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Best thing to do in Summer

Summer in Amsterdam is a season of charm and vitality – sunny, vibrant, and buzzing with activity.

Wander along the picturesque canals, relax in the city’s lush parks, and enjoy the endless array of cultural events and outdoor festivals.

Queer & Pride Amsterdam

Queer & Pride Amsterdam, formerly known as Pride Amsterdam, is one of the largest events in Europe and a festival celebrating the freedom to be who you are and love whom you want. For 27 years, Pride has played an important role in the emancipation of the LGBTQ+ community. It stands for ‘being who you are and loving whom you want.’ That hasn’t changed. However, the way people find meaning and participate in the event is different for everyone.

In addition to various parties, there are also film screenings, sports matches, exhibitions, and debates on top; The Canal Parade, on the final Saturday of Pride Amsterdam is not to be missed. The Pride calendar includes more than 300 events; 

When: Throughout July & August

De Parade

This summer, immerse yourself in the vibrant theater festival ‘de Parade,’ running from August 16 to September 1. Experience the magic of around 80 unique theater, dance, mime, and music performances, all held in charming theater tents. With each show lasting about 30 minutes, you can effortlessly enjoy two, three, or even four performances in one evening, catering to audiences of all ages. Don’t miss this enchanting festival that promises a delightful blend of art and entertainment!

When: August 16 to September 1

Discover NDSM Wharf

Once a shipyard on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord, NDSM Wharf has transformed into a thriving cultural hub. In recent years, it has become home to a vibrant artist community and a growing number of bars and restaurants.

Enjoy live music, art exhibitions, and unique events in this industrial-chic setting. The NDSM Wharf offers a one-of-a-kind experience where creativity thrives and every corner tells a story. Perfect for art lovers and adventurers alike, it’s a must-visit destination that showcases Amsterdam’s edgy, artistic side.

When: Check the website for ongoing events. Exhibitions are going on throughout the SUMMER

Floating through Amsterdam Bos

Until the end of September 2024, embark on an enchanting journey through the waterways of Amsterdamse Bos. On Saturdays at 2:00 PM, regular visitors can reserve a spot on the Fluistervink, an open boat that offers a unique perspective of this lush natural area. As you glide through the winding water channels, you’ll be surrounded by the symphony of bird songs, playful waterfowl, and perhaps catch glimpses of other forest animals along the shores.
 
The experienced skipper will ensure you don’t miss a thing, sharing insights about the Bos and its history. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast seeking new adventures or simply looking for a relaxing outing, the Fluistervink promises something for everyone as you discover the hidden treasures of Amsterdamse Bos in comfort.

When: Till September

The Rijksmuseum

Exhibitions at Rijksmuseum are always nont-to-be-missed. “Point of View” at the Rijksmuseum explores the evolving visualizations of gender through 150 diverse items from their collection, including paintings, costumes, and photographs. This exhibition highlights historical shifts, such as 17th-century children in dresses and 18th-century fashion trends like pink and frills, illustrating how gender perceptions change over time.

This exhibition features works by artists like Marlene Dumas and Erwin Olaf, and showcases historical and contemporary gender-fluid figures. The exhibit concludes with modern perspectives from college students, showing what gender means today. Supported by Fonds 21 and the Rijksmuseum Club, it is a collaborative effort with various experts.

When: July 5 to September 1

Visit The Parks

When weather is good, just spend a day lying in the beautiful parks in the Amsterdam South. Vondelpark, with its sprawling lawns and vivid ponds, is perfect for a relaxing picnic or a leisurely stroll. Watch puppies chasing each other and people passing by on colorful bikes. Soak yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of those delightful green spaces. This is going to be an unforgettable piece of Amsterdam memory. 

When: Anyday when weather is good.

Other events in Amsterdam in Summer:

Every Thursday – Live music night in Manhattan Lounge bar. Book your table. 

The terrace at Crowne Plaza Amsterdam-South is open! Book a stay, grab a drink, and enjoy the stunning view of “Zuidas”

With the pretty days, market will re-open in the city throughout the week.

Every Friday- Spui bookmarket.

Every Sunday- Rembrant Art Market.

Want to know more about things to do in Amsterdam? Check the City Guide we prepared for you!

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