The Local Fun Things to Explore in July

We often say Amsterdam lives on events. We host over 300 festivals per year including a wealth of music, food, art, film, family fun and parties. If you find it hard to cherry pick the good ones.. Here’s a list by our Amsterdam correspondents.

Published by Mio on 02/07/2015

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The garden which is the nearest to God by Taturo Atzu: is a summery panorama terrace on top of the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The Oude Kerk has been known as the ‘living room of Amsterdam’ where people come together, Taturo Atzu used that as an inspiration for this project. He is an artist who loves to create contradictions, and wants to give you an experience that makes you think of todays meaning of this monumental building. and the tension field between public and private space. But above all it gives you a unique and scenic view of the Red Light District area.

When: until Sept 6 / Where: Oude Kerk / Link

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Short & Sweet Summer Screenings: showcases a hand-selected bouquet of short films, animations and music videos. It takes place outside Amsterdam Roest embracing a nomadic Saharan culture – Bedouin tent style. This season they’re opening with live music and end it with a fire show. Enjoy all of this and more from the comfort of velvet seat cushions, love-seats, dinner and drinks.

When: 14, 21 and 28 July / Where: Amsterdam Roest / Link 


Red Light Jazz festival: is a free jazz festival that takes place in and around the famous Red Light District. Initiated by local entrepreneurs, Red Light Jazz highlights the rich tradition Amsterdam has as a true jazz city. The festival strives to show the public a more cultural side of the Red Light District by celebrating the strong connection it has had with jazz music since the 30’s and 40’s when it took root in the old part of Amsterdam in clubs as ‘Casablanca’ at the Zeedijk.

When: 3-5 July / Where: around Red Light District / Link

Pitch Festival: the Westergas area will be marked by electronic dance music for two whole days. A festival that allows you to go all out on dubstep, (deep)house, disco and other beats. The line-up will consist out of among others James Blake, Jamie XX, Jungle and Jon Jopkins

When: 3-4 July / Where: Westergasfabriek / Link 

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De Buurtcamping: turns city parks into neighborhood campings. Three days long city parks are turned into small cosy villages filled with tents and campers. There are all sorts of activities that will also help you get to know your neighbours a lot better through fun and play.

When: 24-26 July / Where: Flevopark, Noorderpark, Rembrandtpark, Sloterpark and Egeldonk / Link

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Gelato festival: the European ice festival is coming to Amsterdam. You can expect real traditional Italian gelato tastings, ice cocktails, and world’s biggest mobile ice lab. The festival is free of charge but if you purchase a €5 Gelato Card online you don’t have to wait in line, taste 5 different ice  cream flavours and participate in workshops.

When: 9-12 July / Where: Marie Heinekenplein / Link

TREK: is a nomadic foodtruck festival that’s going to be held at the Amsterdam Amstelpark. You can expect dozens of mobile open-air kitchens that offer anything from cakes to burgers to sushi, live music, and theater & cabaret.  

When: 17-19 July / Where: Amstelpark / Link

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Amsterdamse Bostheater: every summer you can enjoy the most beautiful open air theater and music performances in between the trees and under a starry sky in the Amsterdamse bos (Amsterdam forest). The performances are often modern adaptions of classic repertoires such as Shakespear, Tsjechow and Brecht. It’s also possible to bring your picnic baskets along.

When: until 12 September / Where: Amsterdamse bos / Link 

We hope you'll enjoy the month of July and experience the city as a local. And remember, meet our locals for all the cultural insights during your visit.


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