The Local Fun Things To Explore In June

There are so many things to explore each month and especially this season. The sun's out and citizens are flooding the city: but where would locals go? Our Amsterdam correspondents picked the best and most fun things to do in June.

Published by Robin on 05/06/2015


Before I Die... is a community art project by artist Candy Chang that started as an experiment in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. She created an outdoor chalkboard and stenciled it with a grid with the sentences, "Before I die I want to…..."

This chalkboard is now also installed at the Sarpahtipark. Anyone walking by can pick up the piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.

When: Until 14th June / Location: Sarphatipark / Link

Open Art Route: If ‘a sizzling midsummer art programme’ appeals to you too, mark the 20th and 20st of June in your agenda. A bus with onboard performances will take you along the Open Art Route, featuring the studios of more than 100 international artists with shows and other fun art stuff.

When: 20-21 June / Where: Amsterdam South East / Link

Paint & Beer: An annual graffiti and street art paint jam with homemade brewed beer. It is a great event to see (inter)national artists create an artwork from scratch.

When: Saturday 20th June – Doors open 14:00 / Where: Villa Friekens – Kadoelenweg 360 / Link


Oedipus Brewery opening: the official opening of local beer brewery Oedipus. They will launch a new beer every two weeks and the brewery will function as a production facility, taste rooms, atelier and exhibition space. The opening of the brewery is a logical next step for this succesful beer brand. Take part during a festive opening.

When: Friday, June 19 / Where: Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85 / Link


Films with a view: Every Tuesday there is an outdoor movie night at the urban hotspot Pllek with a great view over the Ij-river for only 5 EURO. Check out their agenda to find out what's screening.

When: Every Tuesday (when the weather is good) / Where: Pllek at NDSM-wharf, Amsterdam North / Link 


Taste of Amsterdam: the 'lekkerste' festival of the summer! A 4 day event where they've transformed a park into a culinary spectacle, hosting the best Amsterdam restaurants, top checfs, theaters, workshops, music. Fro both the elderly, the young & restless as the little ones.

When: this weekend, 4-7 June / Where: Amstelpark / Link


Bankjescollectief ‘Bloody Tourists’: The biggest open-air café where you’ll get to know your neighbours. Throughout the city, citizens invite you to visit their public bench in front of their doors. A great way to connect, laugh, eat and drink with your neighbourhood.

When: Coming Sunday, June 7 / Where: Everywhere / Link

Wet and Wild Water Fight: Remember back in the days, running down the alley with a squirt gun, or waiting around the corner to ambush your friends? Relive your youth nut then on a much larger scale with Amsterdam's biggest water fight.

When: 27th of June / Where: TBD / Link


Open Garden Days: Some of the city's best kept secrets are hidden behind the Canal houses: the private gardens. Between 19th and 21st of June you can visit these quiet green oases and step into a completely different world. You can get tickets here or at the door.

When: From 19th to 21st of June between 10:00 - 17:00 / Where: Canal belt / Link


Amsterdam Yard Sale: a neighbourhood market in an upcoming shopping street: Jan Evertsenstraat. 170 market stalls: second hand clothing, vintage/ retro, upcycle, local products delicatessen.

When: June 13, 09:00 - 17:00 / Where: Jan Evertsenstraat / Link


Deep Fried Friday at ArtDeli: Your weekend starts at ArtDeli, a unique mix of Art, snacks, drinks and good music. Every Friday in June.

When: every Friday in June / Where: ArtDeli, Rokin 93 / Link


Swinging Sixties at Foam: This summer, Foam presents: Swinging Sixties London Photography in the Capital of Cool. The thematic group show immerses visitors in the dazzling London of the sixties, an era bursting with possibilities.

When: Opening June 11 (exhibition till September 2) / Where: Foam Fotografie museum / Link

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


- Robin -

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