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Weekend tips Rotterdam: 24 to 27 August

By Lisanne van Beurden
August 22, 2023

What is there to do this weekend in Rotterdam? Plenty! Enjoy open-air cinemas, various festivals and parties.

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

Summer isn’t over yet! Check out these summer events in Rotterdam.

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Roffa Mon Amour – Thursday to Sunday

Last few days to watch a movie in the Brutus sculpture garden!

During this open-air cinema you will discover films from both local and international film directors.

The films scheduled for this weekend are:

  • Thursday, August 24: La Amiga de Mi Amiga
  • Friday August 25: Cinema Concerts, no film but live performances and a music video!
  • Saturday, August 26: Blind Date
  • Sunday August 27: The Terrorizers

Discover the full film programme on the website of Roffa Mon Amour and get your tickets!


Brutus: Keileweg 10-18, 3029 BS Rotterdam


Clementine’s Buitenbioscoop – from Thursday to Saturday

Good news for film lovers, because there is another open air cinema!

This concept is in collaboration with Fruitpacking District and produced by Joost Maaskant of Pleinbioscoop and located on the grounds of Café Clementine in Barendrecht.

From August 23 to 26, you can take a seat under the starry sky while enjoying a movie from your chair in the grass.

And while you’re there, you can grab a bite to eat right away. A special cinema package has even been put together, consisting of three or four courses that perfectly match the movie experience.

The following films are scheduled:

  • Thursday 24 August: Presque
  • Friday 25 August: Druk
  • Saturday 26 August: The Greatest Showman

Click here to score tickets.


Café Clementine: Spoorlaan 7, 2991 LD Barendrecht


Ferry – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Foto door Roffa Archive.

At Ferry you are welcome for an LGBTQ+ night out, full of great music, a warm and fun atmosphere and the company of great people.

Our blogger Masha previously wrote about parties on Mondays at Ferry. Unlike many clubs in the Netherlands, the bar is also open on Mondays for their weekly drag show Manic Monday. Every week, fabulous queens perform live on Ferry’s stage, showcasing their talents through mesmerizing dance and song.

In addition, there are many other fun parties on the agenda at Ferry during the weekend! The following parties are planned this weekend:

  • Thursday, August 24: Queens & Karaoke
  • Friday, August 25: A Very Fairy Ferry Friday
  • Saturday, August 26: Queer ‘R Us

Click here to buy tickets (often it’s free!)


Westblaak 127, 3012 KJ Rotterdam


Now & Wow rave XXL – on Friday

Foto door Roffa Archive.

Now & Wow is located in a former silo building. With ceilings 40 metres high, Now & Wow consists of a main room where they remix popular hits, and two smaller rooms with genre music.

There are several cool parties in Now & Wow, so you have Rave XXL on Friday 25 August. Expect three stages with DJs from all over the world!

Click here to buy tickets.


Maashaven Zuidzijde 1, 3081 AE Rotterdam


Weelde Festival LOADING 4-NOW – on Saturday

Foto door Cedric Veldhuis.

It’s time for Weelde Festival again. Let yourself be enchanted during a 12-hour, thunderous festival.

From 11:00 PM to 11:00 AM you will be transported into the colourful diversity of the world called Weelde. During the Weelde Festival you will experience everything Weelde has to offer in an endless adventure.

Let yourself be carried away by the enchanting music, taste the delicious dishes and drinks and be surprised by the great live acts and more. Take an epic journey from the darkest hours of the night, surrounded by uplifting music, and end the experience with a serene morning concert, where even after an exuberant rave, you can completely unwind.

This year the festival is all about transformation and change. It is the last year that Weelde will take place in its current form. The concept and the festival undergo a transformation from this year to next year, just as you, the visitor, transform from the evening hours to the morning hours.

Click here to buy tickets.


Weelde: Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam


Keilemarket – on Sunday

Keilecafe is een permanent festival in Rotterdam West. Kom hier samen met vrienden, geniet van een drankje, houtoven-pizza's en muziek! Een heerlijke plek waar je heel de dag terecht kan.

Keilecafe rightly calls itself a permanent festival where you can celebrate life; a place where you dance the day and night away.

This summer, Keilecafé is organizing the Keile Market on several dates, including August 27. Here you can buy everything your heart desires. Vintage clothing, vinyl records, handmade items and art, unique jewelry, items for your interior and more! Enough beauty to discover.


Keilecafé: Vierhavensstraat 46, 3029 BG 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

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!


From a young age, Mercedes and Melissa cherished the dream of starting a company together. With Bakkit, this dream has come true! You may have already met Mercedes from her participation in Heel Holland Bakt; she took first place in the tenth season.

In the charming building on the Zwaanhals, Bakkit offers a delicious assortment of baked treats, accompanied by an excellent cup of coffee to enjoy on the spot or to take away.

It is also possible to take your own baking skills to a higher level through workshops and masterclasses.

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.

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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