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What's On in Amsterdam July 2016


This is our listings guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during July 2016.

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

Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum's rich collection (including Rembrandt's Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Landscape is an exhibition of paintings and drawings of one of the Golden Age's greatest artists. Runs 24 June to 25 Sep 2016. Japan Modern: Elise Wessels Collection shows a series of 20th century Japanese prints, 24 June to 11 Sep 2016.

To celebrate the arrival of the newly acquired Rembrandt portrait paintings Marten & Oopjen, the Rijksmuseum will be offering free entry to all on 2 July 2016 from 09:00 to 21:00. 

Van Gogh Museum On the Verge of Insanity. Van Gogh and his illness is an exhibition which sheds new light on the infamous artist's mental instability. Runs 15 July to 25 Sep 2016.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Exhibition Catherine The Great expected to run 18 June 2016 until 15 Jan 2017. Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age brings together for the first time 30 colossal 17th century group portraits from Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum. Runs to the end of 2016.

StedelijkLiving in the Amsterdam School brings furniture and interior accessories from the Amsterdam School style to international attention. Runs 9 April to 28 Aug 2016. Avery Singer - Scenes, solo exhibition of the American artist with works from 2012, runs 23 April to 2 Oct 2016.

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Beurs van BerlageThe Art of Banksy, sizeable collection (over 85 art pieces and installations) of the iconic British street artist will be on show in Amsterdam from 18 June to 30 Sep 2016.

MOCO Museum – This new modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein opens with 2 exhibitions from icons Banksy and Andy Warhol. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) runs 9 April to 4 Sep 2016. Warhol: Royal (features the Marilyn work) runs 9 April to 3 July 2016.

Tropenmuseum Rhythm & Roots - from blues to hip hop, a journey of musical styles which have roots in Africa. Runs until 13 May to 30 Oct 2016.

Rembrandt House Rembrandt, the Etcher – selection of some 50 etchings from the Rembrandt House collection. Runs 28 May to 18 Sep 2016.

Amsterdam MuseumMade in Amsterdam – a major exhibition of 100 works made by important artists in the city over the last century. Runs 11 March to 31 July 2016.

Royal PalaceDynasty: Portraits of the House of Orange-Nassau,exhibition highlighting the long tradition of royal portaiture. Runs 2 July to 25 Sep 2016.

Nieuwe Kerk World Press Photo is a photo exhibition showcasing the best in news photography. Runs 16 April to 10 July 2016. Journey in Time, History & Royalty exhibition then runs 16 July to 4 Sep 2016.

Oude KerkOnce in a Lifetime, exhibition curated by Nina Folkersma where eight artists shed light on various aspects of life and mortality. Runs 12 May to 28 Aug 2016.

FOAMHelmut Newton - A Retrospective, major exhibition of one of the 20th century's most iconic photographers. Runs 17 June to 4 Sep 2016.

Huis Marseille Stephen Shore / Retrospective, exhibition of the pioneering American photographer covering the period 1960 to 2013. Runs 10 June to 4 Sep 2016.

EYE FilmMaster of Light - Robby Müller, exhibition of this renowned Dutch cinematographer who opens up his personal archive of videos, photos and notes. Runs 4 June to 4 Sep 2016.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)City Artists of Amsterdam, exhibition of 15 artists featuring new images of the city. Runs 27 May to 11 Sep 2016.

Dutch Resistance MuseumWorld War Two Today, exhibition by Dutch photographer Roger Cremers who travelled throughout Europe capturing images of tourists at war sites and commemorations. Runs 22 April to 25 Sep 2016.

National Holocaust Museum – The newly opened museum presents its first exhibition: The Demise of Abraham Reiss, a series of 9 harrowing paintings by noted Dutch actor and artist Jeroen Krabbé about the life and death of his grandfather. Runs 16 May to 2 Oct 2016.

Jewish Historical MuseumAmy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, intimate exhibition about the life of the singer and her Jewish-London roots. Runs 29 Feb to 4 Sep 2016. Early Soviet Photography and Film, exhibition running 24 July to 27 Nov 2016.

ARCAM – Architecture Centre Amsterdam presents an exhibition 100 Years of Inspiration, celebrating the centenary of the Amsterdam School of architecture and its influence on contemporary buildings. Runs 14 April to 30 Sep 2016, free entry.

Artis Royal ZooSummer Nights. Every Saturday in June, July and August, the zoo remains open until sunset with food, events and live music.

Lloyd HotelEmigrants at Lloyd Hotel, exhibition on 4th floor about migrants departing Amsterdam nearly 100 years ago. The Lloyd Hotel and surrounding shipping buildings facilitated East European emigrants as they departed to south America. Free entry, runs to end 2016.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.

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European Athletics Championships – Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium hosts the biennial Euro championships. Catch Dafne Schippers & co over 6-10 July 2016.

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Ajax Open Day – Amsterdam ArenA hosts an open day for Ajax fans to ring in the new season. Free entry, 29 July 2016 from 0900.

Johan Cruijff Schaal (Cruijff Shield, winner Eredivisie vs winner KNVB Cup)
PSV Eindhoven vs Feyenoord
– 31 July 2016, 18:00 Amsterdam ArenA

Nijmegen Vierdaagse – International four days marches event around the city of Nijmegen with over 50,000 participants - walking up to 50km per day over all 4 days. Centenary edition will be held over 19-22 July 2016.

ESL Benelux Championships – Largest e-sport event in the Benelux will be held at Amsterdam ArenA on  7-8 July 2016.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – a 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (20:30, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion (former Film Museum).

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Other Events in and around Amsterdam

Fiesta CubanaJoin DJ Arno at Mirror Center (near Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station) for the popular monthly Cuban-style salsa night. €7 entry, 1 July 2016 from 22:00.

Amsterdam Roots Festival – International music festival (19th edition) with indoor concerts running 29 June to 3 July 2016 at venues Melkweg, Tolhuistuin, Bimhuis and North Sea Jazz Club. On Sunday 3 July there is the Roots Open Air concert at Oosterpark Amsterdam (free entrance).

Sensation – Huge DJ dance event at Amsterdam ArenA with this year's theme "Angels and Demons", on 2 July 2016.

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. 8-17 July 2016.

PITCH – Progressive electronic music festival event to be held at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek over 1-3 July 2016.

Kwaku Festival – Multi-cultural festival in Nelson Mandelapark in south-east Amsterdam featuring music, dance, sport and of course food/drink. Held during the weekends between 16 July and 7 August 2016.

Electronic Family – Huge outdoor trance festival event expected to be held at Amsterdamse Bos on Saturday 16 July 2016.

Milkshake Festival – Music festival at Westerpark, Amsterdam organised by Paradiso and AIR. 30-31 July 2016.

Amsterdam Gay Pride – World famous gay cultural event over a week (23 July to 7 Aug 2016), the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on 6 Aug 2016.

Robeco SummerNights 2016 – Series of summer concerts (classical, pop and jazz) featuring international performers at the Concertgebouw. Expected end June 2016 to the end of August.

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Comedytrain International Summer Festival – Amsterdam's Toomler venue (next to the Hilton hotel) hosts 4 weeks of top stand-up comedy (English). Runs 13 July to 6 August 2016.

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.

Amsterdam Magic Show – First edition of a new monthly magic and comedy show with international performers to be held at the cabaret-style theatre Paleis van de Weemoed in Amsterdam, 5 July 2016 at 20:00.

The Analogues – An authentic live performance of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. At Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, 18/19 July 2016.

Sky The Musical – A groundbreaking 3D musical held at Theater Amsterdam about the problems of a teenage girl. In Dutch but available with multilingual translation options. Tickets for dates Thu-Sat in July 2016.


North Sea Jazz Festival – Major international jazz event over 3 days, to be held at Ahoy Rotterdam. 8-10 July 2016.

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Free Concerts

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

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime organ concert every Friday at 13:00.

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City Beaches

NEMO terrace – 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.

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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.

Market events in Amsterdam

Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Runs 11:00-18:00 at Amstel Park (10 July 2016) and Park Frankendael (31 July 2016).

Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Fashion Week edition runs Sunday 10 July 2016, 12:00-18:00.

NeighbourFood Market – Sunday market event featuring local food products. Runs the Sunday 17 July 2016 from 11:00-18:00 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 17 July 2016.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 23-24 July 2016.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Netherlands

Neil Young – 9 July, Ziggo Dome
Beyoncé – 16 July, Amsterdam ArenA

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