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What's On in Amsterdam July 2014


This is our listings guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during July 2014.

The height of summer is peak tourist season in Amsterdam, the weather is warm, the days are long and there's plenty to see and do.

Museums & Exhibitions

Hermitage AmsterdamExpedition Silk Road, Treasures from the Hermitage, antiquities from the age-old trade route from east to west. This exhibition runs until 5 Sep 2014.

Stedelijk Jeff Wall: Tableaux, Pictures, Photographs, 1996–2013, a detailed selection of work from the leading Canadian photographer. Until 3 Aug 2014.

Anne Frank HouseThe helpers of the Secret Annexe – temporary exhibition focussing on the people who helped the Frank family go into hiding. Runs to 11 Oct 2014.

Amsterdam MuseumConverted Becoming Muslim - Being Muslim looks at the social develpoment of some Dutch people converting to Islam. Ends 27 July 2014.

Allard Pierson MuseumThe Crimea. Gold and Secrets of the Black Sea archaeological exhibition – extended run to 31 Aug 2014.

Huis Marseille Taco Anema / Dutch Committees highlights the peculiar Dutch phenomenon of creating committees for various social issues. Guido Guidi / Veramente by shows stark Italian urban landscapes. Both run until 7 Sep 2014.

Jewish Historical Museum Roman Vishniac (re)discovered, a photo exhibition of Jewish life in Eastern Europe by Russian-American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990). Runs to 24 Aug 2014.

Museum of Bags and PursesWelcome Abroad – discover the history of travel and development of suitcases. Runs to 31 Aug 2014.

Willet-HolthuysenSilver Miniatures, presentation of part of the museum's collection of Dutch silver miniatures from the 17th to 19th centuries. Runs until 31 Aug 2014.

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Dutch Championships (NK) – Dutch athletics championship. Held on 26-27 July 2014 at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam.

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UCI BMX World Championship – watch the best BMXers in the world in action at Rotterdam Ahoy, 22-27 July 2014.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion (former Film Museum).

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

Fiesta CubanaJoin DJ Arno at the Badcuyp Amsterdam for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. €5 entry, 4 July 2014 from 10pm.

Sensation – World renowned DJ dance event and stage show at Amsterdam ArenA on 5 July 2014.

Over het IJ Festival – Summer theatre festival to be held on the northern waterfront of the IJ river at the NDSM shipyard wharf. There will also be live bands, DJs and plenty of good food and drink. Get there by free city ferry. 3-13 July 2014.

PITCH – Progressive electronic music festival event to be held at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in July.

Amsterdam Fashion Week – Summer edition showcasing Euro style and fashion around the city during the month.

Kwaku Festival – Multi-cultural festival in Bijlmerpark in south-east Amsterdam featuring music, dance, sport and of course food/drink. Runs during the weekends in July and August.

Electronic Family – Huge outdoor trance festival event to be held at Amsterdamse Bos on Saturday 19 July 2014.

Milkshake Festival – Music festival at Westerpark, Amsterdam organised by Paradiso.

De Pure Markt – Special Sunday market event (hours: 1100-1800) with a focus on selling local, seasonal and healthy produce of high quality. With music and other activities, cafe and food stalls. 13 July 2014 at Amstelpark; 27 July 2014 at Park Frankandael, Amsterdam.

Sunday Market - Monthly market event with a focus on fashion, art and design, plus good food and drink. Sunday 6 Jul from 1200 at Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood Market – Another Sunday market event (from 1100) featuring local food products. Westergasfabriek on Sunday 27 July 2014.

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Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held almost daily - now playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

North Sea Jazz Club – Hosts a wide variety of jazz, funk, soul and world music every weekend (Friday & Saturday) at the Westergasfabriek. Dinner concerts include a 3 course meal by the in-house chef.


North Sea Jazz Festival – Major international jazz event over 3 days, to be held at Ahoy Rotterdam. 11-13 July 2014.

Free Concerts

Vondelpark open air theatre – Free concerts running during all July weekends (Fri-Sun).

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime organ concert every Friday at 1300.

North Sea Jazz Club – Free jam sessions are held every Wednesday evening at the neighbouring Pizza Pazzani restaurant (at Westergasfabriek).

Our full guide to Free things to do in Amsterdam

City Beaches

Boven NEMO – Chill on the roof of the NEMO Science Museum (at Oosterdok 2) with cool views of Amsterdam.

Ijburg Strand – Blijburg aan Zee can be reached by tram 26 (end of the line) – a real sandy beach on the Ij water.

Strand West – City beach pavilion located at Stavangerweg 900 in west Amsterdam near Houthavens (Westerpark).

Strand Zuid – City beach pavilion located at Europaplein 22 near Beatrixplein and RAI.

Alternatively head over to real beaches at Zandvoort or Bloemendaal – great to watch the sunset and have a meal on a summer evening.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Netherlands

Kanye West – 2 Jul, Ziggo Dome
Jack White – 3 Jul, Heineken Music Hall
Liza Minelli – 8 Jul, RAI Amsterdam
The Dandy Warhols – 18 Jul, Paradiso

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