Summer is officially here and there’s plenty going on in Amsterdam! From open air cinemas to rooftop music festivals – there’s no excuse to stay inside! Here’s our pick of the best things to do this June …

1. Taste of Amsterdam

Tickle your taste buds with a taste of Amsterdam this June.  Head along to the beautiful Amstelpark where you’ll have the chance to taste different dishes from Amsterdam’s best chefs and restaurants. All hail these four joyous days of eating, drinking and merriment!

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2 to 5 June 2017
Day Ticket 12€

2. On the Roof

A festival like no other, ‘On the roof’ is held on a gorgeous, spacious rooftop in a little known corner of Amsterdam Noord, right under the stars! On summer nights you’ll be able to catch musicians of all creeds and genres, moving from jazz to classical and everything in between. The project is masterminded by musician Felix Hildenbrand who invites musicians to perform that move and fascinate him.

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Between 2nd June and 15th August 2017
Tickets 18€

3. IJ Hallen

IJ-Hallen is a huge warehouse in Amsterdam’s Noord district that is home to Europe’s biggest flea market. In the summer, when the weather is good, most of the stalls are outside, so bargain hunters can rummage around for treasure in the sunshine. Glorious!

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3rd and 4th June 2017
Entry 5€

4. De Zon Music Festival

‘De Zon’ means ‘The Sun’ in Dutch and encapsulates what this festival is all about – summer fun, with great vibes and great music. The music is mainly electronic, with acts playing disco, deep house and tropical inspired sounds. The really fun part? Attendees don’t know who they’ll see or her until they show up – the line up is totally secret!

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4 June 2017
Day Ticket 25€

5. ARTIS ZOOmeravonden

If you’ve ever wondered what the animals get up to when the zoo closes its doors at the end of the day, now is your chance. The ZOOmeravonden (meaning ‘summer evenings’) is a chance to visitors to come and experience the zoo at dusk and enjoy performances by well-known and up-and-coming musicians. Come and let your wild side out – every Saturday in June.

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3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June 2017
Tickets 20.50€

6. Bacchus Wine Festival 

A celebration of  Bacchus – the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine! Well-known Amsterdam wine merchants present wines from all around the world in a perfect festival setting – Amsterdam Bos (Amsterdam Forest). Whether you’re a total novice or a complete connoisseur, there’s something for all.


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June 9th – 18th 2017
Tickets 15€

7. Pllek Films with a View

Pllek is one of our favourite Amsterdam spots in the summer. Its outdoor beach on the banks of the IJ River is something to behold! This summer, Outdoor Cinema brings you the chance to watch ‘Films with a View’ right here, every Tuesday. You can vote for your favourite movie at

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13th June 2017, 10.30pm (and every Tuesday throughout the summer)
Headphones 5€ – first come, first served 

8. Open Garden Days

Amsterdam’s most gorgeous green spaces are rarely visible to the public. During Open Garden Days, however, you’ve got a chance to visit more than 30 of Amsterdam’s beautiful gardens as they open their gates to visitors. Behind the 17th and 18th century houses and some of the cities museums and well-known buildings are hidden green oases that offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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16th – 18th June
Tickets 18€ booked in advance, 20€ on the door 

9. Architecture Day

Amsterdam is, of course, famous for it’s tilting old merchant houses that sit beautifully along the canals, but the city is also innovative and progressive – open to new architectural styles and developments. Architecture Day is all about showcasing new buildings, celebrating new ideas and looking to the future.

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18th June, 11am – 5pm 
Tickets 12.50 

10. Surfana Festival

Kick off your shoes and dive headfirst into this surf-camp inspired 4 day festival in the beautiful Dutch dunes. Great music, workshops, art, good food and the best vibes.

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22nd – 25th June 
Weekend Tickets 25€

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