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 2020 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. Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, exhibition exploring the beginnings of European baroque in Rome, with masterpieces from painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Bernini (1598-1680). Runs 14 Feb to 7 Jun 2020 in the Philips Wing. 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. In the Picture, exhibition featuring 75 portrait works from Vincent van Gogh and the likes of Edvard Munch, Charley Toorop, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne and Helene Schjerfbeck. Runs 21 Feb to 24 May 2020. 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.
Nieuwe Kerk – The Great Suriname Exhibition, major winter exhibition at the New Church on Dam Square telling the story of the country of Suriname and its inhabitants. It includes over 300 objects, artefacts, photos and documents as well as multimedia presentations. Extended run 5 Oct 2019 to 1 Mar 2020 (closed 17 Feb). OPEN, the ’empty’ church without exhibition is open to the public 9 Mar to 8 Apr 2020.
Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. Jewels! an exhibition which is part of the 10th anniversary of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It features highlights from the fabulous jewellery collection of the State Hermitage. Runs 14 Sep 2019 to 3 May 2020.
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.
Amsterdam Museum – Nr. 1 Tourist Attraction, controversial exhibition featuring the work of artist Jimini Hignett about Amsterdam’s red light district. Runs 1 Nov 2019 to 1 Mar 2020.
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. 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 10 Jan 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 23 Aug 2020.
Allard Pierson – Bes, Little God in Ancient Egypt, an exhibition about the popular god from ancient Egypt represented as a dwarf-like figure with large head, big belly and crooked legs. Runs 18 Oct 2019 to 8 Mar 2020.
Verzetsmuseum – Fashion on a Ration, exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum examining how fashion changed during the wartime period due to fabric shortages – in stark contrast to the throwaway society we live in today. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 2 Jun 2020.
Hollandsche Schouwburg – Perspectives of the Holocaust, a penetrating installation with audio, video, photos and virtual reality which tell of Holocaust survivors’ experiences. [Note, some images are shocking and are not suitable for under 16s.] Runs until 1 May 2020.
Jewish Historical Museum – Amsterdam, City of Diamonds, an exhibition on 400 years of the diamond industry in Amsterdam and how Jews played an important role. Runs 27 Sep 2019 to 1 Mar 2020.
FOAM Photography Museum – Adorned – The Fashionable Show, exhibition looking at the new ways of presenting fashion-related photography specific to a younger generation of image-makers. Eric Gyamfi Fixing Shadows self-portraits and installations from the Ghanaian photographer. Both run 13 Dec 2019 to 11 Mar 2020.
Huis Marseille Photography Museum – Outside Fashion / Fashion photography from the Studio to Exotic Lands (1900–1969), vintage fashion photos from the collection of the Palais Galliera. Arja Hop & Peter Svenson / Distilled Landscapes – an allegory of four rivers, The artistic duo apply plant-derived dyes directly to photographic film. Both run 7 Dec 2019 to 8 Mar 2020. Viviane Sassen Venus & Mercury, solo exhibition of the Dutch artist. Runs 14 Mar to 31 May 2020.
Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.
Cobra Museum (Amstelveen) – Intense Mexico: Politics, Identity, Sex and Death. Exhibition featuring 46 exuberant works of art from the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. Runs 11 Oct 2019 to 29 Mar 2020. Sigmar Polke vs Blaudzun. Music of Unknown Origin, audio-visual exhibition expected 14 Dec 2019 to 5 Apr 2020.
|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:
AFC Ajax vs AZ – 1 Mar 2020, 1645 (Eredivisie)
AFC Ajax vs FC Twente – 14 Mar 2020, 1945 (Eredivisie)
International friendly matches:
Netherlands vs USA – 26 Mar 2020, 2045 (Philips Stadion, Eindhoven)
Netherlands vs Spain – 29 Mar 2020, 1900 (Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam)
CPC (City-Pier-City) Run – Half Marathon event in the Hague to be held on Sunday 8 Mar 2020. 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 13 Mar 2020.
Premier League – The invitational Premier League of darts event returns to the Netherlands for the 5th time. At the Ahoy Rotterdam, 25-26 Mar 2020.
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 13-15 Mar 2020 at Westergas, Amsterdam.
CineDans Fest – International ‘dance on screen’ festival with around 60 film screenings plus debates and workshops. Due 25-29 Mar 2020 (17th edition) at EYE Film, Amsterdam.
See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam
Fairs & Expos in Amsterdam and Netherlands
HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2020 – Large boating event at Amsterdam RAI on 11-15 Mar 2020.
TEFAF 2020 – World’s leading art and antiques fair. Held at MECC in Maastricht, 7-15 Mar 2020.
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 2020 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here
Bill Bailey – The British stand-up comedian/musician plays at the TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on 18 Mar 2020.
Russel Howard – The popular UK stand-up comedian brings his Respite show to AFAS Live in Amsterdam on 21 Mar 2020 (2000). He also plays Nieuwe Luxor Theater in Rotterdam on 31 Mar 2020 (2000).
Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and 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.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Production highlights in March are Ritratto (opera) and Giselle (ballet).
Flamenco Biennial Intermezzo – The Flamenco Biennial festival is held every 2 years (next one 2021), however in 2020 there are a series of Intermezzo shows. Singer Alfredo Tejada & guitarist Patrocinio Hijo play Bimhuis on 14 Mar 2020.
The Music from James Bond – The Metropole Orchestra play classic James Bond film themes at Theater Carré on 18 Mar 2020.
Candlelight Concert – The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam hosts a monthly evening concert by candlelight. The Zemtsov viola quartet play on 19 Mar 2020 at 1930.
Andrea Bocelli – The Italian opera star plays 2 nights at Ziggo Dome on 28/29 Mar 2020.
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. 8th edition due on Saturday 21 Mar 2020.
De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.
Keukenhof – The world famous tulip and flower park opens its doors for the season on 21 Mar 2020, running until 10 May 2020. The 2020 theme is A World of Colours.
Free Concerts in Amsterdam
Bimhuis – Jazz venue has free Workshop & Session every Tuesday at 2000.
Concertgebouw – Free lunchtime concerts held on occasional Wednesdays at 1230 in either the small hall (kleine zaal) or large hall (grote zaal). For concerts in the small hall, free tickets must be collected from the ticket desk. Concert dates are 4/11/18/25 Mar 2020.
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. Concerts this month on Tuesday 3/10/17/24/31 Mar 2020 running 1230-1300, doors open 1215.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free monthly concert showcasing young classical talent. The Thursday lunchtime concerts this month are on 5/12 Mar 2020 at 1230.
Market Events in Amsterdam
Pure Markt – Regular market event with high quality produce, music, food stalls and other activities. 29 Mar 2020 (1100-1800) at Park Frankendael.
Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Spring is in the Air edition on 1 Mar 2020 (1200-1800); Homeware Market at De Hallen 8 Mar 2020 (1100-1700); New Market (Deli & Lifestyle) at Nieuwmarkt on Friday 27 Mar 2020 (1100-1800); Sunday Market Rokin edition at Oude Turfmarkt on 29 Mar 2020 (1200-1800).
Museum Market – Museumplein hosts this Sunday market with arts and crafts, food and music. 15 Mar 2020 (1000-1800).
IJ-Hallen – Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam. 14-15 Mar 2020 (0900-1630) with 500 indoor stands; 28-29 Mar 2020 (0900-1630) with 750 outdoor stands.
Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam
Happy Mondays – 14 Mar, Paradiso
Louis Tomlinson – 19 Mar, AFAS Live
Gregory Porter – 19 Mar, Ziggo Dome
Avril Lavigne – 20 Mar, AFAS Live
The Script – 20/21 Mar, Ziggo Dome
Elbow – 24 Mar, Ziggo Dome
Floor Jansen – 24 Mar, AFAS Live
Oleta Adams – 24 Mar, Carré
Jools Holland – 28 Mar, Paradiso
The Jesus and Mary Chain – 29 Mar, Melkweg
Santana – 31 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: