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 2021 Amsterdam events below…
The Dutch Government has brought in precautionary measures to contain the ‘coronavirus’. Some events are tentatively restarting whilst others have been cancelled [X] or rescheduled.
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 Groningen 7 Mar 2021 (1430)
Ajax vs ADO Den Haag 21 Mar 2021 (1430)
CPC (City-Pier-City) Run – Half Marathon event in the Hague to be held on Sunday 7 Mar 2021. 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 12 Mar 2021.
World Championship 2021 – ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships will be held at Ahoy Rotterdam on 12-14 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
Cinemasia Film Festival – Event (13th edition) featuring the latest in Asian cinema films including those from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, India, Bhutan, Thailand and the Philippines. Expected early March 2021 (unconfirmed) at Studio/K and Rialto in Amsterdam.
CineDans Fest – International ‘dance on screen’ festival with around 60 film screenings plus debates and workshops. Expected late Mar 2021 (17th edition) at EYE Film, Amsterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam and Netherlands
TEFAF Maastricht 2021 – World’s premier fair for fine art, antiques and design. Held at MECC in Maastricht, 13-21 Mar 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 Mar 2021 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.
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 – Productions in March 2021 include opera Oedipus Rex/From ‘Antigone’, Club Faust and Upload.
Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.
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, expected to return in March 2021.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
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.
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 11/25 Mar 2021 at 1230.
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 2021 season to be announced.
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 2021 season to be announced.
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 2021 season to be announced
IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. March dates to be confirmed.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
The Analogues – Let It Be : Abbey Road – 8-10 Mar, Carré
Gilbert O’Sullivan – 15 Mar, Carré
Passenger – 26 Mar, AFAS Live
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.