Newsflash: Amsterdam is an expensive city. Sure, the rent stays juuust shy of NYC prices, but it's not exactly cheap to go out and about here... unless you're doing one of these 38 activities, that is! Pick one and tell your date it was your idea. You’re welcome.
1. Watch the random action on the Dam Square or Leidseplein
Sure, you should tip any performers of course... if they earn it.
2. Walk/bike through the canals
It’s cliché for a reason.
3. Outdoor film festivals
Though you’re encouraged to pay extra for things like chair reservations and headphone rentals, and there’s plenty of food and drink to spend your money on, you can still show up to outdoor film festivals like Pluk de Nacht and Films With a View at Pllek and watch a movie without paying a dime (bring your own drinks for the first and headphones for the latter).