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What to Do in Amsterdam in June

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This post will cover a variety of fun activity ideas in Amsterdam throughout the month of June 2022, including several family-friendly, nighttime and free things to do.

For other ideas, check our post covering the best things to do in Amsterdam

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM THIS JUNE

The following list provides several fun activities you can enjoy in Amsterdam this June, including concerts, tours, festivities, sporting events, popular summer activities and more.

For even more fun activities, make sure to check the following posts:

Don’t forget that a lot of the best attractions are actually included ad no extra cost with Amsterdam Discount Passes.


1. Go to a Concert

Amsterdam is one of those cities that musical artists love to visit, especially in the summer when it gets warmer.

This June, there are several notable musicians performing. See all the concert listings for June in Amsterdam from StubHub. 

Here are a few of the more popular concerts this June:

DIYnamic Festival

  • Solomun
  • Adriatique
  • Christian Nelson
  • Girls of the Internet
  • And more!

Mystic Garden Festival

  • Benny Rodriguez
  • Cynthia Spiering
  • Alex Preda
  • DJ Rush
  • And more!

Open Air Amsterdam Festival

  • Lady Bee
  • Rob Black
  • Kriss Kross
  • Claptone
  • And more!

Defqon. 1 Festival

  • Nosferatu
  • Da Tweekaz
  • Lost Identity
  • Physika
  • And more!

If you’re looking for even more great musical performances to enjoy, check this list of concerts in Amsterdam.


2. Go to a Football Game

Although the main European Football season is ending in May, there will be at least one game to see from the Netherlands National Football Team in June 2022.

If you're a sports fan, this will probably be your only opportunity to enjoy a live football match all month long.

The Netherlands National Football Team will be facing off against Poland in the Nations League at Stadium Feijenoord on June 10th.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

If you're a fan of AFC Ajax, this might be a good time to take a tour of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the home of this popular team. This tour is often included at no extra cost with some Amsterdam tourist passes.


3. Take an Amsterdam Canal Cruise

There’s rarely ever a bad time to take a cruise through the canals of Amsterdam, but the summer is an especially nice time of the year for this activity.

You can choose from several different types of excursions including hop on hop off cruises, dinner cruises, evening cruises and more.

Best of all, there are many ways to save money on tickets!

If you’re interested in exploring the city and seeing it from the water, this is an excellent way to discover Amsterdam.

For more information about all the different options and how to save money on them, please read our post covering the best Amsterdam Canal Cruises.


4. Go on a Food Tour

There’s a lot of great food to eat in this city, but if you’re looking for the best dishes, you may want to consider taking an Amsterdam Food Tour.

As you wander around the city and discover some of the best places and meals to eat, your guide will provide information about the history of Dutch food and its place in Amsterdam’s culture.

This tour includes a stop by the Noordermarkt and the Jordaan in addition to many other locations.

Read more here or purchase tickets for this Amsterdam Food Tour.


5. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit at least 4-5 popular attractions per day while in the city, you could save 50% or more off general admission prices simply by using an Amsterdam discount pass.

Amsterdam tourist attraction discount passes provide access to dozens of activities, museums, tours, historic locations, and more for one flat price.

You'll get skip-the-line privileges at several attractions!

 
There are multiple passes to choose from which include several fun things to do including the following examples:

For additional information on how to use these services and which one will save you the most money, please read our post covering Amsterdam tourist passes.


6. Discover the Best Beer in Amsterdam

With the summer heat setting in, now is the best time to enjoy an ice-cold beer, and there are plenty of great drinks to choose from in this city.

If you’re looking for some help finding the best options, consider taking an Amsterdam Beer Tour. This outing includes multiple samples at several stops including a brewery.

This is a great alternative to the Heineken Experience, which is currently closed due to the pandemic. That said, this attraction may open up in time for June, so we recommend checking in on that as well.

This is essentially the Heineken museum, and it includes a 4D ride, interactive games, and many other fun activities.


7. Celebrate the Holland Festival

Running from June 3rd - 26th, 2022, this performing arts festival will be in full swing for the majority of the month.

In addition to theatre, there will also be opera, dancing, concerts, and even some art exhibits focusing on the performance arts.

While most of these activities will be ticketed, there will be a few that are entirely free to enjoy. See what other things you can do for free in Amsterdam.

Check the Holland Festival Programme to see what’s planned for the month of June and find an event to attend.


8. Enjoy Open Garden Days

There are a lot of private gardens in Amsterdam, and many of them are off-limits to the public.

Thankfully, from June 17th - 19th, 2022, you can take advantage of an event known as Open Garden Days to visit some of these locations for one low price.

During Amsterdam Open Garden Days, you’ll have the opportunity to visit 25 different gardens from 10 am - 5 pm per day and tickets are only €18 - €20 ($19.50-$21.60) depending on when they are purchased.

Better yet, kids up to 12 years of age are invited to accompany their parents or parental guardians free of charge, making this an excellent family-friendly activity.

For more details or to purchase tickets, please check the Open Garden Days website.


9. Attend the Bacchus Wine Festival

If you’re looking for a new favorite wine, consider heading out to this festival at the Amsterdamse Bos on the weekends of June 3rd - 5th and 10th - 12th, 2022.

Tickets for this event start at €15.00 and include at least one entrée and a Bacchus wine glass. Some tickets also offer entire bottles of wine and other benefits!
 

Vendors at the festival will be offering wines from €3 ($3.25) per glass, and you may even be able to convince them to let you sample a few for free.

Speaking of which, children under the age of 16 are welcome to join their parents or parental guardians at no additional cost.

For more details about this activity, please read the Bacchus Wine Festival website.


10. Shop at a Sunday Market

Every Sunday, the marketplaces in Amsterdam offer a variety of interesting goods you may want to pick up while you’re exploring the city.

Here is the current schedule for this event in June 2022:

  • Westergas Market | June 5th
  • Homeware Market at De Hallen | June 12th
  • Museumplein | June 19th

Although you’ll probably want to bring some money along with you, it doesn’t cost a thing to attend these Sunday Market events. Most markets last from 12 pm - 6 pm.


11. Go to a Museum

There are a lot of wonderful museums in Amsterdam, and most of the best locations are actually included with at least one tourist pass. 

If you’re interested in visiting more than one museum, you can use one of these passes to ensure you’ll pay one flat price for admission to all of them. 

Here are a few of the most noteworthy examples:

If you’re planning to visit 4 or more of these locations, we recommend using one of the following Amsterdam tourist attraction discount passes to save money on tickets.


12. Head to Vondelpark For Free Open Air Theatre

Starting on June 5th, 2022, Vondelpark will be hosting a special open-air theatre featuring a variety of musical performances, comedy, dance, and even classical concerts.

These performances are all free! 

Shows are typically aimed at a family audience, and some are specifically intended for a youth audience.

Visitors can typically expect at least one show every weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Luckily, most hop on hop off bus tours include a stop at Vondelpark, making it easy to get here even if you’re visiting from out of town.

Check the Vondelpark Open Air Theater programme for shows and schedules.

Keep an eye on their website for more details.


BONUS: Take a Virtual Tour of Amsterdam

Even if you're doing your best to avoid going out during the pandemic, you can still enjoy a tour of Amsterdam without even leaving home!

We currently offer a virtual tour of Amsterdam which covers some of its more notable locations, and as with our in-person tours, this outing is entirely free to enjoy.

You can even leave our tour guide a tip if you enjoy the trip! There's no catch -- in fact, you can literally just watch the whole thing right here.

If you are looking for some tours to take in person, make sure to check out our post covering free walking tours in Amsterdam.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: April 21st, 2022
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