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What’s On in Amsterdam June 2019

Check our guide to what’s on in and around Amsterdam, Holland during June 2019. 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. Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death the museum presents All the Rembrandts. This exhibition presents all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 best examples of Rembrandt’s prints in the Rijksmuseum collection. Runs 15 Feb to 10 Jun 2019. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Louise Bourgeois in the Rijksmuseum Gardens is an outdoor exhibition of sculptures, freely accessible to the public and running 24 May to 3 Nov 2019.

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. Van Gogh and the Sunflowers, the story behind Van Gogh’s renowned painting runs 21 Jun to 1 Sep 2019. 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 pre-booking is essential.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Treasury! Masterpieces from the Hermitage, an exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features a cross-section of masterpieces from the entire St Petersburg collection. Runs 2 Feb to 25 Aug 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. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces. Maria Lassnig, Ways of Being, the first survey of the Austrian artist in the Netherlands featuring around 200 artworks, many around the theme of body consciousness. Runs 6 Apr to 11 Aug 2019.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Daniel Arsham – Connecting Time, solo show from the New York-based artist incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Runs 18 Jan to 30 Sep 2019. Yayoi Kusama, MOCO exhibits the works ‘Night of Stars’ and ‘Pumpkin’ from the eccentric Japanese artist from 22 Mar to 30 Sep 2019. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

National Maritime Museum – 2 new permanent exhibitions opened May 2019. Main Gallery: Republic at Sea has 50 objects highlighting the strong connection between the maritime world and Dutch society. Also Maps & Marvels features an outstanding collection of Dutch cartography works plus assorted wall maps, globes, atlases and travel reports.

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Cool Japan showcases the world’s fascination with all things Japanese – from Hello Kitty to Tokyo fashion. Runs 28 Sep 2018 to 1 Sep 2019.

Rembrandt HouseInspired by Rembrandt, 100 Years of Collecting by The Rembrandt House Museum. Part of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, this exhibition features the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Runs 7 Jun to 1 Sep 2019.

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)World Press Photo 2019, the world premiere of the international press photo contest exhibition. Runs 13 Apr to 7 Jul 2019.

Amsterdam MuseumFashion Statements, exhibition of fashion identity past and present with over 75 historical costumes on show. Runs 18 Apr to 8 Sep 2019.

Allard Pierson MuseumUnheard Voices: Slavery, Gender, Migration and Diversity, an audio tour in the archeological museum which complements the forthcoming new permanent display From the Nile to the Amstel, currently under development and due to fully open by early 2020. Runs 2 Feb to 2 Jun 2019.

Stadsarchief – The City Archive presents Bike City Amsterdam, a photo exhibition in collaboration with the Cyclist Union (Fietsersbond) showing how Amsterdam overcame challenges to became one of the worlds bike friendly cities. Runs 5 Apr to 30 Jun 2019, free entry. City in Sight (Stad in Zicht) exhibition of photos and drawings of Amsterdam. Runs 10 May to 8 Sep 2019.

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. The Persecution of the Jews in Photographs: The Netherlands, 1940–1945, runs 28 Jan to 6 Oct 2019.

Jewish Historical MuseumKabbalah, The Art of Jewish Mysticism, exhibition on how ancient Jewish mystical traditions have inspired artists and performers. Running at the Jewish Cultural Quarter 28 Mar to 25 Aug 2019.

Biblical Museum – Expected: This is my story. About faith, hope and inspiration. Exhibition about young people and Christianity. Runs 9 Feb to 27 Oct 2019.

FOAM Photography MuseumScheltens & Abbenes (still-life art), 15 Mar to 5 Jun 2019. Changing Views – 20 Years of Art Collection Deutsche Börse, features an extensive range of works from one of the most important corporate collections of international photography. Runs 3 May to 7 Jul 2019. Silver Lake Drive by Alex Prager (retrospective), 14 Jun to 4 Sep 2019.

Huis Marseille Photography MuseumFutures Past & Present / Helga Paris, Céline van Balen, Esther Kroon & Julie Greve, 9 Mar to 2 Jun 2019. Deana Lawson and Elspeth Diederix, 8 Jun to 1 Sep 2019.

EYE Film – William Kentridge, exhibition of 10 pieces by the South African artist. Runs 3 Jun to 1 Sep 2019.

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

Cobra Museum (Amstelveen)Cobra 70: A multi-headed snake, exhibition celebrating 70 years of the colourful, expressive post-war art movement. Runs 8 Nov 2018 to 13 Oct 2019. Kati Horna, Compassion and Engagement, retrospective of the renowned 20th century photographer. Runs 2 Mar to 30 Jun 2019.

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 €60 to €115.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands

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. 30th edition, 10-16 Jun 2019.

Amsterdam Sevens – Annual international rugby sevens tournament with over 120 teams to be played at the National Rugby Centre in Amsterdam, 1-2 Jun 2019.

Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 14 Jun 2019.

Gaasperplasrun – 1km, 2km, 5km and 10km runs around the Gaasperplaas, a lake in south-east Amsterdam. 25th edition scheduled for 9 Jun 2019.

Ladiesrun Rotterdam – 5km, 7.5km and 10km running event for ladies only, held in Rotterdam. 13th edition due 16 Jun 2019.

Tri Amsterdam – International triathlon event which offers half-distance and full Olympic distance courses around the Amstel river area. 30 Jun 2019.

Dutch Moto GP – Popular motorcycle racing event held at the Assen TT circuit over the weekend 28-30 Jun 2019.

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. Runs 29 May to 23 Jun 2019. Locations: Carré Theatre, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Concertgebouw, Stadsschouwburg, Westergas and others, all in Amsterdam.

Rolling Kitchens – The Rollende Keukens food festival (free entry) features dozens of mobile kitchens and food trucks offering appetising dishes plus live music. Scheduled 29 May – 2 Jun 2019 (12th edition) at Westergas, Amsterdam.

Bacchus Wine Festival – Outdoor food and wine event held on the outskirts of the city over 2 consecutive weekends. Due 7-10 & 14-16 June 2019 (6th 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 30th edition of the festival is expected around 18-23 Jun 2019 (unconfirmed).

Amsterdam Open Air – Outdoor music festival with camping area held over a weekend. 9th edition will run 1-2 Jun 2019 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. 31 May – 2 Jun 2019 at Amstelpark, Amsterdam.

Pinkpop – Large annual music festival running since 1970 which features major artists playing on 4 stages. Expected 8-10 Jun 2019, Megaland, Landgraaf in Limburg, south Netherlands.

Mundial Festival – Major world music festival to be held in Spoorzone Tilburg, expected 29-30 Jun 2019. 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. 16 Jun 2019 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 4 Jun 2019 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book 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. Performances in June are: The Cherry Orchard (19/20/21/22/23 Jun 2019).

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy), various between 5-27 Jun 2019; opera Aus Licht (Stockhausen), various between 1-10 Jun 2019; ballet Swan Lake, 2 Jun 2019; ballet Van Manen, Forsythe, Arqués, various between 14-30 Jun 2019.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Netherlands Public Holidays June 2019 – 10 Jun (Whit Monday).

Open Garden Days – Some 30 private gardens in Amsterdam open their doors to the public – expected on the weekend of 15-16 Jun 2019. A pass to all participating gardens can be bought at the Van Loon Museum.

Tony Robbins – The American personal development guru and entrepreneur holds his Business Mastery event at AFAS Live Amsterdam over 20-24 Jun 2019.

Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band –  Play a concert at Carré in Amsterdam on 24 Jun 2019.

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). Concerts on 5/12/19/26 Jun 2019. For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk.

Oosterkerk – Leeds University Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Wind Orchestra give a free concert on 18 Jun 2019 (2000).

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. 9 Jun 2019 (1100-1800) at Amstelpark, 16 Jun 2019 (1100-1800) at Amsterdamse Bos and 30 Jun 2019 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 9 Jun 2019 (1200-1800). Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 2 Jun 2019 (1200-1800). New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 28 Jun 2019 (1100-1800).

Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music, 16 Jun 2019 (1200-1800).

IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 750 stands. 15-16 Jun 2019 (0900-1630).

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam & Netherlands

Eagles – 1/3 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Bad Manners – 2 Jun, Melkweg
Elton John – 8 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Maroon 5 – 10 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Metallica – 11 Jun, Johan Cruijff ArenA
The Smashing Pumpkins – 11 Jun, AFAS Live
Cage the Elephant – 12 Jun, Melkweg
Mariah Carey – 13 Jun, Ziggo Dome
P!nk – 16 Jun, Johan Cruijff ArenA
Take That – 17 Jun, AFAS Live
Tool – 18 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Garbage – 20 Jun, Paradiso
Leo Sayer – 22 Jun, Q-Factory
Mark Knopfler – 23 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Men At Work – 23 Jun, Q-Factory
The B-52s – 23 Jun, Paradiso
KISS – 25 Jun, Ziggo Dome
Robyn – 26 Jun, AFAS Live
Marvis Staples – 27 Jun, Carré

Bon Jovi – 13 Jun, Goffertpark, Nijmegen
Bryan Adams – 16 Jun, Ahoy Rotterdam
Phil Collins – 20 Jun, Goffertpark, Nijmegen
Muse – 27 Jun, 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.

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.

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