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Amsterdam Weekend Guide (21-23 June)

Welcome the summer solstice and the arrival of the warmer season with sunshine feasts, tropical festivals and a celebration of the sea.


Teylers Museum

In collaboration with Teylers Museum

The city of Haarlem has a historic pull for anyone looking for a short day trip from Amsterdam, and the Teylers Museum is part of what makes it so appealing to lovers of the past. It’s the oldest museum in the Netherlands and has been open since 1784. Here, you’ll find fossils, minerals, instruments, books, coins, medals, paintings and drawings, a place where art and science were combined and life on earth was mapped out. The collections are still displayed in the original, historic halls, while the monumental home of museum founder Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1702-1778), adjacent to the Oval Room, is also open to visitors.

Teylers Museum | open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00 | Haarlem


Holland Festival

Another week of June means even more Holland Festival, as the capital’s cultural scene has new life breathed into it. Start by heading to Mutability at The Concertgebouw on 23 June, a walk-through concert installation where twelve solo instrumentals reflect different musical characters, as mutable as life itself. Live music is transformed by a series of algorithms that constantly mutate the pre-recorded visuals and sounds of the soloists, making for an ethereal experience. Alternatively, make your way to Gashouder on 22 June, where 50 pianos ring a circle around an orchestra performing a composition called 11,000 Saiten (strings), which is set to be a daring and expansive production. 

Read the complete programme here.

Holland Festival | until 29 June 2024 | various locations

Midsummer Celebrations

This Friday marks the summer solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of the year. A celebration of the seasonal light we’ve all been waiting for, Amsterdam has its own roster of events that pay homage to the sun in more ways than one. 


Markets roundup

Grab your tote bags and coins for this weekend’s selection of markets, which draw inspiration from the earth and art.


Festival roundup

Woman dancing at Tropikali
Image from Leonel Piccardo

The weather may be less consistent, but the festival schedule marches on – and this weekend even brings a little tropical flavour to Amsterdam’s northern corners. 

  • Tropical flair and Balkan beats at Tropikali | 22-23 June | NDSM Wharf
  • Disco and good karma at Karma Karma Festival | Saturday 22 June | Noorderlicht Café
  • Artistic soul and global sounds at Amsterdam Roots | Sunday 23 June | Oosterpark

10 years Volkshotel

Cultural hub, hotel and nightlife destination, Volkshotel celebrates ten years of genre-spanning achievements with a blowout party. Ring in a decade of rooftop nights and basement bashes with an all-night programme spanning their many floors, from Canvas on the roof to intimate Doka underground. Tickets are still available at the door so arrive early for roster of great DJs and an evening to remember.  

10-years Volkshotel | Saturday 22 June, 21:00-07:00 | Volkshotel


IJmuiden Sea and Harbour Festival

Boats at Ijmuiden
Image from Koen Dijkstra

The 19th edition of this sea-faring festival returns for the maritime-minded among us. For two days, Trawlerkade becomes a kilometre-long chain of nautical adventures, with boats to explore, emerging street art, music and performance art. Wander past shipping containers transformed into theatres and canvasses for ocean-themed murals before stopping for a snack of local herring; a must while you’re by the sea. 

Havenfestival IJmond | 22- 23 June | IJmuiden


Japanese sandos and cocktails at Inbread / TOTGA

A breakout food a year or two ago, it seems everyone’s trying to get on the Japanese sando trend – where juicy pork cutlets and slaw are wedged between thick slices of milk bread. The same could be said for speakeasy spaces home to elaborate, artful cocktails. Inbred Totga looks to combine the two for a sando speakeasy combination no one saw coming. In the day, munch on lux sandwiches, and at night, knock back a few house cocktails. Either way, this one's guaranteed to appease the high-brow and low-brow among us. 

Inbread / TOTGA | Overtoom 503H, Oud-West

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