In March, Amsterdam hosts an impressive number of annual events including around five indoor arts, film and food festivals. These large-scale celebrations coincide with several other exciting events such as the opening of Keukenhof gardens for the season.
March 1 – 4 (Thursday to Sunday)
📅 Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4
This avant-garde, popular music festival takes place at four different cities in the Netherlands over four, consecutive days in early March. Cross-Linx will travel to Amsterdam on March 2 and present its full line-up at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Bimhuis, which are both found on Piet Heinkade near Centraal Station.
Whisky Festival Amsterdam
📅 TBC (early March)
In March, Amsterdam’s magnificent Zuiderkerk will host Whisky Festival Amsterdam — an annual whisky fair that showcases casks and bottles from around the world. There’s always an enormous number of whisky and whiskies available at the festival including well-balanced tipple from America, Scotland and Japan.
📍 Zuiderkerk, Zuiderkerkhof 72, Amsterdam, 020 308 0399
March 5 – 11 (Monday to Sunday)
📅 Thursday, March 8 to Sunday, March 18
Roze Filmdagen (Pink Film Days) is a weeklong LGBTQI film festival which takes place in Westergasfabriek and Ketelhuis cinema every March. Aside from screening the films, the festival also organises talks and debates, that are given or moderated by professionals working in the film industry.
📍 Ketelhuis, Pazzanistraat 4, Amsterdam, 020 684 0090
📅 Tuesday, March 6 to Sunday, March 11
CinemAsia will return for its 11th year in Amsterdam this March and once again showcase an impressive selection of movies created by Asian filmmakers. The festival screens movies at Kriterion and Rialto cinemas, and will organise other special events at these locations from March 6 to March 11.
📍 Filmtheater Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam, 020 623 1708
📍 Rialto, Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam, 020 662 3488
The Amsterdam Coffee Festival
📅 Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11
As its name suggests, this weekend-long festival in Westergasfabriek revolves around high-end, artisanal coffee and presents blends and brews from dozens of international roasters. The festival’s programme always includes many special events, such as espresso martini parties, barista championships and street food markets.
📍 Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam, 020 586 0710
March 12 – 18 (Monday to Sunday)
📅 Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, March 18
This annual, international festival presents films and interactive exhibitions that centre around contemporary dance pieces. Many dancers and choreographers will showcase their work at the festival during talks, live performances and screenings — which will mostly take place in Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum.
📍 EYE Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, 020 589 1400
March 19 – 31 (Monday to Saturday)
📅 Thursday, March 22
At the end of March, every year, Keukenhof gardens open to the public. This stunning estate is renowned for its elaborate, rainbow coloured tulip gardens which burst into full bloom at the beginning of Spring. The gardens host special events throughout the session, including several floral parades and a fairytale festival every Wednesday afternoon.
📍 Keukenhof, Keukenhof 1, Lisse, 0252 465 564
Open Tower Days
📅 Sunday, March 25
For one day only, at the end of March, many of Amsterdam’s most iconic towers open their doors to the public and let visitors experience the city from speculator, new perspectives. These lofty attractions include several historical towers, such as the Oude Kerk and Beurs van Berlages’ famous spires, as well as modern skyscrapers like Rembrandt Toren and A’DAM Lookout.
📍 Various locations
📅 Thursday, March 29 to Monday, April 2
This cutting-edge art fair brings together work made by 40 contemporary artists from the Netherlands and beyond. Many other events will coincide with Unfair’s main exhibition, including talks, concerts and dance performances. This year the fair will also feature an architectural award ceremony, that will decide the designer of Unfair 2019’s exhibition space.
📍Westergasfabriek, Pazzanistraat 33, Amsterdam, 020 586 0710