What's On in Amsterdam February 2018
What's going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2018. 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.
Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Ten Dutch masterpiece paintings are on show on Holland Boulevard at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Located in the newly refurbished zone between Lounges 2 and 3 (past security), the Rijksmuseum Schiphol is open 24 hours per day with free entry for passengers.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world's largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh, exhibition from the contemporary Chinese artist who has specially created 5 new works inspired by Van Gogh. Runs 20 Oct 2017 to 25 Feb 2018.
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 highly recommended.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Dutch Masters runs between 7 Oct 2017 and 27 May 2018. Also at the Hermitage is the permanent exhibition 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. New Masters introduces more than 70 works by 30 talented contemporary Outsider artists. This also includes Poignant Portraits by Dutch photographer Sander Troelstra who puts a face to these artists. Runs 4 Oct 2017 to 28 May 2018.
Nieuwe Kerk – We Have a Dream, major exhibition about three world-renowned 20th century figures - Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Running at the New Church on Dam Square 16 Sep 2017 to 4 Feb 2018. Masterpiece 2018 features an important single work of religious art. This year Gazing Ball by Jeff Koons can be seen 17 Feb to 8 Apr 2018.
Stedelijk – Amsterdam's main modern and contemporary art museum. Jump into the Future, Art from the 90's and 2000's, exhibition of contemporary art gifted by German collector Thomas Borgmann, runs 26 Nov 2017 to 8 Apr 2018. I Am a Native Foreigner exhibition explores different aspects of the migration theme. Runs 23 Sep 2017 to 3 Jun 2018. Canopy Keith Haring Returns to the Stedelijk, the restored velum canopy by the American grafitti artist is on display above the grand staircase. 12 Oct 2017 to 3 Jun 2018.
MOCO Museum – This new modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) runs until 31 May 2018; Roy Lichtenstein: Lasting Influence exhibition runs 3 Nov 2017 until 31 May 2018.
Amsterdam Museum – Govert Flinck & Ferdinand Bol, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the 17th century painters. In collaboration with Rembrandt House museum. Runs 13 Oct 2017 to 18 Feb 2018.
Rembrandt House – Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the 17th century painters. In collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum. Runs 13 Oct 2017 to 18 Feb 2018.
National Maritime Museum – Game Changers | Maritime Innovations, features 25 of the most beautiful, exciting and strangest inventions in Dutch maritime history. Runs 6 Oct 2017 to 1 Jul 2018.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.
Allard Pierson Museum – Crossroads, exhibition featuring a wide variety of objects found all over Europe during the Dark Ages. Runs 15 Sep 2017 to 11 Feb 2018.
Huis Marseille – Ad van Denderen - Jerusalem Stone, six decades of photos of the West Bank by the Dutch photographer. Eddo Hartmann - Setting the Stage: Pyongyang, North Korea, Part 2, photos of everyday lives in North Korea. Both run 9 Dec 2017 to 4 Mar 2018.
FOAM – Back to the Future, exhibition where contemporary photographers use techniques from the 19th century. Runs 19 Jan to 28 Mar 2018.
Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum) - Dancing with the Enemy, tells the gripping story of Rosie Glaser (1914-2000), a non-practicing Jewish woman who ran a dance school and survived concentration camps in World War 2. Runs 22 Nov 2017 to 8 Mar 2018.
National Holocaust Museum – The newly opened museum presents Tangible Memories from the Jewish Monument, exhibition of objects, photos and documents of people affected by the Holocaust. Opened 2 Sep 2016, ongoing until end 2019. Identity Cards and Forgeries, presenting the story of 2 people closely involved with wartime identity cards. Jacob Lentz (inventor of the cards) and Alice Cohn (forger). Runs 30 Oct 2017 to 4 Mar 2018.
Jewish Historical Museum – Charlotte Salomon, exhibition of gouaches from the young Jewish artist who died during World War 2. Runs 20 Oct 2017 to 25 Mar 2018. Maria Austria, Living for Photography, comprehensive exhibition about the famous Amsterdam-Jewish photographer Maria Austria (1915-1975). Runs 26 Jan to 2 Sep 2018.
EYE Film – Jesper Just, exhibition of the cinematographic artist, runs 17 Dec 2017 to 11 Mar 2018.
Beurs van Berlage – Legendary Trunks, exhibition featuring 300 Louis Vutton trunks and items dated as far back as the 1850's, runs 6 Dec 2017 to 18 Feb 2018.
Oude Kerk – Christian Boltanski - Na, the French-born artist uses the entire Old Church deploying several monumental installations on the end of life theme. Runs at 24 Nov 2017 to 29 April 2018.
ARCAM – ARCAM presents a crash course (€7.50) on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism every Friday 1330-1415.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
Star Wars Identities – Exhibition featuring 200 original Star Wars costumes, props, models and works of art. Runs 30 Sep 2017 to 11 Mar 2018 at Cinemec Utrecht. Next to Utrecht Leidsche Rijn station, about 45 minutes from Amsterdam.
Check out our comprehensive Amsterdam museums section
Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Ajax home matches at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam:
Ajax vs NAC Breda (Eredivisie, Dutch League) – 4 Feb 2018, 1645
Ajax vs FC Twente (Eredivisie) – 11 Feb 2018, 1230
Ajax vs ADO Den Haag (Eredivisie) – 25 Feb 2018, 1230
ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 12-18 Feb 2018. Strong field of top 20 players due at the 45th edition.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 9 Feb 2018.
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
Chocoa Festival – Chocolate lovers should head to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on 21-25 Feb 2018 for a festival promoting sustainable and good quality chocolate - includes workshops and tastings.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam
MONO JAPAN – Cultural fair (2nd edition) of authentic and contemporary Japanese crafts & design. To be held 16-19 Feb 2018 at the Lloyd hotel.
Huishoudbeurs 2018 – Large Dutch household event expo at Amsterdam RAI, 17-25 Feb 2018.
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago's Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 6 Feb 2018 at 2000.
Markiplier – Mark Edward Fischbach better known as Youtube vlogger Markiplier brings his comedy content to the stage for the first time. Amsterdam RAI on 17 Feb 2018.
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 - usually on Thursday evenings at the Stadsschouwburg theatre. Performances in February are: The Things That Pass (1 Feb 2018, 2000), Ibsen House (8/15 Feb 2018, 1900) and The Other Voice (22 Feb 2018, 2000).
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), various between 18 Jan - 14 Feb 2018; opera The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky), various between 1-21 Feb 2018; ballet Don Quichotte, various between 13 Feb - 4 Mar 2018.
Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti) is on 10 Feb 2018 (1800), La Boheme (Puccini) on 24 Feb 2018 (1830).
Portuguese Synagogue Candlelight Concert – Trio Benzaiten which includes musicians from France, Belarus and Canada, will perform a programme dedicated to artist Charlotte Salomon. 22 Feb 2018 (1930).
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 18 Nov 2017 to 4 Feb 2018.
Chinese New Year in Amsterdam – Falls on 16 Feb 2018 which sees in the year of the Dog. 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.
3D Print Canal House – See a canal house being constructed using 3D printing techniques and sustainable materials. The location is Asterweg 49, 1031 HM Amsterdam - get the free ferry across to Amsterdam North and walk beyond EYE Film. Visit by appointment only or take the walk-in tour (€7.50) which runs every first Wednesday of the month at 1500.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held every Wednesday at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk. Note, the only concert this month is on 7 Feb 2018.
Dutch Opera & Ballet – Free lunchtime concert in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1230. Concerts on 6/13/20/27 Feb 2018. Performed by members of Opera Studio, the Netherlands Opera or Dutch Philharmonic orchestra.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent. Note, no concert in Feb 2018.
Market Events in Amsterdam
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergasfabriek with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Valentine's market will be held on 4 Feb 2018 (1200-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music on 18 Feb 2018 (1200-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 17-18 Feb 2018 (0900-1630).
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
Dropkick Murphys – 10 Feb, AFAS Live
The Analogues (play The White Album) – 12-14 Feb, Carré
Imagine Dragons – 19 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Randy Newman – 22 Feb, Concertgebouw
Kendrick Lamar – 23 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Elbow – 26/28 Feb, AFAS Live
The Killers – 28 Feb, Ziggo Dome