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What's On in Amsterdam July 2017


This is our listings guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during July 2017.

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. The following 3 exhibitions run 17 Jun to 17 Sep 2017:  Small Wonders, exhibit of carved miniatures; New Realities. Photography in the Ninenteenth Century, major retrospective exhibition from the extensive Rijksmuseum collection; Sea Views, exhibition of contemporary seascape photos. Dubuffet in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, twelve monumental sculptures by the French artist Jean Dubuffet will be on display 1 Jul to 1 Oct 2017.

Van Gogh Museum In the Forest: Van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot is an exhibition of wood views and landscapes. Runs 7 Jul to 10 Sep 2017.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Exhibition 1917. From Romanov to Revolution is running 4 Feb until 17 Sep 2017. Also at the Hermitage: Outsider Art Museum includes world-class art works by Dutch and international outsider artists; and permanent exhibition Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age.

Amsterdam MuseumPuck & Hans, the first retrospective exhibition of the iconic Dutch fashion duo. Runs 9 Jun until 3 Sep 2017.

Stadsarchief (City Archives)Tourists in Amsterdam, exhibition from Dutch photographer Marc Faasse using a unique 9 metre long selfie stick at some of the city's tourist hotspots. Runs in main hall (free entry) 19 May to 9 Jul 2017. An Improved City of Amsterdam and General Expansion plan 1935-2017, photo exhibition showing urban developments of Amsterdam. Runs 17 Mar to 16 Jul 2017.

National Maritime MuseumDrive | 100 years of Collecting, exhibition about the history of the museum's unique collection. Runs 1 Oct 2016 to 2 Jul 2017. The World According to Blaeu, Joan Blaeu's large map of the world (1648) will be on view 14 Apr until 31 Dec 2017.

StedelijkChris Beekman, De Stijl Defector, exhibition of the politically active artist from the early 20th century. Runs 8 Apr to 17 Sep 2017. Jana Euler, High in Amsterdam, The Sky of Amsterdam exhibition of the contemporary German abstract artist inspired by the digital age. Runs 20 May to 15 Oct 2017. Edward Krasinski, first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the avant-garde East European artist featuring sculptures and installations. Running 24 Jun - 15 Oct 2017.

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MOCO Museum – This new modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) and Dalí: Genius have extended runs until 31 Aug 2017.

Tropenmuseum Rhythm & Roots - from blues to hip hop, a journey of musical styles which have roots in Africa. Runs until 7 Jan 2018. Aleppo, before and after exhibition about the war-torn Syrian city, running 20 Apr to 31 Dec 2017.

Rembrandt House Rembrandt and Jan Six. The Etching and the Friendship, exhibition about the bond between the 17th century artists. Runs 6 May to 3 Sep 2017.

Huis Marseille Andres Serrano, exhibition from the American photographer; Lionel Wendt, collection of prints from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), both run 10 Jun to 3 Sep 2017.

FOAMAdam Jeppesen - Out of Camp, exhibition of the Danish artist featuring a journey from North Pole to South Pole, runs 16 Jun to 27 Aug 2017. Gordon Parks - I Am You, major retrospective exhibition of the African-American photographer runs 16 Jun to 6 Sep 2017.

National Holocaust Museum – The newly opened museum presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Opened 2 Sep 2016, ongoing until end 2019. From Oblivion, photo exhibition from German-Jewish photographers Annemie and Helmuth Wolff who fled to Amsterdam in the 1930s. Runs 27 Mar to 3 Sep 2017.

Jewish Historical MuseumFrom Fauvism to Surrealism: Jewish Avant-Garde Artists from Hungary, runs 29 May to 24 Sep 2017. The Jewish Jukebox, a musical journey featuring 100 years of popular Jewish artists. Runs 30 Jun 2017 to 7 Jan 2018.

Nieuwe Kerk World Press Photo is a photo exhibition showcasing the best in news photography. Runs 15 April to 9 July 2017. Journey in Time, History & Royalty exhibition runs 15 July to 27 Aug 2017.

Oude KerkSarah van Sonsbeeck, exhibition looking at the relationship between the old church and the sea. Runs 19 May to 17 Sep 2017.

EYE FilmMartin Scorsese – The Exhibition about the world renowned director will run 25 May to 3 Sep 2017.

ARTIS – Amsterdam's Royal Zoo presents Summer Nights each Saturday evening in June, July and August. Open until sunset, the evening includes workshops (edible gardens), performances and special guided tours.

ARCAM – ARCAM presents a crash course (€7.50) on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism every Friday 1330-1415.

Museum of Bags and PursesIt's a Men's World, a look at bags for men throughout history right up to the modern day. Runs 11 Mar to 27 Aug 2017.

Beurs van Berlage The Prints of Andy Warhol and other PopArtists, see prints from Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and others, runs 2 Jul to 30 Sep 2017.

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

Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Experiential exhibition featuring dramatic dispalys from the world of Harry Potter. This international expo visits the Netherlands for an extended run until 2 Sep 2017. Location is Berlijnplein (next to Cinemec) in the city of Utrecht, near train station "Utrecht Leidsche Rijn".

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Women's European Championship 2017 – The women's Euro 2017 tournament will be held in the Netherlands between 16 Jul and 6 Aug 2017. Games will be played in Breda, Deventer, Doetinchem, Enschede, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht. The opening game (Netherlands vs Norway) will kick-off in Utrecht on 16 Jul 2017.

Ajax Open Day – Amsterdam ArenA hosts an open day for Ajax fans to ring in the new season. Free entry, date yet to be announced.

Dutch Atheltics Championships (NK) – Annual Dutch Championships meet takes place at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam 14-16 July 2017. A warm-up for local athletes for the London 2017 World Championships event in August.

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Friday Night Run – a free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 14 Jul 2017.

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. 101st edition will be held over 18-21 July 2017.

World Naked Bike Ride – Amsterdam will host a version of the international, environmental-themed cycling event on Saturday 1 July 2017 at Park Frankendael 1300-1700.

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, 7 Jul 2017 from 10pm.

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers to be held at the cabaret-style theatre Paleis van de Weemoed in Amsterdam, Tuesday 4 July 2017 at 8pm.

Artzuid – International art sculpture route in the south of Amsterdam from 19 May to 17 Sep 2017. The 2.5km route takes in Apollolaan, Minervalaan, Churchilllaan and the Zuidas business district.

Sensation – Huge DJ dance event at Amsterdam ArenA on 8 Jul 2017.

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. 14-23 Jul 2017.

PITCH – Progressive electronic music festival event to be held at NDSM-wharf on 1 Jul 2017.

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 15 Jul and 6 Aug 2017.

Milkshake Festival – Music festival at Westerpark, Amsterdam organised by Paradiso and AIR. 29-30 Jul 2017.

Pride Amsterdam 2017 – World famous gay cultural event over a week (29 Jul to 6 Aug 2017), the highlight being the spectacular canal parade around the Prinsengracht and river Amstel on 5 Aug 2017.

Dutch National Opera Ballet – Performances of opera Salome on 2/5 Jul 2017.

Robeco SummerNights 2017 – Series of summer evening concerts (classical, pop and jazz) featuring international performers at the Concertgebouw. Runs 1 Jul to 31 Aug 2017.

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Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

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.


North Sea Jazz Festival – Major international jazz event over 3 days, to be held at Ahoy Rotterdam. 7-9 Jul 2017.

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Free Concerts

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

De Hallen – Free monthly choir concert in the passageway of De Hallen, Sunday 2 Jul 2017 at 1600.

Westerkerk – Free lunchtime organ concert every Friday at 1300.

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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 1100-1800 at Amstel Park (9 Jul 2017), Amsterdamse Bos (16 Jul 2017) and Park Frankendael (30 Jul 2017).

Sunday Market Sunday market with fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Runs Sunday 2 Jul 2017, 1200-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek.

NeighbourFood & Flea Market – Sunday market event featuring local products. From 1100-1800 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, Sunday 16 Jul 2017.

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 16 Jul 2017 from 1200-1800.

IJ-Hallen Huge flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 8-9 Jul 2017, 0900-1630.

Pop / Rock Concerts in Netherlands

Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – 3 Jul, Carré
Pet Shop Boys – 18 Jul, Carré
U2 – 29/30 Jul, Amsterdam ArenA

Robbie Williams – 4 Jul, Goffertpark Nijmegen
Guns N'Roses – 12 Jul, Goffertpark Nijmegen

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