Event Calendar March – What’s on in Amsterdam
As the city awakens from its wintry spell, trees along the canals burst with greenery, tulips come into colourful bloom and Amsterdam’s parks and terraces fill with people seeking out those first rays of sunshine.
Find out all things to do in March in our monthly Amsterdam Welcome event calendar
21 March – 19 May – Keukenhof
Smell the flowers when the Keukenhof will open their doors again. For decades, Keukenhof is one of the most popular destinations for visitors all over the world! Smell the flowers and visit the world’s largest spring garden at Keukenhof 2019. Enjoy the abundance and perfume of more than 7 million bulbs in bloom! Benefit of direct and easy travel from Amsterdam centre to Keukenhof in just 55 minutes. This year the Keukenhof will be entirely dedicated to Flower Power. The theme of 2019 connects flowers with people from all over the world, who together enjoy tulip fragrances and colors. Flower Power assimilates with bright colors, hippies, peace & music, in other words the atmosphere of the early 70’s. Therefore, a perfect theme to celebrate the 70th Keukenhof.
1 -3 March – Amsterdam Coffee Festival
Featuring more than 100 artisan roasters, equipment makers and gourmet food stalls, Amsterdam Coffee Festival is the perfect event for caffeine lovers. Attend a workshop given by some of Europe’s best baristas, grab some coffee-inspired cocktails and enjoy live music, entertainment and art. So if you love a good cup of joe then get ready for the Amsterdam Coffee Festival! Look out for the festival spilling the beans again at the Westergasfabriek in March. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to end the day buzzing.
6 – 10 March – HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
Discover the many aspects of water sports and to get up to speed with the newest boats and nautical products at HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show traditionally opens the leisure boating season of The Netherlands. Every spring approximately 37,500 starting and experienced water sports enthusiasts alike meet in Amsterdam to discover the many aspects of water sports and to get up to speed with the newest boats (up to 10mtr) and nautical products. Basically everything one could need to prepare for the next watersports season. HISWA-visitors also have free access to the Funsports Xperience, an indoor funsports event offering everything in the field of windsurfing, kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddling, wakeboarding and much more besides.
11 – 17 March – Amsterdam Cocktail Week
Attention cocktail lovers, Amsterdam Cocktail Week is back! The Amsterdam Cocktail Week takes place from 11 – 17 March, during which the finest bars in Amsterdam welcome you with specially designed signature cocktails, seminars, workshops and special events. Each participating bar has created two signature cocktails that represent their specific style. The first cocktail is based on an alcoholic spirit while the second cocktail is non-alcoholic. The best bars of Amsterdam will teach you all about the art of cocktail shaking. To help you get around town a special illustrated city map will be available from January on, with all participating bars and the program. All bars will pay just as much attention to the creation of non-alcoholic cocktails. Think exciting flavour combinations and surprising ingredients.
14 – 16 March – Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival
The Roze Filmdagen (literally: Pink Film Days) have been a constant factor in Amsterdam’s gay and lesbian cultural landscape since 1996. It takes place at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek and the Ketelhuis cinema every March. With its top-draw programming, the Roze Filmdagen festival has earned an excellent reputation amongst its visitors, as well as with filmmakers and festivals abroad. The Roze Filmdagen aim to highlight all aspects of quality LGBTQ cinema for a broad audience: feature films, documentaries and shorts, that are missing in the regular cinematic offerings.
11 – 27 March – Restaurant Week
Among the wealth of participating establishments are Michelin-starred restaurants, lauded celebrity dining haunts and trendy eateries. Amsterdam, like elsewhere in the country, turns into a diner’s mecca twice a year for Amsterdam Restaurant Week. The idea is simple: eat, drink and be merry at no added expense. It’s a great opportunity to sample some of Amsterdam’s finest dining establishments by trying discounted menus that won’t leave a nasty taste in your mouth. Snag a restaurant’s signature dish and you may just leave feeling enlightened.
Reservations can be made in advance from about a month before the event (note: book as quick as you can – this event sells out fast!). Check the National Restaurant Week website for more information and reservations.
22 – 24 March – Amsterdam Wine Festival
The Amsterdam Wine Festival takes place at the Westergasfabriek twice a year. The Amsterdam Wine Festival covers more than 5,000 m2 of wine experience and is an absolute must for anyone who loves wine. Each country has its own area with an extensive selection of wines, which you can order by glass. Take part in the large wine quiz, a grape pitch contest or a workshop led by a wine grower.
23 March – Open tower day
Amsterdam has many monumental towers that overlook its skyline, but the public rarely ever gets to experience the special views of the city from inside them. However, that all changes during Open Tower Day every spring. After a successful edition last year, the Open Tower Day returns to Amsterdam to once again invite the public to climb a selection of both historical and modern towers spread throughout the city.
1 March – 26 May – Van Gogh museum – The Joy of Nature: Hockney & Van Gogh
For the first time, this spectacular exhibition offers an extensive and colourful exploration of the common ground between the work of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney. The world-famous art of David Hockney (1937) is colourful and colossal. Hockney is inspired by nature, he makes use of bright colours and experiments with perspective. Van Gogh also dealt with this. The resemblances between the two artists are no coincidence. Vincent van Gogh was a great source of inspiration for David Hockney. Discover more parallels in the exhibition Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature. In the exhibition Van Gogh’s masterpieces will be shown alongside works by Hockney. Hockney’s imposing Yorkshire-landscapes are a central part of the exbhition, with The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate (2011) as highlight.
18 of January – 30 September Moco museum – Connecting Time
Moco Museum in Amsterdam is hosting New York-based artist Daniel Arsham’s solo show ‘Connecting Time’. The works draw on a range of disciplines, incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Moco Museum is the first museum in the Netherlands to present Daniel Arsham’s work, How cool is that? Entering the installation spaces of this exhibition, such as the Amethyst Ball Cavern feels like stepping into an alternate reality. The show also includes Arsham’s never before presented interactive installation Calcified Room, consisting of a domestic space furnished in mid-century style but created to appear strangely petrified.
15 February – 10 June 2019 Rijksmuseum – All the Rembrandts
For the first time, the Rijksmuseum will showcase its entire collection of Rembrandt works. That’s about 22 paintings, 60 drawings and some 300 of his best prints, making for an all-encompassing survey of this master’s works. The exhibition brings to light a number of themes that Rembrandt was fascinated with along with many self-portraits. These showcase his growth as an artist. Subjects of his portraits include his mother, his family and acquaintances, and his wife Saskia who he portrays with empathy on her sickbed. He was also intrigued with beggars, street musicians, vagrants and actors.
– This exibithion is part of the Rembrandt year –
Make it a March to remember