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What’s On in Amsterdam June 2020

Check our guide to what’s on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during June 2020. 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.

The Dutch Government has brought in precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus. All events with over 100 participants have been banned until 1 June 2020. This means the temporary closure of all major Dutch museums and the postponement or cancellation of other events.

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. Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, exhibition exploring the beginnings of European baroque in Rome, with masterpieces from painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). Runs 14 Feb to 7 Jun 2020 in the Philips Wing. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts 10 paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers free of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

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 you must pre-book online for a date/time slot.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Tsars & Knights, exhibition about how 19th century Europe developed a growing nostalgia for the Middle Ages and how the Russian Tsars obtained a significant collection of medieval artworks, suits of armour and display weaponry. Runs 26 May to 8 Nov 2020.

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 17th Century.

Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained.

Nieuwe KerkWorld Press Photo 2020, renowned photo-journalism exhibition held annually at Amsterdam’s New Church. Runs 18 Apr to 26 Jul 2020.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.

Amsterdam MuseumBeer, exhibition charting the history of the alcoholic beverage in Amsterdam covering many facets such as brewing, consumption, advertising and changing attitudes. Runs 9 Apr to 30 Aug 2020.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. BALI – Behind the scenes, an exhibition about the island on the Indonesian archipelago which looks at the environmental impact of tourism and the island traditions and culture. Runs 14 Feb 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 23 Aug 2020.

VerzetsmuseumFashion on a Ration, exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum examining how fashion changed during the wartime period due to fabric shortages – in stark contrast to the throwaway society we live in today. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 2 Jun 2020.

Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Jean-Luc Mylayne, The Autumn of Paradise, exhibition of 40 works featuring birds in their natural habitat. Runs 6 Jun to 30 Aug 2020.

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

iamsterdam card The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass as well. It costs €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

Football:
UEFA Euro 2020
– European Football Championship will be held in 12 countries between 12 Jun to 12 Jul 2020. Amsterdam is one of the host cities and the following matches will take place at the Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Netherlands vs Ukraine  – 14 Jun 2020, 2100 (Group C)
Netherlands vs Austria – 18 Jun 2020, 2100 (Group C)
Play-off Winner D/A vs Netherlands – 22 Jun 2020, 1800 (Group C)
2nd Group A vs 2nd Group B – 27 Jun 2020, 1800 (Round of 16)

Tennis:
Libéma 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. 31st edition, 6-14 Jun 2020.

Athletics/Running:
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 12 Jun 2020.

Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. 26th edition expected 14 Jun 2020.

Ladiesrun Rotterdam – 5km, 7.5km and 10km running event for ladies only, held in Rotterdam. 14th edition due  7 Jun 2020.

Dutch Atheltics Championships (NK) – Annual Dutch Championships meet takes place in summer, with qualification places up for grabs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 26-28 Jun 2020 at Haag Atletiek (Sportpark Laan van Poot) in Den Haag.

Triathlon:
Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around Park Somerlust in the Amstel river area. Expected 21 Jun 2020.

MotorSport:
Dutch Moto GP – Popular motorcycle racing event held at the Assen TT circuit over the weekend, expected 26-28 Jun 2020.

Inline Skating:
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. Will run during June 2020. Locations: Carré Theatre, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Concertgebouw, Stadsschouwburg, Westergas and others, all in Amsterdam.

Bacchus Wine Festival – Outdoor food and wine event held on the outskirts of the city over 2 consecutive weekends. Runs 12-14 and 19-21 June 2020 (7th edition) at Amsterdamse Bos.

ITs Festival Amsterdam – International theatre school festival in Amsterdam held every June featuring the crop of the year’s theatre and dance graduates. The 31st edition of the festival is scheduled for June 2020 at the Nes in Amsterdam (to be confirmed).

Amsterdam Open Air – Outdoor music festival with camping area held over a weekend. 10th edition will run 6-7Jun 2020 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. 29 May to 1 Jun 2020 at Amstelpark, Amsterdam.

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 23-28 Jun 2020 (23rd edition) 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 19-21 Jun 2020, Megaland, Landgraaf in Limburg, south Netherlands.

Mundial Festival – Major world music festival to be held in Spoorzone Tilburg, expected late June 2020. Tilburg is 90 minutes south by train from Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam & Netherlands

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. 21 Jun 2020 at KLOK gebouw in Eindhoven.

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 2 Jun 2020 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

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

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – Amsterdam’s renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage – for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Production highlights in June are Beethoven (ballet) and Rusalka (opera).

Candlelight Concert – The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam hosts a monthly evening concert by candlelight. Spanish pianist Daahoud Salim plays on 25 Jun 2020 at 2000.

Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Netherlands Public Holidays June 2020 – 1 Jun (Whit Monday).

Open Garden Days – Some 30 private gardens in Amsterdam open their doors to the public – running over the weekend 12-14 Jun 2020. A pass to all participating gardens can be bought at the Van Loon Museum.

IATA AGM – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines hosts the 76th annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Air Transport Summit in Amsterdam on 22-23 Jun 2020.

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

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). Concert dates are 3/10/17/24 Jun 2020.

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. 14 Jun 2020 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 28 Jun 2020 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 7 Jun 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 14 Jun 2020 (1100-1700); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 26 Jun 2020 (1100-1800); Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 28 Jun 2020 (1200-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 21 Jun 2020 (1000-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Note, IJ Hallen takes a break in June 2020 but will return in early July.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam & Netherlands

Paul Weller – 2 Jun, Paradiso
Randy Newman – 3 Jun, Concertgebouw
System of a Down – 3 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Céline Dion – 10/12/13 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Eric Clapton – 19 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Alan Parsons – 21 Jun, Carré
Lenny Kravitz – 24 Jun, Ziggo Dome

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.

Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations:

• At the very top-end with 5 star luxury consider Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel Grand, Hotel De L’Europe and Conservatorium.

• Stylish, quality mid-range choices near the city centre include The Toren, Banks Mansion, The Hoxton, Kimpton-De Witt and Sir Adam Hotel.

• For those on a budget check out Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, Jaz Amsterdam (close to Ziggo Dome/ArenA) and Motel One.

>>>What’s On in Amsterdam July 2020

Please note: Events can be postponed or cancelled beyond our control so please double check with the relevant organisers.

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