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Best Things to Do in Amsterdam in February

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This post covers things to do in Amsterdam during February, including family-friendly, nighttime, and free or cheap activities, all updated for 2020. Read about the average weather in February in Amsterdam.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY IN AMSTERDAM

This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in Amsterdam throughout February. We also have a post on things to do at any time of the year.

For tips on the most popular activities in Amsterdam, check out these popular posts:

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

 


1) Go to a Concert 

In February, there are a number of excellent performers in Amsterdam. 

The city has a vibrant music scene all year-round, so there is no shortage of bands to see. See who's playing in February here

 

 

You can find all the Amsterdam concerts in February here.


2) Take a Sightseeing Tour

On days when February's temperatures are a bit too cold to explore the city on foot, you can take a hop-on hop-off bus tour and stay warm. 

 

 

If you're on a budget or want to take advantage of a nice day, take a free walking tour of Amsterdam

For foodies, check out a food tour or a tour combo-package that includes The Heineken Experience.


3) See a Football Match 

If you've never seen a European football match, now is a great opportunity as Amsterdam's Ajax team is one of the best football teams in the Netherlands. 

Football (Soccer):

 

 

Sports fans may enjoy the behind-the-scenes tour of the official Ajax arena for just € 15.50 for adults and € 10.50 for children. The tour is free for Amsterdam Pass holders.

See what other Amsterdam sporting events are happening in February.


5) Save with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

The easiest way to see more attractions in Amsterdam is by purchasing a discount pass. These tourist passes work by allowing you to bundle admission tickets for heavy discounts.

You could get up to 50% off retail prices on several passes – or get in for free with an all-inclusive pass.

 

 

Attractions on Various Passes Include:

See which pass can save you the most money on your trip with our in-depth comparison post.


6) Go to the Chocolate Lover's Festival

The Chocoa Festival is held from February 22 - 23, 2020. The festival is promoting sustainable and high-quality chocolate from ethical sources.

 

 

As a result, you can sample plenty of delicious chocolate at the Beurs van Berlage over these two days.

You can also learn about how it is made, and how to make some of your own delicacies from different vendors and workshops.

Tickets range from €10.50 - €15. Get your tickets in advance here.


7) See Amsterdam's Red Light District

The Red Light District is famous for its red-lit windows where legal prostitutes wait for customers.

Since it has been legal since 1811, visitors have been fascinated by the openness of the practice. 

 

 

There are some things you should be aware of before heading over to this unique neighborhood, which is why we suggest you consider touring the district with a professional guide.

Read our post on How to Visit the Red Light District to find out what tours are available and what else there is to do in the district. 


8) Find Little Italy in Amsterdam

Make your way to the Westergas from February 7 - 9, 2020 to experience this corner of the city transforming into Italy.

You'll find live music, beer and wine tastings, delicious food, and various venues all promoting the Italian culture.

 

 

If you've ever wondered how to make the perfect hand-made pasta, you can take a class with an Italian chef or listen to a discussion about Italian beer brewing.

Tickets range from in advance €12.50 to €15, so make sure you get your tickets in advance.


9) Explore a Market

There are multiple markets running during February!

Head to Sunday Market at Westergas on February 2 to find clothing, art, handmade goods, delicious street food, and kid-focused toys and trinkets.

 

 

Museumplein hosts a market on February 16 with more art, handmade crafts, food vendors, and live musical entertainment.

If you're a big flea market fan, you won't want to miss the weekend-long IJ-Hallen at NDSM-wharf.

There will be 500 indoor vendors and stands with various goods, clothing items, household decor, toys, and trinkets.


10) IMPRO Amsterdam

Fans of improv theatre and comedy will enjoy seeing the shows happening during the IMPRO festival.

 

 

For the 25th year, some of the biggest names in improv from around the world will attend and be onstage from January 25 - February 1, 2020.

There will be three different stages with performances, nightly shows, open stage opportunities, and workshops available to take.

Some classes and performances are already selling out, so get your tickets soon.

 


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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