Grachtenfestival – Canal Music Festival in Amsterdam

Each summer in the middle of August, a unique festival of classical music and jazz takes place in the Amsterdam Old City center. Having as venue different public buildings, museums, theaters, open space places, pontoon boats on the canals, even private houses and apartments Grachtenfestival recitals are a genuine chance for a music lover.
Some of the concerts may be attended on private boats and viewed from water, while other are held indoors and sometimes even combined with the meal.

Each year a different program

Held since 1997 Canal Music festival has each year an original, different program. In the last years the number of concerts grew with up to 50 000 spectators attending from the Netherlands and abroad. You may read our detailed review of 2007 Grachtenfestival.

Grachtenfestival tickets

Different prices starting at € 6,50 incl. administrative charge of € 1,- ; when the ticket costs above € 10,- administrative charge of € 2,50 will be added, most of the concert cost around € 15,- ; some of the concerts are free but to attend the ticket is required; Stadspas-holders, CJP holders - 50% discount on admission to selected concerts. 

We advise you to buy your tickets on-line but you may also buy them at the venue. The tickets will not be refunded. For details, see the festival website. You may also send an e-mail to the box-office at 

Arrive at your concert in time. If you arrive late and the venue is already full, the door will be closed, you will not be admitted and your tickets will be voided.
Several concerts are available for the handicapped – consult the festival website for more information.

Grachtenfestival venue

Different locations indoors and outdoors around the Canal Belt (Dutch: Grachtengordel) in Amsterdam

Grachtenfestival timing

ten days in the middle of August
in 2012: August 10 – August 19

Grachtenfestival contact

Festival Centre at Het Compagnietheater
Kloveniersburgwal 50
1012 CX Amsterdam 
telephone +31 - 20 – 627 23 73 only during the Festival 

Grachtenfestival website