What's On in Amsterdam February 2019
What's going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2019. There's always lots of things to do and with Valentine's Day on the 14th, why not consider a romantic trip to Amsterdam...
Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum's rich collection (including Rembrandt's Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings.
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – The life of Buddha, the Path to the Present is a major exhibition which recounts the life phases of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha. Combining both ancient and modern art including pieces from Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. It runs 16 Sep 2018 to 3 Feb 2019.
Anne Frank House - The canal house on Amsterdam's Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. The house and museum is open to visitors though pre-booking is essential.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age.
Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam's main modern and contemporary art museum.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.
Het Schip (Amsterdam School Museum) – Gaudí and the Amsterdam School, exhibition will highlight the many similarities between the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and the Amsterdam School. Runs 2 Oct 2018 to 1 Apr 2019.
National Holocaust Museum – Opened in 2016, this museum is under development and currently presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Ongoing until end 2019.
Jewish Historical Museum – The Institute of Ongoing Things, an exhibition by the multidisciplinary artist Uri Katzenstein. Runs 29 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section
Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Ajax home matches at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam:
Ajax vs VVV Venlo (Eredivisie) – 2 Feb 2019, 1945
Ajax vs NAC Breda (Eredivisie) – 17 Feb 2019, 1215
ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 9-17 Feb 2019. Strong field of top 20 players due at the 46th edition.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Feb 2019.
Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion.
See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam
Festivals in Amsterdam
IMPRO Amsterdam – Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. 24th edition is scheduled for 26 Jan to 2 Feb 2019 at Compagnietheater, Amsterdam.
Chocoa Festival – Chocolate lovers should head to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam for a festival promoting sustainable and good quality chocolate - includes workshops and tastings. 7th edition scheduled for 23-24 Feb 2019.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam
EuropArtFair – International art fair event featuring a cross-section of contemporary European artists. Held at Westergasfabriek (Gashouder) in Amsterdam, 1-3 Feb 2019.
MONO JAPAN – Cultural fair (4th edition) of authentic and contemporary Japanese crafts & design. Due 1-3 Feb 2019 at the Lloyd Hotel Cultural Embassy.
Huishoudbeurs 2019 – Large Dutch household event expo at Amsterdam RAI, 16-24 Feb 2019.
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago's Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Feb 2019 at 2000.
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam
Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Amsterdam's renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage - for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. Performances in February are: Husbands and Wives (14/21 Feb 2019).
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Juditha Triumphans (Vivaldi), 1/3/5/7 Feb 2019; opera Girls of the Golden West (Adams), 28 Feb 2019; ballet Requiem, various between 9-27 Feb 2019; ballet Ode to the Master, 12/14/17/20 Feb 2019.
Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. Carmen (Bizet) 2 Feb 2019 (1900).
Other Events in Amsterdam
Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Open 17 Nov 2018 until 3 Feb 2019.
Chinese New Year in Amsterdam – Falls on 5 Feb 2019 which sees in the year of the Pig. Head to Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk area for celebrations.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). 2018-2019 season dates to be announced. For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk.
Dutch Opera & Ballet – These lunchtime concerts in the Opera & Ballet foyer present music by small groups of musicians, including members of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Almost every Tuesday 1230-1300, doors open 1215.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent - Thursday 21 Feb 2019 (1230).
Market Events in Amsterdam
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergasfabriek with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Dates to be announced.
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music, dates to be announced.
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. Dates to be announced.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
Parkway Drive – 6 Feb, AFAS Live
Joan Baez – 8 Feb, Carré
Tears For Fears – 17 Feb, AFAS Live
Hotels in Amsterdam
You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.
Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations: