Summer is the best time to enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest. If you’re a festival crusher – let us be clear: not crasher – you’re at the right place. It seems every day is your lucky day, cause Amsterdam has got a lot of festivals to offer. Whether it is music oriented, art oriented or food oriented. We listed you a few of our faves:
When? 19 – 25 June
Where? Lots of places to go to, but most of it just around the corner – Amsterdam East!
One of the best festivals is the Amsterdam Roots Festival. It’s the place to be to experience Amsterdam in its full glory. As a multi-cultural city, it isn’t a surprise the locals love to mingle their backgrounds into a spectacular event. Expect lots of music, lots of dancing, and lots of food with influences from all around the world. Amsterdam Roots is the so-called musical world trip addressing the most varying cultures and styles.
Over het IJ Festival
When? 14 – 23 July
Where? NDSM-Werf – Amsterdam North
Wow, it’s already the 25th edition of the Over het IJ Festival. That must be a damn good festival! And we cannot agree more. Expect 10 days full of theatre and fun on parking lots, sea containers, on the streets, and in random living rooms. Meet up with young and promising talent and get your minutes of rest at the dreamy and beachy Café Restaurant Pllek.
Food Truck Festival TREK
When? 14 – 16 July
Food festivals have won a lot of popularity over the last few years. TREK transforms the Amstelpark into a beautiful and gigantic picnic space where the young, elderly and little kids convene to enjoy the bustle. Expect music, theatre, and of course, lots of food and summer drinks.
When? 29 July – 6 August
Where? Amsterdam Centre
The party of all parties this summer: The Gay Pride. The whole city of Amsterdam is just one big platform for a huge celebration of devotion towards equality for the gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex communities. The highlight of this all is the annual Canal Parade on August 5th. Don’t miss out!
When?4 – 6 August
Where? NDSM-Werf – Amsterdam North
Amsterdam Kookt is the biggest food festival of The Netherlands. We bet you won’t be bored for a minute in those 4 days of open-air restaurant festivities. The laid-back atmosphere gets strengthened by its industrial and raw environment and the always spectacular live music.
Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
When? Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in summer
Every summer you’ll enjoy the most surprising acts and concerts during Vondelpark’s Open Air Theatre in the most beloved park of Amsterdam. Whether it’s dance, theatre, cabaret, classic or pop music concerts, big artists or fresh talents. Just go there.
When? 29 – 30 July
For boys who love girls who love girls who love boys who love boys…. Milkshake Festival shows that entertainment, music choice, choice of clothing and status has nothing to do with sexuality. Life is just a party thanks to the great diversity of skin colors, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms. Milkshake celebrates the city’s initiatives and is an impetus to bring the courtesy and friendly manners back into society.
When? 15 July
Where? Ouderkerkerplas Amsterdam
Buiten Westen is one of the best electro & house festivals of Amsterdam. Different themes and stages bring a dazzling line-up of DJ talent from home and abroad.
When? 4 – 15 July
Where? 7 locations in Amsterdam
Julidans is an international dancing event known for its extraordinary and daring dance program. Expect great dancers and promising fresh talent. This year’s Julidans edition asks a lot of attention for humanity when it comes to politics, society, social and environmental challenges. What moves us people? What are our motivations? So… What Moves You?
Happy Sushi Festival
When? 28 – 29 July
Where? Museum Square Amsterdam
Well, we know you’re outta there. The ultimate sushi lovers. And so did Amsterdam. This summer you’ll find the exclusive Happy Sushi Festival right in the center of Amsterdam: Museum Square. You’ll pay a little fee, but hey, you get to taste the best sushi and enjoy some perfect live music. That must be some damn fine experience.
Hotel Casa Amsterdam
Enjoy all the good stuff to the fullest and get your rest at the most enjoyable hotel in Amsterdam. Hotel Casa is the place to go for the outliers, free spirits, lovebirds, and chatterers. And since you’re here already, you’ll get a €5 discount! Book your stay and start longing for your summertime in the city of Amsterdam.