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Weekend tips Rotterdam: 10 to 13 August

By Lisanne van Beurden
August 08, 2023

Time to plan our weekend in Rotterdam again! There is a lot of fun things to do this weekend. From dreamy dinners at special locations to wild parties and festivals.

There are many free and affordable options out there, so an empty bank account is no excuse for sitting at home doing nothing.

Plan your summer well ahead and check out these summer events in Rotterdam!

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Foto door Iris van den Broek.

Already the last weekend that you can visit pop-up roof park DÂK. Every year they transform an asphalt parking garage into a lush green oasis, where you can enjoy the view of the city.

Play fun games like ping pong, bocce, bowling, and jenga. Enjoy snacks from the barbecue and participate in various activities and parties.

This weekend there are a number of cool events planned at DÂK.

  • On Thursday 10 August: let loose to electronic and soulful music, organized by Bound45.
  • On Friday August 11: Cult North and DÂK join forces and organize a party with live music, spoken word, and DJs.
  • On Saturday, August 12: a meditative morning concert by harpist Indra Diallo together with Romano Haynes on the piano.

Click here for tickets.


Apcoa Parking Westblaak: Boomgaardsstraat 32a, 3012 XD Rotterdam


Bakeliet record market – on Friday

This Friday, August 11, Bakeliet is organizing a market for vinyl lovers. Visit the market from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM to score the coolest records, and you can immediately take a seat at their open-air cinema!

The film Human Traffic starts at 21:30. The film follows a group of five friends who die of boredom every week from their ‘dead-end’ jobs, living for Friday night. A comedy full of adrenaline, ups and downs, both chemical and emotional, as they whirl through the weekend with never-ending clubbing and partying where there are no rules, limits, or saying ‘no’.

Check out their Instagram for more information!




Weelde – on Friday

Foto door Cedric Veldhuis.

There is always something to experience at Weelde. Wander around from the party bus to the barn, from the pool café to the Zandbar. Be sure to join earlier for a snack at Bar Tutto and a drink at The Rumah.

You are also welcome at Weelde this weekend. On Friday 11 August from 20:00 to 01:00 you can enjoy a fun party as usual. Sunny Fried up and Faboi Fontanelli, among others, are on the schedule.


Weelde: Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam


Annabel – on Friday and Saturday

Annabel is a club and pop stage in one. Every weekend it’s time for the Summer Club at Annabel. What can you expect? Sweet hits, summery tracks and a lot of dancing.

Also this weekend, on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August, you are welcome for a summer evening at Annabel.

Click here for tickets.


Schiestraat 20, 3013 AH Rotterdam


Midsommar pop-up diner – op Friday and Saturday

For a unique summer evening, I recommend this special dinner.

On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August you and your friends will sit down at a beautifully set table in honour of a Swedish holiday: Midsommar. This holiday celebrates the longest day of the year.

Expect a delicious menu inspired by Swedish cuisine, including a traditional cheese pie and lots of crayfish. This special evening promises to be an unforgettable culinary experience, at a unique location.

Make a reservation via email:


Baanhof Rotterdam: Baan 159, 3011 CA Rotterdam


Blijdorp festival – on Saturday

Ready to grab another festival this summer? On Saturday, August 12, you can let loose on the beats of artists such as David Vunk, Horse Giirl and Speedy J & Rod. Goldband is also present, with their unique sound that combines influences from the 80s Dutch pop, disco, electro and trance.

Click here to buy tickets. At the time of writing, only the Laatbloeier tickets are still available.


Roel Langerakpark: Roel Langerakweg 25B, 3041 JK Rotterdam


De Maaltuin – on Sunday

Also this year pop-up restaurant De Maaltuin returns in a unique way in Trompenburg Tuinen and Arboretum Rotterdam. Visitors can wander through this beautiful garden to enjoy the idyllic spots in different places, and of course a special five-course dinner. During this edition you dive into the rituals of different cultures, all of which are inspired by nature.

Eating in a garden is always the ultimate summer feeling! Especially nice if this is in the garden of a restaurant, because at least you don’t have to do the dishes. The summer edition of the Maaltuin will take place from 10 to 27 August.

For this tip you have to be quick, because there are only a few tickets left on Sunday 13 August. The rest of the weekend is already sold out.

For tickets and more information, visit the website of de Maaltuin.

Discover more great pop-ups this summer!


Trompenburg Tuinen en Arboretum: Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX Rotterdam


Yoga op Schouwburgplein – on Sunday

Foto door Sophia van den Hoek.

Do you want to start your Sunday completely zen? Then join yoga at Schouwburgplein!

From Sunday 16 July to 17 September you can join yoga for free. The lesson takes place every Sunday from 11.00-12.00 at the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam.

Stay informed via their Instagram account!




Discover new hotspots!

Cocktail bij Morgan & Mees.

New hotspots open so often, it’s hard to keep up. Do you happen to have time this weekend to explore some of them? Then we have a few tips!

Morgan & Mees

Morgan & Mees is a new hotel, housed in a beautiful historic building on the Mathenesserlaan. Just like in their first hotel in Amsterdam, guests here are treated to an unforgettable experience with good service, an inspiring environment, good food and comfortable hotel rooms.

The hotel also offers a lot of fun for the people of Rotterdam: a restaurant and bar with an inviting terrace.

You are welcome here seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is diverse and offers something for everyone.

Check out the prices and availability here.

machi machi

machi machi is a new bubble tea shop in Rotterdam. On July 25, machi machi officially opened its doors in Rotterdam. machi machi is a world famous Taiwanese bubble tea brand known for their high quality bubble tea and their special panna cotta boba.


For this new hotspot we leave Rotterdam and head to Schiedam, where you will find Eurobrouwers. This is Schiedam’s first brewpub and the largest beer garden in the region with a terrace that covers no less than 2000 m2.

Also good to know: every Sunday Eurobrouwers serves Zeeland oysters for one euro, in combination with game beers. This is a nod to the Rotterdam sister of Eurobrouwers, Café Marseille, where every Sunday is oyster day.

Côte du Cool

This is for natural wine lovers! At Côte du Cool you can enjoy a refined glass of wine, accompanied by a well-stocked snack platter. Do not expect a three-course menu, but bread from a real French baker, small snacks and a new cheese board every week to match the wines of the week.

Discover even more new hotspots in Rotterdam!


Other fun summer activities in Rotterdam

Het lijkt misschien op een normale bustour, die je langs de meest bijzondere plekjes van Rotterdam brengt, maar dat is niet het enige! Tijdens de tour neemt de bus letterlijk een duik in de Maas. De bus vaart verder en laat je de stad vanaf het water zien. Je kan hier een kaartje kopen om mee te gaan met de deze knalgele varende bus. 

Do you feel like doing something unique? Fortunately, there are a lot of great activities to experience in our city. Below you will find three options, which are also possible when it rains.

Cool off during the Splashtour

As a city with a large river, Rotterdam has plenty of fun water activities. The Splashtour is one of them and even though the name suggests otherwise, you will be completely dry during this ride!

This bus tour seems very ordinary, but nothing could be further from the truth. During the Splashtour, the bus literally takes a dip in the Maas. The bus continues and shows you the city from the water.

TIP: Get your ticket for the bus here!

The new Euroscoop

The Euroscoop of the Euromast has been renewed! As you are taken on this exciting ride, you will see the city and its surroundings from all sides. But that’s not all: the brand new, intelligent glass floor goes from matt to transparent. This makes the experience extra special.

We have already taken a ride with the new Euroscoop. Check out our TikTok to see what it was like!

TIP: Get your ticket for the Euromast. The ticket price is higher if you buy entrance tickets on the day of your visit. Don’t forget to click on the option of the Euroscoop tickets!

Eat pancakes on the pancake boat

If you are looking for the real Dutch experience with the family, you should go with the Pannenkoekenboot. In addition to tasting the typical Dutch pancakes, you can explore Rotterdam with a boat trip on the Maas.

A super fun activity for children, but secretly also great fun (and tasty of course) for adults.

Reserve your spot here!

Discover more fun summer activities in Rotterdam!


Those were my tips for next weekend in Rotterdam. Have fun!

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