Summer in Amsterdam

Enjoy countless festivals, urban beaches, picnics in the park, outdoor cinema & art, and cool drinks on sunny terraces - Amsterdam is teeming with things to do in the summer. And, on a bright sunny day, the best place to be is outside! Find out how to experience Amsterdam and go home with a healthy tan. Sunglasses on – let’s go!

Major summer events

Pride Amsterdam

One of the world's biggest celebrations of LGBTI equality returns from 28 July until 5 August 2018. Pride Amsterdam lights up the city in all the colo...
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ARTIS ZOOmeravonden

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
1018 CZ AMSTERDAM
Natura Artis Magistra
01/06/2019 - 31/08/2019
On Saturday evenings throughout summer, party animals in Amsterdam's Artis Royal Zoo gather expectantly in their enclosures as the...

Holland Festival

A leading international performance arts festival in the Netherlands, the Holland Festival takes place in Amsterdam every June. Since 1947, the festiv...

TREK Food Truck Festival

Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1
1082 LT AMSTERDAM
Amstelpark
12/07/2019 - 13/07/2019
Food trucks tour the country for this delightful travelling festival. In July it’s Amsterdam’s turn, as the delicious caravan hits...
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Kwaku Summer Festival

Nelson Mandelapark
1102 BC AMSTERDAM
Kwaku Summer Festival
05/08/2018
Amsterdam Zuidoost is a colourful place to be every summer as the Kwaku Festival (formerly the Kwakoe Festival) comes to the Nelso...
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Open Garden Days

Herengracht
1017 BZ AMSTERDAM
Diverse grachtentuinen
14/06/2019 - 16/06/2019
For one weekend only, visit the pristine gardens of some of Amsterdam’s finest canal houses and experience the quiet oases during ...
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Uitmarkt

Damrak -
1012 LP AMSTERDAM
Diverse Locaties
23/08/2019 - 25/08/2019
The Uitmarkt rings in the start of the new cultural season each year, inspiring, entertaining and astounding theatre, music, book ...
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Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

Vondelpark 5A
1071 AA AMSTERDAM
Vondelpark Openluchttheater
09/06/2019 - 15/09/2019
From June through September every year, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre presents a programme packed with festivals, dance, cabaret...
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Loveland Festival

Sloterpark
1064 GW AMSTERDAM
Sloterpark
10/08/2019 - 11/08/2019
Amsterdam loves summer music festivals and they don’t come much bigger than the annual Loveland Festival, which takes place at the...
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Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

Diverse Locaties
1017 PN AMSTERDAM
Grachtenfestival
09/08/2019 - 18/08/2019
The magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), held annually in August on and around Amsterdam’s canals, is one of the cultura...
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Amsterdam Open Air

Loosdrechtdreef
1108 AZ AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam Open Air
01/06/2019 - 02/06/2019
The Amsterdam Open Air dance music festival looks set to return for another wild summery weekend bash at Amsterdam’s Gaasperpark i...

Open-air cinema

Summer in the city can be a confusing time for movie lovers. It’s traditionally the time when Hollywood releases the summer blockbusters but it can be...
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De Parade Theatre Festival

Martin Luther Kingpark
1079 RL AMSTERDAM
Martin Luther Kingpark
17/08/2018 - 02/09/2018
The Parade travelling theatre festival returns every summer to tour the Netherlands with a rich array of artistic surprises in tow...

Monthly highlights

Summer in Amsterdam: Get inspired!

Amsterdam Beach

When the temperatures soar in Amsterdam, sun-seekers flock to the Dutch coast and the beaches at Bloemendaal and Zandvoort to bask on the sands and so...

Urban beaches in Amsterdam

There's no better place to be when the sun shines in Amsterdam than on one of the city's many urban beaches. From post-industrial hotspots to chilled-...

Explore Amsterdam by season

Autumn in Amsterdam

The autumn - or fall - months are some of the most beautiful in which to visit Amsterdam, when golden leaves fill the trees and line the cobbled stree...

Winter in Amsterdam

Amsterdam comes into its own in the winter months with a festive atmosphere, cosy pubs and plenty of events to enjoy as the nights draw in. Check out ...

Spring in Amsterdam

Find the best events and things to do in Amsterdam during the spring season, including a trip to the iconic flower strip, cultural festivals and the c...