What's On in Amsterdam July 2018
This is our listings guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during July 2018. 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 in Amsterdam
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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. KWAB: A monstrous style, exhibition featuring interior art of the auricular style (Dutch: Kwabstijl), expected 29 Jun to 16 Sep 2018.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings.
Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam's Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. The house and museum is open to visitors though pre-booking is highly recommended.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. New exhibition Classic Beauties featuring neo-classic art runs between 16 Jun 2018 and 13 Jan 2019. Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age.
Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam's main modern and contemporary art museum. Freedom is Recognized Necessity, exhibition of art from the former Soviet Republics and satellite states, runs 3 Mar to 12 Aug 2018.
Amsterdam Museum – Paradiso 50 Years, exhibition about the iconic music venue in Amsterdam which has hosted many noted artists and bands. Runs 30 Mar to 19 Aug 2018.
Rembrandt House – Rembrandt Observes People, features 24 etchings by Rembrandt of daily life in the 17th century, from the Rembrandt House collection. The exhibition runs in 2 parts due to the light sensitive nature of the etchings which need to be switched over. Part one runs 3 Mar to 27 May 2018; part two runs 2 Jun to 2 Sep 2018.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition.
National Maritime Museum – Game Changers | Maritime Innovations, features 25 of the most beautiful, exciting and strangest inventions in Dutch maritime history. Runs 6 Oct 2017 to 1 Jul 2018. Dare to Discover is a virtual reality exhibition (ongoing) which takes visitors back to the Golden Age.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Body Art, an exhibition about body decorations from different cultures. Runs until 26 Aug 2018. Fashion Cities Africa explores the urban fashion scene in Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi as well as Africans in the Netherlands. Runs until 6 Jan 2019.
Huis Marseille – Chikako Watanabe / The Third House Owner, photos/installations of the Netherlands-based Japanese artist that focuses on associations with Huis Marseille. Runs 9 Jun to 2 Sep 2018.
Van Loon Museum – Julien Spiewak, photographs of classical interiors runs 30 Jun to 24 Sep 2018.
Nieuwe Kerk – World Press Photo 2018 is a photo exhibition (61st edition) showcasing the best in news photography. Categories include Daily Life, General News, Contemporary Issues, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Spot News and Sport. Runs 14 Apr to 22 Jul 2018.
National Holocaust Museum – Opened in 2016, this museum is under development and currently presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Ongoing until end 2019. Art to Remember: Post-War Work from our Museum Collections, works by 27 artists featuring wartime persecution of the Jews. Runs 26 Mar to 2 Sep 2018.
Jewish Historical Museum – Maria Austria, Living for Photography, comprehensive exhibition about the famous Amsterdam-Jewish photographer Maria Austria (1915-1975). Runs 26 Jan to 2 Sep 2018. Jews and The House of Orange, exhibition examining the relationship between Jews and the Dutch monarchy. Runs 17 Apr to 30 Sep 2018.
EYE Film – Alex van Warmerdam, exhibition of works from the Dutch filmmaker, artist, designer, theatre director, actor and writer. Runs 10 Jun to 2 Sep 2018.
ARCAM – ARCAM presents a crash course (€7.50) on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism every Friday 1330-1415.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section
Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Ajax Open Day – Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam hosts an open day for Ajax fans to ring in the new season. Free entry, date yet to be announced.
Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 13 Jul 2018.
Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around the Amstel river area. 8 Jul 2018.
Nijmegen Vierdaagse – International four days marches event around the city of Nijmegen with up to 50,000 participants - walking 30km to 50km per day over all 4 days. 102nd edition will be held over 17-20 Jul 2018.
Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.
See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam
Festivals in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Amsterdam Roots Festival – Well-established international music and circus festival held at various venues around the city. Includes the free entry Roots Open Air at Oosterpark which features music, food and stalls. Founded in 1983 as the Africa Roots Festival, and since 1998 as the Amsterdam Roots Festival. Expected 2-8 Jul 2018 (21st edition) at Oosterpark, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis, Paradiso, De Tropen, all in Amsterdam.
Over het IJ Festival – A 10 day summer theatre festival held on the waterfront of the IJ river and around Amsterdam Noord. It also includes live bands, DJs and plenty of good food and drink. 26th edition due 13-22 Jul 2018. Location is NDSM wharf, Amsterdam (accessible by free ferry from Amsterdam Central).
PITCH – Progressive electronic music festival event with 4 stages held on a single day. Expected early July 2018 (8th edition, unconfirmed) at NDSM wharf, Amsterdam.
Kwaku Festival – The Kwaku festival is a colourful event held in south-east Amsterdam over consecutive weekends during the summer. The festival's origins came about to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the Dutch Antilles and Suriname. It features live music, dance, DJs, a football competition and appetising ethnic food stalls. Expected 14 Jul - 5 Aug 2018 at Nelson Mandelapark, south-east Amsterdam.
Milkshake Festival – Gay-friendly dance music festival over a weekend organised by Paradiso and AIR which includes a camping area. Due 28-29 Jul 2018 at Westerpark, Amsterdam.
North Sea Jazz Festival – The world's largest indoor music festival held over 3 days featuring international jazz plus blues, soul, funk, hip hop, world music and more. To be held 13-15 Jul 2018 at Ahoy Rotterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago's Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Jul 2018 at 2000.
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam
Robeco SummerNights 2018 – Series of summer evening concerts (classical, pop and jazz) featuring international performers at the Concertgebouw. Runs Jul - Aug 2018.
Other Events in Amsterdam
Pride Amsterdam 2018 – World famous gay cultural event over a week (28 Jul to 5 Aug 2018), the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on 4 Aug 2018.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
3D Print Canal House – See a canal house being constructed using 3D printing techniques and sustainable materials. The location is Asterweg 49, 1031 HM Amsterdam - get the free ferry across to Amsterdam North and walk beyond EYE Film. Visit by appointment only or take the walk-in tour (€7.50) which runs every first Wednesday of the month at 1500.
City Beaches in Amsterdam
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.
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.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Vondelpark open air theatre – Free concerts running during the weekend (Fri-Sun), from June to August.
Westerkerk – Free lunchtime church organ concert every Friday at 1300.
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. At Amstelpark 8 Jul 2018 (1100-1800) and Park Frankendael, 29 Jul 2018 (1100-1800).
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergasfabriek with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 1 Jul 2018 (1200-1800); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on 27 Jul 2018 (1100-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 15 Jul 2018 (1200-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 stands. 30 Jun-1 Jul 2018 (0900-1630) and 28-29 Jul 2018 (0900-1630).
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam & Netherlands
Il Divo – 1 Jul, Ziggo Dome
Jack White – 2 Jul, AFAS Live
Ziggy Marley – 2 Jul, Paradiso
Steve Winwood – 6 Jul, Paradiso
Paul Simon – 7/8 Jul, Ziggo Dome
King Crimson – 13/14 Jul, Concertgebouw
Justin Timberlake – 15 Jul, Ziggo Dome
Iron Maiden – 1 Jul, GelreDome Arnhem
Guns N' Roses – 4 Jul, Goffertpark Nijmegen
Eminem – 12 Jul, Goffertpark Nijmegen
Hotels in Amsterdam
You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.
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