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What's On in Amsterdam in July

What's On in Amsterdam in July

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Updated: 18 May 2017
As summertime reaches it peak in the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s cultural calendar shifts towards outdoor events. However, there’s still plenty going on inside in Amsterdam, including a comprehensive retrospective dedicated to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra and the summer edition of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek.


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MUSIC | Pitch

📅  Saturday, July 1st

Pitch music festival will return for its seventh edition in July, taking place in a new location on NDSM-Werf. This year, British post-dubstep luminaries Mount Kimbie and Dutch underground pacesetter Fatima Yamiha will headline, alongside many other acts.

Tickets: €42.50

📍NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam

FOOD & DRINKS | Sunday Market

📅 Sunday, July 2nd

Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam-West will host this month’s Sunday Market. As always, there will be a wide range of high-quality goods on offer, including bio food, hand-made clothing and affordable artwork, created by local artisans.

Tickets: free

📍Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam, +31 20 586 0710

MUSIC | Clash of the Cover Bands

📅  Saturday, July 8th

The nine best cover bands from the Benelux region will perform back-to-back at Paradiso in early July. During this rock orientated event, the groups will compete for the coveted The Clash of the Cover Bands Award which will be presented to the winning ensemble at the end of the night.

Tickets: €20

📍Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, +31 20 626 4521

TECHNOLOGY | Shedding Tears

📅 Thursday, July 6th

In order to challenge the stigma surrounding crying, Mediamatic will organise a lecture covering the biological, aesthetic and social properties of tears. Medical researcher Dr. Ad Vingerhoets will discuss the topic from various academic viewpoints, alongside artists that employ tears in their work.

Tickets: €7.50

📍Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam, +31 20 638 9901

PHOTOGRAPHY | Rineke Dijkstra: an Ode

📅  Until Sunday, August 6th

The Stedelijk Museum will honor famed Dutch photographer and filmmaker Rineke Dijkstra this summer, by presenting a comprehensive retrospective of her groundbreaking work. Dijkstra recently received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, confirming her place among the most celebrated figures currently working within the medium.

Tickets: €15

📍The Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam, +31 20 573 2911


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FASHION | Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek

📅  Thursday, 13th July to Monday, July 17th

The 27th edition of Amsterdam’s Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek will arrive in Westergasfabriek during mid-July. Many prominent and promising fashion designers from the Benelux region will present their latest collections at catwalk events throughout the week.

Tickets: varies by event

📍Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam, +31 20 586 0710

SPORTS | Women’s European Championship

📅 Monday, July 17th to Sunday, August 6th

This year EUFA’s Women’s Championships will be held in the Netherlands. Although the competition won’t take place inside Amsterdam, many nearby city’s such as Rotterdam and Utrecht will host the championship’s opening matches, semis, and finals.

Tickets: varies by match

📍Stadiums throughout the Netherlands

FILM | Reflecting Cities: Movie Night

📅 Wednesday, July 12th

In anticipation of this year’s Read My World Festival, Tolhuistuin will organise open-air film nights in its garden throughout summer. Like the festival, these events will gravitate around the theme ‘Black USA’ and reflect upon cinematic representations of urban African-Americans. The night’s full program is still under development, but will be revealed well before July 12th.

Tickets: €7.50

📍Tolhuistuin, IJpromenade 2, Amsterdam, +31 20 763 0650

MUSIC | Busta Rhymes 

📅 Saturday, July 15th

Hiphop legend Busta Rhymes is undoubtedly one of the most influential recording artists of the last two decades and has won countless accolades since launching his career in the late 1980s. In mid-July, he will his perform his chart-toping tracks at Paradiso in Amsterdam.

Tickets: €35

📍Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, +31 20 626 4521

MUSIC | Ménage À Trois + Skiing

📅 Saturday, July 15th

By matching 1980s style, tropical synth-pop with curt, melancholic undertows, Manchurian ensemble Ménage À Trois have successfully created an entire sub-genre of their own, which finally came to full fruition earlier this year when they dropped their first full-length album Australia, Part. 3. The band will play at de Nieuwe Anita this July alongside support band Skiing.

Tickets: €8

📍De Nieuwe Anita, Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, Amsterdam, +31 20 774 4922


Inside Hortus Botanicus | © Salim Virji / Flickr / ARCAM’s entrance | © Guilhem Vellut / Flickr / Vincent van Gogh: Bospad, 1887 | © Public Domain / © pixbay


📅  Until Sunday, September 17th

In conjunction with a larger exhibition dedicated to 19th-century photography, the Rijksmuseum will present 13 photographic seascapes inside its Phillips Wing from June until September. These photographs were donated to the museum relatively recently and will debut at the exhibition.

Tickets: €17.50

📍The Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 674 7000

MUSIC | Hortus Festival

📅 Tuesday, July 19th to Thursday, August 24th

During the warmer months of the year, botanical gardens throughout the Netherlands collectively organise a series of classical concerts inside their grounds. Amsterdam’s Hortus Botanicus will take part in these events and host two concerts during the end of July.

Tickets: €26

📍Hortus Botanicus, Plantage Middenlaan 2a, Amsterdam, +31 20 625 9021

ART | Van Gogh, Rousseau, Corot: In the Forest

📅 Until Sunday, September 10th

From July until early September, the Van Gogh Museum will exhibit paintings created by leading impressionists that depict natural, forested landscapes. Like his contemporaries, Van Gogh was fascinated by Europe’s wilderness and regularly retreated into forests or woodlands to gather inspiration.

Tickets: €17

📍The Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6, Amsterdam, +31 20 570 5200

ARCHITECTURE | Dromen aan het IJ

📅 Until Saturday, October 28th

The river IJ in Amsterdam has always influenced the city’s development and played an important role within its urban planning. Arcam’s latest exhibition will delve into the river’s modern history by presenting several large-scale municipal projects associated with the IJ that were ultimately abandoned. These forgotten schemes shed light onto Amsterdam’s civic past, whilst demonstrating that urban planning rarely advances as expected.

Tickets: free

📍ARCAM, Prins Hendrikkade 600, Amsterdam, +31 20 620 4878

THEATRE | Geen Paniek

📅 Thursday, June 15th to Sunday, July 23rd

DeLaMar theater’s summer comedy, Geen Paniek, will premiere in mid-June and run until the end of July. The play follows a group of actors as they wrestle with their personal woes on and off the stage, whilst dealing with clandestine affairs, lacklustre set design, and a particularly embittered director.

Tickets: €17.50

📍DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam, +31 20 555 2627



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MUSIC | Bad Religion

📅  Friday, July 28th

Over the past 35 years, Californian punk band Bad Religion have created some of the most memorable, politically conscious rock tracks ever produced. Although the band’s lineup has changed several times over the years, its original members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz and Jay Bentley recently reunited and will perform their hard-hitting anthems at Melkweg this July.

Tickets: €26. 45

📍Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam, +31 20 531 8181

FILM | Eyeshadow: Submarine & Moon Tapes

📅  Saturday, July 29th

At the EYE Film Institute’s ongoing series Eyeshadow, guests are invited to enjoy a classic, left-field movie, followed by a live concert. This month, the EYE will screen Richard Ayoade’s directional debut, Submarine and then hand the stage over to Dutch psychedelic rock band Moon Tapes.

Tickets: €10

📍The EYE Film Institute, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 589 1400


📅  Saturday, July 29th to Sunday, August 6th

Amsterdam’s weeklong Pride celebrations kick-off at the end of July and continue until early August. Although the festival’s famous canal parade happens at the tail end of the week, many other events will take place in July, including a solidarity march along Amsterdam’s streets and a beach party at Zandvort aan Zee.

Tickets: free

📍Locations throughout Amsterdam

MUSIC | Milkshake

📅  Saturday, July 29th to Sunday, July 30th

Much like the more lively aspects of Amsterdam’s Pride, Milkshake festival in Westerpark celebrates sexual diversity by throwing blowout dance parties. As the festival is organised by several leading Dutch nightclubs and event organisers, Milkshake’s lineup always includes an impressive number of excellent DJs, producers and performers.

Tickets: €39

📍Westerpark, Amsterdam  

FASHION | The Maker Market

📅 Saturday. July 29th to Sunday, July 30th

The Maker Market will return to de Hallen’s passages this July for another weekend long fashion, interior design and lifestyle extravaganza. Numerous local brands will showcase their wares at the market, allowing shoppers to experience Amsterdam’s inner circle of artisans.

Tickets: free

📍De Hallen, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 47, Amsterdam, +31 20 705 8164