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The best events in Amsterdam

Below is a list of the best events in Amsterdam in 2023. We have listed the best events on the canals of Amsterdam. Rent a boat in Amsterdam and enjoy all the fun the city has to offer.

1. King’s Day – April  27, 2023

Koningsdag, also known as King’s Day, is the day we celebrate the birthday of our King Willem-Alexander. Everyone knows that Amsterdam is the place to be on that day. The city turns completely orange and there are parties everywhere, especially on the canals.

Find out more about Kings Day in Amsterdam.

2. Concert on the Amstel – May 5, 2023

Concert op de Amstel is a wonderful concert and a traditional festive ending to Liberation Day in Amsterdam. It’s very nice to admire from the canals.

More information about Concert on the Amstel.

3. Amsterdam Gay Pride – July 22 to August 6, 2023

Amsterdam Gay Pride is a much-attended event in Amsterdam every year. In fact, it is one of the biggest LGBTQ events in the world. Celebrations take place all over the city and the highlight is of course the famous colourful boat parade on the canals.

Find out more about Amsterdam Gay Pride.

4. Grachtenfestival – August 11 to August 20, 2023

The Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) is a unique way to experience music at very special locations in Amsterdam. From classical music to jazz, there is something for everyone. Fun to experience from the canals.

More information about Grachtenfestival.

5. Prinsengracht concert – August 19, 2023

The Prinsengracht concert is the largest open-air classical concert in the Netherlands and provides a stage for many young talents. You can experience the concert from your own boat. Will you be there?

More information about Prinsengracht concert.

6. Entry of Sinterklaas – November 2023

This is a great activity for the kids! Because of course, Sinterklaas does not skip our capital. Admire the steamboat and wave to Sinterklaas and the Pieten from the canals.

More information on Sinterklaas entry.

7. Amsterdam Light Festival – November 30, 2023 to 21 January 2024

Everyone knows that Amsterdam Light Festival is the winter festival of the Netherlands. This is something you really have to experience. The city is exuberantly lit up by various light installations by different artists. Very impressive and beautiful to cruise past and admire.

More information about Amsterdam Light Festival.

8. SAIL Amsterdam – August 20 to August 24, 2025

This event takes place every 5 years on the water in and around Amsterdam, so it won’t be again until 2025. The city will then be visited for several days by a gigantic fleet of monumental ships from all over the world. Visitors can cruise between the ships and see them inside as well.

More information about SAIL Amsterdam.

Rent a boat for an event in Amsterdam

Would you like to experience these special events from the comfort of your own boat during a boat trip? You can! Book easily a boat on our website. Are all our boats already booked? Then take a look at the site of our sister company Eco Boats Amsterdam. Of course, they are also located in the centre of Amsterdam. They might still have a boat available for you there, but be quick because it’s rented out fast!

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We have 2 different boats to choose from. The blue boat and the green boat. Both boats have a different price. Take a look at our boat rates.

The departure location is at Zandhoek 22 1013 KT Amsterdam.This is near the famous Prinsengracht. It is within walking distance from Central Station and easily accessibel by bus, bike and car. You will find a route description for more information.

We are open all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

Our green boats have room for up to 7 people and our blue boats are suitable for up to 8 people. It is also possible for larger groups to rent boats. Please contact us if you want this.

You have to be 18 years or older to drive the boat.

You can hire a boat for 2 hours or longer. For every hour after that, you pay a low hourly rate. This way you can decide for yourself how long you want to rent a boat in Amsterdam.

We hope that this does not happen, but should it happen we charge €30,- for each 15 minutes late. Do you think you will be late? In that case, call us immediately.

You can call us at that time to ask if this is possible because of other reservations. If you are late bringing the boat back without permission we will charge you €30 per 15 minutes late.

Up to 48 hours before the start of the reservation? Then you can move free of charge. Cancel completely? Then you will get 50% of the amount paid back.

Within 48 hours before the start of the reservation? Canceling or moving is then no longer possible. You then owe the full amount.

In weather conditions where it is not safe to sail, only Canal Motorboats can decide to move the reservation. The reservation will then be rescheduled free of charge to a date to be determined later by the tenant (within one year after the booked date). We will of course contact you.

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 21:00

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 22:00

Discover the city from the water with Canal Motorboats

Choose your own private boat
No license required
incl. pillows, blankets and routes
Lowest rates
In the center of Amsterdam
Free life jackets for children
You are the captain
Place for 7 or 8 people
All boats are electric sloops
+ 31 (0) 20 422 70 07