What's On in Amsterdam June 2018
Check our guide to what's on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during June 2018. The early summer is a fantastic time to visit the city with good weather, long summer evenings and many things going on. June sees the city's popular Holland Festival running for most of the month.
Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam
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. High Society, exhibition with 35 life-size portraits by great masters of art history. Expected 8 Mar to 3 Jun 2018. KWAB: A monstrous style, exhibition featuring interior art of the auricular style (Dutch: Kwabstijl), expected 29 Jun to 16 Sep 2018.
Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Ten Dutch masterpiece paintings are on show on Holland Boulevard at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Located in the newly refurbished zone between Lounges 2 and 3 (past security), the Rijksmuseum Schiphol is open 24 hours per day with free entry for passengers.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Van Gogh & Japan, exhibition on how Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by Japanese prints. Expected 23 Mar to 24 Jun 2018.
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 at the Hermitage is the permanent exhibition 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. I Am a Native Foreigner exhibition explores different aspects of the migration theme. Runs 23 Sep 2017 to 3 Jun 2018. Canopy Keith Haring Returns to the Stedelijk, the restored velum canopy by the American grafitti artist is on display above the grand staircase. 12 Oct 2017 to 3 Jun 2018.
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.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.
Nieuwe Kerk – World Press Photo is a photo exhibition showcasing the best in news photography at the New Church on Dam Square. Runs 20 Apr to 1 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.
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.
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
Ricoh Open – International grass court tournament (men’s ATP and women’s WTA) at the Autotron Rosmalen near Den Bosch, 1 hour south of Amsterdam. Used as a warm-up to Wimbledon for some players. 29th edition, 11-17 June 2018.
Amsterdam Sevens – Annual international rugby sevens tournament with over 120 teams to be played at the National Rugby Centre, 8-10 Jun 2018.
Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around the Amstel river area. Expected June 2018, date unconfirmed.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Jun 2018.
Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. 24th edition scheduled for June 2018, date unconfirmed.
Ladiesrun Rotterdam – 5km, 7.5km and 10km running event for ladies only. 12th edition due June 2018, date unconfirmed.
Dutch Moto GP – Popular motorcycle racing event held at the Assen TT circuit. 22-24 June 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
Holland Festival – The country’s biggest performing arts festival running most of June every year. The event features scores of performances including theatre, visual arts, classical, dance, opera and film. It attracts a high calibre of local and international performers with around 75,000 visitors. Runs 7 Jun to 1 Jul 2018 (71st edition). Locations: Carré Theatre, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Concertgebouw, Stadsschouwburg, Westergasfabriek and others, all in Amsterdam.
ITs Festival Amsterdam – International theatre school festival in Amsterdam held every June featuring the crop of the year’s theatre and dance graduates. The 29th edition of the festival is expected in Jun 2018.
Amsterdam Open Air – Outdoor music festival with camping area held over a weekend. 8th edition will run 2-3 June 2018 at Gaasperpark, south-east Amsterdam.
Taste of Amsterdam – Culinary festival held over 4 days with dishes from some of Amsterdam's best restaurants and chefs. Events include tastings, workshops, a food market and live music. 1-3 Jun 2018 at Amstelpark, Amsterdam.
Dutch Raw Food Festival – Raw food event (6th year) with demonstrations, workshops and presentations – some in English. Location is the Boerderij Langerlust (farm) near the Gaasperplas in south-east Amsterdam. Expected Jun 2018.
Bacchus Wine Festival – Outdoor food and wine event in Amsterdamse Bos woods on the outskirts of the city. Over 2 consecutive weekends, expected Jun 2018.
YogaFest Amsterdam – A 2 day yoga festival in Amsterdam which includes yoga and meditation sessions, massage and talks. Expected in Jun 2018 at Westergasfabriek.
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 June 2018 (21st edition, unconfirmed) at Oosterpark, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis, Paradiso, De Tropen, all in Amsterdam.
Pinkpop – Large annual music festival running since 1970 which features major artists playing on 4 stages. Expected 2018 line-up includes Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters. 15-17 Jun 2018, Megaland, Landgraaf in Limburg, south Netherlands.
Mundial Festival – Major world music festival to be held in Spoorzone Tilburg during 23-24 Jun 2018. Tilburg is 90 minutes south by train from Amsterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam & Netherlands
Amsterdam Tattoo Convention – Event where tattoo artists from all over the world will gather for the 14th edition at Amsterdam RAI, expected 1-3 Jun 2018.
I Am Not A Tourist – International expat fair in south of the Netherlands organised by Expatica. Varied programme from job hunting, self-development and expat life. VDMA Building in Eindhoven, Sunday 10 Jun 2018 1000-1700.
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
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 5 Jun 2018 at 2000.
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam
Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Amsterdam's renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage - usually on Thursday evenings at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. Roman Tragedies is performed as part of Holland Festival on 15/16/20/21 2018 at 1800, 17 Jun 2018 at 1500.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), various between 3 Jun - 2 Jul 2018; opera Lessons in Love and Violence (Benjamin), various between 25 Jun - 5 Jul 2018; ballet Tristan + Isolde, various between 13-26 Jun 2018.
Other Events in Amsterdam
Open Garden Days – Some 30 private gardens in Amsterdam open their doors to the public – held on the weekend of 15-17 Jun 2018. A 3-day pass to all participating gardens can be bought at the Van Loon museum.
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.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts usually held every Wednesday at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk. Note, only one concert this month on 20 Jun 2018.
Dutch Opera & Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1230. Last concerts of the season on 5/12 Jun 2018. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.
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 10 Jun 2018 (1100-1800) and Park Frankendael, 24 Jun 2018 (1100-1800).
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergasfabriek with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 3 Jun 2018 (1200-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 17 Jun 2018 (1200-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Dates to be announced.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
Roger Waters – 18/19/22 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Ed Sheeran – 28/29 Jun, Amsterdam ArenA