Living the Dutch life - July

Your Guide for Summer

North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

For three days the North Jazz Festival will turn Rotterdam into the jazz capital of the world. Known globally as the event where the past, present and the future of jazz are featured within one festival, just under thirteen hundred artists will perform including jazz legends,such as Erykah Badu, Miles Davis, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai. Next to jazz lots of other genres will pass by, such as blues, soul, funk, hip hop and more.

The festival will be held in Ahoy Rotterdam from 7 until 9 July. Visit the website for more information about the programme and tickets.

The Four Day Marches Nijmegen

From 18 until 21 July the greatest walking event in the world will be held with over 40,000 participants. During these four days people from all over the world, young and old, soldiers and civilians, walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometres a day through the beautiful city of Nijmegen in hopes to receive the coveted medal. Along the route thousands of spectators cheer on the walkers every day. The goal of the event is to promote sport and exercise but it also offers entertainment for non-walkers with the Four Days Festival.

Unfortunately the registration period for this year’s event is already closed since the registration limit has been exceeded. So if you are into walking the Four Day Marches should definitely be on your list next year!

Tilburg Funfair

The biggest funfair of the Benelux can be found in the city of Tilburg with more than 1.5 million visitors each year. For ten days, from 21 until 30 July, the entire city centre forms the fairground with over 230 attractions. You will find spectacular attractions like rollercoasters and catapults and besides the attractions you can also enjoy several events, such as Dutch music and typical Dutch snacks. It is a unique experience that cannot be missed when in Holland.

Rotterdam Unlimited

From 25 until 29 July the Rotterdam Unlimited event celebrates the cosmopolitan diversity of the city with a mix of music, dance, theatre and a colourful summer carnival parade. It is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the Netherlands and attracts more than 900,000 visitors from all over Europe. On several locations throughout the city you can enjoy many acts and performances from major international artists. And you will also find a big festival market with many different kinds of food from different cultures. Find out more about the event on the website.

Gay Pride Parade Amsterdam

Each year in early August the equality of LGBTQ+ people is celebrated in Amsterdam. From 29 July until 6 August all kinds of events are organised within this theme including the famous Canal Parade. During the parade more than 80 decorated boats will sail on the Prinsengracht Canal to show that we welcome and accept people of all sexual orientations. To find out more about each event visit the website.

City Beaches

In Summer there is no better place to be than on the beach! You can of course go to one of the popular coastal cities such as Zandvoort, Noordwijk or Scheveningen. But it is also great to relax on an urban beach without having to leave the city. The cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam offer a great selection of places, but in the East of the country you will find some nice places as well. Below you will find our suggestions.


Blijburg aan Zee is Amsterdam’s main city beach located in the east of the city on the (man-made) island of IJburg. It has a sandy beach by the water with a bohemian vibe where you can enjoy food and drinks, live music or evening campfires. Learn more about urban beaches in Amsterdam.


The beach of Nesselande at the Zevenhuizerplas is all you would like a city beach to be. It is situated on the north-eastern fringe of Rotterdam, with palm trees, boulevard and wide beach. Learn more about urban beaches in Rotterdam.

Other Cities

In the city Best (near Eindhoven) you will find Aquabest, a man-made and family-friendly beach resort. It has one of the most impressive beach clubs of the Netherlands, called Beachclub Sunrise, where it will feel like being on holiday in Saint Tropez. 

Zandfoort aan de Eem is a very popular city beach in Amersfoort. It has a unique location right in the city centre and close to central station. With an international restaurant, cosy bar and little beach chairs in the sand you will get the ultimate feeling of being on vacation.

Strand Oog in Al (SOIA) is one of the nicest spots in Utrecht. It is also Utrecht’s prime city beach (childfriendly!) and located along the Amsterdam Rine Canal and Merwede Canal. You can spend your day here enjoying the sun with some great food and drinks or just relax in the covered seating area when it is raining. 

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