March sees the beginning of springtime in Amsterdam. After the long winter, the sun starts shining more often and the outdoor café terraces (normally) come back to life. Check out our guide to March 2021 Amsterdam events below…
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 20 April 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.
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.
Stadsarchief – Breitner, Israels and contemporaries. Amsterdam in watercolor and pastel, cityscape masterpieces from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Runs 2 Mar to 30 May 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
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 Groningen 7 Mar 2021 (1430)
Ajax vs ADO Den Haag 21 Mar 2021 (1430)
Netherlands home international (World Cup 2022 qualifier):
Netherlands vs Latvia 27 Mar 2021 (1800) – Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam
ABN Amro Tournament – ATP tennis tour event to be held at Rotterdam’s Ahoy between 1-7 Mar 2021. Strong field of top 20 players due at the 48th edition.
[X] Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 12 Mar 2021. Cancelled.
Short Track Speed Skating:
World Championship 2021 – ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships has been moved to Sportboulevard Dordrecht on 5-7 Mar 2021.
[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] 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. The scheduled date of 5-7 Mar 2021 at Westergas, Amsterdam has been postponed until November 2021.
[?] CineDans Fest – International ‘dance on screen’ festival with around 60 film screenings plus debates and workshops. Expected 26-28 Mar 2021 (17th edition) at EYE Film, Amsterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam and Netherlands
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. Virtual show on 11 Mar 2021.
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv shows in English playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht. Book Boom Chicago here
Russel Howard – The popular UK stand-up comedian brings his live show to AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 12 Mar 2021.
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 – Most scheduled productions in March 2021 have been cancelled, a few shows are expected to be streamed live during the month.
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. The 2020 event was cancelled, 9th edition expected to return on 20 Mar 2021.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture. Currently events are streamed online.
Keukenhof 2021 – The world famous tulip and flower park is expected to open its doors for the spring season (20 Mar to 9 May 2021), albeit under new social distancing measures. Book Keukenhof entry tickets with Amsterdam transfer here
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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 concerts showcasing young classical talent scheduled for 25 Mar 2021 at 1230.
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. Scheduled for 28 Mar 2021 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Awaiting confirmation of a March event.
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. Scheduled for 21 Mar 2021 (1000-1800).
[X] IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. Cancelled until further notice, no March dates confirmed.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
[X] The Analogues – Let It Be : Abbey Road – 8-10 Mar, Carré
[X] Gilbert O’Sullivan – 15 Mar, Carré
[X] Harry Styles – 27 Mar, Ziggo Dome
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.