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Amsterdam — By Marianne on June 1, 2010 at 6:41 am
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Amsterdam: June Events

Mild weather and long days make June one of the best months to visit Amsterdam. The café terraces spill over on to the pavements and are the ideal spot for a Heineken and people-watching. Budget travelers stock up on drinks and food in one of the many supermarkets and head for a picnic in one of the parks.

outdoor cafe amsterdamAirfare and accommodations are more expensive than in the previous months because in June is the start of the high season for Amsterdam tourism. Queues at popular attractions – Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum –can be quite long. But if you buy tickets online, you avoid a long wait.

June weather is simply perfect for an Amsterdam city trip: not too cold, not too hot and not too much rain.
Average high: 20°C (68°F)
Average low: 10°C (50°F)
Average precipitation: 70mm (2.8 in)

ANNUAL EVENTS IN JUNE

WHAT: World Press Photo Exhibition
WHERE: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23 (map)
WHEN: until 20 June
ADMISSION: €7,50
World’s largest annual press photography contest. The very best professional photographers enter the photo competition. After the Amsterdam kick-off the exhibition tours the world.

WHAT: Masters from Museum Mesdag
WHERE: Van Gogh Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 7 (map)
WHEN: until 4 July
ADMISSION: €14, Museum Pass and Iamsterdam card holders free
Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831–1915) collected contemporary art including masterpiecesof Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, Jacob Maris and Jozef Israëls. This collection is normally on display in Museum Mesdag in The Hague. As this museum is being restored the collection moved to Van Gogh Museum, a very appropriate place because Van Gogh admired all these painters.

WHAT: Holland Festival
WHERE: Various location
WHEN: 1 – 23 June
Music, drama and dance extravaganza includes high-brow and off fringe events. The aim is to make dramatic arts more accessible. The festival showcases some 30 – 40 productions, a mix of established and new talent.

WHAT: Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
WHERE: Vondelpark (map)
WHEN: until mid August
ADMISSION: free
Open Air Theatre right in the middle of Amsterdam’s most famous park. Varied performances of music, dance and kids’ shows.
Afternoon performances start at 14.00 and evening performances at 21.00. Most days there are performances in between these hours. In other words you can show up any time.

WHAT: Amsterdam Roots Festival
WHERE: Oosterpark (map)
WHEN: 17 – 19 June
ADMISSION: various prices
Music festival that highlights world music. Roots festival is not only music, but also meeting people. Don’t miss the World Market from noon onward.

WHAT: IT’s Festival
WHERE: various locations
WHEN: 19 – 27 June
ADMISSION: various prices
Showcase of dramatic art talent. International Theatre School festival where students show what they can do. Cabaret, dance, mime and drama take place at the Theaterschool, Jodenbreestraat 3. Each festival day ends with (free) after parties with DJs and live music.

WHAT: Opentuindagen, Open Garden Days
WHERE: various locations
WHEN: 18 – 19 – 20 June from 10 am – 5 pm
A peek into the private gardens of nearly 30 canal homes, when the owners of these beautiful gardens behind canal houses open their doors to the public.

photo credit: personal collection

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    Oosterpark, Amsterdam
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