July Amsterdam events and festivals
Booking airport transfer, attraction tickets or guided tours in advance is highly recommended whether you are visiting Amsterdam during a major event or not. You can read more about online tickets resources on our main Amsterdam events webpage.
Have a picnic and bring a bucket and spade to Blijburg or 'Happyville,' a man-made temporary swimming beach nearby the IJbrug. The place is complete with a funky restaurant-bar, DJs and bands. During many weekends in summer there are special dance events. Just check the weather and the website in advance.
An unique view: an evening parade of more than fifty horse carriages carrying passengers dressed in costumes, riding through the old city center of Amsterdam.
Every year the Amsterdam Society of Equipages (Hoofdstad Aanspanning) organizes their night ride (Nachtrit) during this July Amsterdam event. The parade stops at an old square in the center, where the elegant carriages and its passengers can be admired. Check the society website for the program, even though its only in Dutch it will give you an exact route of the parade and its hourly program.
Robeco Summer Nights Concerts (Robeco Zomerconcerten)
Each summer, informal and entertaining classical music concerts place at the prestigious Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Summer Nights Concerts are sponsored, so the tickets are relatively inexpensive. This is an excellent opportunity to listen to classical music in one of the world's most famous philharmonic halls.
Vondelpark Open Air Theater
Want a real taste of the atmosphere in Amsterdam? Than you should go to one of the many July Amsterdam events in the Vondelpark. From cabaret to drama to concerts to dance, there is something there for everyone. The open-air theatre is situated next to the large fountain in the park.
ArtZuid is an international sculpture exhibit in the streets of the Southern district of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Zuid). The former curator of the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum, Rudi Fuchs, selects more than sixty large sculptures for the exhibit. Renowned artists show their work during this July Amsterdam event. To see who participate this year check the website. A catalog of the exhibit combined with the 1,5 hour guided tour is around €20, but you can also view the sculptures on your own.