What’s going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2021. There’s normally lots of things to do and with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, why not consider a romantic trip to Amsterdam – if at all possible with the current travel restrictions.
The Dutch Government continues bringing in ‘precautionary’ measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Some events are cancelled [X] or may be cancelled/rescheduled at short notice with limits on capacity.
Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam
Museums in the Netherlands are closed until at least 9 February 2021. Once open again visitors need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance, masks are mandatory.
For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here
Rijksmuseum – The Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Slavery, exhibition focuses on slavery in the Dutch colonial period from the 17th to the 19th century. Runs 12 Feb to 30 May 2021. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here
Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts 10 paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers free of charge.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Here to Stay, exhibition about the artworks the museum has acquired in the last decade. Runs 5 Feb to 24 May 2021. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here
Anne Frank House – Visit the canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Exhibition Tsars & Knights, a unique collection of suits of armour and antique weapons. 17 Oct 2020 to 31 Jul 2021.
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 17th Century.
Museum of the Mind (Outsider Art) – 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. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces. Surinamese School, Painting from Paramaribo to Amsterdam, exhibition presenting 100 artworks by 35 artists on Surinamese history, spirituality and everyday life. Expected 12 Dec 2020 to 31 May 2021. Book Stedelijk tickets here
Amsterdam Museum – Refresh Amsterdam, collaborative exhibition on urban culture (theme: ‘Sense of Place’) featuring 25 participating artists. Runs 11 Dec 2020 to 28 Mar 2021.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. THE KID: The Future Is Old, an exhibition by the contemporary American artist on social issues runs 19 Nov 2020 to 31 Jul 2021. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Reflecting Forward by Studio Irma, a digital immersive art exhibition also has an extended run. Book MOCO Museum tickets here
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. BALI – Behind the scenes, an exhibition about the island on the Indonesian archipelago which looks at the environmental impact of tourism and the island traditions and culture. Runs 14 Feb 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.
Rembrandt House – Hello Rembrandt! – an interactive exhibition for young explorers from 7 to 12 years old. Runs 19 Dec 2020 to 11 Apr 2021.
Scheepvaartmusuem – The clipper Stad Amsterdam will be moored at the National Maritime Museum and open to visits on Wednesdays and Sundays from 12 Sep 2020 to 31 Mar 2021.
Nieuwe Kerk – History & Royalty. 600 Years of History, exhibition on the history of the church which includes the new Panorama Nieuwe Kerk, a large film installation. Runs 5 Dec 2020 to 11 Apr 2021.
FOAM Photography Museum – FOAM Talent presents work from a new generation of visual artists, running 18 Dec 2020 to 10 Mar 2021. Book FOAM tickets here
Huis Marseille – Infinite Identities. Photography in the Age of Sharing, exhibition of 8 photographers and artists who use Instagram to share their work. Runs 28 Nov 2020 to 28 Feb 2021.
Allard Pierson Museum – Letters of Art Nouveau, graphic exhibition about the flamboyant letter shapes used in signs from the early 20th century and revived in the 1960s. Runs 23 Oct 2020 to 21 Mar 2021.
Jewish Historical Museum – A Grave in the Clouds, an exhibition about Paul Celan’s poem Todesfuge. Runs 11 Dec 2020 to 16 May 2021. Book Jewish Cultural Quarter tickets here
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
COBRA (Amstelveen) – Under the Skin – Claude Cahun, retrospective exhibition of of the progressive French artist, activist and writer Claude Cahun (1894–1954). Runs 15 Oct 2020 to 9 May 2021.
|The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass as well. It costs €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here
Sport in Amsterdam and Netherlands
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
Ajax vs FC Utrecht 7 Feb 2021 (1215) – Eredivisie
Ajax vs Sparta Rotterdam 21 Feb 2021 (1430) – Eredivisie
Ajax vs Lille 25 Feb 2021 (1855) – Europa League
[X] Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 12 Feb 2021 is cancelled.
[X] Premier League – The invitational Premier League of darts event is expected to return to the Netherlands in 2021. The scheduled date was 25 Feb 2021 date at Rotterdam Ahoy has been postponed.
[X] Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion. Cancelled until further notice.
See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam
Festivals in Amsterdam
[X] Chocoa Festival – This festival promotes sustainable and good quality chocolate including workshops and tastings. Normally held at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, the 9th edition scheduled for February 2021 has been cancelled.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam
Events have been cancelled or postponed.
Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam
[?] Amsterdam Magic Show – Monthly magic and comedy show with international performers. At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 2 Feb 2021 at 2000. Likely to be cancelled/re-scheduled. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here
Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – 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.
[X] Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Productions in February 2021 including opera Der fliegende Holländer plus ballet Onegin are cancelled.
[?] Flamenco Biennial – The 8th Flamenco Biennial Netherlands festival is due to be held in 2 parts. Part 1 is on 22 Jan to 7 Feb 2021 at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, likely to be mainly online. Part 2 is scheduled for November 2021.
Candlelight Concert – Held monthly at the Portuguese Synagogue, Duo Ebano will play on 25 Feb 2021 (1930). Book Candlelight concert here
Other Events in Amsterdam
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Most of the free concerts offered by various venues in Amsterdam have been temporarily suspended.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free lunchtime concert showcasing young classical talent scheduled for 25 Feb 2021 at 1230.
Market Events in Amsterdam
[?] Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Scheduled for 3 Feb 2021 (1200-1800), likely to be cancelled.
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 21 Feb 2021 (1000-1800).
[?] IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. February dates to be confirmed.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
[X] Louis Tomlinson – 9 Feb, AFAS Live
[X] Ilse DeLange – 13 Feb, Paradiso
[X] Snoop Dogg – 22 Feb, Ziggo Dome
[X] Avril Lavigne – 24 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:
Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.