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
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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. Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death the museum presents All the Rembrandts. This exhibition presents all 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 best examples of Rembrandt’s prints in the Rijksmuseum collection. Runs 15 Feb to 10 Jun 2019.
Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature, discover the parallels between the English artist and Van Gogh. Runs 1 Mar to 26 May 2019.
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. Treasury! Masterpieces from the Hermitage, an exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features a cross-section of masterpieces from the entire St Petersburg collection. Runs 2 Feb to 25 Aug 2019.
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. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces. Raquel van Haver, Spirits of the Soil major exhibition from the local artist including a series of monumental paintings. Runs 25 Nov 2018 to 7 Apr 2019.
Amsterdam Museum – 1001 Women in the Twentieth Century, exhibition of 120 remarkable women who played a key role in Dutch history in the last century. Runs 4 Oct 2018 to 10 Mar 2019.
MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Daniel Arsham – Connecting Time, solo show from the New York-based artist incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Runs 18 Jan to 30 Sep 2019.
Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. Cool Japan showcases the world’s fascination with all things Japanese – from Hello Kitty to Tokyo fashion. Runs 28 Sep 2018 to 1 Sep 2019.
Rembrandt House – Rembrandt’s Social Network, Family, Friends and Acquaintances. Part of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, this exhibition looks at the key figures in the artist’s life. Runs 1 Feb to 19 May 2019.
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – Masterpiece 2019, the 8th edition of Masterpiece featuring an extraordinary piece of art with a spiritual dimension. This year showcases St Michael, a powerful 17th century work by Italian Baroque master Luca Giordano. It runs 16 Feb to 7 Apr 2019.
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.
Stadsarchief – The Amsterdam City Archive presents Private Rembrandt, an exhibition about the life of the artist with original documents, etchings and drawings. Runs 7 Dec 2018 to 7 Apr 2019.
Verzetsmuseum – The Dutch Resistance Museum presents Nach Holland, a photo exhibition of the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands through German eyes. Runs 1 Feb to 19 May 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. The Persecution of the Jews in Photographs: The Netherlands, 1940–1945, runs 28 Jan to 6 Oct 2019.
Jewish Historical Museum – A retrospective exhibition of the Jewish Polish-American photojournalist David Seymour (‘Chim’) runs 19 Oct 2018 to 10 Mar 2019. Kabbalah, The Art of Jewish Mysticism, exhibition on how ancient Jewish mystical traditions have inspired artists and performers. Running at the Jewish Cultural Quarter 28 Mar to 25 Aug 2019.
Biblical Museum – Expected: This is my story. About faith, hope and inspiration. Exhibition about young people and Christianity. Runs 9 Feb to 27 Oct 2019.
Oude Kerk – The Instrument of Troubled Dreams, installation specially made for the church by artists Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. Runs 24 Nov 2018 to 29 Apr 2019.
FOAM Photography Museum – Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography, 21 Dec 2018 to 3 Mar 2019. Erwin Blumenfeld (colour photos from New York 1941-1960), 15 Feb to 14 Apr 2019. Stories by Santu Mofokeng (Soth African photography), 15 Feb to 28 Apr 2019. Scheltens & Abbenes (still-life art), 15 Mar to 5 Jun 2019.
Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Recent Histories / Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection, 8 Dec 2018 to 3 Mar 2019. Futures Past & Present / Helga Paris, Céline van Balen, Esther Kroon & Julie Greve, 9 Mar to 2 Jun 2019.
EYE Film – Jan Svankmajer: The Alchemical Wedding, retrospective exhibition about the Czech animator. Runs 15 Dec 2018 to 3 Mar 2019. A Tale of Hidden Histories: Broomberg & Chanarin, Omer Fast, Chia-Wei Hsu, Meiro Koizumi – exhibition runs 15 Mar to 26 May 2019.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
Cobra Museum (Amstelveen) – Cobra 70: A multi-headed snake, exhibition celebrating 70 years of the colourful, expressive post-war art movement. Runs 8 Nov 2018 to 2 Jun 2019.
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.
Premier League – The invitational Premier League of darts event returns to the Netherlands for the 4th time. At the Ahoy Rotterdam, 27/28 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 2019 – Large boating event at Amsterdam RAI on 6-10 Mar 2019.
Unfair 2020 – Unfair Amsterdam is a biennial art fair and festival presenting an emerging generation of new artists, at Westergasfabriek, returns in March 2020.
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.
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. 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 on 23 Mar 2019.
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). Concers on 6/13/20/27 Mar 2019. 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. 31 Mar 2019 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergasfabriek with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 3 Mar 2019 (1200-1800). Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 10 Mar 2019 (1200-1800). New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 29 Mar 2019 (1100-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music, 17 Mar 2019 (1200-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 9-10 Mar 2019 (0900-1630).
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
The Mavericks – 2 Mar, AFAS Live
Jason Mraz – 3 Mar, AFAS Live
Neneh Cherry – 3 Mar, Melkweg
Troye Sivan – 5 Mar, AFAS Live
Glen Hansard – 7 Mar, Carré
Shawn Mendes – 10 Mar, Ziggo Dome
Bastille – 7/8 Mar, Ziggo Dome
Twenty One Pilots – 12 Mar, Ziggo Dome
The Hollies – 14 Mar, AFAS Live
Loreena McKennitt – 14 Mar, Concertgebouw
Dave Matthews band – 15 Mar, AFAS Live
Panic! at the Disco – 18 Mar, AFAS Live
The Kooks – 29 Mar, AFAS Live
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.
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