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Best Things to Do in Amsterdam in March

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This post covers the most interesting activities you can enjoy in Amsterdam throughout the month of March, including family-friendly, nighttime and free events.

Read about March weather, as well.

Here are a few other posts which provide information about popular year-round attractions in Amsterdam:

For even more ideas, check our post covering the best things to do in Amsterdam.

 

 


TOP 12 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH

The following list will provide a variety of fun activities in Amsterdam for March.

We include several concerts, sporting events, festivals and other interesting things happening in the city this month.


1) Go to a Concert

No matter when you visit Amsterdam, there are usually at least a few notable musicians performing in this city each month, and March will be no different. 

Here are some of the best concerts you can attend this month:

 

 

For even more great musical performances, check this full list of concerts in Amsterdam.


2) Attend a Sporting Event

The month of March will bring multiple games and matches to Amsterdam, including one game with the Netherlands National Football (Soccer) Team facing off against Spain!

 

 

Alternatively, there will also be 2 AFC Ajax games this month:

While these are the main sporting events taking place in Amsterdam this March, anyone heading South to Rotterdam may also want to consider attending Unibet Premier League Darts on the 25th - 26th.

For even more great games to attend, check this list of sporting events in Amsterdam.


3) See a Comedy Special

If you’re in need of a good laugh, there will be at least one great stand-up comedy show to see this month. 

 

 

Russell Howard has become one of the most beloved comedians in the UK, but he’ll be making a special performance live in Amsterdam on March 21st.

This comedian is known for his work on Russell Howard’s Good News and the Russell Howard Hour, and appearances on both Conan and the Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon.

Purchase Russell Howard stand-up tickets or learn more.


4) Take a Sightseeing Tour

With the weather beginning to warm up, this is the perfect time to go on a sightseeing tour in Amsterdam, and there are a variety of different outings to choose from.

 

 

Here are just a few options you may want to consider in March:

While a lot of tours will require a ticket, there are some free tours and audio guides you can take which will make it easier to save some money.


5) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple popular attractions while in Amsterdam, you could save 50% or more off admission prices by using a tourist pass.

There are three different types of pass to choose from, each one serving a different purpose.

While the all-inclusive pass is excellent for anyone planning at least 4-5 activities per day, a preset package might be better for visitors with limited time.

 

 

There is also a museum pass you can use which will grant access to all of the best museums in Amsterdam!

Here are a few of the more notable attractions included with Amsterdam tourist passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
  • Hop on Hop off Canal Cruises
  • The Heineken Experience
  • Rembrandt House Museum
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • The Amsterdam Dungeon
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Stedelijk Museum
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Body Worlds
  • And more!

For additional information on how to use these services and which one will save you the most money, please read our post covering Amsterdam tourist passes.


6) Visit Keukenhof Gardens

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the arrival of spring with your family? Head down to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens starting on March 21st to see one of the finest floral displays in the world.

This park is home to more than 32 hectares of flowers, and they plant more than 7 million bulbs each year representing a total of over 800 different types of tulip.

 

 

The flowers are arranged in beautiful designs and there are many different displays to see throughout the park. There are also petting farms, mazes and a playground for children.

Best of all, this attraction is included with at least one major Amsterdam tourist pass, so you don’t even have to pay full price!

If you're looking for other family-friendly activities, check out our full post

 


7) Take the Kids to ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo

With spring right around the corner, this would be a great time to take the whole family to Amsterdam’s zoo to see a variety of different animals such as giraffes, zebras, ostriches, tigers and more.

 

 

In addition to all the mammals, there is also a butterfly pavilion, an aquarium and even a planetarium!

No matter what your scientific interest, chances are you’ll find something to admire at the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo – and you can even save some money on tickets by using a tourist pass!

We have more suggestions for entertaining the kids in our full family-friendly post


8) Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival

For even more springtime fun, consider heading to a festival that celebrates Japanese culture and nature in general when the Cherry Blossom Festival returns to Amsterdam from March 23rd - 25th.

 

 

During this festival, you should have several opportunities to picnic with family and friends under newly blossoming cherry trees.

This event traditionally takes place at Bloesempark, and even if any additional festivities are cancelled, you can always come here to see these beautiful trees blossom at the end of March without paying anything!


9) Celebrate Java at the Coffee Festival

If you’re always looking for your next best cup of joe, consider heading to the Amsterdam Coffee Festival from March 13th - 15th.

 

 

Visitors can expect a variety of fun activities including live latte art, barista competitions, coffee showcases, tasting opportunities, and even a street food market.

Tickets start at €12, but some activities will run up to €38 per person.

Purchase Amsterdam Coffee Festival tickets or learn more.

 


10) Experience Jazzfest

Jazz fans might not find many concerts of interest this month, but that’s okay because there’s an entire festival dedicated to their favorite genre!

 

 

Starting in late March, Jazzfest will include performances from dozens of jazz musicians, including some shows designed specifically for kids, making this an excellent family activity as well.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of the genre, chances are you’ll find at least 1-2 shows to enjoy during this music festival.

Purchase Jazzfest tickets or learn more.

There are more things to do in the evenings listed in our full post here


11) Go to an Art Museum

It’s always a good time to visit one of the many wonderful museums in Amsterdam. Here are a few of the most popular locations in the city:

 

 

If you’re interested in visiting more than one of these museums, it should be noted that each one on this list is included at a discount with multiple tourist passes


12) Take Advantage of Open Tower Day

On March 21st, Amsterdam celebrates an event known as Open Tower Day which invites the public to climb to the top of many iconic towers in the city and enjoy the view for free!

 

 

Here are just a few of the participating locations:

  • A’DAM LOOKOUT
  • Ramada Apollo
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Level Eleven
  • De Bijenkorf
  • And more!

While some sites may always offer free admission, others like A’DAM LOOKOUT typically require a ticket to enter, so this is a great chance to save money on a popular activity in Amsterdam.

You can find more free activities in our list of free things to do here


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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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