What's On in Amsterdam in June

Street art in NDSM-Wharf
Street art in NDSM-Wharf | © epicantus / Pixabay
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1 May 2018
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As summer hits Amsterdam in June, the city’s cultural calendar shifts gears and starts to centre around outdoor events, including food festivals and open-air concerts. Continue reading to discover the best things happening in Amsterdam over June.

FRIDAY JUNE 1ST – SUNDAY JUNE 10TH 2018

Gaasperplas | © Oda de Wit / WikiCommons

Taste of Amsterdam

📅 Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd

Many of Amsterdam’s leading restaurants participate in this innovative food festival in Amstel Park and serve smaller, bite-sized versions of their signature dishes during the event. This means that guests at the festival can sample an enormous array of gourmet dishes while exploring a microcosm of Amsterdam’s culinary scene.

Gaasperplassrun

📅 Sunday June 10th

As its name suggests, this annual road running event trails through Amsterdam Zuidoost’s largest park, Gaasperplas. The race’s organisers have created several routes around Gaasperplas that cover five or 10 kilometres and pass by the park’s central lake and other scenic terrains.

MONDAY JUNE 11TH – SUNDAY JUNE 18TH 2018

Street art in NDSM-Wharf | © epicantus / Pixabay

Veggie Festival

📅 Friday June 15th to Sunday June 17th

This forward-thinking food festival revolves around vegetarianism, veganism and flexitarianism and exclusively features dishes, meals and bites that are made from plant-based and meat-free products. Many culinary experts are present at the festival and sell their wares from stalls and food trucks. The festival takes place on NDSM-Werf in Amsterdam-Noord, which is accessible via a regular ferry that departs from Central Station.

Bacchus Wine Festival

📅 Friday June 8th to Sunday June 10th and Friday 15th to Sunday 17th

Amsterdamse Bos hosts one of the largest wine festivals in the Netherlands over two separate weekends in June. It is appropriately named after Bacchus, the Roman God of parties and grapes harvests. Most merchants at the festival hail from Amsterdam or other nearby cities and bring with them an enormous selection of high-quality Old and New World wine. The festival organises special events throughout both weekends, including wine tasting sessions, talks and live concerts.

📍Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen

Open Garden Days

📅 Friday June 15th to Sunday June 17th

On the third weekend of June every year, private gardens and courtyards throughout Amsterdam open to the public. These secret sanctuaries are mainly located in Amsterdam’s historic canal belt and are often hidden behind buildings that date back to the 16th or 17th centuries. During the weekend, visitors are free to roam through these charming, urban gardens and discover stunning locales around the city that are usually inaccessible.

📍Various locations

MONDAY JUNE 19TH – SUNDAY JUNE 24TH 2018

Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg theatre hosts many shows during Holland Festival | © C Messier / WikiCommons

Strange Sound Beyond

📅 Saturday June 23rd to Sunday June 24th

This annual electronic music festival takes place in Amsterdam-Noord’s industrial NDSM-werf – a former dockland that has been converted into an expansive cultural hub. The festival revolves around avant-garde and innovative dance music, and always features a mix of international and local talent.

Holland Festival

📅 Thursday June 7th to Sunday July 1st

Venues throughout Amsterdam participate during this month-long performing arts festival and collectively host events ranging from groundbreaking dance pieces to in-depth talks about filmmaking. The festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the Netherlands and showcases work created by hundreds of international artists.

📍Various locations

MONDAY JUNE 25TH – SATURDAY JUNE 30TH 2018

A lion at ARTIS | © PublicDomainPictures / pixabay

Zoomeravonden in ARTIS

📅 From early June until late August

Every Saturday during the warmer months of the year, Amsterdam’s Artis Zoo keeps its gates open until sundown, allowing visitors to wander through its enclosures and see its furry, scaly, and feathered residents well after normal business hours. The zoo also hosts events during these evenings, including live concerts, guided tours, and workshops.

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