What's On in Amsterdam March 2019
March sees the beginning of springtime in Amsterdam. After the long winter, the sun starts shining more often and the outdoor café terraces come back to life. There's plenty of things going on in the city for both the visitor and resident. Check out our guide to March 2019 Amsterdam events below...
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.
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.
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 PEC Zwolle (Eredivisie) – 3 Mar 2019, 1430
Ajax vs Fortuna Sittard (Eredivisie) – 10 Mar 2019, 1645
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven (Eredivisie) – 31 Mar 2019, 1645
CPC (City-Pier-City) Run – Half Marathon event in the Hague to be held on Sunday 10 Mar 2019. The route will include Scheveningen beach.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Mar 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
Amsterdam Coffee Festival – A festival event for coffee lovers and industry professionals featuring artisan coffee, gourmet food stalls, barista demonstrations, live music and art exhibitions. On 1-3 Mar 2019 at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.
Imagine Film Festival – Well-established international film festival (formerly Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival) showing sci-fi, cult, fantasy and horror films. On 10-20 Mar 2019 (35th edition) at EYE Film, Amsterdam.
CineDans Festival – International 'dance on screen' festival with around 60 film screenings plus debates and workshops. On 8-10 Mar 2019 (16th edition) at EYE Film, Amsterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam and Netherlands
HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2018 – Large boating event at Amsterdam RAI on 6-10 Mar 2019.
Unfair 2019 – Unfair Amsterdam is an art fair and festival presenting an emerging generation of new artists, at Westergasfabriek, 2019 dates to be confirmed.
TEFAF 2019 – World's leading art and antiques fair. Held at MECC in Maastricht, 16-24 Mar 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 Mar 2019 at 2000.
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed - Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam
Blue Planet II Live in Concert – Presenting stunning visuals from the BBC documentary accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Ahoy Rotterdam, 6 Mar 2019.
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 March are: Falling Man (21/28 Mar 2019).
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Perform opera Caruso a Cuba (Hamel), 3/5/6/8/9 Mar 2019; opera Girls of the Golden West (Adams), various between 2-17 Mar 2019; opera Fin de Partie (Kurtag), 6/8/10 Mar 2019; opera The Second Violinist (Dennehy & Walsh), 7/9 Mar 2019; ballet Requiem, 1 Mar 2019; ballet Swan Lake, various between 16-31 Mar 2019.
Pathé Met Opera – The Tuschinski cinema hosts live streaming opera from the Metropolitan in New York. La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti) 2 Mar 2019 (1900).
Other Events in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Open Tower Day – The Open Toren Dag event where the public can climb some of Amsterdam's modern and historical towers. 7th edition expected in Mar 2019, awaiting confirmation.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
Music Show Scotland – Spectacular show featuring Scottish dancers and pipes. Ahoy Rotterdam, 23 Mar 2019.
Keukenhof – The world famous tulip and flower park opens its doors for the season on 21 Mar 2019, running until 19 May 2019. The 2019 theme is Flower Power.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts usually held every Wednesday 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 Mar 2019 (1230).
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Dates to be announced.
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
Jason Mraz – 3 Mar, AFAS Live
Twenty One Pilots – 12 Mar, Ziggo Dome
The Hollies – 14 Mar, AFAS Live
Loreena McKennitt – 14 Mar, Concertgebouw
Florence + The Machine – 25 Mar, Ahoy Rotterdam
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: