Trying to pinch pennies this while visiting Amsterdam? Although the city is known for being more on the pricy side, there are a vast number of free concerts, activites and even film festivals happening this summer.
Seize the night! If you’re interested in unique, unreleased films check out the 7th annual Pluk de Nacht (Sieze the Night) August 5 through 15 showcasing shorts, documentaries and even animated selections. Het Stenen Hoofd is a city beach, built on a pier just 2 kilometers west of Amsterdam Central Station. Events at this open-air film festival begin at 4pm with food, drinks, art exhibits and live music. Directions: From Amsterdam Central Station, walk 15 minutes (2 km) directly west down De Ruterkade (main road behind the train station) until it becomes Westerdoksdijk. The pier will be on your right. Or, take bus 48 and exit at BarentszpleinAdres: .
Short films start at dusk around 9pm followed by full-length films around 10 pm. All films are either English spoken or subtitled. Incase of chilly weather, typical for Dutch summer evenings, campfires are lit and blankets will be provided for a small fee. Entrance is free, but if you want one of the 500 available beach chairs, get there early. If bad weather persists, films will be shown inside. After this 10-day festival ends, more films will continue to be shown at Studio K on the eastern side of the city. At time of publication, the complete program guide was not listed. Check the festival’s website for more details: Location: Westerdoksdijk 40, 1013 AE Amsterdam. Directions: From Amsterdam Central Station, walk west along the Westerdoksdijk about 10 minutes. Or, take Tram 3, exit Zoutkeetsgracht and make a five-minute walk across the Realengracht.
The West Beach Film Festival August 27 through September holds four long weekends of free films in Amsterdam’s Sloterpark. Happening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for the duration of the festival a variety of popular films will be showcased for free while food and drinks will be available for sale. Seating opens at 8pm, student films begin at 8:30pm and feature films begin at 9pm. Classic and new releases include Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Shining, Slumdog Millionaire and The English Patient. Click here for the complete schedule on the official website. Location: President Allendelaan 3, 1064 Amsterdam. Directions: Tram 7 or 14, exit at Sloterpark.
Over the summer Amsterdam’s famous Vondelpark will also hold outdoor screenings like they have for the past 22 years and yes, they’re free of charge. From July 16 to September 3, 2010 presented by the EYE Film Institute Netherlands (previously refered to as the Film Museum in Amsterdam) visitors can catch Ingrid Bergman’s work along with a long list of other screenings on cool summer nights in Vondelpark. See official website for full program details.
Catch some of your favorite movies or find a new favorite this summer at any of these outdoor events. Summer is passing quickly, so round up some friends, a picnic blanket and snacks, then stop by one of these festivals to enjoy a evening outside, watching free films in some of the city’s nicest parks. The price can’t be beat and from old classics to independent documentaries, there’s something for everyone.