What’s going on in Amsterdam, Netherlands for visitors, locals and expats during February 2021. There’s always lots of things to do and with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, why not consider a romantic trip to Amsterdam…
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.
Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam
Museums in the Netherlands have been open since June 2020. Visitors generally need to buy a ticket (and time-slot) online in advance. Social distancing measures apply and walking routes are marked.
For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here
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. 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. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here
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 you must pre-book online for a date/time slot.
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 17th Century.
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. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Book MOCO Museum tickets here
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures.
Rembrandt House – Hello Rembrandt! – an interactive exhibition for young explorers from 7 to 12 years old. Runs 19 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.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
|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)
Ajax vs Sparta Rotterdam 21 Feb 2021 (1430)
ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 6-14 Feb 2021. Strong field of top 20 players due at the 48th edition.
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 14 Feb 2020.
[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
[?] 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. 9th edition is expected late February 2021, unconfirmed.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam
EuropArtFair 2021 – Art fair with a carefully selected range of contemporary artists from Europe. Runs at Westergas Amsterdam, scheduled for 5-7 Feb 2021.
Huishoudbeurs 2021 – Large Dutch household event expo at RAI Amsterdam, 20-28 Feb 2021.
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. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
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.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Productions in February 2021 include opera Der fliegende Holländer plus ballet Onegin.
Flamenco Biennial – The 8th Flamenco Biennial Netherlands festival is due to be held 22 Jan to 14 Feb 2021 at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.
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. 2021 season to be announced.
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
Dua Lipa – 3 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Simple Minds – 5 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Louis Tomlinson – 9 Feb, AFAS Live
The Script – 12/13 Feb, Ziggo Dome
Snoop Dogg – 22 Feb, Ziggo Dome
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.