From early May till late September, the Vondelpark hosts the annual Open-Air Theater (Openluchttheater) with a unique and diverse program, including one-day festivals, dance performances and music concerts, cabaret, children’s activities, stand-up comedy and so much more! The Vondelpark Openluchttheater is freely accessible, fun for all ages, and 75% of the performances are “language no problem” (LNP).

How’s Everything Organized?

The Vondelpark Openluchttheater takes place every year and kicks off with a few one-day festivals and a big opening event in May. Throughout the summer, the theater is out there on a weekly basis – on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Every day of the week has its own schedule. Fridays are dedicated solely to dance performances. Saturdays start with children’s activities that are followed by the young talent dance performances in the afternoon. On Saturday evenings, there is cabaret and stand-up comedy. Sundays are all about music: classical music at day and famous Dutch artists at night.

In addition to the main program, this year’s edition has a few specials, such as poetry and spoken word and open-air cinema organized in cooperation with World Cinema Amsterdam. All movies are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

Source: Vondelpark Openluchttheater

What Makes It Unique?

“Not many theaters can boast of having green trees and blue skies instead of a black box. That’s what makes the Vondelpark Openluchttheater so special”, says Nina-Elisa Euson, the marketing and communications manager at the organization. And we couldn’t agree more!

It’s open air, it has all the genres, and it’s free. The idea behind it is to make theater accessible to everyone. While theater performances are usually expensive, the concerts in the Vondelpark are free, even when it comes to the big names.

Highlights of the Vondelpark Openluchttheater

Source: Vondelpark Openluchttheater

Given the number and diversity of the concerts taking place in the Vondelpark during the summer season, it might be hard to choose which ones to attend. To make things easier for you, we asked Nina-Elisa to share the highlights of the Vondelpark Openluchttheater with us.

Cabaret (in Dutch)

Freek de Jonge
Henry van Loon
Sanne Wallis de Vries

Dance (LNP)

Julidans at the Park – Jeugd
Julidans at the Park
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam

Music (LNP)

Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw met Berget Lewis
Aïcha Gill
Indian Askin
Nana Adjoa

Cinema (LNP)

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Important to Know

Source: Vondelpark Openluchttheater
  • There are food stands and a bar on the territory to ensure that you have enough “fuel” for the day (and night!)
  • Normally people stand at the concerts, which is free, but there is an opportunity to book a seat for €5. To do that, go to the theater website, choose the show you’d like to attend and click on “Reserveren”.
  • The park usually gets crowded with the big names on stage. Choose the quieter, smaller concerts to avoid the crowds.
  • Head to the Vondelpark straight from work on Friday. Grab a beer, enjoy the free concerts and let the weekend begin!
  • Even though the children’s activities are all in Dutch and not mentioned on the “Language no problem” page of the website, language is rarely a problem for children, don’t you agree? Take your kids to enjoy a nice free show on Saturday morning.

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