• Grachtenfestival


The Grachtenfestival (translates as ‘canal festival’) is an annual festival with a focus on classical music. During the ten days of the festival, the city of Amsterdam turns into a stage for young Dutch classical musicians. The festival is held in the city centre and on the waterfront of the river IJ. Some concert locations are extra special: people living at the canals open their houses – and sometimes roofs – for the public to enjoy the best in classical music. One of the annual highlights, the Prinsengracht Concert, is a perfect example of this, so much so that it’s even broadcasted on national television.


Music for all

Each year, the Grachtenfestival has a theme. Soloists and orchestras use this theme for inspiration in compiling interesting and new classical programs. The Grachtenfestival also previews programs from elsewhere in the country that will debut later that year. During the Grachtenfestival classical music performed by the best musicians in the country is presented on interesting locations, making classical music accessible for all.

Junior Edition

Most concerts are free, for some you need to pay a small admission fare. With the Grachtenfestival comes also the Junior Edition; that focuses on productions for all ages, from newborns and toddlers to teenagers.

In the Amsterdam’s canals

The Grachtenfestival is organized during:

August 14th and August 23rd

A lot of the concerts are free, but you might have to bring your own chair or boat.

The prices of the tickets for the concerts you do have to pay for range between € 2,5 – € 62.