address: Stavangerweg 900, 1013 AX Amsterdam. More info onː www.strand-west.nl (Dutch only)
Bijburg aan Zee, a sandy beach located in the New IJburg district. You can not only relax and sunbathe, but also go for a refreshing swim and even yoga on the beach. Address: Muiderlaan 1001, 1087 VA Amsterdam. More info onː www.blijburg.nl (Dutch only).
Vondelpark Open Air performances from 3 June to 2 September 2012
The Vondelpark hosts a three-month programme full of music, dance and theatre performances. Entrance is free and performances are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The theater is located in the middle of the park, near the big fountain and restaurant ´t Blauwe Theehuis. More information (Dutch only) regarding specific performances onː www.openluchttheater.nl/programma. The website also provides a map (plattegrond) of the park.