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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 2021, 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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Don’t forget that a lot of the best attractions are actually included ad no extra cost with Amsterdam Discount Passes.


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.

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:

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

2. 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.

NOTE: These activities may offer limited seating or require other steps be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

3. 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 Albert Cuyp Market in addition to many other locations. They also take special steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19, so you don't need to worry about that.

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

4. 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.

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!


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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 microbrewery.




The best thing about this activity is that they have taken extra precautions to protect their guests and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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 April - June, 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.

NOTE: As a result of the pandemic, this event was taken digital in 2020, and they may take a similar approach in 2021. Check their programme for more details.

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 18th-20th 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.

There are currently no plans to cancel this activity as a result of the pandemic, and as long as case numbers remain low and vaccinations continue to rise, this shouldn't be a concern for 2021.

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 4th-6th and 11th-13th, 2021.

Tickets for this event start at €12.50 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.

TIP: Although this event is still currently scheduled to take place in 2021, they guarantee a full refund is they are not allowed to host the event due to the pandemic.

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 2021:

  • Westergas Market | June 6thth
  • Homeware Market at De Hallen | June 13th
  • Museumplein | June 20th
  • New Market (Nieuwmarkt) | June 25th
  • Rokin Edition at Oude Turfmarkt | June 27th

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.

NOTE: These events might be postponed as a result of the pandemic, but there is no indication yet that they have any plans to do so.

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.

NOTE: Some of these museums might be closed or offering limited services to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Make sure to check ahead before you leave for the museum!

12. Head to Vondelpark For Free Open Air Theatre

From May - September, Vondelpark hosts 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.

NOTE: This event may not return after the Covid-19 pandemic, but it remains to be seen what they will do in the future. As it stands, there are no plans for 2021 yet.

Keep an eye on their website for more details.


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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,, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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