What to do in Amsterdam in March

Not quite spring yet, and winter is not quite over.  With that in mind, what in the world is there to do in Amsterdam in March?
Turns out quite a lot!
March 4 – 8 : 5 Days Off
Just when your feet had recovered from last October’s Amsterdam Dance Event, in rushes 5 Days Off, a manic electronic music festival held in Melkweg & Paradiso.  Hosting some big names but more often some about-to-be-bigger names, this festival is worth the sore feet.
March 11 – 15 : Cinedans
For a different kind of festival this month, check out Cinedans.  Focusing solely on films focused on dance or choreography, you will find both long and short fiction and dance documentaries on offer.  The program is already available, so if you have any interest in the world of dance, then this is definitely something for you.
March 12 – 22 : Rozefilmdagen
From small beginnings, the 18th edition of the Rozenfilmdagen has now grown to 11 days of films centered around LGBT issues and stories.  This festival takes place in the Ketelhuis in Westerpark, and there will be many subsequent Q&A’s with directors or actors in the films, so it is sure to be a thought-provoking and poignant festival.
March 13 – 15 : TonTon Club XL
Fans of the TonTon “Barcade” are going to love this:  for one glorious weekend, the TonTon Club will be moving to Westerpark and taking up the spacious rooms of the Westergasfabriek for TonTon Club XL.  There will be music and food and more games than you can shake your joystick at.
Entry is free, which means more muntjes to spend on Street Fighter and pinball.  To say that this will be the highlight of March is an understatement.
March 14 & 15 : Neighborhood Food Market
Coinciding with the above arcade festival is the Neighborhood Food Market in and around Westergasfabriek.  If you haven’t visited it yet, this is a market offering a wide selection of food & drink from local sellers.  So it’s a great chance to support your local economy, as well as simply a good atmosphere.  With the TonTon Club XL going on at the same time, there is basically no reason NOT to spend time in Westerpark on this particular weekend.
March 14 & 15 : 24H West
The Center, Jordaan and the Pijp are already known as “cool” places to hang out, but in the other neighborhoods, you have to sometimes dig a little to find the charm.  On the weekend of 14 & 15 March, however, you will have a little help with the digging.  IAmsterdam is hosting 24 Hours in the West showcasing the best of what this buurt has to offer, and it is quite a lot.  There will be loads of family activities, workshops, events and tastings to check out, as well as the Local Goods Market in De Hallen, so if you’re not a fan of the West now, after this weekend you very well might be.
March 18 : Sustainability: a Need to Read introduction by Willa Stoutenbeek
The first in an upcoming series, this after-hours event takes place in and is hosted by the American Book Center.  Willa Stoutenbeek, founder of the sustainable communication & PR agency W.Green, will curate a list of books about sustainability and explain why these are in her “Need to Read” list.  An interesting way to spend a night in a book store, and Hotel V is especially interested in the subject matter, so see you there.
March 18 : Fine Wine & Swine Late Night Dining
After a successful first event, The Lobby will be hosting a second edition of Fine Wine & Swine, a late-night dining evening celebrating everyone’s favourite dish, the procureur (pork from Baambrugge).  There will be a 3-course offering with seatings at midnight, something nearly impossible to find in Amsterdam.  This edition’s theme: Prohibition.  Reservations only by email: thelobby@hotelv.nl
Have a lovely March, and we will see you in the springtime!
the V crew

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