July in Amsterdam: Travel Advice, Weather, & Events

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July in Amsterdam, much like the rest of the summer, bodes fair weather and a tremendous number of seasonal festivals and events for visitors. The popularity of Amsterdam as a summer holiday destination means that the city will be more crowded now than at other times of the year; expect to see this reflected at attractions, restaurants and cafes, and airports and train stations. But the influx of visitors doesn't have to hamper the fun; just allow extra time for travel, and remember, wait times can often be bypassed with reservations (at restaurants) or advance tickets (at attractions).

Pros

  • July is Amsterdam's warmest month -- optimal for days on the beach or on sunny cafe terraces -- but keep your umbrella close, as it's also the third-rainiest month of the year
  • The sun rises early (before 6 a.m.) and sets late (after 9:30 p.m.) this time of year
  • July is chock-full of some of the year's most anticipated summer festivals and events

Cons

  • Peak tourist season is in full effect: Airfare and accommodations are pricier than in the low season (September - March), and the most desirable hotels and hostels must be booked well in advance
  • Touristic hot spots like the Anne Frank House and Museum Quarter attractions have increased wait times; avoid the queues with online tickets and/or the Amsterdam card
  • Amsterdam in summer, with its humid days and city-wide waterways, is an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be prepared with insect repellent and an itch relief remedy

Weather

  • Average high: 71°F (21.7°C)
  • Average low: 53°F (11.7°C)
  • Average precipitation: 3 in (76.2 mm)

Yearly Festivals & Events

  • Amsterdam Gay Pride - Amsterdam Pride returns at the tail-end of July with a full schedule of both indoor and outdoor events: films, art exhibits, theatrical performances, literary and sports events, parties, and of course, the famous canal parade.
  • Amsterdam International Fashion Week - Amsterdam's semi-annual fashion week is the top event on the capital's fashion calendar, and its "off-schedule" events ensure plenty to see and do even beyond the catwalk.
  • Amsterdam Roots Festival - This popular Amsterdam world music festival has been named Time Out Amsterdam's Best Music Festival for its diverse variety of international performers, united under a common, yearly theme.
  • Comedytrain International Summer Festival - Dutch comedy troupe Comedytrain invites renowned Anglophone comedians to perform in an intimate comedy club atmosphere in this English-language comedy event.
  • Future Reggae Ruigoord Festival - The artists' village of Ruigoord takes on a Jamaican flavor when the Future Reggae Festival comes to town, with both a general program and children's program for attendees. Free admission for 16's and under.
  • Gay & Lesbian Summer Festival - This extended film festival culminates in a 10-film marathon of the year's best LGBTQ films at the Rialto cinema, amid the raucous festivities of Amsterdam Pride.
  • Hortus Festival - Period instruments in picturesque venues is the theme of the Hortus Festival: a concert series for music from 1850 to 1950, performed on restored or replica instruments, that travels between the Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden) in Amsterdam and its counterparts in Leiden, Utrecht, and Haren.
  • Julidans - Summer Festival for International Contemporary Dance - Twelve days of contemporary dance from international newcomers and established acts alike, plus lectures, receptions, and parties under the banner of "Julidans Inside Out".
  • Keti Koti Festival (July 1) - Celebrate the abolition of slavery in the former Dutch colonies at this yearly event in Amsterdam's Oosterpark. Listen to live West Indian and South American music, taste the flavors of Suriname and the Antilles, and browse the Caribbean market at this free festival.
  • LiteSide Festival - The LiteSide Festival explores how eastern cultures contribute to contemporary western arts with three full days of live music, theater and dance performances, art exhibits, workshops, movies, debates, and dance parties.
  • Over het IJ Festival - This "site-specific" summer theater festival centers around the former NDSM Wharf, accessible via the free GVB ferry service, where visitors can eat, drink, dance and catch more than 25 performances.
  • Robeco Summer Concerts (All summer) - With an emphasis on classical and jazz, the Robeco Summer Concerts are more than just a performance series: live interviews with musicians, a crash course in classical music, and a special summer restaurant are some of the other perks on offer.
  • Vondelpark Open-Air Theater (All summer) - Catch up to three free performances -- from theater, dance, cabaret and stand-up comedy to music -- each week at the Vondelpark Open-Air Theater, an Amsterdam institution.
  • VRIJ - The Afterwork Festival - Head to Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium after your workday -- or a ​day on the town in Amsterdam -- is done for the VRIJ music festival, with international acts in a variety of styles.