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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.

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 instabillity. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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, date TBA.

Ajax pre-season home matches at the Amsterdam ArenA:
Schedule to be announced

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.

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 Bijlmerpark in south-east Amsterdam featuring music, dance, sport and of course food/drink. Expected over weekends in July and Aurgust 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. Expected 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 hosts 5 weeks of top stand-up comedy (English). Expected during July 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.

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

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.

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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. Dates TBA.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Netherlands

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

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